The Grace and Love of a Unique Child ... While most boys were playing baseball, riding bikes, and joyfully exploring the world, David's greatest challenge was simply breathing. He was born with a genetic disease, cystic fibrosis, that would cause him great suffering and end his life prematurely. But Falling Out of Heaven is not the story of a tragic loss: it is a memoir of the extraordinary light that David brought to the world during his brief sojourn here, and how his parents came to understand him better through his amazing talent for drawing. Just like Pinocchio, David wanted to be "a real boy" with a normal childhood. That would never happen for him, but his God-given gift allowed him to express his thoughts, his feelings, and his hopes for this life and the life to come. Through his pictures, his family came to understand how David viewed life, and how he dealt with his own mortality. Written by David's mother, Falling Out of Heaven confronts the heartbreaking reality of loving a terminally ill child in the late 1970s, when there were few resources to guide the families of dying children. It is the story of Christians of all denominations sharing their wisdom and grace with David's family. It is the story of David's mother struggling to find compassionate and truthful answers to her son's most difficult questions, such as "How am I going to get to Heaven?" But most of all, it is a tribute to David's spirit, showcased in his luminous drawings, and finally shared with the world. Let David and his story touch your heart, and show you the triumph of the human spirit, and the wisdom that a child's soul can teach.
Falling Out of Heaven by Dale Link was published by Outskirts Press in June 2014. The ISBN for Falling Out of Heaven is 9781478734574.