Waiting for Eli: A Father�s Journey from Fear to Faith is a book about a Lafayette, La., couple and their infant son Eli who was born with a dreaded birth defect called spina bifida. It is an inspiring story of faith, hope and the power of prayer.
The author is Chad Judice, a teacher at St. Thomas More High School in Lafayette. His wife Ashley is a Registered Nurse.
Chad once said his greatest fear would be to have a baby who was born with a mental or physical handicap. He didn�t think he would have the strength to handle the challenges that come with the birth of such a child.
And then it happened. His son was born in 2009 with spina bifida. This condition is accompanied by numerous medical challenges � including the possibility that the child may never be able to walk � and requires several surgeries.
Still, the birth of Eli Judice has been a great blessing � a gift from God � and has called Chad, Ashley and those around them to fervent prayer and trust in God.
The book takes us through an emotional roller coaster ride � from the day Chad first learned of his son�s medical condition� to anxious times spent in waiting rooms while his son underwent surgery� to the day he got to hold Eli in his arms for the first time.
This moving story has a strong pro-life, pro-love message, and is made even more compelling by Chad�s descriptions of little miracles along the way.