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Step Out on Nothing: How Faith and Family Helped Me Conquer Life's Challenges

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It was August 25, 2006, my first on-camera studio open for the CBS News broadcast 60 Minutes. Executive Producer Jeff Fager poked his head in the dressing room.” Good luck, Brotha! You’ve come a long way to get here. You’ve earned it.”
…If only he knew. My mind flashed back to elementary school, when a therapist had informed my mother, “I’m sorry, Mrs. Pitts, your son cann
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Hardcover, 304 pages
Published September 29th 2009 by St. Martin's Press (first published 2009)
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Colette Byfield
And I thought all 60 Minutes anchors were required to be die-hard skeptics. Byron Pitts indeed steps out on untraveled territory in a soul stirring, heart wrenching autobiography of his personal struggles to a coveted anchor position on 60 Minutes.

An illiterate, skinny stutterer from a broken home for much of his early life, Pitts was an unlikely candidate for any significant position, let alone one as a television journalist, but as Pitts tells it, his faith brought him over every obstacle he e
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Janet Maisel
I was looking for a book on cd to listen to while commuting to work. This was a ramdom choice simply because it was a biography. I love it! I am only on the first CD but when i pulled into the parking I check to see how many CD's there are to listen to and was sad to see that there are only 5!. Byron Pitts is well known for his spot on 60 minutes. There are many things that intrique me about this so far - there is a spiritual (christian) connection, which I didn't know until I started listening ...more
M.
This is an autobiography about perserverance and hard work to overcome what appear to be overwhelming difficulties. Byron Pitts couldn't learn to read although he hid it well for several years. He also had a stutter which kept him from speaking up in class or anywhere else. He was sent "to the basement," the class for kids who couldn't learn, who had behavioral problems, etc. With the help of a very determined mother and a lot of other people, he finally learned to read, finished high school, an ...more
MaryHelen
This autobiography was very well written and quite interesting. Byron Pitts was born into a lower income minority family to parents who eventually divorced. In addition to his family's lack of finances, he struggled with stuttering, functional illiteracy, an absentee father, and numerous other challenges during his life. A hard worker who had help along the way, he eventually graduated from college and achieved his dreams, becoming an unqualified success as a broadcast journalist and 60 MINUTES ...more
Deborah
We heard Byron speak at the Celebration of Reading in the fall. His is a story of determination, faith, and people in his life who mad a difference. When he was about to give up or give in, people helped and encouraged him. He is an optimist and a Christian whose belief got him through the tough times. Amazing story of a boy who was functionally illiterate until age 12 and a stutterer until his twenties who became a national correspondent. He certainly did not have a happy homelife, but he had a ...more
Renee
My eldest dd had Byron Pitts speak at her college so she brought home this book for me to read. Great story.
Ariana
He came to speak to our 8th graders and he is amazing.
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Tiffany
Feb 23, 2010 Tiffany rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Tiffany by: Cynthia
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Mom, I'm finally reading this one! It took forever for it to become availabe at the library. I'm not a regular '60 Minutes' viewer, so I'm not that familiar with the author, but I look forward to finding out more about this inspiring story.

I am so ashamed that it has taken me this long to post my review of this book, which I finished over a month ago. For some reason, I thought I had done it but I guess not. This book came highly recommended by my Mom, so I went it with high hopes. Overall, I w
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Videoclimber(AKA)MTsLilSis
This book was so inpiring and says a lot about learning to forgive those who do wrong to you. Mr. Pitts is a Christian whose stories are heartwrenching and also uplifting. This book reminded me of Tony Dungy's book, if you liked it you will like this.
My favorite quote from the book "I know that in all the darkest, loneliest moments of my life, when I felt the world was against me and the winds of conventional wisdom were in my face, in those moments, God held me in the palm of His hand"! Wonderf
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Jewell Moore
The power of single parents and those who loved them. Bryan is such a great example to our young men, but his book is more an example to young moms to hang in there and connect with your church and local community...that's where your help comes from through them through God. Every Boys and Girls club and elementary school should have this book and read it to their students!
Thank you. You paved so many roads.
Cathy
This is a wonderful inspiring true story of persistence and faith. I loved the early stories of his coping with his reading disorder and stuttering and how he worked so hard to get a start in the news business. The last part of the book that deals with some of the news stories he has covered was interesting, but not as personal or as well-told.
Judy
I loved this story of overcoming the odds. News reporter Byron Pitts was illiterate until he was 12 years old, and through his own determination and that of his mother learned to read and rose above special ed to graduate from college and become a 60 Minutes reporter.
Lori
Great inspirational read. He started out a functional illiterate who stuttered and today he reports for 60 minutes. He credits the Grace of God, his mother and a number of of angels along the way for seeing him through.
Dtmccoy
Although Byron is a dear friend, I knew him for several years before I knew his story. His book is heart warming an inspirational. Too bad we can't live up to our stories.
Karen
Excellent autobiography of 60 Minutes Correspondent, Byron Pitts.
He overcame illiteracy to become a national reporter.
Very faith filled.
Pat
A very good book, funny how somebody my own age could have a life so different than my upbringing. Well written and an easy read.
Michael
Excellent autobiography and a reminder that with hard work, humility and faith one can overcome negative influences and achieve greatness.
Cynthia
I really enjoyed listening to the reading of this book. I can't believe how open the author was on his life.
Yvonne
Would make a great book-group book, an "almost" gentle read (his mom drops the F bomb once) and it truly inspires.
Elizabeth
Inspiring and eye-opening. I'd rate it pG-13 for language and crazy family stuff. Very inspiring, though.
Ray
So far I am loving this book. An easy yet meaningful and sometimes profound read.
Lori
Good story especially for people who make the extra effort to give someone a chance.
Carrie
Great book, you would never guess the problems this amazing reporter had in school.
Jane
A very inspirational story about the power of hard work, family, and faith.
Kathy
won't read again - deleted from Kindle
Brian
One word: Inspiring!
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