Introducing Paster, Mike Robinson author of Our Journey Through the Valley. He hopes the inspirational dynamic of the journey he shared with his wife, Bev, will positively impact on those who read this book and that it will be a valuable resource for all who are currently facing their own death or the death of a loved one.
There is something very private about death, so it is a rare and noteworthy event to be invited into the lives of a married couple, both of whom are dying of progressive, incurable, neurological diseases. Their book is written from a Christian worldview.
Welcome Mike. I'm so glad you are my guest today. Tell us something about yourself.
Having completed High School, I worked for a Transport firm briefly and then entered
I met Bev in our Church Youth Group. Interest soon became attraction and attraction turned to love. In 1964I married Bev (the love of my life ) and subsequently we had 4 children.
I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease back in 2000. Although I'm limited in what I can do, I still manage life reasonably well.
For the remainder of her life she found great fulfilment in caring for people.
Too young and vibrant, so sadly missed.
Mike, your book is Non-Fiction and
written from personal experience. What compelled you to write it?
Living under the reality of a predictable and inevitable outcome, Bev and I decided to keep a journal of our experience – the journal has become the book Our Journey Through the Valley.
When we realised that Bev’s disease had no treatment or possibility of cure, we made a commitment to keep a journal, mainly for the benefit of our children.
But the idea of a book still hadn’t jelled.
So when did the idea of a published book came into focus?
It was after her death, as I wrestled with how to keep people in my life, I think I heard a whisper, "Why don’t you write 'Letters to Bev'?" So, as part of my own grieving, I began to write these letters. As I posted them on my website, the overwhelming response from friends and family was, "You must get these published".
How did you come to choose this title, Our Journey Through the Valley?
This was/is a journey; a tiring, demanding, confusing journey and yet it has been a source of great comfort and reassurance.
Physically the writing was always a problem because of the Parkinson’s factor. It affected my legs and every so often I would get the warning signals that my legs were about to become quite uncomfortable and I had to get up from the computer, move around for a while and only resume if the medication took hold. I never knew when that would happen so I was most often unable to predict or anticipate when these “bouts” would come.
I expect to keep on writing. I find a lot of fulfilment in making resources available. Many years ago I heard that whisper, 'I don’t want anything I’ve taught you to die with you; pass it on!' I see the Internet to be a great vehicle to fulfill that directive.
At this stage the book is not available in bookshops, so the best way to order is through the order form on my website:
Thank you for being my guest today, Mike. I wish you every success with your book and look forward to your next publication.