I met the author of this book at the Badger State Author Event back in August. She is a very sweet lady, and gave me a hard copy of her book at the event in exchange for an honest review. Susan wrote this book about her brother in hopes to educate people of the dangers of diving headfirst into water, and inspiring those with injuries like Billy’s to never give up hope.
Never Give up is the inspirational true story of Billy Spahn, the authors brother.
When Billy was 12, he broke his neck when he dove into a lake in shallow water and became a quadriplegic. Doctors said that he would never walk again, but with the love and help from his family, he never gave up hope that one day he’d walk again. He beat the odds, and was not only able to walk again, but he became a successful businessman and entrepreneur, and also had his own fishing show on TV.
The book has a different view point for each chapter. There are 4 main points of view, Susan (Billy’s sister), Billy himself, Billy’s dad, and Jerry Enstrom, the physical therapist that helped Billy throughout his healing process.
The reason that this book was written I will copy from the book itself, because it is very meaningful. “My brother and I have discussed many times that we would go to schools and talk to kids about the dangers of diving and the importance of being careful when you are swimming and/or diving. Bill wanted to do this book with the hope that if one child hears his story and it makes them think twice before diving head first into the water, whether at a pool, lake, river, or pond, it will be worth it.” ~Page 128 Susan Spahn.
She also used the theme of “Never Give Up” throughout the book. No matter what doctors told her father, he never gave up hope that his son would walk again. He did everything he could to find doctors and physical therapists that could help him. Billy’s family never gave up hope, and they want to pass on that inspiration to others.
All in all it was a very inspirational book about overcoming hardships. I would definitely recommend it.
My Rating: 4 stars!
Here is Susan and I at the Badger State Authors Event 🙂