Open Your Eyes (International Edition): 10 Uncommon Lessons to Discover a Happier Life

Open Your Eyes (International Edition): 10 Uncommon Lessons to Discover a Happier Life


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Doctors removed Jake Olson’s left eye at ten months old. When he was twelve, after years of radiation and chemotherapy, the cancer took his right eye as well. That’s when Jake’s story really began.

When ESPN met Jake Olson, he was a twelve-year-old boy who wanted to spend his final weeks of sight with the USC football team. Jake’s story became one of the most recognized pieces in the network’s history, earning anaward, instantly viewed by hundreds of thousands of people worldwide. But Jake’s story didn’t end with his final surgery or with ESPN—not by a long shot.

Now sixteen, Jake Olson dreams of becoming the first blind golfer in the PGA. How is such a thing even possible? How does that level of perseverance endure in someone with so many reasons to give up?

In Open Your Eyes, Jake Olson tells more than his story. He reveals the ways of thinking, living, and praying that have kept him and his family triumphant in the face of their tribulations. Told with sincerity and humor in tandem with leadership coach McKay Christensen, Open Your Eyes is not just a heartwarming chronicle of the Olson family’s struggle. Jake’s story is a step-by-step lesson in perseverance and motivation from a young man who knows how to put the past in the past.

From the USC locker room to the fairways of Pebble Beach, Jake Olson will inspire you, your family, and your team with bravery, ability, and faith. It is time to learn from this remarkable young man and open your eyes to a happier life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780529102690
Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
Publication date: 12/31/2013
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

About the Author

Jake Olson has overcome the loss ofhis eyes to cancer. Jake's story is one ofstruggles and loss, but most of all his story demonstrates his victory over blindness through his unwillingness to give up those things in life he loves, especially golf. Jake continues to develop his game without sight and is now playing on his high school golf team.

McKay Christensen, PhD, is the president of a billion dollar global consumer products company and adjunct professor at the Marriott School of Management. McKay speaks to audiences around the globe about his groundbreaking research on how adults learn and find happiness. McKay and his wife, Jennifer, are the parents of five children and live in Highland, Utah.

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Open Your Eyes: 10 Uncommon Lessons to Discover a Happier Life 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Jake gives a insight of his life as child when he was able see and by the time he was 12 he eventually lost his sight from cancer. He also gives insights on how he, his family and God helped him through this horrible illness in his life. Jake has kept God first and everything else second etc. throughout his life along with his family and over coming. I am impressed that Jake wants to still be a professional Golfer on the PGA Tour as a blind person. I think Jake can over come any challenges that comes his way. I hope his makes the PGA Tour someday. What a remarkable person to overcome these obstacles and still pursue with a great attitude in his life. Sincerely yours, Timothy James Hawkins
Sheri-A-Wilkinson More than 1 year ago
Open Your Eyes: 10 Uncommon Lessons to Discover a Happier Life by Jake Olson, McKay Christensen As a child Jake Olson had cancer and went blind. This is an uplifting story of his courage and strength, how he handled the bad news, the hurdles he faced and what it took to keep him moving on. We learn some tips on coping with life, also how Jake relied on his religious beliefs and faith to get him through the rough times in his life. One thing I liked was Jake's courage and never-give-up attitude. He took a tragic event in his life and shows us that life does go on, and you can achieve what ever you want no matter what .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fu<_>ck this.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
*pulls her thong off, and unzips Kevin's pants, kissing him softly*
Dolphins72 More than 1 year ago
Jake is only 16 years old but has learned more than a lifetime&rsquo;s worth of lessons already.  Born with a form of eye cancer, he had one eye removed when he was 10 months old and the other when he was 12.  Despite these major losses, Jake and his family have lived a victorious life because of their faith in Jesus.  In this book, Jake and his family share some of the lessons learned. Unfortunately for us, Jake co-wrote this book with a trainer, who, I would guess, is probably a motivational speaker, because he speaks as one might talk.  So rather than getting Jake&rsquo;s story and lessons in one voice, we read it in two.  While Jake&rsquo;s is straightforward and from the heart, the other voice is a subpar self-help work, full of platitudes and often jarring illustrations that barely fit the topic, written in a cadence that gets tiresome, as it truly sounds like listening to cheerleading.  It makes for an uneven read, going back and forth from Jake&rsquo;s real and honest voice to the cheerleader, whose words often read like this:  &ldquo;. . . Yet he would not.  He was afraid.  When we know what God expects, we act with certainty.  We aren&rsquo;t afraid.  We don&rsquo;t care what others think.  We take appropriate risks.  We step out of our comfort zones. . . .  So find the winner within.  Procrastinate less. Act more.  Look for your defining moment.&rdquo;  If you like short, choppy sentences about the obvious, then this is the book for you.  If you don&rsquo;t, it may give you a headache. This book is really two in one, and I&rsquo;d recommend reading it as such.  First, read the accounts of Jake and his family; this isn&rsquo;t hard to do, because these parts are written in a distinct font.  It makes for a fabulous narrative, and you really gain insight into the tremendous challenges they faced and continue to face.  Then read the trainer&rsquo;s lessons, which are marginally worth reading. The faith of Jake and his family which has been fed by their trial is inspiring and is what will linger in the reader&rsquo;s mind about this book. I received this book for free in exchange for my unbiased review through the Thomas Nelson BookSneeze Program.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kato if you dont go ill fight you and im a bloo<_>dy gladiator when i fight.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kato. You're together with....with....Trish?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Yeah me to i am in on this i say
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
He sighs. "Whatever."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Post ur bio at fzp res two. I might do you if ur good enough..............................................................................
Wintry8 More than 1 year ago
I really, really dislike giving a bad review to a book that I started reading with vigour. But unfortunately, it happens to the best of us and we just can&rsquo;t help but not like the book. I dove headfirst into this book, because it interested me a lot when I read the blurb and the first few pages really pulled me in. Reading the struggle Jake and his family went through in his childhood years was brilliant but after the fifth chapter, things took a sway to the bad side for me.  This book started out tremendously interesting, but it started reading monotonously and I had to force myself to finish the book, because it was an assignment and I always power through. It has so much potential that just wasn&rsquo;t captured. I&rsquo;m not an extremely religious person and this book gave off an overly religious vibe. Now I get that religion and God helped Jake through his struggles and made him into the very inspiring person he is today, but it was overwhelming at times. But even this wasn&rsquo;t a major issue. For me, the writing didn&rsquo;t flow and create a comfortable atmosphere. The book bounced around a lot. The minute I started getting interested in one part of the story, it would jump to an entirely different phase of Jake&rsquo;s life and it irritated me.  This book wasn&rsquo;t my cup of tea (or glass of wine) but hey, I&rsquo;m just one person in a world filled with readers. Jake is however a very remarkable young man, and I do admire him for all he has accomplished.