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Friday, October 24, 2014

Lights Out

How do you live in a dark world?

When illness completely stole Travis Freeman's sight at 12 years old, his dream of playing football felt dead.  However, the unshakable kid found a way to overcome the impossible and not only play football but become a champion.

This October, Travis tells his own life story in the book Lights Out, published by BelieversPress, releasing alongside the major motion picture 23 Blast.

Diagnosed with Cavernous Sinus Thrombosis at age 12, Travis would not be held back.  He attacked learning to live in a sighted world with inspiring ferocity.

"Disability does not equal inability," Travis says.  Disabled people can do anything they want to in life.  Travis Freeman proves that!

Despite being completely blind, Travis Freeman played high school football, served as football equipment manager at the University of Kentucky, and received a Master of Divinity and Doctorate of Philosophy from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.  Travis currently serves as the adjunct professor at the University of the Cumberlands and as the President of The Freeman Foundation, which is dedicated to furthering the truth that disability does not equal inability.

My Thoughts On The Book:
Travis has lived out the biblical exhortation to walk by faith and not by sight.  Rather than allow the enemy to steal, kill, and destroy through his blindness, Freeman continued to walk forward and grab life despite the literal darkness around him.  He tells his story in the book Lights Out.

Travis's book...his story is filled with the transforming power of the gospel in a life surrendered to God.  Near the end of the book he says
"As difficult as it is, we must look beyond our circumstances tot he One who enters into those circumstances with us.  We must preach the truth of the Gospel to ourselves.  The truth that God is good, that He is in control, and that He has our best interests in mind.  And when we are in our darkest days, we must, must, must look to the cross and find in it God's truest expression of love for us.  When we see the cross, we can have confidence that God cares for us, no matter what our circumstances indicate.  Do not allow circumstance to tell you about God.  Let God tell you what to think of your circumstance."
He also offers a very helpful section title "How to Keep Your Mind Around the Blind" where he shares some "Do's" and "Don'ts" when engaging the blind or other disabled persons.  Travis's parents also offer their personal thoughts on the best ways to parent and be the caregiver of children with disabilities.  To complete the book, Travis offers readers his study of Acts 26:12-23 "Living Out God's Purpose", which could easily be used as a personal study tool or shared with a small group study.

My son (9 years old) loves football with a fierce passion!  He has many heroes of the game.  My son also tends to get discouraged easily when he fails to do as well at things as he thinks he should.  He is reading Travis's book and discussing it as he reads.  I can't think of a better model I'd rather him follow!
"When Christ invades our lives, however, nothing is ever the same again.  From that moment forward we have meaning and value for the journey ahead.  We have something that satisfies and fulfills.  We have something that is both exciting and terrifying.  We have the brilliant light of this knowledge:  No matter how dark our circumstances grow, Christ is with us, guiding us and directing us with His purpose in mind.  He is our sight.  He is our Light.  May you walk in the light that never goes dark."
*I was given a complimentary copy of the book as a participant in the tour sponsored by Glass Road - a division of BelieversPress.

Be blessed and READ THIS BOOK!