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Devoted: The Story of a Father's Love for His Son Hardcover – Bargain Price, April 13, 2010
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“Dick and Rick prove that the seemingly impossible is possible with every step they take on their awe inspiring journey. Their unconditional bond of care and support for each other has led to accomplishments beyond the imaginable. They stand alone as a symbol of encouragement to not only the physically challenged, but to us all."
Bill Rodgers, Four-time winner of the Boston Marathon and the New York City Marathon
“It is incredible what can happen when a parent and child unite in an effort to find a shared passion as Dick and Rick Hoyt have. Through very hard work they have become a powerful part of this sport of running, Their story is truly uplifting!”
Zdeno Chara, Boston Bruins
“When I saw Dick Hoyt racing for the first time on TV I thought this man is an animal and I asked myself ‘How can this be possible?’ There’s a famous saying commonly used back home in Slovakia "love can move the mountains" and that's exactly what Dick did for his son, Rick. I've never met anybody who worked harder than Dick and Rick Hoyt. This book is an unbelievable story; it's goes way beyond just racing, it defines what the true meaning of passion really is.”
Deseret News, 4/11/10
“Devoted is a story that needs to be told. Dick Hoyt’s retelling of his life experiences with his family have provided and will continue to provide motivation for people to strive to succeed at anything they do…Team Hoyt’s story is one that has inspired millions and will continue to do so.”
Bookviews, May 2010
“An inspiring story worth reading.”
“There is simply no way to find the tale of Rick Hoyt and his father, Dick, anything less than tear-jerking, emotionally wrenching, uplifting, an example of humanity at its best, a tale of what ‘family’ really means…A heartbreakingly heartwarming book.”
Internet Review of Books, May 2010
“Free of jargon, and written with compassion in simple and direct language…Dick Hoyt’s book will likely appeal to parents, and will be a good choice for teaching about diversity issues.”
“A must read…Many people from around here are familiar with the Hoyts, but the book is worth reading to get the details on how they started racing and the many obstacles they had to overcome…An inspirational, quick read.”
About the Author
Don Yaeger has been an author or coauthor on numerous books including Walter Payton’s autobiography, Never Die Easy. He lives in Tallahassee, Florida.
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Dick Hoyt writes with an interesting style and tells the story of what drove him to race with his son. Through his words, you get into his mind and into his heart and you see what drove him to be devoted to his son. We read about the shock of Dick and Judy discovering that something was wrong with Rick, to their struggles to get Rick enrolled in school.
At times, the book feels a little disjointed as Dick's narrative jumps back and forth in time -- I personally would have preferred a more linear narrative -- but I can't really take stars off for that because the book's message rings true, and that's the most important thing.
Well worth a read. And you never know, it might just inspire you to put on a pair of running shoes and run a marathon.