This memoir of Coach David Vince is an inspirational walk through his 29-year coaching career. He is a double amputee from birth who never was able to play sports, yet he coached baseball and other sports at the high school and college level and was names Coach of the Year ten times.
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David Vince, a double above-knee amputee since birth, says he chose the road less traveled to pursue a career in athletic coaching. “It was not a path without challenges, obstacles and setbacks, but it has been a path of opportunity, great accomplishment and reward.”
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When Life Throws You Curves, Keep Swinging based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
When Life Throws You Curves, Keep Swinging by David Vince is the inspiring journey of a man who lives as a double amputee, who loves sports, baseball in particular and is able to achieve his dream. Through his perseverance and his faith he became a family man with a wife and three children and a baseball coach without ever playing the game himself. “Disability” is not a word in his vocabulary. This memoir relates an incentive that everyone can use as their own life’s goals. It is an easy read. David says, in his introduction: “The purpose of this book is to encourage others who may be facing difficult or trying times in their lives so they too can overcome adversity with proper attitude, perspective and determination.” He has done this through his faith and knowledge of his abilities. David lost both legs as a baby due to a congenital bone disease called tibial hemomelia. As a result, he learned how to cope with the physical limitations as well as the perception by his peers at an early age. David had many supporters, including his employers, his teams and especially his wife. They did not look at him as a handicapped person, but as a man who could do a job. And he did it. He improved every team he coached. David worked as a 29-year baseball coaching career. He had 470 career wins, was named Coach of the Year 10 times, had 30 players earn baseball scholarships and 5 players selected in the MLB draft. He now lives in Louisiana with his wife and three children. David Vince kept swinging!
I really enjoyed this inspirational read. The author, having a "disability" himself, very skillfully uplifts, encourages, and shows that life is what you make of it. This book was very well written and easy to read. I was super impressed with the author's persistence and dedication throughout the book. I would recommend this book to anyone who is struggling and needs an inspirational read :)
Coach David Vince collaborates with Jeremy M. Harper to tell his story in “When Life Throws You Curves, Keep Swinging.” His story is more than another sports memoir. It is a testimonial of the rewards of dreams fulfilled through commitment, perseverance, and determination in the face of the hardship of adversity. A double above the knee amputee from birth David Vince lived vicariously through his younger brother’s athletic successes. During his early college years David was challenged by his youth pastor to change his major field of study from accounting to a degree in Heath and PE. He was given the opportunity to be the athletic team manager for the McNeese baseball team, gained important experience, and won two athletic awards. David went on to complete his master’s degree and accepted the position of Head Coach of Campbellsville University in Kentucky. He goes on to tell of the ups and downs of his career. A true sports fan, David’s love for the sport comes to life through the pages of the book and the competent skill of his cowriter Jeremy Harper. A devote Christian, David relates how he received spiritual strength through the promises of the scriptures; throughout his coaching career, and in the difficulties faced during unexpected times of crisis faced by his family. “When Life Throws You Curves, Keep Swinging” brings a message of hope to victims of birth defects or amputations, as well as to veterans who have had limbs amputated as a result of a devastating war injury. An amazing inspiration of courage, faith, and fulfillment. A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review purposes. The opinions expressed are my own.