Earl L. Goldmann, MEd, retired educator and coach, author and small business owner.
Part autobiographical and part expose, Intestinal Fortitude weaves Earl L. Goldmann’s battles with physical injury, alcohol abuse, depression and recovery with his success as a basketball standout, teacher, and coach. His razor-sharp honesty and self-awareness reveal the difficult truth of losing an athletic scholarship he so desperately wanted. His stories are as humbling as they are heart-wrenching.
In this compassionate and moving memoir, Earl reveals how a not-so-ordinary young man, from a small town on the Oregon Coast, with so much potential, faced repeated trauma and stress in his life. His brave, truthful and detailed story addresses head-on the implications of alcohol, an unhappy marriage, and loss in his college years. Yet while searching for his identity through sports, he learns compassion and gratitude.
Earl describes vividly how he often stood at the edge of his life, peering in, feeling frustrated yet hopeful. The consequences he faced due to excessive drinking give the reader an appreciation of his powerlessness over alcohol and depression.
Intestinal Fortitude is a stunning memoir that’s both gritty and lyrical. Earl gets inside our hearts and souls, and lovingly shares how a strong man, immensely proud of his sobriety, family, and life journey, shares unflinching optimism. His compelling and inspiring story is a testament to resilience and perseverance. These vignettes demonstrate self-reflection and wisdom, a beacon of hope for all of us, and a must-read for anyone asking questions about their life’s purpose.
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