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Real Men Do Cry: A Quarterback's Inspiring Story of Tackling Depression and Surviving Suicide Loss Perfect Paperback – 11 Sep 2008

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  • Perfect Paperback: 132 pages
  • Publisher: Quality of Life Publishing Co (11 Sept. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0981621929
  • ISBN-13: 978-0981621920
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 0.6 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 691,438 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Steve on 30 Nov. 2010
Format: Perfect Paperback
As a Detroit Lions fan I have a lasting image of Eric Hipple from a Photograph taken back in the 80s.Fast forward and I never thought I would be reading a book about the heartbreak this man felt.

It took his own son's suicide to open the door to his own inner self.laid bare he started to put back a man who was shattered long before his son's death.

Thankfully Eric it dealing with the effects the lost of Jeff had on his and his families life.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
The guy can take a hit! 30 April 2009
By R. Stachon - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Perfect Paperback
I read the book immediately after ordering it on Amazon. I remember Eric from that era and the book wasn't at all what I expected. It was much,much more than the hey, I was really something bio/schlock! I have suffered from depression as have my children, we share the same issues being from parents who suffered (undiagnosed) and being athletes (and former athletes). Eric takes you on a very personal and insightful journey into his issues but uses the book as an opportunity to teach and ask people who may be struggling to seek help. This book is interesting and extremely informative. The fact that Eric was a college and pro football star (and worshipped as a hero in Detroit) helps break down barriers and make a lot focused points about depression. A MUST READ!!!!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Important message shared with personal insight. 25 Mar. 2011
By R. Ballister - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Perfect Paperback
Most football fans remember Eric Hipple as the tough Detroit Lions quarterback who played his heart out and did whatever he could to win. That's all true, but what they don't know is the darkness he had to overcome to get there, and the terrible tragedy that changed his life.

Eric, like millions of other men, had to battle depression. But he came of age in an era without the understanding and treatments available today, and his only option was to "suck it up" and keep going. As a result, he never dealt with his depression. Even worse, he was not able to recognize the signs of depression in his young son, who eventually took his own life at age 15. This tragedy, coupled with his existing mental illness and other pressures of life, caused him to spiral out of control, and he landed in prison. From Monday Night Football to a Monday night in jail, as he tells it.

Down but not out, Eric began to take responsiblity for his own life, and to battle back against the darkness. He stopped blaming everyone for his bad decisions, and became strong enough to seek additional help. Through treatment, courage, and sheer perseverance, he got his depression under control and his life on track. Now he teaches other men that depression is real, and educates communities around the country on depression and the signs of suicide. He has sworn that the loss of his son would not be in vain.

There's no boastfulness of an ex-NFL great in this book. There's no ego either, except when he talks about how it was detrimental to his life. The story is very real, told in a comfortable, personal style, and is an emotional rough ride. But in the end, it's the story of a courageous man who battles back from darkness and pain, and now does what he can to help others find their way out. Anyone suffering from the loss of someone close from suicide or who is battling depression will get something out of this book, and will appreciate its simple but important lessons.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
A good insight 22 July 2013
By B. Ross - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Perfect Paperback Verified Purchase
The story here is very powerful, and Hipple does address his traumatic loss honestly. The writing of this book is not organized or presented very well. I also would warn readers looking for support after a suicide loss that this book is more about Hipple's personal journey than it is helpful as a resource. It offers little help for other survivors other than the sharing of one survivor's story. That IS help, and is incredibly difficult and brave to do, nonetheless.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Eric tells it from the heart 25 Jun. 2014
By Dan Nasharr - Published on Amazon.com
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This is an excellent book for anyone suffering from a suicide loss. Eric's down to earth from the heart true story is moving and leaves an impact. His book helps the reader find direction in what can be considered the most challenging times in your life. Thank you Eric for helping me better understand the true signs and symptoms of the questions from suicide.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Couldn't put it down! 9 Dec. 2011
By Gracious Grandma - Published on Amazon.com
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I read this book before going to hear Mr. Hipple speak in person about his life's trials. It's an easy read book that contains a wealth of information. I read it one Sunday afternoon as I just couldn't put it down. I found it very helpful as I was dealing with the same personal issue with my husband. My husband read it too and it gave him assurance and hope that similar situations can be overcome. It's a great book for men. They need to know they CAN cry and it's OK to discuss feelings and issues that shouldn't be withheld. If you have the opportunity to hear Mr. Hipple's presentation, do it!
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