Sunday, February 9, 2014

A Book and a Chat with Dr Jay Roberts

My guest on today’s “A Book and a Chat” is Dr Jay Roberts, a board-certified physiatrist, specializing in the treatment of physical disabilities with a focus of adding quality to life.

In 1999 Dr. Roberts was in at-home hospice care preparing for his own death from a neurological disease. At the point where he finally gave up, he experienced a spontaneous, overnight healing. It was not the first time he had 'cheated' death. He had survived a fifty-foot fall from a cliff, a plane crash, and attempts on his life by rebel insurgents in remote areas in the Philippines in the 1970s.

Even after his complete recovery from disease, it would take a maximum security prison environment to reveal to him the mysterious power of forgiveness and finally push Dr. Roberts to write his own story a memoir that lead him back to many dark places that not only brought back moments he has tried hard to forget but also issues that caused waves within his own family.

So hard was it for Dr. Roberts to write “Break the Chains” that several times he gave up along the way, but deep inside he knew the words had to be shared, not only for his own healing but to aid others who might be going through some of the same issues.

About “Break the Chains” (Review from

Break the Chains is an inspirational, compelling memoir about forgiveness.
Dr. Jay D Roberts takes the reader on an interesting and enlightening journey, from the time he was a little boy raised by a military father who abused him, to the time he studied medicine in the Philippines in the midst of communist insurrection, to the time he fell victim to a deadly disease and eventually was miraculously healed in Lourdes, France. Above all, the author takes the reader on an internal spiritual journey of the heart and soul, from darkness to light, from slavery to freedom.

This memoir. In a simple, straight-forward manner devoid of superfluous words or descriptions, Dr. Roberts states the facts and allows the reader to make his own conclusions about the meaning of life, faith, persistence, love and, of course, forgiveness, which is the central theme of this book.

The story moves back and forth in time, showing glimpses of the author at different pivotal points of his life. I found the flashes to his childhood quite disturbing, especially the way Dr. Roberts' mother rationalized her husband's abuse of their son. I also found inspirational the way the author persevered to become a doctor and help patients in spite of all the barriers he had to overcome. In addition, the segments about the political upheavals in the Philippines were like a little history lesson.

This book is the poignant story of one man's struggles to break the chains and find peace. Fans of inspirational and Christian memoirs should pick this one up.

So listen now and share an interesting, and entertaining show as I chat with my special guest today on A Book and a Chat with Dr Jay Roberts

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You can find out more about my guest and their books at:
"Dr Jay Roberts - Break The Chains"

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