Review: Life at 8 mph: How a Man with Cerebral Palsy Taught Me the Secret to Happiness by Peter Bowling Anderson
In the spirit of Tuesdays with Morrie, Life at 8 mph is the rare book that celebrates the friendship between two men while reminding readers that everyone has something to offer, regardless of physical limitations.
When Peter Bowling Anderson began working for Richard Herrin, a man with cerebral palsy, Peter didn't want the job. But the role as Richard's assistant became a life-changing experience that opened Peter's eyes to what life is really about, what joy actually looks like, and how courage is truly defined.
Richard taught Peter that it was never too late to start over if only he would be willing to break through the walls he'd hidden behind for years. After five years of working with Richard, Peter had a new outlook on life, faith, and love—and a new wife he never would have met without Richard's encouragement.
Peter Bowling Anderson's heartfelt debut inspires readers to question their assumptions, push beyond their boundaries, and view their struggles as springboards to authentic, lasting happiness.
The greatest blessings in life come from those humble moments when you initially judge a book by its cover. 8 MPJ started with a guy taking a part time job as a tutor for a man who he almost gave up on firsts sight. Richard, pursuing his degree, had cerebral palsy which he faced his own challenges but determined to rise above. Life had something different in mind for Peter. He ended up being the student, getting one of the greatest lessons of his life.
I really appreciate this book giving a voice to Richard. When people have a physical handicap, people tend to treat them like they are children or sometimes like they aren’t as good as themselves. How refreshing to read a character in this predicament live life on his own terms. Despite his condition crippling his physical body, he didn’t allow it to define him. He had his challenging moments but life couldn’t keep up with him. Despite his obstacles, his inspiring determination to succeed in life and be someone, made me want to see where his character would go.
An unlikely pairing but a determined by fate, their personal and professional friendship grow on a journey that takes the reader on a heartfelt journey. There are so many takeaways that are so important especially that everyone is somebody that deserves happiness, love and the right to have a great life. This book was authentic and captured a voice that deserved to be heard. There are moments that you will laugh and others that draw on upon your sympathy. There are other characters and their lives that bring value to the book but I want this experience to be about Richard’s journey. Overall, I enjoyed the read.