From an early age, author Tom Ufert can remember his grandmother proclaiming that adversity builds character. At the time, he didn't completely understand what it meant-or know that he would actually live it.
In Adversity Builds Character, Ufert shares the events that altered and shaped his life and shows how, with God's help, he was able to survive, thrive, and inspire others. In this memoir, he narrates his life story and tells about the adversity he has faced-his mother's early divorces; the breakdown of his relationship with his sister; his adoption by family friends; his mother's illness and murder; his contact with a predatory pedophile; his questioning of his own sexuality, bisexuality, and eventual acceptance of being gay; alcoholism and sexual addiction; diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis and HIV; and paralysis from a car accident.
Revealing, honest, painful, and tender, Adversity Builds Character communicates the power of the human spirit to overcome the trials of modern life. It shows how Ufert's suffering paved the way for a deep appreciation for life and God's role in the world.
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Biased But Proud
I do recommend this book to all my friends because it is an honest and deeply inspirational portrayal of real life events. As the author I am naturally biased but frankly speaking, my intention is to inspire others with a simple fact...IF I CAN OVERCOME ALL OF THESE CHALLENGES - SO CAN YOU.
It's my life, at least the first thirty years, and despite my adversities I have lived a blessed life and want to do what I can to make the world a better place.
My personal favorite was Chapter 9, "Goodbye Mom". It was my most descriptive and heart wrenching because I've relived it a thousand times. Narrator John Esposito really brought that chapter, indeed the entire book, to life. However, any person who has ever experienced the sudden and tragic loss of a loved one can really feel the anguish, pain, regret, and depression brought out in this scene.
Elements of modern society's controversial figures are all here...Kevorkian, Sandusky, Reagan, and even God Himself are all swirled together in one man's life experiences.
If for no other reason, read this book to re-affirm in your own heart and soul that the human spirit, with the help of God and a few good people, can overcome any adversity.
- Author Tom Ufert