Wrestling With An Angel - Greg Lucas
Wrestling With an Angel
Dad finds release in writing about his son's difficulties
By Beth Hendricks
Huntington - The inspiration for Greg Lucas' book was desperation. The Barboursville police officer and father of four chronicles his experiences raising a severely disabled son with wife of 22 years, Kim, in "Wrestling With an Angel."
"I always tell people the book was not created out of inspiration as much as it was born out of desperation," said Lucas, father of Jacob 17; Noah, 16; Aaron, 15; and Hope, 5.
All of Lucas' children were adopted. Jake lives with numerous mental and physical disabilities, including autism and cerebral palsy. He functions on the cognitive level of a 2-year-old.
"The writing began as a personal journal, which served as my temporary escape for dealing with the difficulties of raising my severely disabled son. I used to lock myself in my study and vent in writing.
"Eventually, I discovered that by thinking through some of the most painful moments and writing about them, I was able to step back and see the bigger picture of what was really going on," he continued. "And, in that bigger picture, I was able to see God's grace in all of the difficulty and pain." Click here to download the story. [946kb PDF]
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