About the author

Flower Mound head boys basketball coach Eric Littleton is a 1990 graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and former student assistant coach for Dean Smith and the UNC Tarheel basketball program.

After graduating from UNC with his degree in English Education in 1990, Coach Littleton served as an assistant coach at the University of Arkansas Little Rock. At the time, Littleton was the youngest division I assistant coach in the country. After finishing a two-year stint at Arkansas Little Rock, Littleton was named the first head coach of the newly established Edmond North, Oklahoma High School, where he was the youngest 6A head coach in the state.  In only the school's second season, the Huskies broke into the top 10 in Oklahoma's largest classification, 6-A, where they remained for the remainder of Littleton's tenure. In 1999 Littleton was named the head coach of Cascade College in Portland, Oregon. Once again, in only his second season at Cascade College Littleton's team posted the best record in school history and competed for the school's first conference title. After Cascade College Littleton coached overseas on Okinawa Island.

Littleton is currently the head coach of 6A Flower Mound, Texas High School.  Over the last five years at Flower Mound High School the Jaguars have won the most games in school history in 2012-13 (26), won the second most games in school history in 2015-16 (25), made the playoffs three(2013, 2016, 2017) of five seasons with the fourth season (2015)  being a play-in game, made the playoffs in back-to-back seasons in 2016 and 2017 for only the second time in school history, posted the most wins in any two-year stretch in school history in the 2015-16 season and the 2016-17 season (45 wins), posted the second most wins in any two-year stretch in school history the 2012-13 and 2013-14 season (44 wins), posted the most wins in any 5-year stretch in school history(2012-2017), had the best finish in district in school history (2016-17), beat the number one ranked team in the state of Texas for the first time in school history (2016-17), and broke into the Texas 6-A top ten for the first time in school history (2015-16).

In 2005 Littleton published his first book, Fifth-Quarter Faith: Lessons to Learn When the Game is Over.  In Fifth-Quarter Faith, Littleton highlights what he calls the "missed teachable moments" in sports settings than can be used to build character, faith, and values in our young people.  Littleton is currently working on his second book, Solomon's Gift, which deals with the devastating illness one of his twin sons, Solomon, contracted and the ensuing journey of self-discovery that he and his family experienced on their way to discover the power of relentlessly pursing hope, unconditional love, and joy in the face of great tragedy and struggle.  Littleton now speaks to groups, sharing his family's story and the power of never giving up in the face of challenges.

Littleton is a native of Ada, Oklahoma and has been married to his high school sweetheart, Marci, for 31 years.


The Littletons have twin sons Isaac and Solomon (14 years) and a daughter Carolina Grace (12 years).

The Book

Chapter One excerpt

"The events of the last eight months remained a blur.  It all happened so quickly, so suddenly, so imperceptibly that no one could tell us when it began.  The doctors still couldn’t tell us what “it” was… not to mention when “it” began.  Each day the lights grew dimmer until we looked up one day and our perfectly healthy little boy could no longer run.  Each day the despair grew just a little deeper until one day our perfectly normal little boy could no longer feed himself.  Each day the hopelessness grew just a little deeper until one day our perfectly normal little boy could no longer dress himself.  Each day the grief grew a little deeper until one day our perfectly normal little boy could no longer go to the toilet himself. Each day the desperation grew a little deeper until one day our perfectly normal little boy could no longer speak.  Each day, almost as imperceptibly as the setting sun, the lights grew dimmer and dimmer until our perfectly normal little boy no longer recognized us, trapped inside a glass box."

Chapter One, excerpt #2

I wanted so badly to be strong.  I wanted so badly to show no fear.  I wanted so badly to promise them that everything was going to be fine.  I wanted so badly to be able to speak, to say something reassuring, to say something that would mold my two little children’s hearts in a meaningful way, a way that would give them strength. I wanted so badly to create a moment in their lives… .a snapshot in their mind’s eye… that they could one day share with their children about how strong I was.  

Instead, I cried.

 

Chapter One, excerpt #3

I stood silently, staring through the two-way mirror–--one of those contraptions where you can see in but the people on the inside can’t see out–-- holding Isaac’s hand to my right and Grace’s hand to my left.  Isaac’s big, blue eyes never blinked… never moved… as he stood motionless, staring through the two-way mirror at his twin brother.  Four-year- old Grace chewed on her fingernails while studying her brother behind the glass wall.

“What are they doing to Solomon, daddy?”  she whispered.

Six-year- old Isaac never looked away from his twin as I replied,.

