Tenacious: How God Used a Terminal Diagnosis to Turn a Family and a Football Team Into Champions  -     By: Jeremy Williams, Jennifer Williams
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America first met Jeremy and Jennifer Williams when Extreme Makeover: Home Edition rebuilt their Depression-era farmhouse into a beautiful, handicapped-accessible haven. Friends, family and neighbors from their west Georgia community--and all over the state--came together to support the ailing high school coach who had won their respect and their hearts. It made for compelling television but only told a little slice of the story. Tenacious gives you the rest--a tender love story, a thrilling sports story, and an unforgettable testimony to the power of faith and grit in the face of almost overwhelming adversity.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 256
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2013
Dimensions: 8.38 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 1595555234
ISBN-13: 9781595555236
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Jeremy Williams captured the nation’s imagination by coaching his high school football team to unprecedented heights while combating ALS and caring for a son with spina bifida. This is his family’s inspiring story.

America first met Jeremy and Jennifer Williams when Extreme Makeover: Home Edition rebuilt their Depression-era farmhouse into a beautiful, handicapped-accessible haven. Friends, family, and neighbors from their west Georgia community—and all over the state—came together to support the ailing high school coach who had won their respect and their hearts. It made for compelling television but only told a little slice of the story. Tenacious gives you the rest—a tender love story, a thrilling sports story, and an unforgettable testimony to the power of faith and grit in the face of almost overwhelming adversity. In Tenacious you’ll meet:

  • The distraught parents learning their son would be born with spina bifida.
  • The young father facing his own devastating diagnosis of ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) with matter-of-fact courage.
  • The coach who guided his underdog team to a 10–0 Cinderella season—while struggling to walk, talk, and even breathe.

Packed full of faith, hope, love, and miracles, Tenacious is a story you don’t want to miss.

 

Author Bio

Rob Suggs has been involved in three successful children's Bibles as writer, illustrator, or both. He and his wife, Gayle, have two children and live in Atlanta, Georgia.

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  1. Maine
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Tenacious ~ Jeremy and Jennifer Williams
    December 30, 2013
    debs
    Maine
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 5
    The story is about a mother that has given up 2 daughters to adoption when she was young, now as she is older and married with a young son who needs a transplant. As she tries to find a donor she realizes her son's life is coming to an end and a donor needs to be found immediately. This leads her to search for the daughters she gave up so many years ago to ask them to be tested and if a match to be a donor to save their brothers life. She finds the daughters and more dilemma's occur as the task of them to be tested to be donors becomes more complex as each daughter asks for something in return.

    The story is full of drama and anticipation in each page you turn. It has a few twists and does keep your interest till the very end.

    I would recommend this book as it is a very interesting and entertaining read. I really enjoyed each character and the full story line of each of them.
  2. Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A true love story
    October 23, 2013
    Becka
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Tenacious

    by Jeremy and Jennifer Williams

    A love story about a family and their love for Jesus as well as each other. It's about a winning football coach with a life threatening illness, a mother with two children one of which has a disability, and a story of faith, joy, and strength to surpass the road blocks of their lives and become champions.

    This is my first book review. I love to read but with kids running a muck, finding reading time becomes a little difficult. I thought I would give this book review thing a try anyway. I decided on this book being my first because it sounded like something I would read as well as my husband after I was finished. What I didn't expect was my eight year old being enthralled with it as well.

    This book really pulled at my heart. I'm a mother with three wonderful and healthy children. My children are my life. I had a very difficult pregnancy with my third. I was told alot of things by alot of doctors. I know a mother's fear as she prays for the health of her unborn child. I also know a mother's joy as those prayers are answered as she holds her completely healthy eight pound baby girl.

    In this book Jennifer is told her child would be born with a disability. She relies on GOD and faith to see her through this hard time. The child is born with spina bifida. She finds peace after struggling to accept the truth through prayer. She attributes this peace to GOD.

    This family's struggles doesn't end there. The father, Jeremy, is diagnosed with ALS. This woman is now faced with a disabled husband and a handicapped child. Their love for each other and GOD must have been tested and proved.

