5 thoughts on “A Positive Life

  1. We as healthcare workers were frightened and confused when HIV surfaced in the 80s. Hard to imagine actually being diagnosed with it and having to deal with all that is involved in the management of this disease. And in this case, add to that hemophilia, hepatitus C, and later heart disease. But this Methodist pastor has lived HIV positive fully and well and with great courage for 25 years. His story is compelling and honest; some of his greatest challenges had nothing to do with his health. I w

  2. A simple, quick read. A valuable portrait of a man living with HIV/AIDS.

    Enjoyable memoir about a Christian hemophiliac who tested positive for HIV at a time when he described it as modern-day leprosy. Told he would only live three years, he has lived another quarter-century, struggling to balance marriage and children and pastoral responsibilities with HIV, hemophilia, and now Hepatitis C.

    Nevertheless, because of his faith, his is a “positive life.” I enjoyed this book with its unblinking look

  3. In the 1980s AIDS was a four letter word. And that’s what it was when 16 year old Shane learned he had this disease that was then considered something that would kill you in a matter of a few years. Yet, Shane decided to live a normal life. He married his high school sweetheart, and he was the first person who had AIDS the United Methodist Church ordained, but it wasn’t an easy fight. It’s an inspiring book as well as a look back into how those with HIV were treated even two decades ago.

  4. I’m biased by the fact that this guy is my pastor. And what a pastor he is.

    Despite his struggles, he consistently lives in faith and joy. I have personally witnessed as he puts his family first, and it shows.

    It’s amazing to listen to him each Sunday, knowing the challenges he lives with, and be consistently inspired and challenged by him.

    Definitely a must read.

  5. I’ve read some of Shane Stanford’s other books and was curious to know more about his experience as a pastor, husband, father etc. while living with HIV. Especially given he was diagnosed as a teenager. I appreciated the honesty he gives about the ups and downs, in his life, ministry, and marriage.

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