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Six Months to Live
Six Months to Live
Three Guys on the Ultimate Quest for a Miracle
Artie Boyle was an ordinary American dad. Then terminal cancer happened. The best doctors despaired. When his best friends bought tickets to fly with him to Medjugorje, where healings were known to happen, Artie dared to look for a miracle.
First it was Judy, Artie’s wife, who went all out to support him through praying and recruiting hundreds of others to join her. Artie had never put much stock in mysticism or miracles. But when his best friends bought tickets to fly with him to Croatia to the controversial shrine at Medjugorje where healings were known to happen, he dared it all.
So these three unlikely pilgrims set out together to climb a mountain on a cold, rainy night in search of hope. They found themselves in powerful ways sharing spiritually, even praying together, something they would have found very odd before. And when they came home Artie was healed—completely. The cancer was gone. The doctors at Mass General Hospital were astounded, triple-checked their records, yet could offer “no explanation.” But Artie knew better.
As powerful as his healing was, what came next was just as amazing: the spiritual transformation of Artie, his family, and friends—and the hope and inspiration he offers to thousands who hear his story at the talks he gives nationwide, and through the media.
This is the first full account of Artie's story with a Foreword by Ivan Dragicevic, Medjugorje Visionary.
Reviews and endorsements
"To most folks, it was Tiger Woods who made 2000 the year of the miracle in the golf world. I beg to differ. I know a low-handicap, tournament golfer named Artie Boyle, who is part of something that seems bigger than any of Woods' major victories and link heroics. Deep in Boyle's heart and soul, he knows he is the beneficiary of an actual miracle ..."
I’m in Medjugorje with a group of Americans, mostly hockey dads from the Boston area, plus two men and two women with stage 4 cancer. We’re led by 59-year-old Arthur Boyle, a father of 13, who first came here on Labor Day weekend in 2000, riddled with cancer and given months to live. He felt broken and dejected and wouldn’t have made the trip had not two friends forced him into it. But that first night, after he went to confession at St. James the Apostle church, psychological relief came rapidly.
“The anxiety and depression were gone,” he told me. “You know when you’re carrying someone on your shoulders in a swimming pool water fight—they come off, and you feel light and free? I was like, Wait a minute, what just happened to me? Why is that?”
The next morning, with his friends Rob and Kevin, he met another of the “visionaries,” Vicka Ivankovic-Mijatovic, in a jewelry shop and asked for her help. Gripping his head with one hand, she appealed to the Virgin Mary to ask God to cure him. Boyle said he experienced an unusual sensation right there in the store. “She starts to pray over me. Rob and Kevin put their hands on me, and the heat that went through my body from her praying was causing them to sweat.”
Back in Boston a week later, a CT scan at Massachusetts General Hospital revealed that his tumors had shrunk to almost nothing.
Since then, Boyle has been back to Medjugorje 13 times. “I’m a regular guy,” he said. “I like to play hockey and drink beer. I play golf.” But, he continued, “I had to change things in my life.” Today, Boyle said, he’s become “a sort of mouthpiece for Jesus Christ’s healing power and of course the Mother and the power of her intercession.”
—The National Geographic Magazine
"After learning he had advanced lung and kidney cancer, Artie Boyle traveled to Bosnia and Herzegovina to the pilgrimage site Medjugorje with [Rob] Griffin and his brother-in-law, Kevin Gill. Since 1981, millions have flocked there after six people reported seeing an apparition of the Virgin Mary.
A little more than a week later, Artie Boyle showed up at Massachusetts General Hospital for a meeting with his doctors before a scheduled operation. Judy Boyle requested one last scan — and it showed no evidence of cancer."
—Peter May, New York Times
"This series will be about some remarkable and inexplicable events that we call miracles. We begin with the story of a Boston man who made a pilgrimage to a sacred site in search of his own miracle. It has been said that the miracle is not to fly in the air or walk on the water but to walk on earth, a lesson that a few like Arthur Boyle feel fortunate to have learned. Medjugorje is a place where miracles and revelations are believed to happen, a place where the Virgin Mary is said to have appeared on a hill over two decades ago and where her presence is still felt by thousands who make the pilgrimage."
—Charlie Gibson, Good Morning America
"The odds of being cured from metastatic renal cell carcinoma are very low. The chance of spontaneous remission is 1-2%. Absent a miracle, the cancer will return."
