Title: The Power of Faith When Tragedy Strikes: A Father-Son Memoir
Author: Chris A Norton, Terry D Norton, Christy Hayes (Contributor)
Genre: Non-Fiction, Inspirational, Memoir
On a beautiful October day in 2010, eighteen-year-old Chris Norton jogged onto the football field on a kickoff for Luther College and was wheeled off on a stretcher after a routine tackle fractured his spine causing significant damage to his spinal cord. Given a 3 percent chance of ever moving anything below the neck, Chris awoke from surgery sixteen hours later defying the odds by shrugging his shoulder, beginning his long-fought journey to recovery with his family and biggest fan—father Terry—by his side.
Told through alternating chapters, this inspiring father-son memoir recounts a young man’s seemingly insurmountable quest to regain movement in every part of his body, and a father’s struggle to be the rock his son and family lean on in the face of their worst nightmare. Chris and Terry depict with brutal honesty the harrowing months they spent in rehabilitation and the years that followed where family, friends, and faith became the nucleus that saw them through. Chris’s graduation walk, marriage proposal and courageous story have already inspired millions worldwide.
I think the word inspiration now has a new definition. This book is one of the most powerful I have ever had the pleasure to read. The story of how A singular moment in time changed the lives of not just the football player who was struck down but his family, friends, acquaintances, doctors, nurses, the physical therapy assistants, other victims of this injury and all their circles…it is beyond awe inspiring. I think the thing that struck me the most is how Chris states if he could go back in time he wouldn’t change a thing. Being almost paralyzed actually changed his life for the better.
The book is written brilliantly, telling the tale of the Norton family with the crux being that fateful day when Chris had his neck broken on the football field. The journey from the injury, to the initial care, to the mass rehab is told from both Chris’s perspective and that of his Dad, Terry.
You can clearly see that God had a plan for the Norton family and it only just started with his being injured. Only with God’s hand can a person overcome a 3% chance of ever moving again. I laughed, I cried, I smiled, I grew frustrated and I cheered both when Chris asked Emily to marry him and when he triumphantly walked across stage to get his diploma.
I don’t think 5+ stars is enough. Everyone should read this book. It will reach you in so many ways. This book had such an impact on me that I was personally excited to find out that Chris himself had emailed my wife. I would be so excited to receive an email from a man I consider a true hero. A fantastic book that has changed my life.
My Rating: 5+ stars
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CHRIS NORTON is a motivational speaker and founder of the SCI CAN Foundation. Chris suffered a severe spinal cord injury playing college football in 2010, losing movement and feeling below his neck. Through faith, family, and unwavering perseverance, Chris came back from his injury stronger than ever, receiving his business management degree from Luther College. Chris has appeared on ABC’s Good Morning America, Fox News’ Fox & Friends, NBC Nightly News, CBS’s The Early Show, and his story has been featured in TIME, USA Today, E!, People, and Cosmopolitan. Chris speaks regularly to students and organizations about overcoming adversity and achieving goals. Currently residing in Michigan with his loving fiancé Emily, Chris wouldn’t take back the play that left him paralyzed due to the positive influence his story has had on millions of people worldwide.
TERRY NORTON is the Director of Des Moines Area Community College Jasper County Career Academy. Terry has over 20 years of experience in education and training, both in the corporate sector as well as K-12 and post-secondary education. Terry earned a Bachelor’s of Business Administration from the University of Iowa and a Masters of Art in Teaching from Drake University. Terry is the proud father of three children and has been married to his beautiful wife, Deb, for over 30 years. Terry has served as board president for the SCI CAN Foundation since it’s inception in 2012.
Social Media Links:
Sci Can Foundation http://scicanfoundation.com/
Reviewed by: Mr. N