Thursday, January 24, 2019

Still in the Game Finding the Faith to Tackle Life's Biggest Challenges By Devon Still with Mark Dagostino

I was given a copy of this book for the purpose of review  I was not paid to write this review

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.



This book is an emotional roller coaster and I enjoyed every minute of the ride.  It starts with a young Devon and tells the story of his hardships growing up in Delaware.  You can't help but feel for the little boy who life just seemed to keep knocking down.  Devon started to go down a dark road, but a bike stealing incident started to turn his life around.  Joe Paterno made a personal visit to a young Devon and offered him the chance to better himself and his future.  Devon joined the Penn State family, though he still hit a few bumps in the road his life was alerted for the better.  Fast forward several years and Devon is now in the NFL living the dream when suddenly one of the worst things that can happen to a person happened to him.  HIs young daughter has cancer.
Devon's life was again about to be changed forever.  Devon's strength and beautiful love for his daughter brought me to tears.  And his love for God is a true testimony to who he is as a person.  His family is a true inspiration.  This book is a must read.  My husband who isn't a reader now just started and can't put it down!