Selected Books & Movies
Sanctuary: The True Story of an Irish Village, a Man Who Lost His Way, and the Rescue Donkeys That Led Him Home, by Patrick Barrett & Susy Flory (optioned for film)
BOOK: Susy's upcoming book, Sanctuary: The True Story of an Irish Village, a Man Who Lost His Way, and the Rescue Donkeys That Led Him Home, with Patrick Barrett, released March 15, 2022. For decades, Patrick's mom and dad rescued lost and forgotten donkeys in the Irish countryside, never knowing that one day, the donkeys would rescue their son. Sanctuary is the remarkable true story of how faith turned one lost man's life around with the help of the rescue animals who loved him. It's an antidote to despair and a call to hope, revealing the beauty and wonder of Ireland as you've never seen it before.
MOVIE: Sanctuary has been optioned for film by Joel Pincosy of CineNatura.
The Unbreakable Boy, with Scott LeRette (book & movie)
BOOK: The Unbreakable Boy is the raucously tender story of the life of a teenage boy with a rare brittle-bone disease who joyfully embraces life's tragedies and triumphs--and the inspiring story of how his father was transformed through their journey together. Like any other teenage boy, Austin loves pizza, movies, dancing, and girls. But unlike most other eighteen-year-olds, he has a rare brittle-bone disease, was locked in a mental ward as a child, and is autistic. Yet Austin doesn't let any of that stop him. His is a world where suffering a broken back is a minor inconvenience and the quest for the ultimate strawberry shake just might be the best day of his life.
Austin's journey dares readers to believe that
- miracles are possible;
- hope does spring eternal; and
- we can find joyous moments to celebrate every day.
Written with remarkable candor by Austin's father, Scott, and New York Times best-selling author Susy Flory, The Unbreakable Boy weaves the beautiful and often humorous tale of how Austin teaches his father--and everyone else he encounters--to have faith in God and trust that one day life's messes will all make sense.
MOVIE: The Unbreakable Boy has been made into a major feature film by the Erwin Brothers, Kingdom Story Company, and Lionsgate Studios, with Jon Gunn directing. Starring Zachary Levi and Patricia Heaton. The Unbreakable Boy will release in 2022. More info on the movie here: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5181260/
Click here to watch the teaser trailer for The Unbreakable Boy
My Paintbrush Bites (movie)
A man battling reclusion and a racehorse on the brink of death save each other in unexpected ways. Based on a book I wrote with Ron Krajewski, titled Painting with Metro: How a Crippled Racehorse Rescued Himself (and Me) with a Paintbrush (New Horizon Press, 2016).
'Best of Fest' Selection - Palm Springs International Short Film Festival
'Best Documentary' - Jacksonville Film Festival
'Programmers' Award' and 'Audience Favorite' - Coronado Island Film Festival
"Leslie Page Excellence in Short Filmmaking' Award - Dam Short Film Festival
"Best Pennsylvania Film' Audience Award - Pittsburgh Shorts Film Festival
'Best Thoroughbred Short Film' - Equus Film Festival
'Best Documentary' Short - Bermuda International Film Festival
'Best Cinematography' Short Documentary Nominee - Queens World Film Festival
'Best of Fest' Selection - AmDoc Film Festival
'Best Documentary' - BlackBird Film Festival
Directed by Joel Pincosy
Co-Directed by Joe Egender
Executive Produced by Paula J. Wilson, Jean D. Wilson and Tamara Heine
Produced by Joe Egender and Joel Pincosy
Director of Cinematography - Luke Geissbühler
Thunder Dog: The True Story of a Blind Man, His Guide Dog, and the Triumph of Trust at Ground Zero, with Michael Hingson (optioned for film)
BOOK: (Thomas Nelson/Harper Collins, 2011) A New York Times Bestseller: The story of a man blind from birth who triumphed over adversity throughout his life. His hard won survival skills and his feisty can-do spirit prepared him to survive the World Trade Center attacks in a 78-story stairwell descent with his guide dog, Roselle. Michael’s blindness didn’t stop him from shocking the neighbors by riding his bicycle through the streets of Palmdale, California as a child, and on September 11 his blindness became an asset as he survived and helped others during the worst terrorist attack ever on American soil. Yet, there’s more. “The real story, in my mind, isn’t how I got out of the World Trade Center,” said Michael. “It’s how I got there in the first place.”
MOVIE: Thunder Dog has been optioned for film.
The Sky Below: A True Story of Summits, Space, and Speed, with Scott Parazynski
THE SKY BELOW (Little A, 2017) is a riveting memoir with astronaut Scott Parazynski, the only man ever to fly in space and climb Mount Everest. This relentless explorer's unforgettable adventures span the globe.
The Good, the Bad, and the Grace of God, with Jep and Jessica Robertson
THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE GRACE OF GOD (W/Harper Collins, 2015) is a New York Times, Publishers Weekly, & ECPA Bestseller: Jep Robertson and his wife, Jessica, talk about their personal trials, their early years together, and the challenges that could have destroyed them both had the grace of God not intervened. Jep opens up about a traumatizing experience he had as a child, and his downward spiral into drug and alcohol abuse as a young man and the eventual intervention of his family that brought him out. This book is their love story, but more importantly, it’s their love story for God.
So Long Status Quo, by Susy Flory
(Beacon Hill, 2009) Susy Flory’s life was a lot like her couch—comfy, slumberous, and safe. She was a happy suburban wife and mom who enjoyed her couch-like cocoon and avoided suffering and uncomfortable situations at all costs. Then she met Rosie... Eleanor... Elizabeth... and Jane. Now, thanks to their example, her life will never be the same.So Long, Status Quo is the powerful story of how nine amazing historical women inspired a suburban mom to abandon her safe, sheltered, vanilla existence for a life of passion, service, and significance.
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