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A simple bike ride changed their lives! It was a bike ride that forever changed Captain Marshall Allen's life. Seven years later, a very similar bike ride would do the same for magazine editor Alexandra Allred. While many believed it was destiny that Alex would take a bike route that would lead her to tell Marshall's extraordinary story, it soon became clear that Marshall was also meant to help Alex. Marshall was a pioneer in the fire department, becoming the first black fire fighter in Salt Lake County. Alex was...
A simple bike ride changed their lives! It was a bike ride that forever changed Captain Marshall Allen's life. Seven years later, a very similar bike ride would do the same for magazine editor Alexandra Allred. While many believed it was destiny that Alex would take a bike route that would lead her to tell Marshall's extraordinary story, it soon became clear that Marshall was also meant to help Alex. Marshall was a pioneer in the fire department, becoming the first black fire fighter in Salt Lake County. Alex was a pioneer in the sports world, becoming the first U.S. women's bobsled champion. But where Marshall was from very humble beginnings, once abused in the foster care system, Alex was the daughter of a U.S. Diplomat. They were worlds apart. Neither had any idea how much trouble was brewing ... This is the story of an unlikely friendship between a quadriplegic fire fighter and a former national athlete turned writer and how they changed local and national policies, took on the good 'ol boy network and the "Big Boys" at the US Capitol. Swingman: What a Difference A Decade Makes is a fast-paced, laugh-out-loud book that chronicles the last ten years of their lives, their faith (or once lack thereof) and their own personal fires. If you believe in miracles, if you believe you can fight city hall, if you believe in overcoming insurmountable obstacles, this is the book for you! Prepare to be inspired by the indomitable spirit of both Captain Marshall Allen and his friend Alexandra Allred.
Posted July 24, 2010
"SWINGMAN" is sometimes funy, sometimes sad, but always inspiring. A self-admitted "smart-alek, wild girl," and agnostic/atheist, Alexandra Allred has written her book interwoven with three topics.
The first one is her family's Christmas letter which is sent out to family members and friends each year during the holiday season. They never focus on happy events because husband Robb says, "people don't want to hear happy things. People don't want to know how great things are going for other people." So the letter concentrates on many of the family's mishaps (sometimes hilarious) that have happened throughout the last year.
Second, this is the story of the "unconquerable Marshall Allen" and his struggles. Marshall is a Fort Worth firefighter who was tragically paralyzed in a bicycle accident in July 2001. He was the first African-American firefighter in Salt Lake County, Utah before moving to Fort Worth and becoming one of the first black firefighters in that city.
And thirdly, the book is concerned with the air pollution surrounding her hometown in Texas and the effect it has on her young son and other residents of the town. Allred's battle with the good ol' boys of City Hall takes her all the way to Washington, D.C. and Congress.
"SWINGMAN" will make you laugh, it will make you angry, it may even make you cry, but it will also motivate you. What becomes of Allred's son? What becomes of Marshall Allen? Does Allred still feel the same way about God at the end of the book as she did in the beginning of the book? Read the book and find out. "SWINGMAN" will swing you and make you feel good. I highly recommend it.
Posted July 5, 2010
Swingman...I'm so proud I just finished the book. I love it! I already have so many people to share the book with for different reasons. My dad because he grew up in Fort Worth,and I know he'll enjoy the history and information of the firemen there. Another is a lifelong friend who is a fireman himself. How neat that must be to read about others in the same line of duty and how Marshall overcame so much! I'm a teacher myself and am not really connected in any way...or so I thought! It's such an interesting book for anyone and could touch your life in so many ways. Everyone needs to read it for inspiration and to reflect on their own life to remember what to be thankful for! There's also the humorous side with the Allred Christmas letters. I'm going to have to ask to be added on the Allred Christmas list so I can continue to get the letters!
"What a Difference a Decade Makes"...wow, that says it all!
Posted June 15, 2010
I am an avid reader of all varieties of books, and I found that I could not put this book down. I laughed out loud (making everyone look at me like I was crazy), and I cried. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves to read and loves an inspiring story. Alexandra Allred is an exceptional writer. She is able to put the reader right into the trials and struggles of her subjects. I have already told many people to get this book. If you love books that can keep you reading until late at night, without regard for the time, you should put Swingman on your wish list!!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 16, 2010
Swingman is a book that will draw you in. There is a little something within its pages for everyone. Mrs. Allred weaves her wonderful sense of humor throughout as she addresses some very serious topics: an extremely ill son, environmental concerns, race relations, how society treats those with physical handicaps and the concept of God. Reared as an atheist, Mrs. Allred didn't believe in anything - no God, no afterlife, no higher power of any kind. That is until an unplanned early morning bike ride changed everything and put her on a collision course with the unthinkable! Funny, refreshingly honest, thought-provoking and informative - this book is a must-read!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.