Encephalitis almost ended Chris Maxwell’s life. In 1996, Chris was diagnosed with Encephalitis and doctors did not believe he would survive. Although he survived, he now lives with severe brain damage and Epilepsy.
The scar tissue in his brain and life with epilepsy made him – and his family and friends – feel like the life they'd known changed suddenly and permanently.
An author of eight books, over 1,000 articles, and acting ghostwriter or editor for 25 books, Maxwell, who serves as the Campus Pastor of Emmanuel College in Franklin Springs, GA encourages others to turn to God in times of trouble, that they are never alone, a lesson he had to learn himself.
When he’s not at Emmanuel or traveling to promote his many projects, Maxwell serves as an advocate for Epilepsy.
“I’m doing a lot of work for a pharmaceutical company where I speak to patients individually and doing some pastoral care or just peer to peer assistance with them, listening to their stories and helping them,” Maxwell said. “I can’t talk about what medicine to take, but I can talk about hope, prayer and joy in the moment.”
For Maxwell and the staggering number of people facing traumatic brain injuries, epilepsy, or other painful encounters, life is experienced through a different lens. Names are tough to remember. Medication is a common acquaintance. Exhaustion, seizures, and mood swings are daily traveling companions.
With this in mind, Maxwell decided to write his newest book, “Underwater: When Encephalitis, Brain Damage, and Epilepsy Change Everything”.
Maxwell’s writing and the stories of others offers hope. Hope that you’re not alone, even when your experience under water seems to change your life.
Also contributing to “Underwater,” are Dr. Blake Rackley, a Psychology Professor at Emmanuel College and several Emmanuel College students.
Underwater is available to purchase on Amazon (paperback and eBook) TODAY! Buy now at http://www.chrismaxwell.me/books/underwater