BRISTOL - Jason Romano, an ESPN producer for 17 years, has found a new calling and is set to release a book in January.
Romano, a lifelong sports fan, is now a public speaker and media consultant, as well as a host of the “Sports Spectrum” podcast and a member of the leadership team at his church.
His book, “Live to Forgive: Moving Forward When Those We Love Hurt Us,” is about forgiveness and coincides with Romano’s belief that the only route to true peace is forgiveness.
The book takes readers through Romano’s personal journey of forgiving his alcoholic father, according to a press release.
“Not only will you learn the process of forgiving, but you will also learn how to treat someone who is suffering from addiction or alcoholism,” Dwight “Doc” Gooden, 1985 National League Cy Young winner, said in the press release. “This is a must-read for anyone struggling with forgiveness, bitterness or the ripple effects of addiction.”
Romano hopes that by sharing his story, readers will reflect on their own journeys to forgiveness and evaluate the pain others have caused them, in order to transform that pain and forgive those that have hurt them, according to the press release. It noted that this is particularly pertinent at the moment, because many are forced to confront the “tension and pain in their families during the holiday season.”
“This was a difficult book to write because I was forced to revisit some of the most painful moments of my life,” Romano said in the release. “But in sharing these stories, I hope that others will feel less alone on their own journeys toward forgiveness. My prayer is that we can heal and find freedom together.”
“Jason’s story means a lot to me. I, too, had a challenging relationship with my father,” Bart Millard, MercyMe lead singer, said in the release. “Forgiveness is a difficult thing. Jason does not sugarcoat the process in his book. He challenges readers to enter into the messiness of the healing process, something that involves a lot of hard work.”
The book’s foreword was written by four-time Major League Baseball All-Star Darryl Strawberry and endorsed by authors Mo Isom and Tony Dungy, ESPN anchor Bob Ley, Fox Sports analyst Chris Broussard and ESPN SportsCenter host Jemele Hill.
“My dear friend, Jason Romano, took the pain in his own life - stemming from his father - and used it to strengthen his mission in the world and bring hope to others,” Benjamin Watson, an NFL tight end, said in the release. “His book is a must-read for all, as we are each challenged to make the most of the hand that we have been dealt and become who God intended us to be.”
The book will be released on Amazon on Jan. 15. A book release party, at which the public can buy a copy and have it signed by Romano, is set for Jan 5 at 7 p.m. at Hillside Community Church, 435 Broad St.
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