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Help Me Help Others

Across the globe there are hundreds, if not thousands, of people receiving bad news today. Some have lost a parent, a child, a family member or a best friend. Some have been diagnosed with life-threatening diseases and told they only had so long to live. Some have been told they would never walk again or drive again or go back to work. Thousands more are watching as loved ones, friends, coworkers, and patients face devastating circumstances that will change their lives forever.

When we see people hurting, what do we do? How do we respond? We may pray, knowing God is the only one who can truly bring peace and comfort and healing to the brokenhearted, but we often feel helpless, not knowing what else to do, so we do nothing more.

Recently a couple of people have been distributing my books to patients in hospitals and other people they cross paths with who happen to be going through a rough time in life. They see it as a ministry. They often don’t know what to say or do for someone, but they have found that leaving a book is a nonthreatening way to offer someone information that may make a huge difference in their life. Not only are the patients reading the book, but their family members are reading it also.

Today I want to challenge you to think of someone you know that has recently received bad news and buy them a book. Between now and Christmas I am running a special on my books, selling them for $12 each plus shipping. I challenge those of you who can afford it to buy a box of 60 books for $600 and distribute them to people you know, students you work with, family members, friends, people in your church, whoever. Place them in waiting rooms of hospitals and doctor’s offices, if they consent.

Why am I doing this? I was sitting outside today and I felt as if God impressed upon me to do it. I have about 1,200 books in my garage and they were meant to be read. Let me tell you a little bit about this book and why I believe it is so important for people who are struggling with the unwanted circumstances in their lives.

A little over 24 years ago I was told that I would never walk again. The doctor’s diagnosis was hard to accept for a young, hard-working, farm boy who wanted nothing more than to be able to live out his dreams. I suffered with depression, thoughts of suicide, and feelings of worthlessness. I questioned whether God still loved me and often felt my circumstances were unfair. I made one small decision to dive off a boat dock and now I was going to be paralyzed from the shoulders down for the rest of my life? It did not make sense to me why God would allow this to happen. I could not see how anything good could ever come from my circumstances unless God performed a miracle and allowed me to walk again.

As time passed and I began to look for meaning and purpose in my life, God changed my outlook and taught me many important life lessons through his Word, influential people, and some of the most unlikely experiences with children. There is actually a chapter in my book titled, “the Big Things I’ve Learned from Little People.” I challenge you to take this book and, if nothing else, read that chapter. There are life lessons in it that everyone needs to understand. There is a story about a little girl who gave me a Butterfinger. From her I learned that I needed to stop focusing on everything that I did not have, and simply give what I had to give. There is another story about a fifth-grade girl who taught me to look beyond my limitations and see that God can still use me. A third grader riding on the back of my wheelchair gave me a lesson on learning to trust God when we have no idea where He is taking us.

Through my struggles, God taught me lessons that I may not have learned with a fully functioning body. He taught me that this life was temporary and the greatest miracle that can happen is one that takes place on the inside of a person. He taught me that my unwanted circumstances were actually opportunities for Him to work, not only to work in me, but also in those around me.

The title, “Learning to Live with It” came from an experience with my three-year-old brother who refused to wipe a pile of bird poop off my shoulder. He told me I needed to “learn to live with it”. God ended up using that circumstance to remind me of the fact that when we cannot change an unwanted circumstance, we have a choice to make. Are we going to respond by accepting it and making the most of life? Or, are we going to spend the rest of our lives bitter about the hand we were dealt. I like to tell people that our unwanted circumstances will either make us bitter or better. How we respond makes all the difference.

This book is a challenge to all who read it, able-bodied or not, to respond positively to life’s challenges and make the most of life despite any unwanted circumstances. I challenge you to get a book. Get several books. Give them as Christmas presents, put them in waiting rooms at your hospital and at your doctor’s office, take one to the hospital room of someone you know who is hurting and read it to them. There’s nothing magic about this book, but there is something powerful about our God’s ability to work in us and through us!

I guarantee you that you can think of someone right now who needs to read this book. More importantly, you can think of someone who needs to know there is no circumstance that will ever separate them from the love of God through Christ Jesus.

Book Signing ~ Neodesha Civic Center on Oct. 20

I will be signing and selling books at the following event on October 20. Even if you already have a book, pick up one for a friend or family member as a Christmas gift! I will be selling the books for $15 each, or two for $20. Hope to see everyone there!

The Wilson Medical Center Foundation is hosting a Women’s Night Out Wellness Round-Up on Monday, October 20, 2014, from 4:00-7:00 pm at the Neodesha Civic Center Corral. The Civic Center is located at 1407 N. 8th Street.

