If you’ve been around here a while, you probably figured out that I’m a huge fan of Jason ‘J-Mac’ McElwain and everything he both embodies and symbolizes about what our children can accomplish. (See also “Autism Goes Super”, “The Unlikely, Inspiring Combination of Gatorade and Autism”, and “Swifter, Higher, Stronger” – scroll down to the bottom on the last one.)
So I discovered that he wrote a book – The Game of My Life – with Daniel Paisner, who did a masterful job as credited ‘ghost’ writer by staying out of the way and letting J-Mac tell his story the way he wanted to. The result is like sitting across the table from Jason and listening to him tell his story. The result is an honest, unfiltered, humble, inspiring story of this young man’s remarkable life.
If you don’t know his story, take about 10 minutes now, watch both of these videos, and you’ll get a flavor of how amazing it is. They are worth every second of your time. I still can’t watch them without tears and wanting to pump my fist repeatedly in the air in celebration.
And now about his book. Jason fills out the breadth and depth of his experiences only hinted at in the videos. The challenges he has faced throughout his life are far more numerous and significant than alluded to on TV.
His story adds many important details to The Game, but as the title says simply and beautifully, the book is about the game of his entire life and how he has played it and devoted himself to it. As thrilling a moment and a memory as it must be for him, there’s not a single hint of self-aggrandizement in his book. He appreciates and savors everything that has come to him as a result, but isn’t the least bit caught up in the kinds of things that fame often brings about in people.