Kitimat author Lucy Goncalves’s book Able Soul serves as a reminder of the ability of the human spirit to succeed in life despite tremendous challenges.
Goncalves, who was born with cerebral palsy, has stubbornly overcome challenges to become an inspiring author, advocate, adventure sports enthusiast and able soul.
Her first book, Able Soul: Empowering God’s Spirit Within, provides the reader with a glimpse into life with CP, and now, thanks to a collaboration with Hope Haven Canada, will help bring others the gift of mobility.
Hope Haven Canada works alongside Hope Haven International Ministries in the U.S. to deliver independence worldwide by repairing and distributing wheelchairs to those in need in developing countries. Goncalves is donating a portion of the proceeds from the sale of Able Soul to this organization.
The book offers a glimpse into Goncalves’ personal journey while overcoming adversity, finding freedom and discovering strength in vulnerability. It provides readers with insight into the realities of Goncalves’ daily life with reflections that are at times lighthearted and often filled with raw honesty.
“I wish people would stop praying for me to be healed or fixed,” says Goncalves. “It is not the disability that I find limiting; it’s people’s preconceptions. I am a whole person, with a strong spirit, faith, and perspective on the gift I was born with,” Goncalves remarks.
“Even though I have a speech impediment and need wheels to get around, my mind and soul are not confined by these limitations. I’m more content than a lot of able-bodied people that I know.”
Goncalves can frequently be seen motoring down Vancouver streets in her power chair. Behind the smile there’s a strong woman who has overcome adversity, foster care, physical disabilities and sexual abuse.
Despite her speech and physical impediments, Goncalves has earned her degree in Business Administration and has been president of two non-profit boards.
Today she counts herself as blessed. She’s found joy and the secret to living — truly an Able Soul.
To celebrate the release of Able Soul: Empowering God’s Spirit Within, the Northern Sentinel is giving a copy of the book to one lucky reader.
To stand a chance to win answer the question below and submit your answer, along with your name, a contact number and a physical or email address where we can reach you.
Entries to win the book must be in by Friday, December 20, at 5 p.m., either by hand at the
Question: Which organization did Goncalves collaborate with to make the publishing dream come true?