Eight Twenty Eight

2015-0108 Ian and Larissa Muphy
Picture Courtesy of Ian and Larissa Murphy


  1. This post includes religious beliefs not shared by all people.
  2. I am not suggesting one religion is better than another.
  3. The video and book mentioned in this post refer to experiences of two people.
  4. I am not suggesting the experiences of two people apply to all people.
  5. The book mentions love, marriage, religion, brain injury, and challenges.
  6. I am not an expert on love, marriage, or religion.

I chose to mention the the video and book because I recently watched the video (see below) that mentions the relationship of Ian and Larissa, and I like the story. Since I have not read the book or interviewed the authors, I rely on an article written by somebody who read the book and interviewed the authors.



In an article written by Amy Julia Becker for Christianity Today, we learn the collision came 10 months into their relationship. For the next two years, he worked to regain his ability to talk, then Ian and Larissa began talking about marriage. Two years after that, they married on 8/28/2010 — the month and day of Ian’s late father’s birthday. The date is referenced in the title of their new book, Eight Twenty Eight and it refers to a Bible passage, Romans 8:28: “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to His purpose” (ESV).

Although both Ian and Larissa contributed to the book, most of the narrative takes place during the years of Ian’s coma and recovery. With graceful prose and fluid storytelling, Larissa explains the factors that led her to remain so intimately connected to Ian even though they were not yet engaged and his prognosis was grim.

One of the questions Becker asked Ian was why he chose to contribute to the book. In response he said, “My wifey. She asked me, and I said yes. Because if my wifey wants to do it, it must be good.”

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