Pamela Thorson’s inspiring, poignant account of “…one family’s journey from darkness to dawn…” is the subtitle of her book, “Song in the Night.” There she shares a life-changing tragedy that forever altered their family and the life of their nineteen-year-old son Kevin. It was an event that transformed Kevin’s dreams and made it possible for him to accomplish his greatest desire, although he didn’t realize at what cost when he said, “I don’t want to do something easy for God. I want to do something hard for Him.”
Their story of irreversible change began July 11, 1997 with the “…phone call every parent dreads…” When Pamela heard Ronda’s voice, she thought their pastor’s wife had called to update them on Kevin’s mission trip since he was due home the next day. She sounded excited and Pamela smiled anticipating “good news,” until she heard the words, “You need to sit down…”
Many years later Pamela still remembers Ronda saying, “Kevin has been in an accident,” yet has little memory of the rest of their conversation. Just the horrifying words—“paralyzed…ventilator… and hospital.”
The family rushed from their home in Idaho to Lethridge hospital in Calgary, where they found their son in intensive care, breathing with the aid of a ventilator. The doctors told them he suffered from a neck fracture, similar to the one that paralyzed Christopher Reeves. It happened while Kevin rehearsed backflips with the music-drama group Stratos. The doctors now had to wait for him to stabilize before they could learn the full extent of his injuries.
Thus begins a challenging journey “birthed in tears” for a family who continued to wait “…for their happy ending to arrive…” Until, through faith and God’s grace, they realized their story would have a different ending than “…happily forever after…” Although different did not mean their ending would be any less rich.
When Pamela wrote about “the worst tragedy of their lives” she had to relive the event which meant she had to “write the pain.” However, Song in the Night is more about long-suffering in the midst of “God’s tender grace” than pain with her narrative of renewed hope and faith. The account also includes sweet moments of “divine intervention” that border on the miraculous that led Kevin to ask: “Why has God honored me this way?”
Today, Kevin is a wheelchair confined, paraplegic, although he has enough strength and movement in his left hand to use a keyboard and mouse. Since that day he’s joined his brothers in their development of Dragonfly Animation Studio. Their products are used in “television programs and websites along with short flicks.” Hubert, one of their original characters, a young dinosaur, recently became a brand name. For more information: www.dragonflyanimation.com/portfolio.php
There is something for everyone in this inspiring book of courage, faith, love and trust, whether you’re challenged with struggles and hurtful circumstances or whether you need to be reminded that you can do all things through Christ who strengthens you. (Philippians. 4:13)
‘Song in the Night: One Family’s Journey from Darkness to Dawn’ by Pamela Thorson, 2008, Luminary Media Group, Pine Orchard Inc., 208 Pages, ISBN-13: 978-1930580381, $19.95 www.songinthenight.net/
Back Cover Copy:
“I kept waiting for the happy ending to arrive . . .
but I finally took the advice of a dear friend: Write the pain.”
So Pam Thorson finally writes about her teenage son’s tragic accident. From those first agonizing days to the surprising interventions of God that brought Kevin back from the brink of death, he earned the nickname “Miracle in the Making.”
Song in the Night is a story of their long suffering and God’s tender grace; it is a story of assurance that the family is moving upward and onward. Pam insists that it is not about us. It is about our God . . . Who delights at the sound of His beloved children singing—especially during that long, cold night before the dawn.
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