—Dr. Francis McGovern, Urologist, Mass General Hospital, The Early Show
“In a day and age when mankind relies heavily on technology to provide for his needs, Artie Boyle had no choice but to rely on his faith. Stricken with terminal cancer and out of medical options, this father of thirteen traveled to a distant land to ask for a miracle. And, against all odds, he came home healed. Artie’s remarkable and miraculous journey will warm your heart and rekindle your faith.”
—Jack Sacco, award-winning author, Where the Birds Never Sing and Above the Treetops
“Six Months to Live follows three regular guys on a desperate life-saving journey. Filled with remarkable discoveries, it’s an unforgettable story of friendship, hope and unshakable faith. Get ready to believe in miracles.”
—Mary Lou Quinlan, author, New York Times bestseller, The God Box: Sharing My Mother’s Gift of Faith, Love and Letting Go
“Without Medjugorje, I would not have portrayed Jesus in The Passion of the Christ. After visiting this remote village, for the first time in my life I realized that Jesus saw me, was concerned about me, and loved me. I felt the most extraordinary sense of peace that I wished everyone could experience. When I read this book, I was struck again with this simple but life- changing truth. One of the most important lessons Artie beautifully communicates as you follow his healing journey is the need for men to be intimately involved in the spiritual leadership of their families. His words and story of an impossible healing will not only stay with you for a very long time, but challenge you to the person God called you to be.”
—Jim Caviezel, star, The Passion of the Christ, CBS Person of Interest
“Artie has captured his powerful story of healing and conversion in this wonderful book. If you’ve ever wondered about the power of faith, his testimony will take your breath away. It proves that nothing is impossible with God.“
—Ray Flynn, former U.S. Ambassador to the Vatican and Mayor of Boston
“A chance conversation in a hockey rink leads to a life-changing experience for Artie and his friends. Having known the Boyle family for many years I am certain that his story will be an inspiration to anyone who reads this book.”
—Bobby Orr, NHL Hall of Fame member, author of Orr: My Story
“My father’s healing experience has been an inspiration to me and to my eleven siblings. It changed all of us forever. We are incredibly grateful to Jesus and Mary for the last fourteen years with him, and the things we have been able to share as a family. I hope readers will be uplifted by this story of faith, family and friends.”
—Brian Boyle, player, New York Rangers
Mr. Boyle’s inspirational story of physical healing and spiritual transformation is one of many examples of the rich spiritual, psychological and physical fruits of Medjugorje. It reassures us of Mary’s unconditional love and desire to intercede for her children.”
—Father Johann Roten, SM, Director of Research, Art and Special Projects, International Marian Research Institute/The Marian Library
“The minute I started reading Six Months to Live, I got total body chills—and they kept coming. A sure sign that this book is full of the truth about healing and miracles. May this true story bless your life.”
—Christiane Northrup, M.D., physician and author of the New York Times bestsellers: Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom and The Wisdom of Menopause
“The wonder of the Arthur Boyle story is that it is still unfolding. A process of faith, prayer and sacraments, wrapped in the love of family and friends, and graced by the Virgin of Medjugorje, opened a healing path which continues to inspire Christian joy, hope and vision in hungry souls from the town of Hingham to distant lands. Long may its ripple effect continue!”
—Father Simon Cadwallader, Missionary Society of St. James the Apostle
“Men more comfortable on a golf course, hockey rink, or in boardrooms travel to a place where they are captivated by the spiritual, and return home very different men. An engrossing memoir.”
—Glen Sather, President and General Manager, the New York Rangers
“Artie Boyle tells us how faith, family and friends helped him experience a miracle. Inspiring and unforgettable. A must read!”
—Bill Brett, former director of photography, The Boston Globe
"Six Months to Live by Arthur P. Boyle is the captivating story of three guys on the ultimate quest for a miracle. If the reader’s faith fades away from time to time, this is the book with the true story of how to retain and recover that faith. This 147-page drama-for-real details the progression of the disease that Artie has: metastatic renal cell carcinoma. There have been many instances of healing in the past that have baffled medical science and here is another dramatic example. There is a God! Should the reader have any doubts about that face, this is the book to read. In all of our lives, our faith does tend to occasionally waver. However, this powerful book is the antidote to reviving that faith! It is not unusual in our lives to occasionally have doubts regarding our feelings toward our lives and the life to come. But this volume will strengthen the weakness of the reader’s faith. This book of faith and renewed understanding is highly recommended for all Christians."
—M. George Paregian, publisher of Directional Magazines