DAY TOWNSHIP – Nearly two years ago a logging accident left Branden Peterman, a Day Township firefighter and experienced logger, paralyzed from the chest down.
Since that day, he and his family have spent months learning to adjust to their new lifestyle. Though the family continues to face daily trials, their faith and trust in the Lord, along with their love for each other, continue to inspire the community.
While the thought to write a book about their experience was far from the mind of Peterman’s wife, Carrie, she began to realize how powerful her family’s story was and hoped others would be inspired by the family’s choice to trust God through the tragedy.
Carrie’s new 257-page book, “A Logger’s Nightmare: Accident Forever Changes Family,” shares the family’s heartache and determination as they adjust to their new life.
The Petermans are still facing legal battles over disability insurance through Auto Owners Insurance and have had to stop construction on their new handicapped-accessible home due to lack of funding.
“That’s kind of the heartbreaking thing,” Carrie said. “So many people have called and contacted us (to help build the house), but we had no money to buy materials. We didn’t have money to have people help.”
She said the new book is one of their last hopes in being able to afford to build the home where Branden could safely move around on his own.
“All the proceeds will go toward helping finish the house,” Carrie said.
Even though her family seems to be facing a barrage of difficulties, Carrie said release of the new book is exciting.
“It’s getting the story out there that even when bad things happen, there’s still hope,” she said. “It’s the little things in life that you appreciate so much more.”
Ryan White, the pastor of First Baptist Church in Stanton where the Petermans attend, said the family’s story is truly an “incredible journey” of faith.
“The battles they face are significant,” he said. “But they have been growing in their faith and their relationship with God has been very evident.”
He said the community has done its best to rally around the family to show support in any way possible.
“They need a great support team to pray for them and encourage them,” White said.
The Petermans will have a book-signing event from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the church, 134 N. Lincoln St., Stanton. Copies of the book will be available for purchase, starting at $19.99.
For more information on the book or to purchase a copy online, visit www.aloggersnightmare.com.