Wednesday, 20 December 2017

BOOK OF THE MOMENT: Dr. Floyd Morris shares his powerful testimony of triumph over adversity in new memoir

SHARING HIS VISION: Morris' new book delves into his personal narrative and matters of national concern.

IT was inspiring, glorious news for many that Floyd Morris, the fearless and outspoken senator, had completed his PhD at UWI Mona in October. It’s been quite a journey for this outstanding scholar and public servant who, as we all know by now, created history when he became the first blind man in Jamaica to occupy a seat in the Upper House. Dr. Morris is a born achiever who long ago refused to let his disability get in the way of his fierce pursuit of success.

His story is laid out in lush detail in his brand-new memoir, By Faith, Not By Sight: The Autobiography of Jamaica’s First Blind Senator.

Published by the UWI Mona-based ImagiNation Books, the 194-page tome charts Morris’ journey from his coming-of-age days in St. Mary as a boy who soon loses the ability to see to his school life to his foray into politics and public service, where his visual impairment practically became a non-issue, thanks to Morris’ supreme confidence, charisma and tenacity in getting the job done.

His new book offers 16 chapters exploring such highlights as his Mico years, his first encounter with former PNP leader P.J. Patterson and his Christian faith.

But the book wouldn’t be complete without this former Senate president and junior government minister delving into the experiences that came with his pioneering efforts to advocate for legislation to inspire the quality of life and national inclusion of persons hampered by disabilities. 
It’s a legacy that will live on and, according to his publishers, it powerfully anchors By Faith Not by Sight, which they describe as “a moving account of the resilience of the human spirit” in which Morris provides “a sincere and stirring record of his life story intertwined with a unique and objective viewpoint, from which to examine the modern political history of Jamaica.” 

Evidently, Dr. Morris takes very seriously his role – and his influence – as a leader in the Jamaican disabled community. To whom much is given, much is expected. “Examples matter, and that’s why I’ve opted to tell my story,” he says in the book’s closing chapter, 25 Reasons for Success. “If my life story can touch even one lost soul wandering aimlessly and without hope, and to bring him to knowledge of the goodness of God, it would have been worth it.” 

> More inspiring reads: 

* In The Renewal, Sally-Ann Gray (who holds a Master’s in Educational Leadership and has taught in Jamaica, New York, North and South Carolina) offers readers a spiritual guide for renewing mind, body and spirit, drafting an action plan and moving past self-doubt. 

* Pills for the Happy Soul: Prescription, Inspiration and Life Lessons for Success is a compendium of poems, wit and wisdom from preacher’s wife, medical doctor and “soul care” specialist Sharon Earle-Edwards. 

* In just about 80 pages, Shelly-Ann Weeks’ I Changed My Diet and Changed My Life details her journey of being diagnosed with massive fibroids at age 34, her doctor recommending a hysterectomy and her own brave decision to find an alternative to surgery. Sharing everything from mouth-watering recipes to healthy living tips to weight loss secrets, Weeks shows us how she “ate herself to the best health of her life.”

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