Item description for DON'T GIVE UP, DON'T GIVE IN by Terry Dwight Coleman...
Overview A chance invitation by a friend to attend church reawakened the religious leanings of the author's childhood, and his resulting conversion turned his life in a new direction.
Publishers Description Terry Coleman's life didn't start off auspiciously. Abandoned by his mother and raised by his grandma and aunts, he reached adulthood with no sense of direction or purpose. Marriage and fatherhood did not halt his descent into alcoholism and despair. But, as he explains in Don't Give Up, Don't Give In, a chance invitation by a friend to attend church reawakened the religious leanings of Terry's childhood, and his resulting conversion turned his life in a new direction. Having been so blessed, Terry felt compelled to do something to benefit his fellow human beings. He decided to use his powerful singing voice to set a world's record for singing hymns, publicizing the marathon event to draw attention to the plight of Denver's homeless. In July 2005, Terry Coleman sang hymns for forty hours and seventeen minutes, establishing a world's record and earning him a spot in the Book of Alternative Records, Records Holders Republic, and Ripley's Believe it or Not. Terry Coleman is an African American male. He was born March 16,1951 and grew up in Denver, Colorado. He has been a member of the Park Hill SDA Church in Denver, CO for 25 years where he is an ordained deacon, a chorister, and sings in the choir. Terry participates with his church aiding the homeless periodically through the church's youth Community Service program. Terry has been married to his wife, Sebbie, for 35 years and has three daughters and 8 grandchildren. Terry graduated from the University of Colorado at Denver in the year 2000 achieving a Bachelor of Arts Degree and is a certified Paralegal. He is currently employed at the Veterans' Administration. Terry has appeared on radio and television talk shows.
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Studio: Xulon Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 5.51" Width: 8.5" Height: 0.73" Weight: 0.92 lbs.
Release Date Dec 5, 2007
Publisher Xulon Press
ISBN 1604774657 ISBN13 9781604774658
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Bittersweet Struggle of Faith Aug 12, 2008
Terry Dwight Coleman tells his life story of spiritual growth. In this inspirational autobiography, DON'T GIVE UP, DON'T GIVE IN, readers go back in history with one man who very candidly discloses his journey to find God. The book becomes an old friend who you bump into and begin recounting your partying days together at the card table playing Bid Wiz or shooting pool late into the night. Coleman gives you the inside story about his fiery temper and recreational drug use. In contrast, he opens his heart up about his aspirations of building family values of unity and kinship. His testimony begins with being rescued by his grandmother from a hospital when he was an infant suffering from whooping cough, to alcoholic parents who could not care for him, to the suicide of a relative. His life journey leaps sorrowfully to the disappearance of his brother, the death of his mother, and beyond.
Meanwhile, in a very subtle way, Coleman teaches forgiveness by nurturing a relationship with his parents despite their inability to care for him. He demonstrates the strength of family commitment even when a child misunderstands. For instance, you feel his childhood pain when his grandmother shows up at school on "Father's Day." However, you also sense this author's appreciation for his grandmother who went above and beyond her commitment of love and family.
DON'T GIVE UP, DON'T GIVE IN is a quiet and relaxed conversational book that is interesting by nature. Coleman's real-life quest for God and his honest determination to live as a born-again Christian becomes very inspirational testimony for readers who may think they are facing problems with alcoholism, marital strife and family madness alone. He offers hope to offsprings who are shamed by their parents' problems. Gradually, readers begin to see how Terry's life had a purpose to give God all the glory. Readers will be amazed at how Mr. Coleman took an impossible idea of singing praises to the Lord to give back to fellow mankind and turned it into a marathon sensation! You will find this story about an average black man obtaining a great accomplishment, a truly wonderful nostalgic book for your enjoyment and library.
Reviewed by Swaggie Coleman for The RAWSISTAZ Reviewers
Don't Give Up, Don't give In Jul 14, 2008
I am a member of Terry Coleman's church. To write this book and share his life and inner struggles took courage and a trust in God that "all things work together for good for those who love the Lord." I could not put the book down. We all have flaws and experiences we would not necessarily want to share, but Terry did. We all have tradegies and crises in life that we don't know how to handle. Yet, Terry's book shows us that we can. His testimonies at church have always been powerful, but his book is far more revealing. I read many books(a hobby), and consistently study God's word. This is a "must" read. It gives glory to a God who can do the impossible, for any of us.
Inspirational! Jul 9, 2008
This book is very inspiring. It tells a story to let everyone know all things are possible with God.
Don't give up and don't give in!
A Life of Struggles but Faith in God Prevailed Jun 30, 2008
This book is a must read, especially for young black males. I was unable to put this book down once I started to read it. I ordered the book but when it arrived my husband took it and could not put it down for a couple of days, subsequently I never got to read it until today. I found it in my stack of books to read. I glanced at it to see what it was about and could not stop reading until I was at the end. Indeed Terry Coleman's life had an auspicious start and took many strange turns along the way but it is possible to see the hand of God working every step of the way. There were plenty of opportunities for Terry to give up on life and the hand that was dealt him. Terry shows extreme determination as an African American male that was born and abandoned into a very hard life, yet found the willpower and faith to yeild to God's prompting and become a strong man of Faith in Denver. You will not be able to put this book down...
Donna Jackson (Aurora,CO) Jun 27, 2008
This book was full of suspense, humor, and grief. It was so hard to put the book down once I began reading. I could not wait to see what each chapter would reveal about Terry's life experiences. It is amazing that Terry has survived these traumatic events throughout his life. This book certainly reveals a triumph born of tragedy. His life also reveals what a wonderful God we serve and how faithful he is when we trust him. He will deliver us out of the depths of oppression. Terry's many accomplishments throughout his life reflect this as well as setting a world's record for singing hymns (forty hours and seventeen minutes).