Highway 35

Meeting Disaster Head-on with Hope

Chris and Denise Arthey
(2 customer reviews)

£15.99

Pages: 256
ISBN: 978-1-910012-83-3
Publication Date: 05/04/2022

Encompassing tragedy and despair, resilience and redemption, Highway 35 is the kind of story that awakens hope in the lives of anyone it touches.
Pete Greig, 24-7 Prayer

With an honesty that is both raw and vulnerable, the Artheys take us on their unique journey of hope against all odds, explaining how they rebuilt their lives, ‘step by step’, after their accident. Leaning on the support of their family and friends, and above all their faith, the Artheys returned to their vocations, and Chris has taken in marathons and triathlons, Mount Kilimanjaro and Everest Base Camp, and a master’s degree along the way. More than a compelling story of survival, Highway 35 is an account of astounding personal strength and fighting spirit, of depth and integrity of relationship and uncompromising faith in the face of the most difficult of challenges.

Motorcycle road trips across the United States were a lifelong dream, and now, with children grown up and a new work posting to Texas, it finally seemed within reach for Chris and Denise Arthey. But only a few hours down the road, on an arrow-straight stretch of Highway 35, devastation struck. A drunk driver veered across the carriageway and their Harley-Davidson was involved in a head-on collision. One medic commented after the air ambulances lifted off that “the motorcyclists may not make it”.

The Artheys did “make it”, and then some. Both lost their left leg above the knee, and Chris suffered serious head and internal injuries, but their survival was remarkable.

Even more remarkable is the story of their recovery. As Chris and Denise learned to cope with pain and a new reality, they simply refused to become physically held back, or to be frozen in anger and regret. They have gone on to lead extraordinarily full lives; returning to their vocations and taking another overseas posting to the Middle East before building new roles as ambassadors in the prosthetics industry. Chris has taken on marathons and triathlons, Mount Kilimanjaro, Everest Base Camp and a master’s degree along the way.

With an honesty that is both raw and vulnerable, the Artheys take us on their unique journey of hope against all odds, explaining how they rebuilt their lives, ‘step by step’, after their accident.

More than a compelling story of survival, Highway 35 is an account of astounding personal strength and fighting spirit, of depth and integrity of relationship and uncompromising faith in the face of the most difficult of challenges.

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Contents

Foreword by Pete Greig, 24-7 Prayer
Acknowledgements
1. Highway 35
2. First responders
3. Alive on arrival
Miracles still happen
4. Family
5. Texas church family
6. Family gathering
7. Not alone
8. Resurfacing
Working all things together
9. Through the valley, Denise
10. Through the valley, Chris
I know that you’re with me
11. A very different road trip
12. Setbacks
13. Encouragement
14. Fears and doubts
True worth
15. Prayer and project management
16. Going home
Why me? What now?
17. Disabled in an able-bodied world
18. Perseverance and hope
19. Game of marbles
20. New legs
21. The legal maze
22. Return to Highway 35
23. Sentencing trial
24. Restitution
Justice, mercy and grace
25. The long and winding legal road
26. The power of goals
27. The air beneath me
28. Triathlete
29. 26.2 miles – a long way on one leg
Desires of our hearts 220
30. Postscript: What those Artheys did next
Take heart

Format

Paperback

2 reviews for Highway 35

  1. Nathan Goodearl (verified owner)

    I have met Chris and Denise a couple of times and recently found out about their book via a mutual acquaintance. I was vaguely aware of an accident they had and I am simply astonished at their account. What remarkable people! The book describes the events on that awful day and the aftermath of adjusting to life with horrific injuries. However, the true story is one of forgiveness. I found myself shaking my head in disbelief at how they found the strength and love to forgive. The accident is part of life story but it is not their identity; they have not let it define them. A truly inspiring story that will leave you reflecting on your own life but also living it fuller.

  2. Julie Hazlewood (verified owner)

    This book is one of the most compelling stories I have ever read. Their strength and determination to over come such horrific injuries and their ability to forgive is both humbling and inspiring. In my opinion their story should be compulsory reading for anyone caught driving under the influence of drink or drugs and really should be read by anyone who drives.
    Anyone who does not read this is missing out on something special.

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About the author

Chris and Denise Arthey
Chris and Denise Arthey

Chris Arthey worked as an engineer and project manager in the oil industry and Denise was a teacher. Following the incident and their remarkable recovery, Chris and Denise returned to their vocations, determined to not let this prevent them from doing what they love. Today, they are ambassadors in the prosthetics industry, helping with testing, training and research. They both lead active lifestyles, with Chris becoming a para-athlete competing in marathons and triathlons, climbing Mount Kilimanjaro and trekking to Everest Base Camp. They are regularly asked to share their story with a wide range of audiences.