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Seven Longest Yards, The

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Seven Longest Yards, The

Seven Longest Yards, The

Our Love Story of Pushing the Limits while Leaning on Each Other

By: Chris Norton, Emily Norton

audio performed by: John Behrens, Madison Lawrence, Jakob Lewis
genre: Faith Based - Inspirational
publication date:07/09/2019
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Quadriplegics do not simply walk again - yet millions watched as Chris Norton took ten nearly impossible steps. With his fiancée, Emily, supporting at his side, those unbelievable steps became the start of an extraordinary journey for them both.

In a moment, Chris went from a talented 18-year-old college football player with a promising future to flat on his back with a broken neck and a 3% chance of ever walking again. The life Chris dreamt of - including his hope for finding love - was shattered. At least, so he thought. Determined to prove the doctors wrong and to find love, Chris pushed himself through grueling, daily workouts until four years later, Chris walked across the stage to receive his college diploma, with Emily's help and the world's astonished applause.

Meanwhile, Emily faced her own challenges as she sunk into a deep battle against anxiety and depression. Despite a devoted fiancé, a fulfilling career working with youth, and a strong faith, she couldn't shake the mental darkness that clouded their promising future.

Day by day, decision by decision, Chris and Emily committed themselves to taking the extra step, trusting God, and leaning on the help of others.  In a story of unforgettable grit and courageous faith, this extraordinary couple's journey led them to ultimately tackle the longest seven yards together - down the wedding aisle and into a new life.

And what a new life it has become: as Chris and Emily have chosen to welcome foster children - 14 and counting! - into their home and hearts. From their private struggles to shared blessings, their moving memoir told from both of their unique perspectives is your stirring invitation to put one foot in front of the other, especially in the face of the impossible. You might just find, as they have, that God can transform our lowest points into life's greatest gifts.