Marathon Wheeler

Non-Fiction - Grief/Hardship
249 Pages
Reviewed on 11/29/2022
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Reviewed by Vincent Dublado for Readers' Favorite

Marathon Wheeler is an inspirational account by author Heather Coombes on how she found purpose and meaning through librarianship and in ordained Christian ministry despite being wheelchair-bound as a result of her battle with cerebral palsy. The author offers her unique and enlightening insights in this memoir which is a collection of handy guideposts. A personal narrative from a Christian perspective, this memoir is structured into three parts: The first part allows you to get to know the author with her personal story, as a person with cerebral palsy confined to a wheelchair. The second part is the last chapter that serves as a conclusion that traces her understanding and experience with God. The last part is the appendices that give practical ideas the author has discovered along the way and will prove useful in understanding people living with a physical disability.

Heather Coombes makes it clear at the very beginning that each of us is unique and that our experiences are different. Therefore, this book will not be helpful to everyone. Yet, after reading Marathon Wheeler, I believe this book serves a purpose that could prove useful to everyone: That is, a liberating perspective on disability, and how impairment is irrelevant in finding one’s purpose and making the most out of one’s life. Although experiences among the disabled may vary, the ideas that Coombes expresses are universal and connect with anyone who would care to listen. Most of all, the book is a call to action within the Christian community to exercise personal reflection on how to further improve ways of welcoming and nurturing members with disabilities. Whether or not you are a Christian, this book is a must-read to better understand the nature of disability and how to address the needs of people who have them.