Mobility Matters

Adventurous international teacher, Amy Bovaird, is diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa, a hereditary eye disease that will blind her.  In spite of that, she manages to continue teaching overseas. Then her father’s final illness brings her back home for good. There, friends and acquaintances begin to notice that she doesn’t always recognize them and sometimes stumbles…as if drunk! Insensitive students ridicule her in the classroom. Unwilling to accept that she is truly losing her eyesight, Amy resists when the Bureau of Blindness schedules a mobility specialist to begin training her to use a white cane.  How can she, an independent world traveler, use something that screams ‘I am a blind person’?  Will her faith prove strong enough to allow her to move  forward and accept herself as she is?

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Mobility Matters – Stepping Out in Faith
by Amy L. Bovaird

Read an interview about Amy with the anchorman at WJET local News Station, Erie, PA.
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5 Stars “…I’m not vision impaired. I don’t read non-fiction for enjoyment. I am not what some might consider the target market for this book, but I can tell you that I would recommend it to my own teenagers, my husband, my teenage students, and anyone else I know as a book of bravery, encouragement, motivation, testimony, and just as a pleasure read. Don’t pass it by: You will be blessed.”–An Amazon Reader

5 Stars   “Living in the Power instead of the fear!”

Mobility Matters elegantly shares Amy Bovaird’s emotions and experience which anyone going through vision loss can identify with. The transformation as she overcomes her fear and the enemies voices that her loss of vision will now define who she is as a person and dictate the rest of her life, will inspire hope to each reader. Amy’s journey stepping out in faith and how the Lord’s Word gave her the strength to keep going, is a must read.

This book is not only for those going through the hallway of vision loss, but for each family member or any one who loves someone losing their vision would also benefit by reading.

Mobility Matters Stepping out in Faith has left me thinking I will now call canes power sticks!!!

Michael Benson Founder
Visual Experience Foundation

4 Stars  “…As a mobility specialist myself, I found this book of great interest to me for its subject matter. I was quite amazed that Amy could get around on her own with her genetic condition, particularly at night, since individuals with Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP) tend to lose their night vision and are using a cane at night much sooner than Amy was using any assistive device (even a bright light). Amy maintained her positive attitude, her faith and her sense of humour. If only we all could do that in times of crisis!” –Kathryn Svendsen, Mobility Specialist, Canada

5 Stars  “Couldn’t stop reading until I finished. Very inspirational. Will definitely be looking for more by this author!” –Sharon Hannah

5 Stars  “Mobility Matters piqued my interest because my husband is an optometrist and because the author is a woman of faith … In a very candid way, Bovaird talks about her gradual loss of sight … Amy relies on her faith, her adventurous spirit and experience with challenges, her humor … Her style of writing is conversational and I often felt I was right there with her. From her example, I found encouragement and inspiration to face my own challenges. I think this will be a book I will return to when I’m discouraged and need a friend to remind me how to survive and thrive.” –Lindy Teep

5 stars “…This book really inspired me. Amy’s outlook on life is what I would like to modal in my own. Yes, going blind SUCKS but she took it to another level. She made it into an adventure and I needed to be reminded of that again. Her positive outlook on this all has really encouraged me in my current situation now. Taking the step of faith to move on forward and embrace life for what it is. I highly recommend purchasing this book! Be inspired, take a journey behind the life of someone with Usher, smile, laugh, and enjoy! –Andi Nicole
5 Stars “As a person who lives with chronic illness, I sometimes get bogged down with books on illness that feel really heavy. This one does not. Author Amy Bovaird, who is losing her sight, writes so well about her personal experiences, I feel like I’m walking alongside her as I read. I kept coming back to the story to see what happened–was she going to let fear stop her? Would she overcome?
The lessons Amy learns through her experiences apply to any of us who fear aging, illness, new symptoms, or really anyone who needs some inspiration, and that reminder that much can be accomplished if you step out and forward–even when you cannot see beyond that first step. I definitely enjoyed this book. –Kimberly Rae, Bestselling Author of the Stolen Series

Blog post review by Gillian Davis, RP Tunnel of Sight
One of the best books I have ever read about mobility and white cane use is called Mobility Matters: Stepping out in Faith by Amy Bovard. It is funny, poignant and packs a lot of tips and useful information. You can find it by following the link below to Amy’s web page and listen to a chapter before you buy, it is wonderful.

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22 thoughts on “Mobility Matters

  • September 9, 2014 at 7:11 pm

    Hi Amy
    I know you can do it – faith will keep you going. Keep it up. Well done with the book – you are a real star!

  • September 10, 2014 at 8:47 pm

    Thank you, my sister! How are you doing?
    Will email you soon. Give my greetings to all.
    Love, AMy

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  • October 7, 2014 at 5:37 pm

    Thank you for your help in my blog tour, Babs!

  • November 3, 2014 at 4:53 pm

    I very much enjoyed reading Amy Bovaird’s new book and I have found this quote to be just one of many examples of her strength and wisdom. I highly recommend “Mobility Matters” for everyone because Amy Bovaird’s wonderful life story of triumph in the midst of adversity is one that will bring a smile with its gentle humor and leave one misty eyed with its genuinely humble yet powerful Christian witness

  • November 6, 2014 at 4:25 am

    Thank you, Mark! Coming from a preacher, that is high praise indeed!!

  • January 23, 2015 at 5:40 pm

    I cherish my eyesight every single day! I want to see the beauty of the world! I would have not been able to see all of the beautiful sights I saw in NZ and AUS without my eye sight!

  • January 23, 2015 at 5:50 pm

    Hi Gigi,
    You are truly blessed! Help us get the word out by sharing this post. The more awareness we bring, the more people understand how blessed they are to be able to see – something many of us take for granted. And who knows, maybe geneticists will find a cure in our lifetime and we, too, may be able to see again.
    Thanks so much for your comment!

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  • March 15, 2015 at 1:37 am

    Hi Kerry,
    I was trying to figure out how you would fit three blog posts in one, and you did it so well and concisely!
    Thanks for the lovely compliments. You are doing great, such a go-getter! Look at all that you have accomplished in a year’s time! Whoo-hoo! You are taking the necessary steps. God will continue to provide you with the next one, and the next one after that, and so on! Looking forward to your post on Anne of Green Gables when you travel there!

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  • August 5, 2015 at 10:58 pm

    Thank you for hosting me. All the best to you!
    Amy xx

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  • August 30, 2015 at 2:13 pm

    Hi Gillian,
    What a wonderful, informative post! And thank you so much for sharing my book! I’m humbled by your kind words about it. Also, what great timing since I’m having an End of Summer sale this week! 🙂

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  • September 16, 2015 at 6:46 pm

    Crystal, Thank you so much for taking time to review my book and, even more so, for internalizing my message – the good and the not-so-good and coming out with a new understanding of your mother’s struggles. My desire to be transparent in my writing is to bring awareness to the complex physical and emotional struggles that accompany vision and hearing loss.Your review totally made my day!God bless you!

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  • November 6, 2015 at 4:14 pm

    Thanks for inviting me to guest post, Joy and Jenelle!
    i look forward to meeting your readers!

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