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Have you ever been down on your luck? Have things ever been so bad you just wanted to give up or, worse, die? I know that we all suffer from something in our lives because hardship is engrained in our daily lives. It is how we confront them that makes a difference. That is why I love today's BOOK OF THE DAY, "Homes to Hopkins," by Christopher L. Smith. His journey is remarkable and inspiring. Going from being a homeless teenager living out of a car to a renowned physician at John Hopkins is awe-inspiring. I love his writing style, as his words make you feel everything he went through. I highly recommend this book. Order your copy today and become inspired.
"I wish I could just die," I said to myself as my teeth chattered and my body shook with cold. Knowing I would probably still wake in the morning with my hair frozen to the door, I curled up in a ball, trying to find some warmth in the car that was my bedroom. Sadness consumed me like an infection; it had become the norm for me to wake up every day feeling broken.
Most nights like this, all I could hope for was to die in my sleep to be rid of the pain. Despite the terrible nights, I still woke up, dressed, and went to my only refuge, my high school.
This was my life, often alone, cold, sad, and hungry. My youth was different than most, but this was my reality.
However, despite the hardship that was my life and being homeless, something led me on, something saw me through. I survived, I found hope, and eventually, a life even better than I had imagined. Even though I so often faced darkness, I discovered light, laughter, and happiness.
I journeyed from that broken, homeless teenager sleeping in the car to eventually being a Medical Doctor at the world-renowned Johns Hopkins. But most important of all, I found me; I found joy.
This is one of the most encouraging books I have ever read and "movie-worthy!" It's a great success story, rags to riches kind of story, in every sense of expression. I believe his time spent in the library played a major role, although he was born with a good brain. I love the fact that he gives God the glory for bringing him through some very troubling times. He gives his wife a lot of credit, also. I love that he is sharing his scars in the hope of giving meaning to his suffering, and in doing so, it will help others find the strength and will to not stagnate but keep on the road of life. Thank you, Christopher Leon Smith, for sharing your incredible journey of life and for using your resources now to help the homeless. May your hunger be filled!
I found Dr. Smith's book to be inspirational and thought-provoking. I found his story to be quite engaging and written in a way that will hopefully inspire young people to work through and overcome the difficulties in their path. My own experiences growing up were very different of Dr. Smith's, but this book also made me reflect on the decisions and paths I'd taken to find my own way in life and have a successful career.
Oh my!!! This book is one of the best I have read!!!! It made me realize that there are people we have no idea what is going on in their lives. I work with the poor and homeless, and I will be more sensitive to them. Thank you for sharing your story.
What a story to inspire and motivate others! Anything is possible. It kind of reminded me of the story of Ben Carson a neurosurgeon at Hopkins. My daughter has had 20 brain surgeries at Hopkins so this story was extra special to me. You don’t have to be put in a box… you can break free and make it. Never give up! The author really bared his soul to the reader. Excellent read.
This was a very engaging, inspiring book about setting goals and overcoming incredible obstacles to reach them, all while making meaningful, lasting relationships with people who support you. I loved it and kept going back to read more every chance I got.
Dr. Christopher Smith is a Board-Certified practicing physician who completed his residency and fellowship at the world-renowned Johns Hopkins Hospital. Dr. Smith currently lives in Florida and is a partner with Quantum Imaging and Therapeutics. He dedicates time and resources to raising awareness of homeless children and families; finding solutions to help them overcome. Chris enjoys making new memories with his family, walking barefoot on the beach, traveling, and photography.
Christopher Smith is also a formerly homeless person. Chris’ second career as an author was inspired by his desire to give hope to those who desperately need it, as he needed it in his youth. Chris grew up in extreme poverty throughout his childhood, but he defied the odds and reached tremendous heights in adulthood. He plans on donating a portion of all book sales to charity.
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His website and blog can be viewed at https://christophersmithmdauthor.com/