Living Beyond My Circumstances
Deborah L. Willows

$18.95

6 x 9 - 120 Pages

With Steph Beth Nickel
Foreword by Joni Eareckson Tada

“Debbie Willows’ life story is an inspiring and courageous triumph over disability. Through family, friends and faith, she demonstrates that living in harmony with our Lord transcends any earthly limitations.”
The Honourable David C. Onley
Office of the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario



When Deb Willows was diagnosed with cerebral palsy 50 years ago, her parents were advised to “put her in an institution and get on with your lives.” Experts believed parents were incapable of raising disabled children. But God had other plans.

Deb’s parents challenged her to see her severe limitations as opportunities, to dream big dreams and to work hard to accomplish them. Overcoming many challenges, Deb has blazed the trail for other disabled people, representing Canada around the world as a Paralympian and the first disabled boccia ball referee.

Her story is one of hope and inspiration for everyone who has a dream they want to achieve and obstacles to overcome.

Deb Willows has truly lived beyond her circumstances and demonstrates that with God’s help we can all accomplish great things!


Deb Willows has represented Canada numerous times on the world stage in swimming, slalom, wheelchair soccer and boccia. At her first international boccia event (New York, 1984), she won five medals. Deb competed at the 1986 World Cerebral Palsy Games, setting three world records, and participated in the 1988 Paralympic Games. In 1990, she won a bronze medal in Assen and then demonstrated slalom for the Queen of Holland. In 1991, Debbie broke the Canadian and world records for 50 m backstroke.

A highlight of her career is participating as an international referee at the 1992 and 1996 Paralympic Games. For a number of years, Debbie was also the treasurer for the International Boccia Committee of CPISRA. She has written several articles and spoken in many venues. Deb’s work appeared in the books Heal Our Land and Everyday Grace, Everyday Miracles.

Steph Beth Nickel is a freelance writer and editor. She is a member of The Word Guild and part of the InScribe Christian Writers’ Fellowship and Christian Editing Services team. She blogs about her various interests at Steph Nickel’s Eclectic Interests and guest posts on several other blogs.


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  • ISBN: 978-1-927355-18-3
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