For years, Isaiah Austin envisioned walking across the stage to shake the hand of the National Basketball Association’s (NBA) Commissioner on NBA Draft Night. Just days before the 2014 draft, Austin was diagnosed with a serious condition called Marfan syndrome, and his competitive playing days were over. He would walk across that stage, but in a symbolic way.
Austin’s book,Dream Again, talks about his faith, basketball, and his many health challenges. It’s a story of encouragement and motivation in which God redirects the life of a skilled basketball player into a servant mode. Austin’s mother’s words to him in the face of difficulty should challenge us all: “There are two choices in life: you make it your excuse or you make it your story.” (Howard Books)