Give Up, Don't Give In - Synopsis
Coleman's life never looked promising from the start. Born to alcoholic parents
in an abusive relationship, neither parent had the mental wherewithal to care
for a newborn infant. Two weeks after his arrival Terry was back in the hospital
with a severe bout of the whooping cough. That's when his great-grandmother decided
to take matters into her own strong and capable hands.
polar opposite of his neglectful parents, his great-grandmother lived by a different
set of standards. The first order of business was mandatory attendance at a local
Church. As Terry grew older though, the pull of the outside world soon overpowered
him. Fighting, drinking, and hanging out with the wrong crowd became his escape.
It was only a natural progression that led to girls and premarital sex and by
the time he had turned eighteen, Terry had fathered his first child who died shortly
after birth. Still, all of these wrong decisions did not set Terry on the right
Terry continued to follow the road
to destruction, until he met Sebbie, a young woman who became a stabilizing force
in his life. Now married, life with Sebbie did not guarantee marital bliss. Like
most young couples they struggled to find a way to make ends meets whilst barely
escaping the throes of poverty. However, Sebbie did bear him three daughters and
kept him a bit closer to the straight and narrow. The turning point came when
a co-worker asked Terry to attend service at his church.
The church proved to be a much needed anchor. The couple became active members
even as Terry continued to battle against his genetic tendency towards alcoholism.
At a critical stage of his marriage and faith journey, Terry almost lost his life
from a fall. After a slow recuperation, he recovered and regained the ability
With the gift of song, Terry
became a member of the choir. Later another goal emerged - to set up a marathon
hymn-singing event to bring public attention to the plight of the homeless. With
the help of his support group Terry was able to overcome the odds, set a world
record and earn mention in Ripley's Believe, or Not. Don't Give Up, Don't Give
In is an inspiring story of family, faith, and fortitude that will leave readers
gasping for more.