Springfield School Counselor Releases the hardback version with expanded distribution of his personal memoir—NEVER SETTLED: a memoir of a boy on the road to manhood by Shawn D. Congleton on August 14, 2021

STUDENTS and parents in Springfield (and beyond) have experienced hard times like no other in the last eighteen months. Young, old, rich, poor, black, white—NONE have been able to escape the challenges presented by COVID, political battles, racial unrest and economic downturn. NEVER SETTLED is an epic depiction of one young man presented with challenges he never asked for and found ways and reasons to overcome.

It is a story of determination, resilience and faith.

It is a story everyone can garner something from, to make it to tomorrow and beyond.

Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars on Amazon

Thursday, August 5, 2021

Springfield—Moving nearly 80 times and living in almost 20 states before his high school graduation, Shawn D. Congleton shares his childhood experience of poverty, constant change, abuse and pursuit of a better life.

Told through the eyes of this high school counselor at a large urban school, NEVER SETTLED is the story of transience, anger, alcohol, and abuse. It is the story of loss, difficult relationships and hardship.

But it is also a story of overcoming!

NEVER SETTLED (hardcover sleeve)

Journey with Shawn and his story from his birthplace of Camp Pendleton, California to Indiana to Colorado and sixteen other states. Shawn lived a childhood that would prevent so many of our children from finding peace, growth and success. Finally, be there with Shawn when he returns to Camp Pendleton—for Marine Corps boot camp and Sergeant Abolins, among many of the men and women who changed his life forever.

Find the hope Shawn found. At a time in history when so many are struggling, never settle for what life throws at you! Find inspiration and strength to overcome your own battles.

NEVER SETTLED (hardback) releases at Target, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, Amazon, and many other places on August 14, 2021. The ebook will be available on Apple Books, Nook and Kindle the same day. The softback is currently available at UnMundo Cafe, Champion City Guide & Supply, Gramercy Books in Columbus and Amazon.

Shawn D. Congleton is a high school counselor in Springfield, Ohio. He has worked with young people for most of his adult life as a youth pastor, a school secretary, a coach, a mentor, a volunteer youth leader, a tutor,  and a co-principal. Most importantly, he is a teammate with his wife, Heidi. Together they have raised three girls. He is blessed that his life’s passion has been helping young people overcome their challenges to find hope and skills for their future.

“Readers will be glad that Shawn Congleton never settled for a life like the one in which he grew up. Now his story can give hope to hearts that are looking for a chance to be loved and to belong.” – Tanya Anderson, Award-Winning Author and Editor

“This memoir quickly drew me in and I found myself engulfed in the narrative.” – Jeremy Hudson, Pastor, Fellowship Church

“In a beautifully raw and compassionate way, Shawn invites us into his painful, yet hopeful story.” – Chris LeMaster, LPC

“This book, more than most others, was able to reach all five senses! It took me back on a nostalgic journey of childhood memories that I had previously tucked away.” – Todd Buck, Educator

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Published by Shawn D. Congleton

traveler, writer, lover of God, thinker, family dude, in no particular order

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