Travis Freeman was like most 12 year old boys growing up in Corbin, Kentucky. He dreamed about playing football for the Corbin RedHounds, and then the Kentucky Wildcats.
A few days after returning from church camp between his 6th and 7th grade years he awoke with a horrible headache. A headache that wouldn’t stop for almost 10 days. The end of the headache though was not the end of his ordeal.
He would soon find himself in the hospital in Lexington, KY while doctors tried feverishly to save his life.
But at the cost of his eyesight. He was totally blind.
What about his football dreams? No one plays football blind. How do you know whom to tackle? Where to run? How do you get in the right huddle?
In 8th grade, the football coach put him in as center. He was prepared to be the water boy. But the coach had other plans. His teammates helped him get in position. He would snap the ball and fall (or lean) forward and hopefully land on a defensive player.
The book is written in an easy-conversational style. It is easy to imagine Travis sitting across the table from you, sharing a pot of coffee while he tells you his story. It is a quick read, there were a few places I was a little confused.
I found him a little too good to be true. I am not at all saying he’s not saying the complete truth, I found it hard to relate to him personally on a heart level.
If you’ve seen the movie, 23Blast this book, this story inspired that film. This would be the perfect gift for the football player, or just sports fan in your life. It is laced with humor, teaching about our relationship with Jesus. Travis does a masterful job at pointing to Jesus for all the glory.
I received a free copy of this book for the purpose of review. All opinions are my own.