Come out and:

  • Enjoy a fun evening
  • Pamper yourself
  • Expand your mind
  • Get ideas for your home
  • Grab a personally signed book

Lasso your advance ticket of $10, which includes a meal at the chuck wagon. Stop by the following mercantile locations: Wilson Medical Center Foundation, Porter Drug Store, Get Fit, Independence Family Medicine or lasso a $12 ticket at the door.

Learning to LIVE With It by Kevin Olson

Every day it seems as if I hear more bad news about people struggling with health problems. I know it is difficult, but if you or one of your loved ones happen to be in the midst of an unwanted, seemingly unchangeable circumstance I want you to read this and watch the video. It has been quite a while since I have posted very much, but this is on my heart to share today.

Unwanted circumstances will either defeat you or develop you. If you have found yourself in the midst of an unwanted circumstance, please don’t forget that you have a choice in how you will respond. It is not easy, but choosing to accept your unwanted circumstances is often the key to allow God to work miracles through the unwanted circumstance. He may choose to change your circumstance or He may choose to change you. Either way, He wants to work in the midst of all of your circumstances today.



Responses from Readers

Just four short months ago I turned 42, my dad passed away, and my first book was published. As I look back I see blessings, achievement, and joy mixed with loss, sadness, and disappointment. Many tears have been shed, many miles traveled, and many smiles smiled. I’ve come to understand that this mixture of experiences and feelings is simply how life is for all of us.

One of my greatest joys during the past four months has been the responses I’ve received from those who have read “Learning to Live With It.” I’d like to share a few of those with you. They reveal some of the very reasons I wanted to share my story.

“Thank you so much Kevin. Your book is very uplifting and inspiring. It’s very relevant to even my own life when I’m faced with situations that I’d rather not face. But God gives grace that is sufficient. Thanks again Kevin for being a great source of inspiration.”
-Kyle McClure

“Kevin, I really enjoyed your book. I have always asked God for what I want, Now, since reading your book, I know I need to ask God to show me what he wants me to do?”
-Terrie Pearson

“I got my book yesterday afternoon and finished it last night. Amazing! I can’t wait to share it with others!”
-Amy P.

“I just finished reading your book. I have read many books by famous Christian people, but your book makes good common sense on living a Christian life in difficult situations.”
-Ron O.

“I want to say thank you for expressing your thoughts, feelings, and emotions through your book! They are truly inspiring beyond the words in the book. I thought I’d read a chapter and see what I thought. Before I knew it, I had read the whole thing!!!”
-Casey F.

“Finished my book, LOVED it! You’ve given me a new outlook on my trials…”
-Tracey M.

“Just wanted to thank you for signing the book that Elaine brought to me last weekend. I’ve finished it already-great book by the way-& am looking forward to sharing it with family & friends. You are such an inspiration. You make me want to be a better person & also make me ashamed of myself at times. I take so much for granted & don’t appreciate what I have & am able to do. Thanks again.”
-Sherryl S.

Learning to Live With It – Official Press Release

MAITLAND, Fla., Sept. 21, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ — Learning To Live With It ($13.99, paperback, 9781628391725; $6.99, e-book, 9781628391732) is the new book that details the phenomenal life story of author, Kevin Olson.

What’s unique about Kevin is that, just before his twentieth birthday, he was given the devastating news that he would never walk again. This book shows readers how the author pushed himself to make the most of life, despite the heartbreaking report.

“Everywhere I go, I find people who are faced with unwanted, unchangeable circumstances, and as a result, they are just as paralyzed mentally and emotionally by their problems as I am, physically,” states the author. “Regardless of our circumstances, I believe God can use us. Often the only thing keeping God from working through our unwanted circumstances is how we choose to respond to them.”

Kevin Olson was born on August 28, 1971. He was raised on a farm just Southwest of Chanute, KS. He was an All-State basketball player who graduated from Chanute High School in the top 10% of his class in 1989. On July 15, 1991, he became paralyzed from the shoulders down, as a result of a diving accident. Since 1993, he has devoted his life to kids by tutoring at elementary schools, teaching at the Cherry Street Youth Center in Chanute, traveling around speaking at schools and churches, and serving as a Youth Minister for two churches in Fredonia, KS. After his accident, Kevin also obtained his Associates degree and a computer programming certification. Currently he works from home creating websites and is busy promoting his first book, an autobiography titled “Learning to Live With It.”

