About The Book


For John Buchan, a summer morning began just like any other. He woke up and left for work—and then four weeks later, he awoke again to find himself in a hospital, suffering from catastrophic injuries. It was a miracle he was alive.

Spared by Grace is the inspiring true story of one man’s miraculous “against all odds” survival and recovery from a very serious head-on collision. Doctors were surprised he was alive and have expressed their amazement at his recovery. Having sustained a serious brain injury, one of the many miracles has been the completion of this book, which details many answered prayers. John, a fishing skipper, also shares the story of his life and how he built his family.

The strength he and his family have been given to carry them through this journey is remarkable. In the final chapter, John Buchan concludes that his life has indeed been spared by grace.

A wonderful testimony to the encouragement of faith and the power of prayer—and a reminder that we are rescued by a God for whom all things are possible.
—Pastor David McCaig

I try not to use the word miracle in any context, but it is a miracle you are alive, medically speaking you shouldn’t be here.
—Patricia Donaldson, MRCGP, general practitioner

This gentleman is a triumph of modern trauma treatment and has made a fantastic recovery from what was a very severe incident.
—George Patrick Ashcroft, BSC, MBChB, FRCSEd, consultant orthopaedic surgeon

Mr Buchan’s injuries in most circumstances would not be survivable.
—Angus D Maclean, MBChB, FRCS (trauma and orth) Ed, consultant trauma and orthopaedic surgeon

Mr Buchan has made an exceptionally good recovery from a combination of injuries that could easily have proved fatal.
—L.T. Dunn MA, PhD, MB, BCh, FRCSEd, FRCSEd(NS), FRCSGla, consultant neurosurgeon

Considering the brain injury you sustained, it’s quite amazing we’re sitting here having this conversation.
—Ceri Trevethan, clinical psychologist

Given the damage to your brain which was widespread and extensive…..you have made a remarkable recovery.
—Jackie Hamilton, clinical neuropsychologist


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