The Purple Couch is Resting

November 11, 2008

The Purple Couch is resting somewhere in Vista, California.


November 11, 2008

After losing his legs in World War Two, John
finds purpose in his injury and in the sudden
death of his beloved wife.  He shares how faith
can get you through anything.

“…I got hurt and my legs cut off in 1942…I see that as a gift from God…”


November 11, 2008

After a work-related injury Edward is no longer
able to do the only job he has ever known and the
thing he most loves most in the world, construction.
Edward soon discovers the true meaning of
friendship and finds himself changed forever.

“…it stopped everything I knew…”


November 11, 2008

Amanda describes her mother’s sudden death
due to cancer and how her mother’s faith in God
throughout the illness changed the way she
sees the world.


November 11, 2008

The day that Steve came and sat on the couch had not been a great day for us. We had difficulty getting started that day in Balboa Park, San Diego, and the day was quite hot. To make matters worse, most of the passers-by didn’t seem interested in sitting and sharing a story, so our “people wranglers” (our daughters and friends who work to rope people into talking with us) were feeling a bit defeated, too. Then came Steve…a handsome, middle-aged police officer who sat down and when asked to share a story about a defining moment in his life, knew immediately the story he wanted to tell. His storytelling was so clear, vivid, and compelling. We all felt like we were there with him when he heard the sad news about his father. The crew was speechless and most of us were crying. Okay, truth be told, we were ALL crying. We knew that no matter what happened for the rest of the day, the story we had just heard would be with us forever.

Steve recounts the story of getting word as a
young boy that his father, a marine hero fighting
in Vietnam was likely going to die after being
shot several times.

“…You knew what that meant…someone died…”

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Stoney B. Blues

November 11, 2008

Katrina refugee Stoney “B” shares how it felt to
live through Hurricane Katrina and the aftermath
of the storm, a storm that would change not
only his life, but lives of so many others.

“…I didn’t want to leave.  I was there five days after the hurricane…”


November 11, 2008

High School Valedictorian, UCLA student and
extreme athlete Sean finds his future in question
when he is shockingly diagnosed with
Leukemia as a college student.

“…The guy next to me had been hit by a fire truck…”

Vicky & Harry

November 11, 2008

A funny story about how two people who were
destined to be together meet and fall in love.

“…I took his picture and never saw him again…”


November 11, 2008

All children have fears, but Frances, a beautiful
little girl, reminds us what we all should believe
in and not believe in.

“…Well, I believe in mostly everything except for bad dreams…”