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An amazing recount of a life interrupted by crisis and redeemed by grace. A testimony to God's faithful provision and unconditional love. Reading this memoir will both challenge and inspire those facing difficult days, revealing the healing power and intrinsic value of writing the stories that matter most. A message worthy of your time.
KAREN JORDAN, AUTHOR OF WORDS THAT CHANGE EVERYTHING
When someone dies and comes back to life a changed man, I listen. Paul Perkins is no longer afraid of what awaits him on the other side. His story of perseverance resurrects hope and will inspire you to savor each day to the max.
CHERYL RICKER, CO-AUTHOR OF RUSH OF HEAVEN AND JOSIAH'S FIRE
Death Defied, Life Defined is one of the most inspirational books I have come across in a very long time. A story of loss and sorrow mirrored by joy and redemption. This true account of a man who nearly lost his life and discovered God in the center of it all, teaches us what living truly means. Paul’s dramatic tale is not only intriguing, but shines clarity on the issues of life and death.
DARREN DAKE, AUTHOR OF UNRIGHTEOUS: A STORY OF ONE MAN'S ROAD TO REDEMPTION
I have had the privilege of knowing Paul for the last few years. The first thing I noticed about him was his generosity and passion for life. This was before I knew of the battle he fought for his life. Death Defied, Life Defined is a look into Paul’s heart. He invites readers to join him as he goes through his greatest victories and most crushing defeats. I can attest to the fact that a person cannot come into contact with Paul and not have their passion for life reignited. In this book, his words become his presence and by the end your passion for life will be reignited.
JOSH LINDBLOM, PROFESSIONAL BASEBALL PLAYER
After meeting Paul, and hearing about his challenges with his health I was fascinated to hear his story. Just the fact that he has survived death more than once, and is living to tell the story would be motion picture worthy! The miracles continue when he gets to meet the family of the brave young man who gave up his organs for others to live. This memoir is truly a testimony of survival against all odds. Paul’s faith and dedication to his family and The Lord plays the biggest role in his life. I know that anyone who reads this book will become a better person because of Paul and Linda's example of resilience — they never give up. I'm grateful to have this family as my friends and encourage all to read this book.
LILY ISAACS, COUNTRY AND BLUEGRASS GOPEL MUSIC GROUP THE ISAACS
My wife, Diana, and I have known Paul Perkins’ and his family for many years through business relationships that became a firm friendship. I knew him first in my role as editor-in-chief of BankNews magazine, when it became apparent he was a respected Missouri banker known for his passion for his community and for community banking. Later, Diana, as an account executive with Unico Group Inc., worked with him on analyzing and serving his bank’s insurance needs. We grew to admire him as a businessman of integrity, honesty and strong character, and a nurturing father and husband. We were stunned at the news of his extremely serious health issues, and relieved at his remarkable recovery. That he lived to recount in this book his perilous journey of the past few years is a blessing that should inspire all of us to never give up in the face of adversity, no matter how dire.
BILL POQUETTE, EDITOR-IN-CHIEF, BANKNEWS MEDIA
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DAVID L. HAYES, MD
Paul Perkins’ Death Defied, Life Defined is a chronicle and journey from here to the after-life and back. For me, a journey set-forth in a personal narrative from a best friend. A narrative that imparts an unvarnished understanding of what tomorrow may bring. While reading chapter by chapter, I could not wait to continue reading to discover what the next chapter would say. To me, this amazing true life story gives clear insight about the after-life.
JAMES C. SHIELDS, CEO AND MANAGING PARTNER - J. CRAWFORD ASSOCIATES, INC.
As someone who lived these events with Paul and Linda Perkins over the years, Death Defied, Life Defined is such a reminder of all that God did for them through Paul’s illness. I am so excited to see how this book will be used for God’s glory and to help others through their struggles. I appreciate being part of their mission to share Christ’s love, hope, and grace.
BECKY SIMPSON, MARKETING DIRECTOR, FIRST COMMUNITY NATIONAL BANK
Perkins shares with us a frank and fundamentally optimistic exploration of his fight to regain his health and places that struggle in the context of his strong faith. Everyone can find something to feel good about in this story.
LARRY K. HARRIS, POLSINELLI PC, POLSINELLI LLP IN CALIFORNIA
Paul’s story about his life and everything he overcame is truly amazing. More importantly, it reminds us how fragile we are and what is truly important in our lives. I found the book to be well written and inspiring.
DONALD D. HUTSON, JR. CPA, NATIONAL FINANCIAL SERVICES PARTNER
There’s an old Cherokee saying that says, “You don’t know who you are, until you know where you come from.” Paul Perkins’ story reminds us to ask ourselves the question, Do you want to be right, or do you want to be renewed? Then he takes us on a journey through Death Defied, Life Defined, that can help transform us by the renewing of our minds. After reading this true story, I am reminded again that we find our purpose when we follow our dreams, pursue our passions, and are champions for the good of others.
DON CARLSON, FORMER COACH, MSU BASKETBALL BEARS
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