My Orange Duffel Bag by Sam Bracken with Echo Garrett
- On sale: January 1, 1970
- Price: $
- ISBN: 9780307984883
CROWN ARCHETYPE IS HONORED TO PRESENT A TOUCHING MEMOIR AND INSPIRATIONAL GUIDE FROM SELF-PUBLISHING SUCCESS STORY, AUTHOR SAM BRACKEN
MY ORANGE DUFFEL BAG
A Journey to Radical Change
Sam Bracken with Echo Garrett
“I am living proof that no matter where you are right now, you can get where you want to go.”
SAM BRACKEN’s childhood was one of unspeakable abuse and neglect. By the time he was a teenager, he had been beaten, starved, set on fire, molested, and abandoned. Yet with the help of loving friends, generous strangers, and devoted coaches, Sam was able to turn his life around. By 18, he had earned a full scholarship to play Division I football at Georgia Institute of Technology and was on his way to becoming the successful businessman and philanthropist he is today. MY ORANGE DUFFEL BAG (Crown Archetype; June 12, 2012) is Sam’s incredible true story and his guide for anyone to make a similar positive transformation.
With the help of coauthor ECHO GARRETT, Sam shared his extraordinary journey in the self-published edition of MY ORANGE DUFFEL BAG, which was embraced by booksellers, bestselling authors, and well-known athletes across the country, selling thousands of copies and winning numerous awards. Now Crown Archetype is proud to present this incredible book to a wider audience, offering comfort, words of wisdom, guidance, and support to those who need it most. Part inspirational memoir, part graphic novel, Sam’s candid story is brought to life with haunting photographs and illustrations alongside excerpts from Sam’s private writings and his personal records.
When Sam moved to Georgia Tech to attend college, all of his possessions fit in one small orange duffel bag. From those humble beginnings, he earned himself a college education, was a standout on the football field and, after he graduated, started his own organization. The Orange Duffel Bag Foundation is now dedicated to mentoring and supporting at-risk youth, Sam’s personal passion and mission. In the book, Sam shares his “7 Rules for the Road” that guided his journey and invites readers to record and gauge their own progress in the companion notebook, MY ROADMAP.
MY ORANGE DUFFEL BAG is a testament to the immense power of education and an inspiration to anyone looking to get on the right track—and stay on it. In sharing his personal journey, Sam emphasizes the importance of focusing on your goals and pursuing them relentlessly in the face of seemingly insurmountable obstacles. For anyone facing a tough situation and looking to make a profound life change, there is no better role model than Sam Bracken.
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
SAM BRACKEN is general manager of FranklinCovey Media Publishing and spokesperson for the Orange Duffel Bag Foundation (www.ODBF.org). ECHO GARRETT is president and cofounder of the Orange Duffel Bag Foundation. She is a journalist and former editor-in-chief of Atlanta Woman.