Bartholomew’s Gift

DVD Release: February 8, 2005
Bartholomew’s Gift


An inspiring story of how one young man coped with his severe disability.

Dove Review

Bartholomew was born with arthrogryposis, a rare disability affecting both muscles and joints. His parents and older brother believe he was truly a gift from God. Bartholomew wanted to be the best pianist in the world. His parents sent him to a normal school instead of a special needs school. He was able to try to do all the things normal boys his age do. His family wanted a normal life for him. He was a determined young boy. His friends said he just needs things others don’t. He endured hours of physical therapy growing up. He had 2 surgeries and by age 19 his ankles were weakening.

Bartholomew’s mother tells of his experiences, the way people stare and comment, and how she works hard to always hold her head high. Bartholomew moved to college, living away from home for the first time. He never imagined he would be able to do that. He managed it well, though not without challenges. He received many awards from his piano playing and strives to learn to play better. The family is Pentecostal and he believes God has a plan and purpose for him. He and his brother continue to grow their relationship, and Bartholomew is an uncle! He also becomes a Music Director at a church.

A warm encouraging story for the family to watch. You will experience compassion towards one another in a new way.

This DVD is awarded the Dove “Faith-Friendly” Seal for all ages.

Content Description

Sex: None
Language: None
Violence: None
Drugs: None
Nudity: None
Other: None


Company: Gateway Films / Vision Video
Director: Crawford Telfer
Genre: Documentary
Runtime: 32 min.
Industry Rating: Not Rated
Reviewer: Caryn Toering