Nate was invited to speak to the 7th and 8th graders at Nouvel Catholic School on May 17, 2019. He told them all about his bull riding experience while offering some good advice. He encouraged the kids to develop a deeper relationship with God and to stay close to Him throughout their life.
He shared with the kids how he drifted away from his faith while a teenager and became a rebel. He said that religion seemed ‘uncool’ at the time and admitted that, “…work and hanging with my friends became my top priority. Because of this, I did not have much time for God or my family.”
Nate then shared how a bull changed his rebel ways when it stomped on him, nearly ending his life. He said that although he was given less than a five percent chance to recover from his internal injuries, God spared him, giving him a second chance to mend his ways.
Nate said, “I now see that having a strong faith does not prevent me from enjoying life. Last year, for example, I went skydiving. It was a blast! Although I still do fun things, since the accident I have developed a closer relationship with God. Because of this, I am so much happier.”
Nate wrapped up the talk by encouraging the kids to take their faith seriously because you never know when God will call you back home (to heaven). He said, “Remember, not everyone gets a second chance.”
Nate gave a great witness talk last night at Camp Rotary’s Summer Camp Vespers Service. Troops that were camping from all over the state came together for the weekly program. Chaplin Curtis discussed faith and how God puts the Super into the Natural. After setting the stage with a very thoughful introduction, Curtis then asked Nate to speak. Although he was a little nervous at first, Nate did a beautiful job encouraging the boys to live by the Boy Scout Law, learn from other people’s mistakes, spend quality time with family, and keep God the number one priority because life is short and not many people are blessed with a second chance. I could not have been more proud…Great job Nate!!
I had a lovely afternoon on Friday, May 18, 2018. BCLS invited Finding Hope on Vegas to their Booked For Lunch event.
There was a nice turnout and some great discussion about God and miracles after the presentation. Because many people lingered to talk, the cleaning crew patiently waited for me to finish the book signing. They simply smiled and said ‘No hurries.’ What a great crew!
As a bonus, some family and friends I do not get to see very often came.
Thanks to the Booked for Lunch Staff at Alice and Jack Wirt Public Library for a wonderful day!
What a fantastic Saturday, thanks to a wonderful group of people from Our Lady of Hope Parish in Clare, MI. A big shout out to Donna and her team of ladies who arranged for me to present Finding Hope on Vegas to a large crowd. During the presentation we discussed the types of prayer and how it is instrumental in helping people deal with life’s unexpected.
After the presentation the ladies provided a delightful brunch which allowed me to meet many people and hear their own touching stories.
As a bonus, I sold more than fifty Finding Hope on Vegas books. I am humbled by such a response! God is good! May the Good Lord continue to bless Our Lady of Hope Parish as they strive to bring others to Christ.
Nate’s bull riding accident is the fall 2017 cover story for the Saginaw Faith magazine. Author Erika Hirschman does a great job summarizing the events documented in Finding Hope on Vegas. Thanks to Sarah Moore Kuschell for the fantastic pictures in the hops field.
Click here to read the article (FYI you may need to click the Adobe button).
I will be at Horizon Books in downtown Traverse City just in time for the holiday season. Stop by and get your signed copy of Finding Hope on Vegas. It makes a perfect gift! I look forward to meeting you and hearing your own incredible story.
Nov. 26, 2017
2-4pm Book Signing
243 E Front St
Traverse City, MI 49684
Eighteen and three-fourths gallons of blood was needed to save Nathan Davis. Yet, throughout this tragedy the Davis family found an unexpected gift by an unsuspecting giver: hope on a bull named Vegas.
On August 9, 2014, tragedy struck the annual Gratiot County Fair. In the blink of an eye, a fifteen-hundred-pound bull named Vegas stomped seventeen-year-old Nathan Davis to near death. Initially, no one understood the extent of Nathan’s injuries as he walked with assistance out of the arena. The situation, however, grew bleak when Nathan’s health quickly took a turn for the worse and he found himself fighting for his life in a small rural hospital.
Finding Hope on Vegas details an incredible, true story of relentless dedication and determination and how a self-reliant family suddenly found themselves completely dependent on Divine Providence and intervention.
For the Davis family, excruciating minutes slowly turned into hours, days, and weeks. It would literally take miracle after miracle to keep Nathan alive, but through the outpouring of support from family, friends, and strangers, the Davis family found the strength to handle more than they could have ever imagined.