This memoir was a curve ball of emotions, trials, and the hard facts of life that many have endured. However, much like David writes here, it's not about the unfortunate occurrences or setbacks that happen, it's about how you roll with it and remain strong to build the ideal future for yourself and loved ones. I too have had a very similar life to David's and I am still working my way over the hurdles. when I get there, however long it takes, I will wear the same happy smile as I did when I finished this book. Thank you David for sharing your story with me. It has made my outlook even brighter.
Sande Armstrong said:June 4, 2015 8:26 am PST
My husband, Mike Armstrong, has worked with your brother, Jeff, off and on over the past decade. What a character he is, to say the least! Jeff has shared some of the trials and tribulations with us that you all endured as children. Always mesmerized and amazed to listen. He too, has a drive that is amazing and my husband and I truly respect! Thank you for sharing your story. It was a great read! Many blessings to you and yours. Sincerely, Sande Armstrong
Linda Cadle said:June 6, 2014 4:25 pm PST
My husband Steven Cadle and I were at the Grosse Ile Island Fest where you gave me a preview of your book. I asked my husband if he had know you or Jeff in Trenton growing up because Steve was born in 1960 and lived on Medford. He says he does remember you and Jeff and you played basketball for awhile in junior high? in Trenton before you moved away suddenly. He wishes he had stopped and chatted with you but didn't know I had talked to you about your book at Island Fest.
Met you at Books and Things in East Jordan. I had read a little bit about your book in the Petoskey News Review. I never expected to be so impacted by the book, though. I realized about the time you introduced "The B's" that I actually knew your family. A very compelling read before I realized this, too. I recently bought another copy for my son who now lives in Grand Rapids. I never want my kids to forget that growing up in a small community like ours has had a huge positive influence on their lives and who they are in the world. Very well written and touching.
Bonnie Nolan said:March 30, 2014 4:29 am PST
I met David at the Womens Expo in Grand Rapids recently and knew I had to have two copies of his book. One for myself and one for a young girl I have been mentoring this past year.. I wanted her to see there is a way out and your past doesn't have to be your future. It is a wonderfully written book from the heart as David shares his pain and his victory. It will take your heart, break it but fill it with happiness as you see how he became an "overcomer." David, thank you so much for sharing your story with others so they can have hope that there CAN BE a better tomorrow and our past does NOT have to be our future. You are such an inspiration. God bless.