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Jan 23, 2013 7:50 PM by Kyle Benton - Q2 News

Local author draws a crowd at St. Vincent's Hospital

BILLINGS - The lobby at St. Vincent's Healthcare was filled Wednesday morning, not with patients, but with individuals looking to spend time with an author who was signing his new book.

For those that have experienced a stroke, the effects can be devastating. But for Larry Pray, who is a victim of a stroke, it's something that has turned into a ministry.

"I didn't ask for it, you didn't ask for it. Guess what? We've all got it. And I hope that this story will help them trigger their own appreciation of the narrative experience in their lives," Pray said.

After pastoring a church in Big Timber for seven years, Larry was faced with his first stroke. It is from that pain and anguish that he found the inspiration to write a book to help others understand the difficulties that stroke victims face on a daily basis.

"Everybody knows somebody that's had a stroke in their family," Pray said. "It's just amazing. But it's a hard thing to talk about because a lot of us don't live through it. And that's what the book is about."

The book, Thresholds, attempts to uncover a statement, a friend of Larry's made while on his deathbed.

Pray reflected, "He said, 'It's not like I thought it would be.' And then 15 years later, it's my turn to answer that question."

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