The Power of Faith When Tragedy Strikes: A Father-Son Memoir

The Power of Faith When Tragedy Strikes: A Father-Son Memoir


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On a beautiful October day in 2010, eighteen-year-old Chris Norton jogged onto the football field on a kickoff for Luther College and was wheeled off on a stretcher after a routine tackle fractured his spine causing significant damage to his spinal cord. Given a 3 percent chance of ever moving anything below the neck, Chris awoke from surgery sixteen hours later defying the odds by shrugging his shoulder, beginning his long-fought journey to recovery with his family and biggest fan—father Terry—by his side.

Told through alternating chapters, this inspiring father-son memoir recounts a young man’s seemingly insurmountable quest to regain movement in every part of his body, and a father’s struggle to be the rock his son and family lean on in the face of their worst nightmare. Chris and Terry depict with brutal honesty the harrowing months they spent in rehabilitation and the years that followed where family, friends, and faith became the nucleus that saw them through. Chris’s graduation walk, marriage proposal, and courageous story have already inspired millions worldwide.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781625720122
Publisher: Norton Motivation Inc
Publication date: 10/08/2015
Pages: 412
Sales rank: 687,228
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.84(d)

About the Author

CHRIS NORTON is a motivational speaker and founder of the SCI CAN Foundation. Chris suffered a severe spinal cord injury playing college football in 2010, losing movement and feeling below his neck. Through faith, family, and unwavering perseverance, Chris came back from his injury stronger than ever, receiving his business management degree from Luther College.

Chris has appeared on ABC's Good Morning America, Fox News' Fox & Friends, NBC Nightly News, CBS's The Early Show, and his story has been featured in TIME, USA Today, E!, People, and Cosmopolitan.

Chris speaks regularly to students and organizations about overcoming adversity and achieving goals. Currently residing in Michigan with his loving fiancé Emily, Chriswouldn't take back the play that left him paralyzed due to the positive influence his story has had on millions of people worldwide.

TERRY NORTON is the Director of Des Moines Area Community College Jasper County Career Academy. Terry has over 20 years of experience in education and training, both in the corporate sector as well as K-12 and post-secondary education. Terry earned a Bachelor's of Business Administration from the University of Iowa and a Masters of Art in Teaching from Drake University.Terry is the proud father of three children and has been married to his beautiful wife, Deb, for over 30 years.Terry has served as board president for the SCI CAN Foundation since it's inception in 2012.

CHRISTY HAYES is a USA Today bestselling author from Atlanta, Georgia. She earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Georgia, has been married to Chris for more than twenty years, and they've been blessed with two wonderful children, Charlie & Lindsey. Learn more about Christy at

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