Open Your Eyes    -     By: Jake Olson, McKay Christensen Ph.D.
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Thomas Nelson / 2013 / Hardcover

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y the time Jake Olson was 12 years old, he'd lost both eyes to cancer---but he never gave up on life! Now 16, he dreams of becoming the first blind golfer in the PGA. How does he persevere? In this heartwarming chronicle, Jake encourages you to rely on God---and forge ahead with courage and faith.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 240
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2013
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
ISBN: 1400205816
ISBN-13: 9781400205813
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Doctors removed Jake Olson’s left eye at ten months old. When he was twelve, after years of radiation and chemotherapy, the cancer took his right eye as well. That’s when Jake’s story really began. 

When ESPN met Jake Olson, he was a twelve-year-old boy who wanted to spend his final weeks of sight with the USC football team. Jake’s story became one of the most recognized pieces in the network’s history, earning an award, instantly viewed by hundreds of thousands of people worldwide. But Jake’s story didn’t end with his final surgery or with ESPN—not by a long shot.

Now sixteen, Jake Olson dreams of becoming the first blind golfer in the PGA. How is such a thing even possible? How does that level of perseverance endure in someone with so many reasons to give up?

In Open Your Eyes, Jake Olson tells more than his story. He reveals the ways of thinking, living, and praying that have kept him and his family triumphant in the face of their tribulations. Told with sincerity and humor in tandem with leadership coach McKay Christensen, Open Your Eyes is not just a heartwarming chronicle of the Olson family’s struggle. Jake’s story is a step-by-step lesson in perseverance and motivation from a young man who knows how to put the past in the past.

From the USC locker room to the fairways of Pebble Beach, Jake Olson will inspire you, your family, and your team with bravery, ability, and faith. It is time to learn from this remarkable young man and open your eyes to a happier life.

Author Bio

Jake Olson has overcome the loss of his eyes to cancer. Jake's story is one of struggles and loss, but most of all his story demonstrates his victory over blindness through his unwillingness to give up those things in life he loves, especially golf. Jake continues to develop his game without sight and is now playing on his high school golf team.

McKay Christensen, PhD, is the president of a billion dollar global consumer products company and adjunct professor at the Marriott School of Management. McKay speaks to audiences around the globe about his groundbreaking research on how adults learn and find happiness. McKay and his wife, Jennifer, are the parents of five children and live in Highland, Utah.

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  1. GraceThorson
    Idaho
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Need a little inspiration? Read about Jake Olson.
    February 12, 2014
    GraceThorson
    Idaho
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 3

    Jake Olson is no ordinary teenager. He was born with a rare form of cancer called retinoblastoma that affects the eyes. With his supportive family by his side, he underwent fierce and experimental treatments to save his eyesight. The cancer returned nine times over this course. Battling for control over the destructive disease, he learned to put his faith in God. He gave up control and surrendered to Him. Jake has a positive outlook on life, and he considers himself blessed that God gave him eyesight to the age of twelve.

    Jake's optimism and undeterred spirit keep him going. He's an avid sports lover and plays both golf and football. He isn't limited by his blindness. Nothing can limit Jake Olson. His enthusiasm has inspired Coach Pete Carroll of the Seattle Seahawks and countless others. His passion for golf itself is huge, and he aims to being the first blind player on the PGA Tour.

    "When setbacks come my way, I try to focus on the positives. I try to decide right from the get-go that it isn't going to stop me. This includes golf."

    My Thoughts:

    Who wouldn't be moved by Jake Olson in some way? His courage and determination remind us to persevere and run the race of life. If we adjust our limited perspectives and open our eyes, we’re able to see more clearly. I admire Jake's optimistic and unyielding faith. He's a driven young man, and I believe that He will accomplish much with the heart God has given him.

    I liked this book written by McKay Christensen and Jake Olson. I particularly enjoyed Jake's snippets on his feelings and thoughts. His parents and sister added to the book with their own viewpoints on Jake's struggles and victories. I really wanted to read more from Jake himself, but the chapters were written mostly by McKay Christensen.

    I found McKay's writing to be informative and helpful, but I felt it lacked emotion. The "10 Uncommon Lessons to Discover a Happier Life" presented in the book provided great advice on pursuing happiness. It made me reflect on how I could change and manage my overall outlook on life. All wonderful insights, but his writing for me was too analytical. I lost interest somewhat in reading it.

    Putting that aside, it's a good book. Jake Olson is a remarkable and inspiring individual. The ten lessons presented within are thought-provoking. I was challenged to inspect myself and encouraged to grow outside of my own boundaries.

    I recommend Open Your Eyes to readers who could use a new door to walk through or a different path to follow. Need a little inspiration? Read about Jake Olson. It will truly open your eyes.

    This book was provided to me by BookLook Bloggers in exchange for my honest review.

  2. debs
    Maine
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Open your Eyes ~ Jake Olson
    January 20, 2014
    debs
    Maine
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4

    This book tells the story of twelve year old, Jake Olson and more. Jake was born a twin with a rare cancer, he lost his left eye at 10 months old and then his right eye at 12 years old. The book is set up in a format to be an inspirational book to help people going through difficult situations in there lives. It is set up in the format of categories, each chapter starts out with a bible story, bible verse, a personal story and a commentary of either Jake, his or dad and how they are dealing with Jake's situation of being blind. Jake tells how he is not going to let his blindness stop him from enjoying life and his dream of becoming a PGA golfer.

    I enjoyed this book, but was surprised that it is a self help book and not your typical biography. It is the type of book that you read through once and then use as a reference book. You can pick up and read each chapter as you need. It is very encouraging, it would be a great book for those going through a very difficult time. It teaches that GOD has a purpose for each and everyone of us. I would recommend this book for those who want to be encouraged and need to live a happier life.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through Booksneeze. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

  3. Creazian
    VA
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Inspirational Read
    December 17, 2013
    Creazian
    VA
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5

    Is seeing better than not seeing? Sometimes I wonder. Not that I would ever trade my eyes for anything, I just wonder sometimes.

    I read this book about '10 Uncommon Lessons to Discover a Happier Life'. It's about how doctors removed Jake Olson’s left eye at ten months old. When he was twelve, after years of radiation and chemotherapy, the cancer took his right eye as well. That’s when Jake’s story really began.
    When ESPN met Jake Olson, he was a twelve-year-old boy who wanted to spend his final weeks of sight with the USC football team. Jake’s story became one of the most recognized pieces in the network’s history, earning an ESPY award, instantly viewed by hundreds of thousands of people worldwide. But Jake’s story didn't’ end with his final surgery or with ESPN—not by a long shot.
    Now sixteen, Jake Olson dreams of becoming the first blind golfer in the PGA. How is such a thing even possible? How does that level of perseverance endure in someone with so many reasons to give up?

    In Open Your Eyes, Jake Olson tells more than his story. He reveals the ways of thinking, living, and praying that have kept him and his family triumphant in the face of their tribulations. Told with sincerity and humor in tandem with leadership coach McKay Christensen, Open Your Eyes is not just a heartwarming chronicle of the Olson family’s struggle. Jake’s story is a step-by-step lesson in perseverance and motivation from a young man who knows how to put the past in the past.

    From the USC locker room to the fairways of Pebble Beach, Jake Olson will inspire you, your family, and your team with bravery, ability, and faith. It is time to learn from this remarkable young man and open your eyes to a happier life.

    So I wonder if Jake Olson is happier without his eyes? Most people with eyesight do not act as well as Jake without his eyesight. Just something to think about this winter holiday.

    I got this book from: Booksneeze and is not released to the public until December 31st, 2013.

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