||T H E
Y E A R O F
M Y R E B I R T H
McGraw-Hill & Co., New York City,
New York, 1956. 242 pp.
With illustrations by Barry Martin.
The Year of My Rebirth recounts Stuart’s year-long recuperation
from a massive heart attack he suffered
in October 1954 shortly after giving a
lecture at Murray State College. As
Stuart collapsed and faded into unconsciousness, he
kept repeating, “I will not die. I will
not die” (Richardson, Jesse,
p. 356). While being rushed to a
hospital, he was given two
nitroglycerine tablets that probably
saved his life. He spent forty-six days
in the hospital; most of that time he
was completely incapacitated.
returning to W-Hollow in November, his
doctors ordered complete bed rest.
He later wrote, “I had to to learn to
walk. I had to learn to speak. I had to
come back from everything. It was a new
life” (Gifford and Kazee, Jesses
Stuart, 115). To keep himself
occupied Stuart began keeping a daily
journal. Eventually, he turned his
diary into The Year of Rebirth,
which still continues to inspire readers
with its uplifting message of hope and
healing. The book was
year’s later in Great Britain.