Dad of Divas' Reviews: Book Review - Three Candles

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Book Review - Three Candles

About the Book
In a heartening story about two boys who experience life-changing events at the young age of three, devoted father and debut author provides inspirational and enlightening guidance for parents and professionals caring for terminally ill children, as well as victims of child abuse.

When Will Corcoran’s son, Henry, was three years old, doctors not only diagnosed him with mitochondrial disease, a rare terminal illness, but also put a ceiling on his entire future. However, despite his ill-starred situation, Henry continues to live every day to the fullest, never taking no for an answer, never complaining, and always seeing the good in things and people. Like most parents out there, Will’s biggest and most important life lessons have come from his children. When he got the devastating news that Henry’s time on Earth would provide him only a crash course, Will became an assiduous student – learning and sharing everything that Henry, and his other kids, could teach him and his wife. As a humble student, he quickly learned that his own childhood played a crucial role in shaping his perspective as well. The victim of unspeakable child abuse, Will Corcoran believes that his traumatic childhood experiences have given him a unique ability to understand and encourage Henry.

Through an intimate account of both his own harrowing childhood and his current role as a father, Three Candles not only gives readers an inspiring look into the world of parents of sick children, but also provides indispensable advice for families embarking on a similar journey. Will and Henry’s story is full of moments that could be defeating and tragic; moments we have all experienced. What makes this story unique is Will and Henry’s choices to be inspired and encouraged, rather than defeated. Taken from two very different and equally dark places, the book demonstrates how there is light, hope, and peace – all given the proper perspective. Most importantly, Three Candles tells two inspirational stories of survival – Will’s literal survival, and Henry’s desire to live every minute of his life to the fullest.

While Three Candles serves as a vivid depiction of the daily social, financial, and household challenges associated with raising a sick child, it is most of all a testimony to a father’s unconditional love and the power of the human spirit when faced with adversity. Having experience first-hand the pains of child abuse and the joys of fatherhood, Will’s advice is both compassionate and practical. Furthermore, by addressing such real and personal issues, readers will walk away laughing, crying, and with a better understanding of how to cope with life’s many challenges. Through his role as an experienced father of a chronically ill child, Will hopes that his heartfelt words illustrate that even when life happens outside our well-laid plans, it is to be treasured and enjoyed.

About the Author: Will Corcoran is a writer, law professor, non-profit executive, speaker, businessman, professional coach, and lawyer by trade. Most importantly, however, he is a proud husband and father of four. Will’s story, and Henry’s lesson, is something that he is committed to share with everyone. He has done that in his publications, speaking to groups (including child advocacy groups, parents of chronically ill children, healthcare practitioners and facilities, and those interested in gaining perspective), and one-on-one coaching and counseling. Will Corcoran currently lives in Indianapolis, IN with his wife and their four children. Three Candles by Will Corcoran (published by AuthorHouse, 2012, RRP $18.20) is available online and can be ordered from all good book retailers. For more information about Henry’s Hope please visit

My Take on the Book
This was a very touching story of a father's love for his family but moreover the story of Henry and everything that he goes through in his life. Henry truly reaches out from the pages of the book and you feel like you get to know him, and you can see why he is as special of a boy as he is. The book was honest and open and you feel that the author is holding nothing back, but instead is opening a door into his life for any reader to enter. Be ready though as this book will touch you emotionally and you may find that there are times in which your heart hurts for the family and for Henry. A Great book and story and one that all should read!

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