Passage Rites

Adversity's Challenge

by Michael W. Crabtree



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 11/1/2010

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 5.5x8.5
Page Count : 188
ISBN : 9781450251198
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 5.5x8.5
Page Count : 188
ISBN : 9781450251211

About the Book

It is January 1978 when Michael Crabtree leaves his hometown of Virginia Beach, Virginia, with a backpack, one hundred dollars, a notebook of poems, a guitar case, and his lost dreams. Having recently lost his athletic scholarship at North Carolina State University due to a football injury, Michael decides to hitchhike to Houston, Texas, to seek work in the oilfields.

In his memoir Passage Rites: Adversity’s Challenge, Michael chronicles how, halfway through his first year in Houston, he decides to return home to continue his college education. But everything changes the morning of December 30, 1978, when two Virginia Beach policemen knock on his parents’ door and place him under arrest for armed robbery—a crime he never committed. As Michael is thrown into a jail cell to await his fate, he rings in 1979 with his fellow prisoners and quietly wonders what will become of his life. As he returns to Texas to face his accusers, Michael soon realizes that his journey to the truth will not be easy.

This is the inspiring true story of a young man who, when he was faced with an unjust incarceration, adversity, and the theft of his innocence, never gave up.

About the Author

Michael Crabtree was raised in Virginia, attended North Carolina State University on a football scholarship, and has enjoyed a lengthy career in the oil and gas industry. He and his wife live near Houston, Texas, where they enjoy spending time with their children and grandchildren. This is his first book.