Ghost Boy by Martin Pistorius

Ghost Boy

By Martin Pistorius

  • Release Date: 2013-11-19
  • Genre: Religion & Spirituality
Score: 4.5
From 87 Ratings
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They all thought he was gone. But he was alive and trapped inside his own body for ten years.

In January 1988 Martin Pistorius, aged twelve, fell inexplicably sick. First he lost his voice and stopped eating. Then he slept constantly and shunned human contact. Doctors were mystified. Within eighteen months he was mute and wheelchair-bound. Martin's parents were told an unknown degenerative disease left him with the mind of a baby and less than two years to live.

Martin was moved to care centers for severely disabled children. The stress and heartache shook his parents marriage and their family to the core. Their boy was gone. Or so they thought.

Ghost Boy is the heart-wrenching story of one boy's return to life through the power of love and faith. In these pages, readers see a parent's resilience, the consequences of misdiagnosis, abuse at the hands of cruel caretakers, and the unthinkable duration of Martin's mental alertness betrayed by his lifeless body.

We also see a life reclaimed a business created, a new love kindled all from a wheelchair. Martin's emergence from his own darkness invites us to celebrate our own lives and fight for a better life for others.


  • Ghost Boy

    By VernLef
    I have no one in my life with severe mobility issues but this book should be required reading for all care givers.
  • I can't praise this book enough.

    By lezenden
    The insights into his world is a lesson to us all.
  • Ghost boy

    By Igwhsbb
    A truly outstanding novel. Praise God and to him be the glory for the life of Martin.
  • I could not stop reading

    By Marienkie
    From the beginning of the book to the very end I felt captivated by Martin's life. What a fantastic person who gives hope to so many. Thank you Martin for teaching me that there is always hope!
  • Ghost Boy

    By Janet Parks
    I could not put this book down. It captured my heart and soul from beginning to end.
  • Inspiring......

    By Debbie McRury
    I am at a loss for words. Such courage. Such incredible writing.
  • Inspirational

    By Bizzy7170
    Warning!! Once you begin this book you will not be able to put it down! What a blessing and privilege it has been to to be able to read about Martin's life. He truly is an inspiration. Reading this book will make you want to be a better person. This book will make you think about how you treat others that have impairments or disabilities! What a difference we would make in this world if we all tried a bit harder to reach out to others - perhaps a little out of our comfort zone with the intention of showing true kindness and compassion for someone!
  • :)

    By Jonathan Girard
    Thanks Martin I learned a lot from you :) God bless you