About the Book

I wrote this book for two reasons. The first was to help me understand the miraculous chain of events that happened when my nine-year-old son, Brian, died. In honor of his memory, I have made the account as accurate as I could (changing some people’s names to protect their privacy). Part I tells Brian’s story and, when I finished it, I thought I was done. But the mysteries kept happening, and I kept trying to understand, so I kept writing. Part II tells the story of what happened afterward: how I found gifted teachers and had so many more amazing experiences that I could no longer believe anything was impossible. As a result, the magic I thought I had lost in my childhood returned to me—one of the many gifts that flowed from the emptiness that Brian left in my heart.

Sometimes people enter our lives and change us forever. When, through their deaths, they bring us closer to God, we call them martyrs. For me, Brian was such a person. Before he died, I was a clever person adrift in a seemingly meaningless and tragic world. But Brian changed all that, and I think it might be helpful for others to know about him and what he taught me. This was my other reason for writing this book. So, for anyone who wants to know how grieving the death of a beautiful and gifted child can become a journey of wonder and hope, I offer our story.

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About the Author

Gregg Korbon enlisted in the army after high school and served as an artillery officer during the Vietnam era. He then attended Duke University and Duke University School of Medicine, specializing in anesthesiology and pain management. Dr. Korbon taught at Duke and the University of Virginia medical schools, entered private practice, and now directs an outpatient surgery center. He has authored books and research articles and developed new techniques that are widely used in his field.

Dr. Korbon has also had a long-standing interest in outdoor education and is a senior facilitator at the University of Virginia’s Poplar Ridge challenge course. While an undergraduate at Duke, he created a weeklong adventure course for incoming freshmen, now called Project W.I.L.D. (Wilderness Initiative Learning at Duke), which became a model for many university outdoor programs. He holds a black belt in tae kwon do, a brown belt in judo, and has logged over forty thousand miles as a bicycle commuter. Dr. Korbon has known challenge and pain, but it was only through the death of his son that he found their common source. He lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains of central Virginia with his wife and children.

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