When Steve Mikita was 18 months old, his parents received the horrifying news that their son would not live to see his second birthday. Afflicted with an incurable neuromuscular disease, he has never walked, never ridden a bicycle, never driven a car. He has never married, never had children, never knelt to pray. But the story of his life is not about the things he has never done or will never do.
The story of his life is about reaching our possibilities in spite of our imperfections. It is about living rich, meaningful lives despite trials and tragedies. More important, it is about the undeniable influence and power of a mother's love, a mother who was told to prepare for her son's death, and who, instead, raised him to become a self-sufficient adult.
I could not write anything more than life changing. Have tissue ready, you will need it. If you want to better yourself, change your ways, eliminate addictions, make it through lifes vicissitudes, learn how to manage this worlds potholes, this is a perfect user manual.
This is truly an extraordinary book. I read this book in three hours last night - I didn't want to put it down. I'm not a mother yet, but I hope to be someday. If I can be half the woman Steve Mikita's mother was, I will have succeeded at being a mother. Definitely going to purchase this book for my mother and sisters for Mother's Day.
What an inspiring book this is! Steve is a wonderful example of living a life of love and service in spite of his physical challenges. When I read about him having to spend six months in a body cast at the age of 12, and then getting pneumonia after that, it put into perspective my impatience with illnesses I've suffered in my life, which are nothing compared to what he has endured. What a tremendous tribute this book pays to his angel mother who devoted herself to him with such unconditional love. Her words of encouragement, "God has not brought you this far to fail" show such faith. In spite of doctors' predictions to the contrary, he did not just survive, but he thrived! The life he lives proves that a person does not have to be able to stand or walk to make a difference to the world and make a positive contribution to those around them. I'd recommend this book to anyone who needs inspiration and encouragement.
I have never read a more powerful book than this one. Every single page is powerful. I was deeply moved to tears. I am more grateful, more loving, more caring, more understanding, more humble, because of this amazing man and his heroic mother. I love this book and recommend it for anyone facing trials in their life.
I could not put this book down. It is a powerful personal story of a man who has overcome tremendous physical challenges to make a positive contribution to the world. His positive attitude, humor, compassion and determination, as well as his deep love for his mother an family, are present on every page. His insight into the teachings of the Savior and their meaning for our lives are truly revelatory. I was profoundly inspired by this book and highly recommend it.
As a mother of six and one who would lay her life down for her own children, I recognized a kindred spirit in the life of Mildred Mikita. Thank you Steve for sharing this tender and moving account of the determination of great parents to inspire and lift their children to be the best they can be. I have known Steve and he has always been very open about his love and gratitude for good parents who set the standard high. In a day rife with scandal, gossip and perverse language it is refreshing and truly inspiring to read such a beautiful account of love and gratitude a son has for his mother. Everyone needs to read this book. In fact, it needs to be made into a movie. Well done Steve.
I bought 10 for my family. I love this book. What an inspiring story. I keep it by my side and look at it when I am having a down day. What an amazing man... and mother!
Thank you Mikita family for illustrating the need for all of us to “Think Ability” when faced with life’s difficulties. What a marvelous example of the sweet acceptance of God’s plan for us and dogged determination to help our children reach their full potential that can coexist in our lives. This book proves that mothers can change the course of a family and the individual lives of children. Mildred Mikita’s lesson of personal responsibility for our challenges will never be forgotten and Steve Mikita’s sheer and utter courage will be an inspiration to me always. I only wish I had read this book when my children were younger.
I have known Steve for many years, and I found his book so compelling that I read it straight through in one afternoon. It is a wonderful combination of personal experiences and Steve's testimony. I finished the book with enormous admiration for Steve's courage, as well as for the love and commitment of his family and friends. I especially enjoyed the chapter about Steve needing to be independent and go to college on his own, and his mother putting aside any fear and regret she felt to help him be his "own man."
I have known Steve Mikita for over 30 years. We met during law school. I remember lifting Steve's weakened body out of his wheelchair and carrying him down flights of stairs during a law school fire alarm. I remember him telling our Criminal Law Professor, Woody Deem, that he would be more animated in his presentation, but he "could barely lift a pencil." Yet, Steve has always been powerful man in my eyes. I am grateful he has captured on paper with his powerful pen the events and people, and his own muscular resolve, to thrive rather than just survive. Nicely done my Friend.