Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has a new memoir coming out May 17, and it’s titled “Broken but Unbowed.”
For one hour only, he’ll be signing copies of the book at 11:30 a.m. May 25 at the Round Rock Barnes & Noble, in La Frontera Village, at I-35 and SH-45.
Abbott lost his ability to walk when an oak tree crashed down on his back, fracturing vertebrae into his spinal cord, leaving him paralyzed. At 26, he felt that the future he had dreamed of was gone.
As promotional materials point out, Abbott soon realized that our lives are not defined by our challenges, but by how we respond to them. He went on to overcome his paralytic limitations to become the longest-serving attorney general in Texas history and now governor, all while in a wheelchair.
The book also discusses Abbott’s legal challenges against the federal government, his defense of the Second Amendment and other matters. And he reportedly compares his own physical troubles to those of the nation, saying that our country has been broken, and that it’s up to us to restore America to its place in the world.
The book is being published by Threshold Editions and sells for $28.
Although advance reader copies have not made it to the American-Statesman, he’s a brief excerpt about the day of his injuries from online sources:
“The first shock was the sound—a loud explosion that sounded like a bomb had exploded about ten feet away. Reflexively, I turned my head to the right, where the sound originated. It was a tree. A big oak, well over fifty feet tall, with a trunk two or three feet wide—and an enormous crack at the base.
“And the tree was falling exactly where I was running.
“Think of the sense of panic you feel when you perceive imminent danger. That sudden sinking feeling in your stomach when your heart abruptly stops, then races rapidly. That moment of fright that makes your hair stand on end. Then multiply it times a hundred. That’s what I felt.
“In a nanosecond, thoughts raced through my head.
“If I stop or keep going straight, I’m gonna get clobbered, and I can’t go left because cars are parked there. Go right!
“The next thing I knew, I was down. Flat on my back. The entire catastrophe—from the time I heard the sound until I hit the ground—lasted no more than a second.
“The good news was that I was still conscious. The bad news was that I had not lost consciousness. The pain was immediate, excruciating, and unrelenting. I had broken bones in the past and had a concussion playing football. But this was altogether different.
“The pain was magnified by my inability to breathe. I’d had the wind knocked out of me before but this was beyond comparison. Trying to take in air ripped me with stabbing pains. Any attempt to exhale was sheer torture. All I could muster were short, shallow gasps.
“I didn’t know what had happened, but I could tell it was bad.”
To read more about the book, go here.