Trial Lawyer Says All Things Are Possible with God: New Book Recounts Tale of Author’s Tragic Blessing
--Interview Op’ with Author & Lawyer Bret Merkle--
(May 23, 2008) -- Every day, trial lawyer Bret Merkle wakes up and wonders whether or not he’ll make it through another day. One thing he knows for certain; if he hadn’t discovered that all things are possible with God, he would have given up the struggle by now.
Twenty-two years ago Merkle – an author and trial lawyer – survived a harrowing motorcycle accident that left him on the brink of death. After twenty surgeries, and six months in the hospital, he went home a left leg amputee, permanently paralyzed from his waist down, and was told he had no hope of ever walking again, or fathering children.
Today, Merkle – married for nineteen years – is the father of five children. He survived four years of rehabilitation, learned how to walk again, and became a trial lawyer. His book, Tragic Blessing, recounts his journey from athletic achievement and physical strength as a two-time, all-state quarterback, through pain, despair, and hopelessness, and on to living with joy again. Tragic Blessing illustrates that all things are possible with God.
“There has been a tremendous response to Tragic Blessing,” says Merkle. “People tell me they cannot put the book down. They say it puts life’s struggles into a perspective framed by God’s plan, helping them to relate their own problems and challenges.”
Christians and non-Christians are finding solace in Tragic Blessing. Merkle suggests this is because most people believe in a God of some form, and even if they don’t, many non-Christians say Merkle’s story inspires them to strive to maintain a good attitude, and to set goals to overcome their challenges.
“It’s incredibly difficult to tell a story that highlights our own weaknesses,” says Merkle, whose father, a former police officer, inspired his interest in becoming a lawyer. “But being a trial attorney has taught me that the real power in helping others evolved from my willingness to let people see the real me. I felt it was crucial in writing Tragic Blessing to be unabashedly real with the reader.”
Merkle says that writing Tragic Blessing helped him to heal emotionally and spiritually from what he had endured. “My mother put it best after she read the book,” says Merkle. “She feels as though ‘things are complete now.’”
Merkle, at work on his second book, is available to discuss Tragic Blessing, and his incredible journey from despair to hope. A passionate speaker, he is also interested in addressing the following issues:
1.How tragedy and recovery experiences can influence lives, and shape us into richer human beings.
2.Is God with us during our most tragic times? How do we know this?
3.Are tragedies really just God’s opportunities to bless us?
4. Learning how to trust in God, walk with Him, and live for Him.
About Bret Merkle
Bret Merkle is a faith-based author, speaker, and founder of VictoryWalk Ministries. He brings his simple, but powerful message – All things are possible with God – to the world in everything he does. Merkle’s new book, Tragic Blessing, recounts the touching story of the author’s journey from athletic achievement and physical strength as a two-time all-state quarterback, to surviving a harrowing motorcycle accident that left him fighting for his life...and permanently paralyzed from the waist down. Merkle speaks throughout the country in churches, schools, prisons, men’s and women’s conferences, and short-term mission trips. His inspiring story about overcoming seemingly insurmountable obstacles has helped thousands of people find hope during life’s most trying times. Merkle is a trial attorney and real estate entrepreneur who lives in South Dakota. For more information, go to www.victorywalk.com.
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