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IT ONLY TAKES A SECOND FOR YOUR LIFE TO CHANGE
At age twenty-one, Ryan Atkins had everything going for him: a full-ride scholarship in a prestigious business program, a well-paying internship, an opportunity to pitch a business plan to venture capitalists in New York City. He was living his dreams and preparing for a future of success.
But the day before leaving for New York, Ryan was in a life-altering car accident that robbed him of the use of his arms and legs. Paralyzed from the shoulders down, he found himself struggling to grasp just how fundamentally his life had changed.
In this unflinchingly honest account, Ryan takes you along his journey of coming to terms with his physical limitations, redefining success, falling in love, believing for a miracle that seemed all but inevitable, and ultimately learning to trust the purpose in suffering.
If you have ever watched your dreams crumble before your eyes, endured prolonged pain and disappointment in your life, or wondered if there is more to life than what you are living…
Ryan's story may be just what you need to discover what matters most—in this life and the next.
"One Step Closer is not a glum recounting of a car accident, but rather an encouraging reminder of what is possible when we look beyond our circumstances for eternal hope. Get ready for Ryan to inspire you to make the most of your brief time on this earth."
—Bob Goff, New York Times best-selling author of Love Does, Everybody Always, and Dream Big
"Ryan's insights in One Step Closer help to sharpen our focus on stewarding our lives for eternity by reminding us of the big picture. When Ryan speaks or writes, I listen, and I encourage you to do the same."
—Brian Tome, senior pastor of Crossroads Church, author of The Five Marks of a Man
"I always tell my players that learning to fight is more important than who wins the fight. Toughness will help them achieve their dreams. Ryan is a true fighter and we can all learn from him."
—Mick Cronin, UCLA men's basketball head coach