    This is a family that prays without ceasing. Jeremy is a strong religious man who accepts GOD's plan. He then goes on to coach his high school football team to a winning 10-0 season. The spirit of the book is positive and it is a rewarding read. Their story makes you look around at your own life and thank GOD for the blessing he has given to you. There is so much more to this book that everyone should read it.

    BookSneeze® has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book but I said what I felt from my read.
  3. Kansas City
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    “Tenacious” by Jeremy and Jennifer Williams
    October 8, 2013
    tickmenot
    Kansas City
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This is the story of Jeremy and Jennifer Williams high school sweethearts living in a small southern town. He is the football coach at the local high school, while Jennifer is a stay-at-home mom to their daughter, Josie. They had challenges in their lives, but as Christians, they believed God had brought them through everything. Suddenly their lives start having Old Testament Job-like challenges hurled at them.

    While Jennifer is pregnant with their second child, an ultra-sound reveals their new child, who they name Jacob, has spina bifida. The doctors predict a gloomy future, sure Jacob will be mentally and physically handicapped. They ask them if they want to abort their child. Jennifer is devastated that the baby she is carrying will be handicapped, but both Jennifer and Jeremy are determined to keep their baby. Jennifer, after a rough few days, is able to give all the worry about their child's future to God, and relax.

    Jennifer and Jeremy do ask everyone they know to pray for Jacob. They even ask perfect strangers to pray. When Jeremy is born, is has no mental retardation. In fact, when he begins talking, no one is ever a stranger to this charismatic child. They believe it was a miracle from God, along with all the prayers, that Jacob has no mental problems. Jacob does have physical handicaps, but the family has every confidence that God will bring them through any hardships.

    No sooner has the Williams family adjusted to life with Jacob and his challenges, then another calamity enters. This time with Jeremy. Although Jeremy has been fit all his life, first as a high school and college athlete, then as a coach, Jeremy starts having some physical problems. He tries to ignore it, but eventually has to see a doctor. The news is devastating. Jeremy has ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease. Jeremy could have as little as a year, or maybe a handful, of years left. He will gradually loose function of his body, although his mind will never be touched.

    Jennifer and Jeremy both admit to struggling with the news. Jeremy sought God and came to peace with the situation in a relatively short time. Jennifer had a longer journey. She had loved Jeremy since she was a teenager. Jacob was a blessing in all their lives, but realistically, lots of work was involved taking care of him. Now Jennifer found her husband was dying and would become devastatingly handicapped during his last days on earth. She was sad and upset with God. Despite that, Jennifer eventually came to peace with the situation, and claims God gave her that peace.

    This story was a book that had some very sad events in it. But because of the strong faith of both Jennifer and Jeremy, the story has more positive accounts than negative ones. The Williams want every experience they go through to reflect God. Because of that, a very positive story emerges despite distressing circumstances. The love of family and God shines through in this story.

    Amazing events happened to this family in the midst of tragedy. Their family was featured on the television show, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. As a result, they received a brand new home, completely accessible for both Jeremy and Jacob. The community steps forward and donates time and money to give them even more tangible blessings. Their small hometown, school and local churches all rally behind this family.

    I will be honest and say I thought this would be a sad story to read, so was reluctant to start it. But this tale is the opposite of that. Despite living with daily difficulties, the Williams want to point everyone to Jesus. They are concerned that people need to understand the only way to get through life, especially one as challenging as theirs, is to be a follower of Christ. I am glad I read this story. It is amazingly uplifting. Sound impossible? Read this story and find out. I highly recommend this book and give it 5 stars.

    The publisher has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book through Thomas Nelson Publishing for the purpose of review. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner. Despite my receiving the book free, it has not influenced my judgment, and I have given an honest opinion.
  4. Shiloh, GA
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Excellent read
    September 27, 2013
    coach
    Shiloh, GA
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This book is very inspirational. It is hard to put down once you start reading it. The things this family has had to endure restores my faith in the Lord. It is truly a blessing to have stories in print like this one. A MUST read!
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