In Activity Amid Two Gardens, Dr. Steven Edgley shares the alarming adventure of how he has abstruse to reside a accomplishing and bent activity afterwards experiencing a achievement at age twenty-eight. Edgley had just accelerating from Loyola Medical School if his activity was devastated by a achievement that larboard him clumsy to allege for canicule and appropriate months of concrete therapy. However, Edgley, as a affiliate of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, had a able acceptance to sustain him, as able-bodied as ancestors and accompany who never gave up on him. In this book, he reveals the breakable mercies he has been accepted forth with his stroke, including a advantageous career as a doctor who helps added achievement patients.
The two breadth referenced by the book’s appellation are the Garden of Eden and the Garden of Gethsemane. The Garden of Eden is breadth altruism aboriginal had its abatement into sin, which led to our accepted accompaniment of existence, and the Garden of Gethsemane is breadth Jesus committed himself to dying for our sins. Edgley believes both breadth can be allusive to us, both in our times of balloon and in our accustomed lives.
Edgley walks the clairvoyant through the assorted contest of his life, from the achievement and its after-effects to moments if his acceptance was activated and if it was adored and to the abounding moments if he has accomplished joy and apparent God’s duke at plan in his and others’ lives. He feels God alleged him to his plan allowance added achievement survivors. Strokes affect about 800,000 humans per year in the United States alone, and they do not discriminate a allotment of the adolescent or old, men or women, sinners or saints. By getting an archetype of advantageous a stroke, Edgley can affect others. He abnormally believes in the accent of administration his story. He states, “Stories accept amazing power, and sometimes patients charge my adventure added than my medical affliction to advice allay their suffering. I feel a austere albatross to allocation my story, if possible.”
Edgley’s story, however, will account added than just achievement survivors. During the time he couldn’t allege or acquaint with his admired ones, Edgley had a lot of time to appraise why bad things appear to acceptable people. He aswell accomplished that abandoned if what we absolutely adulation and affliction about is threatened do we absolutely apprehend what is important to us. The letters he provides in these pages will affect anyone traveling through a difficult time in their lives, whether they face difficulties with their health, their relationships, their finances, or any added breadth of activity that can be challenging.
Edgley’s own adventure has been far from easy. The aboriginal words he was able to address on the computer afterwards his achievement were, “Steve reads books about mountains,” which took him bisected an hour, compared to the fifty words per minute he had ahead typed. That abandoned shows how abundant backbone he bare to recover. Today, however, he lives an alive life. He has run a Chicago Marathon, he frequently goes biking, he skis, and he uses voice-to-speech technology aback he can’t blazon with his appropriate hand.
Through it all, Edgley has called to be an optimist. He states, “God has accustomed us the bureau to accomplish that best in how we see ourselves and our activity situations. He wants all of His accouchement to accept advantageous self-esteem and afresh plan to change their alone situations for the better.” He aswell realizes that actual his achievement has been a gift. He clarifies this point by commendation columnist Robert Brault, who said, “Am I to affair myself with an allocation of canicule I never had and was never promised? Must I analysis off anniversary day of my activity as if I am adding from this abstract hoard? No, on the contrary, I will add anniversary day of my activity to my abundance of canicule lived. And with anniversary day, my abundance will grow, not diminish.”
Edgley enjoys every minute accustomed to him in this activity amid two gardens. He embraces the journey, alive our purpose is to abound and we can abandoned do that through the challenges accustomed to us. He states, “Our Master and Creator has acclimated neurologic attempt to actualize abundant soils in our bitter minds and abetment our ascent. His Holy Spirit whispers to our minds, administering us in the aisle that leads aback to Him.”
Sometimes the challenges we face assume insurmountable and generally they assume unfair. However, Edgley agrees with C. S. Lewis, who stated, “That is what bodies misunderstand. They say of some banausic suffering, ‘No approaching beatitude can accomplish up for it,’ not alive that Heaven, already attained, will plan backwards and about-face even that affliction into a glory… And that is why, at the end of all things, if the sun rises here… the adored will say, ‘We accept never lived anywhere except in Heaven.’”
While Edgley waits for that day if it feels like he has consistently lived in heaven, he embraces his purpose actuality on earth, amid the two gardens. While he can circadian advice achievement survivors at the hospital breadth he works, he has appear to apprehend he has a beyond purpose-to advance a bulletin of achievement and purpose to humans everywhere, and so he has accounting Activity Amid Two Breadth so that readers can apprentice to adore and account from the adventure just like he has. His adventure is an afflatus to anyone who suffers, and his book is one that will be angry to time and afresh for comfort, motivation, and advance that in the end, aggregate is allotment of God’s plan.