“They’re trying to figure out why Solomon is sick, sis.”

The normally talkative Isaac remained quiet and disengaged, continuing to stare straight ahead.

“Is Solomon going to die, daddy?” she continued.

 

 

 

Chapter 2 Excerpt

A  friend who understood my grief personally promised me that I would never be the same again, but that I would be able to find joy again.  The day he told me this, I was still in the fog of grief, the haze of despair, unable to simply take in one more breath or take one more step, and his words echoed hollowly, numbly through my head.  But his words rested somewhere deep in my soul.  His words landed on my heart and laid dormant, waiting to take on a life of their own.

 

Chapter 4 Excerpt

Marci would mention to me, on occasion, that something wasn’t right.  I gave her concerns no thought and wrote them off as an overprotective mom.  I will always wish I had listened to her earlier.  A mom’s intuition is powerful.  A mom’s intuition is sacred. A mom’s intuition is from God… of God… .is God.  It’s His voice planted inside of each woman the day He plants the seed of a child in her womb and in her heart, and it never leaves her. It is with her until the day she dies.  I wish I would have listened to her earlier.  

Speaking Topics

Eric Littleton’s message of Solomon’s Gift is perfect for all groups.   Whether you are looking for your school, your church, your business, or your community organization, Eric’s message will inspire those in attendance to overcome adversity in their lives, to lend a helping hand to those in need, to accept all people with open arms, and to celebrate the small things in life that we so often take for granted.  Eric will challenge everyone in attendance to take inventory of their lives to ensure they are living each day with purpose and conviction, and to savor each moment they have been given here on this earth.  Some of Eric’s topics are:

“From Guilt to Gratitude”: Eric shares the grueling story of the day he discovers that his wife is carrying guilt for Solomon’s illness.  Eric details how guilt is a weapon that destroys lives and reminds us that we don’t have to live our lives with that guilt.

“He’s My Brother”:Solomon’s twin brother, Isaac, finds himself in the awkward position of having to clean up Solomon after a bathroom incident.  Isaac’s actions teach us that we are all dirty and in need of love and grace and mercy, even with all our “stuff.”  The story ends with Isaac proclaiming, “But, daddy, he’s my brother.” This story is often a companion piece to “Special Needs.” 

“Special Needs”:Isaac, Solomon’s twin, encounters a little boy in an electric wheelchair who is horribly disfigured and, quite candidly, one of those “outcasts” of our society that many of us are afraid to interact with.  Isaac tells his father that this boy  is “…no different than anyone else and just wants someone to love him like Solomon does…”This story is often a companion piece to “He’s My Brother.” 

“I’ll Sit Here with You Till You Can”:One morning Eric could not get out of bed and, weeping uncontrollably, uttered the words to his wife “I can’t do this any more.” After Marci left the house, Eric’s dear friend shows up in his bedroom, sits down in the chair across from his bed and says, “I’ll sit here with you til you can.”  Eric discusses the power of being present in someone’s life in their time of greatest need and not bringing judgement or guilt….just unconditional love and acceptance. This is often a companion piece to “This Illness Changes Nothing.”

“Solomon’s Illness Changes Nothing”:Eric shares the story of his childrens’ godparents telling him that Solomon’s illness doesn’t change their commitment to care for the kids if anything happens to Eric or Marci.  For the first time, Eric describes how he didn’t feel alone in this battle and discusses how this simple gesture by his dear friends rekindled a fire in his spirit to continue fighting.

Other topics include:

*”I Don’t Want Our Pain to be Wasted”

*”The Road to Abilene: The Night God Showed Up”

*”God’s Not Finished with Us Yet.”

*”Mother’s Day Special Needs”

*”Independence Day”

*”Labor Day”

*Others

Speaking Engagements

In order to book a speaking engagement, contact Eric Littleton via Hide-a-Way Publishing at hidewaypublishingcompany@gmail.com or by texting or calling 469-418-3296.  Speaking engagements honorariums are as follows:

1/2 day          $500 + all related travel expenses

1 day              $1,000 + all related travel expenses

1.5 days         $1500 + all related travel expenses

2 full days     $2000 + all related travel expenses

Maximum honorarium amount is $2500 + travel expenses.

Marci Littleton is also available for small group presentations and question and answer sessions.  Eric and Marci Littleton enjoy presenting their family’s story together, so please inquire about her availability as well.

 

 

If your group or organization is unable to provide an honorarium, please notify Hide-a-Way Publishing explaining your situation.  Eric Littleton does not want money to interfere with your group’s opportunity to hear his family’s story.