In an era of cynicism and divisiveness, the tale of this young angel who refused to give up hope combined with the simple act of a young father doing what he ought to do—standing by his ailing daughter through thick and thin—set the social-media world into a whirlwind of positivity. Their inspirational story made the sports world (and the celebrity world alongside it) sit up and smile at the ESPYs. It grabbed the attention of audiences far outside of sports, too, on the Today Show and Good Morning America, and in the pages of People magazine, US Weekly, and more.
Everyone seemed to want to know one thing: How did this dad and his little girl find a way to smile through the pain, and to keep fighting even when everything seemed to be going against them? The news media fell in love with the message and told the story the best they could in sound bites and interview clips, and yet the millions of readers and viewers who watched it all unfold in real time are still hungering for more.
To Devon Still and his daughter, this wasn’t just a story. This was their test. This was their faith on the line. And this book is their chance to show the world just how powerful faith can be. It’s their chance to show people there’s always reason for hope—and to give them some actionable steps they can take to better their own lives, right now.
Still, former NFL defensive tackle, shares how a religious upbringing helped him to take him on life's biggest challenges in his moving, forthright memoir. He grew up in Wilmington, Del., and was raised by this mother after his parents divorced when he was six. By his adolescence, he found that getting into trouble was a great way to see his disciplinarian father. He also soon realized how dangerous his city could be: "You grew up knowing that one day you might be talking to your friend and the next, his face might be on a t-shirt as a tribute." Still's parents' support, the teaching of his coaches, and the spiritual influence of his grandmother helped him get his life on track and secure a scholarship to Pennsylvania State University. After playing in the NFL for five years, he left football to pursue inspirational speaking. In the second half of the book, he writes about the sudden, devastating diagnosis of his four-year-old daughter with stage-IV neuroblastoma in her liver. Relying on the principles of persistence and faith that he had cultivated his whole life, Still coached his daughter through a miraculous recovery. This inspiring memoir will appeal to Christian sports fans.
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I have always wanted to be a football player and have had to deal with many problems. This book will connect to you.
Highly recommend this inspirational & incredible story. Devon is a true leader and wonderful father. Leah, his daughter, is an amazing person.....Must read!