I'll Push You: A Journey of 500 Miles, Two Best Friends, and One Wheelchair By Patrick Gray and Justin Skeesuck


Two best friends, 500 miles, one wheelchair, and the challenge of a lifetime.Friendship takes on new meaning in this true story of Justin and Patrick, born less than two days apart in the same hospital. Best friends their whole lives, they grew up together, went to school together, and were best man in each other’s weddings. When Justin was diagnosed with a neuromuscular disease that robbed him of the use of his arms and legs, Patrick was there, helping to feed and care for him in ways he’d never imagined. Determined to live life to the fullest, the friends refused to give into despair or let physical limitations control what was possible for Justin.

So when Justin heard about the Camino de Santiago, a 500-mile trek through Spain, he wondered aloud to Patrick whether the two of them could ever do it. Patrick’s immediate response was: “I’ll push you.”

I’ll Push You is the real-life story of this incredible journey. A travel adventure full of love, humor, and spiritual truth, it exemplifies what every friendship is meant to be and shows what it means to never find yourself alone. You’ll discover how love and faith can push past all limits―and make us the best versions of ourselves.


There are times that you read a book and then 2 weeks later you have forgotten it. There are then times you read a book and it touches your soul and has a profound impact on who you are at your core. I'll Push You: A Journey of 500 Miles, Two Best Friends, and One Wheelchair falls into that second category. I could not put this book down. 

At the core of this book is the story of Justin and Patrick and their journey along the Camino de Santiago. How it came to be, what it was like along the way, and ultimately how the journey changed both of the men. However, this book is so much more. It is a story of deep love and friendship. It is a story of faith- faith in yourself, faith in others, faith in life, faith in others in times of your own shortcomings. It is a story of community- the community of your family and the community of others in the world that come into your life for a lifetime or for just a few moments. It is a story of life- being able to live a life that you embrace fully no matter what obstacles stand in your way. 

I cannot recommend this book enough. It is really a truly inspirational read! 

I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review from Tyndale Publishers. All opinions are my own. 


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