No Surrender (Simon and Schuster/Post Hill Press) by former Navy Seal, Patrick Bisher, and USA Today best-selling author, Jon Land, is a uplifitng, inspirational memoir about how Bisher overcame a rare disease affecting his hips when he was a child and grew up to become a Navy Seal and a motivational speaker. He went from being a risk-taking daredevil to being depressed and wondering if he would ever be “normal” again and be able to walk without braces or crutches.
Bisher was determined to overcome what others might call “disabilities,” and become a stronger person in the process, with the help of his faith in God. To become a Navy Seal, Bisher had to overcome numerous obstacles that caused other men to give up, and “ring out.” Three lucky readers who are residents off the United States will win a copy of No Surrender, autographed by both Patrick Bisher and Jon Land! See full contest rules below.
At the beginning of No Surrender, before the Prologue, in an “A Note From Patrick Bisher,” Bisher tells readers that the book they are about to read is not one about how he saves the universe and it is not about his “missions as a Navy Seal.” Instead, Bisher says that he wrote the book about his life to let people know they do not “have to accept the fate that others choose for you.” He writes that everyone, not just himself, has “the ability within you to overcome all things through what you already have inside you.”
That said, in No Surrender, Bisher later does mention aspects of what it takes to become a team guy, as he puts it, and a Navy Seal, and he does mention details about fellow Navy Seals he knew and experiences he had as a Navy Seal. And, in the Prologue of No Surrender, Bisher writes about being in Iraq, in September 2011, and about what happened when he and four other Navy Seals went to help out an Army Special Forces Operational Detachment Alpha, or “A Team” (ODA). He tells readers that being a “hero” is not what many people think it is, that it “sucks the life right out of you at times, because you star at evil and evil stares back.” But, he adds that “someone has to stand up against evil.”
No Surrender is divided up into sections that are, more or less, chronological, though Bisher often looks backwards and forwards in time in each section. The chapters all have points in them that Bisher brings out as he writes, and there are Reader’s Questions at the conclusion of each chapter, for readers to ponder and ask themselves.
The first section of the memoir, titled “The Boy,” is about Bisher’s experiences as a boy, the fun he had, and also the depression he suffered when he was told by a doctor he would probably “never walk again.” It also details how much Bisher idolized and looked up to his older brother, who he believed he could never live up to and be like, no matter how hard he tried. The section is also about the embarrassment and humiliation Bisher felt, when eyes turned to look at him, and he knew people were talking about him with pity, an operation he had to help him one day walk again, though at first, with crutches; and the slow and painful recovery Bisher made.
The other two sections of No Surrender are “The Man” and “The Adult.” Just because Bisher eventually manages to overcome having been in a body cast and the degenerative hip condition he was diagnosed with when he was nine years old, does not mean he, like all of us, was through with facing adversities and obstacles in his life. Bisher was determined to excel and become a Navy Seal, despite the odds against him, and he succeeded in accomplishing his goal.
No Surrender is a page-turning, inspirational read about not giving up, about determination even when facing incredible odds, and about becoming all each of us can be. It is about family, and the strength parents, siblings, spouses, friends and the Lord can provide to help a person get through difficult times that try their souls.
Contest Giveaway Rules
The Giveaway is open to residents of the United States only. CDA News will select three lucky winners, who will each receive one hardback copy of No Surrender by Patrick Bisher and Jon Land, autographed by both of the authors.
Winning a copy of the book is easy! Just leave a non-spam comment below, letting CDA News know why you think you should be selected as a winner, along with the name of the U.S. state in which you live. The Giveaway will run from Saturday, June 24, 2017 until midnight on Saturday July 8, 2017.
Want more chances to win? Simply enter the contest daily. CDA News will select and notify the three lucky winners via email by Monday July 10, 2017. Those selected as winners must provide their full mailing address to CDA News within five (5) days, by July 15, 2017.
All personal information will be kept confidential. CDA News does not sell or otherwise distribute any information given by those who visit their website. However, please be advised that CDA News must pass on the names and addresses of the winners to Jon Land and Patrick Bisher, as they will mail the free autographed copies of No Surrender to each winner, directly. CDA News staff and writers are not eligible to participate in this contest giveaway.
By John Samuels
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