Step Out on Nothing: How Faith and Family Helped Me Conquer Life's Challenges

Step Out on Nothing: How Faith and Family Helped Me Conquer Life's Challenges

by Byron Pitts
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0312577664

ISBN-13: 2900312577666

Pub. Date: 09/29/2009

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

In Step Out on Nothing, Byron Pitts Chronicles his astonishing story of overcoming a childhood filled with obstacles to achieve enormous success in life. Throughout Byron's difficult youth-his parents separated when he was twelve and his mother worked two jobs to make ends meet-he suffered from a debilitating stutter. But Byron was keeping an even more embarrassing

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In Step Out on Nothing, Byron Pitts Chronicles his astonishing story of overcoming a childhood filled with obstacles to achieve enormous success in life. Throughout Byron's difficult youth-his parents separated when he was twelve and his mother worked two jobs to make ends meet-he suffered from a debilitating stutter. But Byron was keeping an even more embarrassing secret: He was also functionally illiterate. For a kid from innercity-Baltimore, it was a recipe for failure. Pitts turned struggle into strength and overcame both of his impediments.

Along the way, a few key people "stepped out on nothing" to make a difference for him-from his mother, who worked tirelessly to raise her kids right and delivered ample amounts of tough love, to his college roommate, who helped Byron practice his vocabulary and speech. Through it all, he persevered, following his steadfast passion. After fifteen years in local television, he landed a job as a correspondent for CBS News in 1998, and went on to become an Emmy Award-winning journalist and a correspondent for 60 Minutes. From a challenged youth to a career covering 9/11 and Iraq, Pitts's triumphant and uplifting story will resonate with anyone who has felt like giving up in the face of seemingly insurmountable hardships.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900312577666
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
09/29/2009
Edition description:
NE
Pages:
304

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 Mustard Seed Faith-With It You Can Move Mountains 7

2 Keep Your Head Up 21

3 Quiet Discipline 49

4 Who's Got Your Back? 61

5 The Hands That Pull You Up 81

6 Letters from Home 109

7 An Angel from Estonia 119

8 Never Say I'll Try, Say I Will 133

9 It Never Gets Easier-You Just Get Stronger 157

10 Valley of the Shadow of Death 183

11 Love the Least of Us 209

12 The Power of Prayer and Optimism 233

13 The Power of Forgiveness: When Father and Son Talk as Men 247

14 Earthquake in Haiti: When Life Is Unfair 267

Epilogue 275

Acknowledgments 285

Index 287

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