An Evening in Conversation with Chris & Emily Norton

Monday, July 1, 2019 - 7:00pm
Carrie Lee Elementary Auditorium
Free admission! Call to reserve a free ticket.

Admission is free for this event!  To guarantee a seat, no cost tickets are available at Dragonfly Books.  Call 563-382-4275

Chris Norton won the hearts and admiration of people across the nation with his faith, courage and determination on his inspiring journey from his spinal cord injury playing football as a Luther College freshman in 2010 that left him with only a three percent chance of ever standing again to walking across the graduation stage with fiance Emily at his side in 2015. Chris’s CaringBridge posts demonstrated his remarkable positivity in the face of overwhelming odds, the importance of hope, and the power of prayer, as did the memoir co-authored with his father The Power of Faith When Tragedy Strikes.

Chris and Emily return to Decorah on Monday, July 1 for an Evening in Conversation at 7:00 p.m. at Carrie Lee Elementary Auditorium about their soon-to-be-published follow-up, The Seven Longest Yards, published by Zondervan. This event is hosted by Dragonfly Books, Decorah’s independent bookstore. The book continues their uplifting story of partnership and faith in God which have continued to guide them through his ongoing physical challenges and her battle with depression and anxiety to their next walk together down the wedding aisle and into their new life after welcoming 5 adopted girls and 17 foster children into their home and hearts.

Chris won the 2011 America’s Choice Honoree for Courage in Sports award after returning to Luther College in a wheelchair in the fall of 2011, which led to Chris becoming a motivational speaker, national media attention, and the creation of his SCI CAN foundation which helps others with spinal cord injuries.

Dragonfly Books invites everyone to the ticketed event, an Evening in Conversation with Chris and Emily Norton, on Monday, July 1 at 7:00 p. m. at Carrie Lee Elementary Auditorium in Decorah based on the upcoming book The Seven Longest Yards (Zondervan, 2019) . This moderated conversation provides attendees a unique opportunity to hear from Chris and Emily a week before the book is published and to receive their own autographed copy.

We are delighted to announce that admission is now free for this event! If you would like to guarantee an autographed copy of "The Seven Longest Yards", tickets are available for $29 (the cost of the book plus tax) at or in store at Dragonfly Books. Free tickets to guarantee a seat are available at Dragonfly Books.

This event is sponsored by Dragonfly Books at 112 W. Water St., Decorah . To learn more about this and other events at Dragonfly Books, please visit , or contact us at or 563-382-4275.

The Seven Longest Yards: Our Love Story of Pushing the Limits While Leaning on Each Other Cover Image
ISBN: 9780310356929
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Zondervan - July 9th, 2019

Quadriplegics do not simply walk again - yet millions watched as Chris Norton took ten nearly impossible steps. With his fianc e, Emily, supporting at his side, those unbelievable steps became the start of an extraordinary journey for them both.

The Power of Faith When Tragedy Strikes: A Father-Son Memoir Cover Image
By Chris Norton (As Told by), Terry Norton (As Told by), Christy Hayes (Compiled by)
ISBN: 9781625720122
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 2-6 business days
Published: Cah LLC - October 8th, 2015

On a beautiful October day in 2010, eighteen-year-old Chris Norton jogged onto the football field on a kickoff for Luther College and was wheeled off on a stretcher after a routine tackle fractured his spine causing significant damage to his spinal cord.

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