When I was young I had dreams of being a top athlete and going to the Olympics like my father had done before me… all that changed October 18th 1988 when I was diagnosed and had a surgery to remove a huge brain tumor in my cerebellum!The Astrocytoma was diagnosed at the last minute and has a result I almost died! The surgery was performed by some of the best surgeons in Europe equipped with a brand new surgery technique. Although I was fortunate that it was benign, the surgery lasted nine hours and I had a 30% chance of living.
After staying in intensive care in a coma for four days, I had no motor skills left and didn’t know why God had spared me. I stayed in the hospital for 1 month and the long road of recovery had started but not before a grim analysis of doctors saying I would maybe walk in a year, couldn’t swim, maybe one day I would finish high school and having a job or getting a secondary degree would be “impossible”.
Well I surpassed expectations with the help of God, I walked within six months, swam varsity in college, have a master’s degree and am a teacher.Recently I have published a book of my life in the hope of helping people and motivate them never to give up in the face of adversity.
Dave and his wife tell of how they’ve dealt with the many struggles and pressures of life in the NFL. In 1992, with Dave Wannstedt as Defensive Coordinator, the Dallas Cowboys defeated the Buffalo Bills to win Super Bowl XXVll. A few days later, Dave was named the head coach of the Chicago Bears. In his second year, he was honored as the NFC’s Coach of the Year.
Today, as the head coach for the University of Pittsburgh Panthers, Dave is as passionate about life as he is about coaching.
In 1997, John Vanbiesbrouck was the leading goaltender in the NHL’s Eastern Conference All-Star game and in 1998 he represented team USA at the Winter Olympic Games in Nagano, Japan. Although life appeared to be smooth on the surface, the Vanbiesbrouck home experienced significant stresses. John’s older brother committed suicide. He and his wife Rosalinde faced the challenges of raising three sons, including a child with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). In this uplifting story of their lives, John and Rosalinde candidly share how God took these trials that they were experiencing and used them to transform their lives.
From relative obscurity in the golf world to 1996’s PGA Tour player of the year, Tom Lehman finally made his mark. Tom captured his first major title by winning the 1996 British Open at Royal Lytham and St. Annes. He broke the Links course record with a 64 in the third round. Also in 1996, Tom won the PGA Tour Championship, led the official prize money list, and captured the Vardon Trophy for low stroke average on the PGA Tour. Tom shares how God made the Difference.
In 1985, Bernhard Langer was the No.1 golfer in the world, after winning seven tournaments on five continents, including the U.S. Masters. In 1993, he regained the Masters title with an impressive four stroke victory. With a total of forty wins, he ranks second in career wins on the European Tour. He has also shown great durability, finishing in a tie for fifth at The Open Championship the month before his forty-eighth birthday.
But there’s more to the German pro than golf. In this audio recording and transcript, Bernhard tells you his life story and what satisfies him more than winning any golf championship.
Ask any Canadian sports fan about the 1972 hockey series which saw Canada defeat the Soviet Union, and the name Paul Henderson springs immediately to mind. You’ll be inspired as you hear this hero of Canadian sports history tell his own story of hockey and faith!
“Pistol Pete” Maravich was arguably one of the world’s best players to play the game of basketball. Although he had the world at his fingertips, Pete Maravich found himself face to face with depression, hopelessness and on the brink of suicide. Pete tells how he finally found hope, peace and fulfillment though surrendering his life to Jesus Christ.
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Millions know Dave Dravecky as the ball player who came back to play in the majors after undergoing surgery for cancer in his pitching arm. Recurring cancer led to the amputation of his left arm and shoulder. His wife Jan experienced clinical depression; many friends they counted upon withdrew. You’ll listen intently as Dave shares triumphantly how God strengthened him and his family as they walked through some dark valleys of despair.
As a former Special Assistant to President Reagan, Dee Jepsen traveled the United States as a liaison to all types of women’s organizations. Dee now speaks extensively to women across North America. In this audio recording, Mrs. Jepsen addresses the role faith can play in a woman’s life today.
General Charles Duke successfully piloted Apollo 16 to the moon in 1972. One of only 12 men to walk on the moon, Duke became an instant hero. Life at home, however, was anything but successful. In this story, Charles and his wife Dottie describe their personal quests for meaning to life and how they found it in a Man who walked the earth.