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ProFile: Jeremy Sparks
Written by: Siri Stevens< Back to Articles
Jeremy Sparks was a familiar face in the rodeo world for more than a decade. The bullfighter from Arkansas retired in 2010 and took a corporate job back in Arkansas where he lives with his wife, Jamie, and their six year old twin boys, Jett and Jude. Elevate Publishing has recently debuted a book about his life entitled Go West, 10 Principles That Guided My Cowboy Journey. “I kept a journal since I was little bitty and did that too as a bull fighter. Leveraging the journals and news clippings that I collected helped me put this together,” said the 39 year old, who is the only pro bullfighter ever endorsed by the Pentagon. Jeremy fought bulls while being part of the Air Force active duty and is still a part of the National Guard.
“When I first had the idea about this book and got serious writing it, I wanted to share a few principles, like faith, courage, and integrity. I thought about telling stories to the principles but when I asked God to help me, it just started flowing.” Go West has been number one on the Amazon best seller list. “It had a really good showing out of the gate.” His original idea of telling stories became intertwined with how God used him throughout his career. His honesty with sharing his failures and triumphs makes Go West a must read. He tells about his divorce and subsequent move of his ex-wife and their son, Jas, to Hungary. “I wanted to leave my sons something to remember my life by, and this book was a great way to do that.”
Jeremy has a Go West Study Guide that is in production now and he envisions cowboys on the road reading the book and doing the study guide together. “Resources geared towards the western lifestyle and rodeo athletes are few. My desire is to provide a unique offering that helps cowboys and cowgirls pursue their calling. Each section is interactive and full of practical life application.”
His next goals include getting out and speaking. “Jamie and I want to share our story and offer inspiration to all the people. I’m living proof that if God can use me, He can use anyone.”