Tuesday, February 7, 2017

After The Cheering Stops by Cyndy Feasel with Mike Yorkey: Book Review

I was sent this book from BookLook Bloggers in exchange for an honest review.

After the Cheering Stops: An NFL Wife’s Story of Concussions, Loss, and the Faith that Saw Her Through
By Cyndy Feasel with Mike Yorkey 
Published by Thomas Nelson


Former NFL wife Cyndy Feasel tells the tragic story of her family’s journey into chaos and darkness resulting from the damage her husband suffered due to football-related concussions and head trauma—and the faith that saved her.

“If I’d only known what I loved the most would end up killing me and taking away everything I loved, I would have never done it.” – Grant Feasel

Grant Feasel spent ten years in the NFL, playing 117 games as a center and a long snapper mostly for the Seattle Seahawks. The skull-battering, jaw-shaking collisions he absorbed during those years ultimately destroyed his marriage and fractured his family. Grant died on July 15, 2012, at the age of 52, the victim of alcohol abuse and a degenerative brain disease known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE.

Cyndy Feasel watched their life together become a living hell as alcohol became Grant’s medication for a disease rooted in the scores of concussions he suffered on the football field. Helmet-to-helmet collisions opened the door to CTE and transformed him from a sunny, strong, and loving man into a dark shadow of his former self. In this raw and emotional memoir that takes a closer look at the destruction wrought by a game millions love, Cyndy describes in painful and excruciating detail what can happen to an NFL player and his family when the stadium empties and the lights go down. A powerful tale of warning for football moms and NFL wives everywhere, After the Cheering Stops is also a story of the hard-won hope found in God’s presence when everything else falls apart.


My Rating: 3 Stars
Format: Hardback
Photo Source: Goodreads and Simply Kelina

I am not normally a fan of Non-Fiction, but this sounded interesting, so I was happy to get a chance to have a copy sent for review.

"In the end, we realized that football had cost him everything-his life, his relationship with me, and his family."

This was so much more than about football and concussions. This book deals with addiction, mental health, loss, friendship, and love. It also deals with faith and survival.

Right from the beginning you learn about the struggles the family went through and how this effected the relationship and the children in the Feasel family.

Throughout the story, you get glimpses of journal entries written by Cyndy Feasel, and I feel these added some powerful moments into this book. They really touched your heart.

I liked the writing as this felt more like a story than a non-fiction read. You get to learn about this family from how the parents met, to marriage, the struggles dating an athlete, and how addiction takes a tole on everything in your life.

I really enjoyed this and I am glad I gave it a chance.

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