Blindness became Captain Scotty Smiley’s journey of supreme testing. As he lay helpless in the hospital, he resented the theft of his dreams – becoming a CEO, a Delta Force operator, or a four-star general. With his wife Tiffany’s love and the support of his family and friends, Scotty’s response became God’s transforming moment. The injury only intensified his indomitable spirit. Since the moment he jumped out of a hospital bed and forced his way through nurses and cords to take a simple shower, Captain Scotty Smiley has climbed Mount Rainier, won an ESPY as Best Outdoor Athlete, surfed, skydived, become a father, earned an MBA from Duke, taught leadership at West Point, commanded an army company, and won the MacArthur Leadership Award. Scotty and Tiffany Smiley have lived out a faith so real that it will inspire you to question your own doubts, push you to serve something bigger than yourself, and encourage you to cling to a Hope Unseen.
Shawn Ridgway –
It took me over a year to read this book because I was in Iraq when he was hurt, and it brought back so many memories. And then, when I was placed in the WTU at West Point, CPT Smiley was my commander. After getting up the nerve to finish it, I can honestly say that this is the military/inspirational book I have ever read. It is a must-read for anyone who has struggled and needs some inspiration.
Michael Cook –
I read this on Kindle in just a few days. Struggling with some of my own physical issues, I found the way Scott described his approach, and struggle with, his relationship with God throughout his life extremely helpful and motivational.
I plan to now give this as a gift to my newly married son and his beautiful wife. I pray they grow in love as Tiffany and Scott did both before and after his injury. (Sorry Scott, but my son is flight crew on a Naval spy plane 😉 ) I really enjoyed hearing Tiffany’s side of the story as well. They are a team, and his description of her perspective of their journey is a very important part of their story.
This is one book I will read again…and probably again throughout my lifetime.
Thanks Scott for both your service and sharing. Thanks Tiffany for displaying that devotion is a strength in a mate, and not a weakness as is portrayed too often – you give us all hope.