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.