M. Stephens Hall developed a deep imagination at a very young age. He often visited fantastic worlds where he unearthed profound possibilities. Although he didn’t write early in life, he found plenty of creative outlets through which to express himself. He later received his Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Mississippi College, and has spent over twenty years using his creativity and problem-solving skills in software development. As his intuition matured, M. Stephens began writing more frequently and with more purpose, often early in the morning before work. Poetry served him a healing mechanism during difficult times and offered a gateway into writing books. M. Stephens enjoys providing and caring for his family, exercising, adventuring, and of course, writing.
You can find more about him at his website!
The Other Boy
With the climbing rate of cancer in the world, it is a subject often brought up in our everyday lives. Almost everyone knows someone who has/had it. Hopefully, they beat their cancer and get to ring that victory bell at the end of a difficult battle. Once that has happened, we breathe a sigh of relief and largely return to our daily lives. What we don’t often hear about, though, are the continued struggles of the family and survivor after that bell has been rung. The Other Boy is a heartbreaking and beautiful sharing of the war that comes after the cancer battle.
In this book, M. Hall is kind enough to open a window for us into the hardships and triumphs his family faced during and after his infant son survived childhood cancer. He shows us a father’s perspective on hope, love, perseverance, and familial bonds necessary in such circumstances, as well as his unique and revolutionary coping mechanism. More importantly, he gives insight into the lessons and value of suffering, pain, and grace—for those are the things that will win or lose the war after any trauma.
Whether you are a cancer/illness survivor, a loved one who has battled alongside, or are someone simply looking for perspective on a difficult (and sadly common) societal issue, this is a book for you. With tragedy, victory, parenthood, family, true love, and hope, there is something here for everybody.
Personal note from me: When Matt first contacted me to edit this book, I didn’t think I was going to be able to because of crazy life circumstances. I told him to let me know when he was finished, and I would try my best. By the time it was actually ready and he contacted me, fate had moved me across the country and into the same exact city as him! We were able to get to know each other as we worked on his book, and became real-life friends. He was a kind listening ear during the worst time of my life, and I’m forever grateful. I had to move away again, but someday hope to meet his beautiful wife and kids. As you will see by reading this book, he and his family have an abundance of strength and grace. If you’d like to check out this book, it can be found on Amazon *here*!