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I took a lickin' and kept on tickin' : and now I believe in miracles

Author: Lewis Grizzard
Publisher: New York : Villard Books, 1993.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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This is a book about a miracle. There's just no other way to describe what happened. When Lewis Grizzard went in for his latest heart surgery - a replacement for his much-publicized pig valve - he assumed it would be another ordinary, humdrum hospital nightmare. He'd been through plenty of those. Little did he dream that, while on the operating table, his heart would stop. And stop dead in its tracks - the key word
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Genre/Form: Anecdotes
Biography
Humor
Named Person: Lewis Grizzard; Lewis Grizzard; Lewis Grizzard
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Lewis Grizzard
ISBN: 067943125X 9780679431251
OCLC Number: 28721996
Description: xxi, 243 pages ; 22 cm
Other Titles: I took a licking and kept on ticking.
Responsibility: Lewis Grizzard.
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This is a book about a miracle. There's just no other way to describe what happened. When Lewis Grizzard went in for his latest heart surgery - a replacement for his much-publicized pig valve - he assumed it would be another ordinary, humdrum hospital nightmare. He'd been through plenty of those. Little did he dream that, while on the operating table, his heart would stop. And stop dead in its tracks - the key word here being "dead." For Lewis Grizzard was, in fact, as.

Good as gone. His ticker didn't work for three days. He was in a coma for weeks. His doctors said his chances of survival were nil. He even saw the glowing white light at the end of the tunnel. For most people, that would be a sign that heaven was just around the corner. For Lewis - just his luck - it turned out to be a K mart tire sale. I Took a Lickin' and Kept on Tickin' (And Now I Believe in Miracles) is the extraordinary journey that took America's most popular.

Humorist all the way from Russia (Lewis would have us believe he'd rather go through another heart operation than use Russian toilet paper again) to the Den of the Bloodsuckers (otherwise known to most normal people as hospital orderlies) to the very brink of death - and back again. In great detail - ranging from horrendous and painful to hilarious and heartwarming - we see, close up, what it's like to come as near as a man can come to dying. Lewis would rather not make.

Such a journey again, but even he must admit it was a trip worth taking, for, at death's door, he learned all the lessons he'll ever need about life. He now knows how precious life is to him. He knows how important other people are to him. And he learned just how much other people care about him - while in the hospital, he received over fifty thousand letters from those who were praying for his survival. I Took a Lickin' and Kept on Tickin' is a tale filled with great.

Humor, some tragedy, a whole lot of faith, and, most of all, a great deal of important truths. About love. About values and priorities. About the Great Georgia Bulldog in the Sky. It's about change and it's about staying the same. It is a book unlike any Lewis Grizzard has ever written - and it's one he hopes he never has to write again. All in all, it's definitely safe to say that, above all, it's a miracle.

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