Xulon Press, a division of Salem Communications, is the world’s largest Christian self-publisher, with more than 8,000 titles published to date. Retailers may order Learning To Live With It through Ingram Book Company and/or Spring Arbor Book Distributors. The book is available online through,, and

Media Contact: Kevin Olson, Xulon Press, 866-381-2665,

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2013 – Another year come and gone

It started out pretty normal, ‘bout like any other year
Family gatherings, black eyed peas and lots of New Year’s cheer

Goals were set and some resolutions were made
There were pounds to lose and debts needing paid

But only three days in, we got a frantic call
Little sister’s been in a wreck, lucky to be alive at all

Our prayers were answered within a few days
She slowly woke up out of that bell ringing daze

Her memory came back and she lost very little
A few weeks later she even started growing in the middle

Not to be outdone, my brother fathered another child
Six kids at Christmas this year, wow, things could get wild

Mom’s doing good, she’s working and happily wed
Now if she only had room for another flower bed

Nick and James are working and doing just fine
In fact, James will be hitched next year by this time

I guess that leaves me the only sibling without a ring
No wonder Janna keeps pointing out women with bling

As I look back on the year I have a couple more topics to discuss
My book was published this year, but dad … Well, he is no longer with us

In June we found out cancer had taken over his pancreas and liver
Two months later we lost our father, our friend, our life-giver

God gave us time to say our goodbyes and let dad know he was loved
We’re comforted by knowing he’s farming up there in Heaven above

As the year comes to a close and 2014 nears
I have to admit, it’s sometimes hard to hold back the tears

I suppose 2013 wasn’t really much different than any other year we’ve had
God gave us some good times, and He gave us some bad

If we crossed paths in 2013 …  I want you to know I’m grateful for the time we had
God Bless You, Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, & “I miss you dad.”

Help Support Kansas FCA

20% of all book sales in December will be given to help support the Southeast Kansas Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Our SEK FCA Rep, Gary Larson, is required to raise his own funds as he ministers to the youth right here in our own little corner of Kansas. Gary has an amazing story, as well as an amazing love for Jesus and our youth. Let’s help keep him doing this good work.

We will accept cash, checks or Paypal payments. We can also ship or deliver!  To order a book, simply message me on Facebook or email me at

You can also catch me at one of the following book signings:

184386__K-Olson-front-cov_300pxwThe Feathered Nest
1 East Main in Chanute, KS
Thursday, Dec. 5 from 4:00pm to 7:00pm

Iola Rotary Club Meeting
The Greenery in Iola, KS
Thursday, Dec. 5 from Noon to 1:00pm

Two Chic Blvd
16070 Metcalf in Overland Park, KS
Saturday, Dec. 7 from 1:00pm to 5:00pm

December Book Signings

184386__K-Olson-front-cov_300pxwThis week I’ll be signing books at:

The Feathered Nest
1 East Main in Chanute, KS
Thursday, Dec. 5 from 4:00pm to 7:00pm

Iola Rotary Club Meeting
The Greenery in Iola, KS
Thursday, Dec. 5 from Noon to 1:00pm

Two Chic Blvd
16070 Metcalf in Overland Park, KS
Saturday, Dec. 7 from 1:00pm to 5:00pm

20% of all book sales in December will be given to help support the Southeast Kansas Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Our SEK FCA Rep, Gary Larson, is required to raise his own funds as he ministers to the youth right here in our own little corner of Kansas. Gary has an amazing story, as well as an amazing love for Jesus and our youth. Let’s help keep him doing this good work.

We will accept cash, checks or Paypal payments. We can also ship or deliver!  To order a book, simply message me on Facebook or email me at


Biblesta 2013

Biblesta After Dark 2013As a kid it was always fun to attend Biblesta and see Jonah hanging half out of the whales mouth. This year I’ve been asked to set up a tent to sign books, as well as to be on stage twice. About 10:40am I’ll be interviewed by Lloyd Houk of 3 Rusty Nails (right before they sing) and talk about my book. Then at 7:00pm, Gary Larson with Kansas FCA asked if I would open up Biblesta After Dark by giving a 10 minute message to the youth.

If you’ve never been to Biblesta, come check it out. The Biblesta Parade consists of floats portraying scriptures from the Bible, walking entries, equestrian units and marching bands playing Christian and patriotic music. Before and after the parade, enjoy gospel music in the city square. A variety of activities including a petting zoo, train rides and inflatables are available to entertain the children. During the evening hours, teenagers and young adults can enjoy the Biblesta After Dark Youth Rally. Food vendors are available throughout the day, and everyone is welcome to stay for the free bean feed at 5:00 p.m. in the city square.

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Book Signing

kevin_signing_book_at_wcmc_9-17-2013My first book signing was a huge success. Thank you Janice Reese and the Wilson County Medical Center for hosting the event.

My next signings will be:

Artist Alley in Chanute
Saturday, Sept. 28 from 9am – 5pm
(Look for me in front of Total Image Studio.)

Biblesta in Humboldt
Saturday, Oct. 5 from 2pm – ??
(Look for me after the parade in the Square)