Philip Catshill is a former British police officer and lives in England. He has had several unique life experiences, near death encounters, physical disabilities and emotional incidents that have combined to provide a firm foundation for his excellent stories.
At the age of 30, after combining an accidental blow to his head with a late night party, he survived a massive stroke. To return to the job he loved proved to be a sometimes amusing, sometimes daunting struggle that took 18 months.
With great pride in this achievement, he survived another 11 years as a fully operational, uniformed police sergeant. During this time, he stretched his mind to the limit by studying for a degree.
Nine years after that first stroke, everything was put on hold when a younger man took interest in his family, his home but mostly, his wife. Within weeks, his 19 year marriage was at an end, his mind and life collapsed. His inability to cope with the changes left him homeless and estranged from all that he had loved and the daughters he cherished for 18 and 15 years respectively. Despite having no faith, he was encouraged to pray. Amazingly, he discovered that prayer works! Throughout the loneliness and despair of being homeless, prayer sustained him and brought him to a new life, new love, but most of all, a loving and welcoming family that was happy to love him as their own.
It was meant to be a happy ever after ending to the tragedies, but just four weeks after his last exam to give him his degree, and 16 days after his second marriage, a road accident caused a second major stroke, bringing his working life to an abrupt end.
Undaunted and determined to defy the paralysis, he took up music and art, achieving piano grade 3 and paintings that are quite simply breath-taking. (http://www.philipcatshill.co.uk)
As he approached his 60th birthday, Philip, who is still severely disabled, decided to write about that stroke from 30 years before. From that experience, there emerged the fictional character of Mike Newman.
Like this fictional hero, Philip Catshill is the type of guy who never says, "I can't"
"I'm glad I don't harbour any ill feelings because I think hatred consumes you quicker and more effectively than cancer.
Life is for loving. We only have one crack at it and I am determined to enjoy every single minute of all that remains, and I can do that because when I was at my lowest and called out to God in despair, he was there!
Prayer works, prayer heals, try it, and persevere with it.
Life is wonderful. Live it. Enjoy it."
on Jan. 31, 2012 :
A PERSONAL TRIUMPH FOR ALL TO READ!
Philip Robinson was a dedicated policeman, who believed in serving others. Philip doesn't think he is a kind man, but he is just that.
At the age of 30, Philip is suddenly thrown into a battle to survive what doctors called a CVA, some call the illness a stroke. Philip worked hard to recover from his sudden illness. At the time of his stroke, his marriage was struggling. After the stroke, he and his wife worked hard to rebuild the relationship, things seemed to be getting better until his wife met a younger man at work. She was flattered by the younger man's attention, and eventually the marriage between Philip and her was destroyed.
As many other people sometimes do, Philip had many ups and downs and times of sadness and despair. He had lost his faith in Christianity as a young boy after the death of his young brother.
As an adult, Philip just couldn't come to terms with Christianity and that there was a loving God, who actually cared. However, when nothing else seemed to work for him, Philip turned to prayers. He was hesitant but waited patiently for help and comfort from his prayers to God and continued to carry on the best he could. He was hoping God had heard him when he prayed, for he was in dire need of help.
God did answer Philip's prayers and turned his entire life around for the better with happiness, laughter and another love in his life. That didn't mean, Philip did not have trying times in the future, for he surely did. But, God pulled him through, teaching him to forgive and love again. As Philip says, "I turned to God in prayer and I persevered. Prayer works. For everything I have lost, I have gained a thousand times over."
This book is not about Philip and his faith. It is about enduring suffering and surviving above all odds and learning forgiveness.
I encourage everyone to get this awesome book and read it. The words Philip writes will come in handy when & if you get in the same dire circumstances of being confused and terrified. One never knows what the future holds, does one?
Philip's success doesn't end on the last page of this book. His author profile mentions that, years later, when faced with difficulties again,..."When nothing else seemed to work..."
(reviewed long after purchase)