Miracle Wheels

The Story of a Mission to Bring Mobility to the World

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Pub Date 06 Dec 2022 | Archive Date 27 Jan 2023

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Dr. Don Schoendorfer spent many years pursuing his vision of success, but one trip to Africa changed his life forever. The heartbreaking sights he witnessed on the streets of Morocco sent him on an unexpected path of faith, despair, and, ultimately, newfound purpose.

Miracle Wheels is the compelling account of Don’s journey, from his humble beginnings in the Midwest to his innovative work in the biomedical field, culminating in the founding of a nonprofit organization that has served millions around the world. Laced with humor while tempered by life’s sobering realities, including family hardships, Don’s story leads you on an emotional exploration that spans the globe and intersects with world leaders as he strives to overcome challenges and serve some of the most vulnerable among us: people living with disabilities in developing countries.

Dr. Don Schoendorfer spent many years pursuing his vision of success, but one trip to Africa changed his life forever. The heartbreaking sights he witnessed on the streets of Morocco sent him on an...


Advance Praise

“Is it really possible for one person to change the world? We all hear about the prominent billionaires who started huge businesses, but there are a few remarkable people with no desire for personal wealth, who saw a simple need and managed to find a way to transform the lives of millions.” — RICHARD STEARNS, president emeritus of World Vision US, author of The Hole in Our Gospel and Lead Like It Matters to God

“Don devotes himself to serving those around the world, many of whom would have never been able to venture out of a dark room. You will be inspired as you turn the pages of the riveting story of Don’s life and the mission of Free Wheelchair Mission.” —ERIC GEIGER, senior pastor, Mariners Church

“Dr. Schoendorfer’s story tells how providence led one man from humble beginnings through an MIT education and biomedical engineering research to a deep Christian faith and a mission that is transforming the lives of the poorest worldwide.” —IAN HUTCHINSON, PhD, MIT professor of nuclear science and engineering, and author of Can a Scientist Believe in Miracles?

“Is it really possible for one person to change the world? We all hear about the prominent billionaires who started huge businesses, but there are a few remarkable people with no desire for personal...


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As I have said many times before, I always enjoy memoirs. When I see a Christian memoir offered for review, I almost always grab it. This week, I read Miracle Wheels. The subtitle explains this book clearly, The Story of a Mission to Bring Mobility to the World. In these pages, Dan describes what ended up being his life mission, and how he got there.
Don was born and raised in Ashtabula, Ohio. As a boy, he struggled with reading because of dyslexia. He spent his spare time building and modifying a go-kart, and trying to outwit the police with it. After graduating from high school, he entered a university, where his dream was to use technology to help people. He helped to develop several things there, then ended up in the corporate world. There, he helped develop new medical technologies. Then, through his daughter’s serious problems, Don and his wife started going to church and became Christians.
Don still wanted to make a difference in people’s lives. When he saw the way disabled people lived in third-world countries, he had the idea of building cheap wheelchairs that could be passed out there. He worked and experimented until he came up with a cheap, sturdy chair that would give the disabled the mobility and dignity they so desperately needed—and then he had to find a way to get it to them.
I found Miracle Wheels a very inspiring account. This was a man who, though he struggled with school, set himself the goal of going to MIT and learning everything he could, with the goal of helping people. I loved the way he gave God the glory for all the good he was able to do, even pointing out the fact that it was a terrible experience he and his wife went through with their daughter that brought about their turning to God as well as good that happened later. The stories about the disabled people he helped in third-world countries were heartbreaking. I never thought about the struggles such people faced, before.
I received a review copy of this book from NetGalley, and these are my honest thoughts about it.
WARNING: Chapter 26 describes a terrible “treatment” by a shaman in Africa.

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Miracle Wheels
The Story of a Mission to Bring Mobility to the World
by Don Schoendorfer with RC George
Pub Date 06 Dec 2022
Amplify Publishing Group, Mascot Books
Biographies & Memoirs | Christian | Religion & Spirituality


I am reviewing a copy of Miracle Wheels through Amplify PublishingGroup, Mascot Books and Netgalley:


For many years Dr. Don Schoendorfer pursued his vision of success. But a trip to Africa changed his life forever. The heartbreaking sights he witnessed on the streets of Morocco sent him on an unexpected path of faith, despair, and, ultimately, newfound purpose.


In Miracle Wheels you'll read the compelling account of Don’s journey, from his humble beginnings in the Midwest to his innovative work in the biomedical field, culminating in the founding of a nonprofit organization that has served millions around the world. This book is laced with humor while still dealing with the harsher realities of life, which includes family hardships. Don’s story leads you on an emotional exploration that spans the globe and intersects with world leaders as he strives to overcome challenges and serve some of the most vulnerable among us: people living with disabilities in developing countries.


I give Miracle Wheels five out of five stars!


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Emotion pulsed through me as I read along throughout most of this autobiography of a most extra-ordinarily, interesting man, who used his accumulation of lifetime experience, talent, knowledge, and faith to bring life-changing hope to those with disabilities in developing countries. The book brought times of outright laughter, and then times of tears, of the sobbing sort, as this brother, powered by God and his desire to help these children and adults in places where they could not help themselves. There were so many touching scenes of joy and 'miracle' transformations. I especially loved the story of Lotus Blossom and her gift of mobility. It was truly remarkable! These wheelchairs were, and still are, Miracle Wheels indeed! They were fashioned by Dr. Schoendorfer with compassion and his deep, heartfelt desire to help get people up off the ground, both literally and figuratively.

I'd say this is a must read for one and all, and as one is reading, to think pro-actively of what oneself could do to help this cause with your own talents, and so forth, in your own particdular niche of the world. May each reader be so inspired.

The author has a mission called Free Wheechair Mission and you can find the organization on line for further details. Also in the addenda, one can find some discussion questions to help focus thinking about the needs of the disabled; pictures of the author, his family and some of those who were transformed by their free miracle wheels. Praise the Lord for such dedication and service.

~Eunice C., Reviewer/Blogger~

December 2022

Disclaimer: This is my honest opinion based on the complimentary review copy sent by NetGalley and the publisher.

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