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A Navy SEAL who first overcame a crippling childhood condition and then a devastating training accident offers his own experiences as lessons in defeating adversity.
Patrick Bisher’s career as a Navy SEAL should have ended after a parachuting accident nearly crippled him. But overcoming adversity, even an injury as serious as a broken hip, was nothing new for him. He’d spent a portion of his childhood in leg braces. Doctors told him he’d never walk again thanks to a degenerative hip condition. He wasn’t about to give up then, any more than he was in the wake of that parachute training accident. Instead, he went on to serve in combat as a member of SEAL Team Seven, seeing action in Iraq and ultimately winning the Army Commendations Medal, among other awards.
Now Patrick wants to take the lessons he learned on and off the battlefield and apply them to everyday life. He offers inspiration to all who’ve faced the kind of adversity he has. In chapters drawn directly from his own experience, he sketches a heart-wrenching tale of salvaging lifelong victories out of crushing defeats, and hope out of heartache.
From being branded a “cripple” to successfully negotiating BUD/S (Basic Underwater Demolition/SEALS) training, from agonizing pain to heroic achievement, from devastating loss to finding his faith, Patrick’s story is one of discovering ways to do everything he possibly can, instead of making excuses for what he can’t. An American hero who never surrendered is now sharing his lessons with those fighting their own battles to emerge from their dark places into the light and lead a better, more productive life.
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About the Author
I had a severe bone disease that crippled me in late elementary school. I was in leg braces, crutches and a body cast, all before middle school. I couldn’t walk well, or without intense bone-on-bone pain. I hated my life, and was a victim of my own circumstances. Nothing came easy. I wanted to prove the world wrong about what I could do.
I found a place to belong in the SEAL brotherhood, but lost my way and my purpose in the process, only to hit rock bottom because of injuries. I found change, and found my purpose, by finding my faith and became stronger than I have ever been. Once I stopped playing the victim card my life changed forever. I started to become the man that God intended me to be—to mentor people, teams and companies to reach their maximum potential and to look past selfish desires that only hurt themselves. My testimony will break down barriers and show you how to reach goals you didn’t think were possible.
Table of Contents
A Note from Patrick Bisher ix
Prologue: Heros xiii
Chapter 1 Leg Braces 3
Chapter 2 A Boy's Life 15
Chapter 3 Running with Scissors 21
Chapter 4 Back On My Three Feet 39
Chapter 5 A Fresh Start 54
Chapter 6 The Darkest Hour 66
Chapter 7 BUD/S 77
Chapter 8 Setback 90
Chapter 9 The Accident 101
Chapter 10 Fighting Through 113
Chapter 11 Surrendering to God 126
Chapter 12 Fit to Serve 136
Chapter 13 Lessons Learned 149
Chapter 14 Reckoning 164
Chapter 15 Victim or Hero 175
Epilogue: Bigger Than Myself 184
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Patrick Bisher’s true story is all about overcoming hardship and finding his true path in life. His determination and perseverance can be an inspiration to us all, giving us hope and encouragement to dream and reach for it. Michigan is my home state, so knowing Patrick is a fellow Michigander made me want to know his story even more. He is an amazing man with a story to share that we can all walk away from being better off for knowing it. Imagine, as a child, a 9 year old boy, hearing, “You’ll never be able to walk again.” When I read that, the first thought to pop into my mind was One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind. At the end of each chapter is an inspirational summary of ‘What you can learn from this.’ Patrick takes us from a childhood of bullying, harassment, despair and pain, to an adulthood filled with hope and determination and a desire to inspire and uplift. He is dealt blow after blow, struggling to find his way through every setback. Even when he is lost, he finds an inner strength. Life is full of surprises and the road twists and turns, a journey we must all take, but there is no straight line. Funny that he also tasted the General Motors life and found it lacking. I worked there for fifteen years and took early retirement because I wanted more. It felt like a prison to me and I had to spread my wings. Sometimes we have to take a leap of faith. No risk, no reward. I totally agree with his final chapter and it concerns me for our country’s future. Patrick believes in Paying It Forward. His story takes us from him being bullied and labeled as a cripple who would never amount to anything, to being a Navy SEAL, when everyone said it wasn’t possible, to giving back to all those who need a little help in achieving their goals and desires. Believe…believe in yourself. I felt so good after reading No Surrender and I want to thank Patrick for his service to our country and his willingness to share what he has learned with all of us. I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of No Surrender by Patrick Bisher & Jon Land.
NO SURRENDER By Patrick Bisher with Jon Land Reviewed by Russell Ilg After 40+ books, writing about heroes is nothing new for Jon Land. What is new for him is writing about an actual warrior, instead of a fictional one, which is exactly the point of No Surrender and then some. This wondrously written tale, chronicling the improbable route Navy SEAL Patrick Bisher followed in becoming a true American hero, rings true as an inspirational catharsis of rare depth and pathos. No Surrender is subtitled Faith, Family and Finding Your Way for a reason: Because that’s exactly what Patrick discovered were the true keys to surmounting obstacles life kept throwing in his way. He was only nine when doctors told him he’d likely never walk again due to a congenital hip condition, but you wouldn’t know that from his performance through Navy SEAL BUD/S training. Nor would you know that his decorated service in Iraq was performed with an artificial hip made necessary when a parachuting accident threatened to waylay Patrick’s dream yet again. Those BUD/S chapters are among the finest I’ve ever encountered as a backdrop to military training, but this is no standard military tome, despite a sequence set amid Patrick’s deployment to Iraq. It’s a memoir rooted in Patrick finding his faith when he’d lost everything else and how that faith, along with God, carried him from the darkness of despair to the light of hope. “I had tried everything to heal, to make my body right and whole,” he writes. “Having failed physically, I had to look elsewhere; inward, toward my soul. If I couldn’t heal myself from the outside in, maybe I could heal myself from the inside out.” No Surrender is one of those rare true-life tales that wraps all three acts into a tight, taut package. The beginning, middle, and end are as heart wrenching as they are heartfelt for different reasons entirely, but no less mesmerizing and magical in tracing Patrick’s circuitous climb to joining the ranks of the elitist of America’s warriors. A testament to perseverance and the triumph of the human soul, making No Surrender a masterpiece of introspection and a memoirist classic that is not to be missed.