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Breckenridge man featured in inspirational book

BRECKENRIDGE – Steve Immer of Breckenridge is among those cited in Cheri Lutton’s book, “Mirrors of Love – In Acts of Courage,” for his inspirational story about learning to become one’s own hero.

Lutton and Immer will be at a booksigning at 2 p.m. April 13 at Borders Books in Dillon.

Lutton’s book relates the tales of numerous people in the past 2,000 years. Among them are Jesus of Nazareth, Jacqueline Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy, Pope John Paul II and, well, Immer.

“I have etched a cross section of literary portraits on various individuals, both celebrated and private, who have illustrated their own unique acts of courage in their everyday lives,” Lutton said. “In surrounding our thoughts and hearts in these acts, we create an experience that draws the spirit of our infinite goodness like a powerful magnet.”

The book is based on 12 assumptions, including that men and women are created equal, that good and evil coexist, evil is a natural expression of hate, goodness is a natural expression of love, beauty is beyond skin deep but needs to be nourished to thrive and that everyone is a purposeful part of the universal miracle of life, possessing infinite resources of courage.

Cited throughout the book are frequent Bible passages that, Lutton, a devout Catholic, believes will guide people on a path to peace, joy and harmony.

In a chapter summary about Jesus of Nazareth, Lutton writes that Jesus exemplified a life of the purest integrity, laying down a path for people to follow in their everyday lives. He did this so that we may walk with faith, courage and serenity through our human journey of enlightenment toward eternal peace and salvation, Lutton wrote.

A summary about Steve Barnhill, president of Bridges International, says he’s one of the 21st century leaders who strives to build a bridge of respect and understanding of five traditional religions of the world.

Lutton’s daughter, Crystal, is also cited in the book for her strength to resist peer pressure and find her own spiritual voice.

And then there’s Immer, who’s story is told under the Courage of Body chapter of the book.

Immer, she said, portrays the motto, “To thine own self be true,” and is driven to listen to his spirit of goodness, to think positively and become the person of his dreams.

“Courage,” Immer wrote in his contribution to the book, “is overcoming extreme obstacles in an honorable and productive way, even when you’re going against the grain.”

Most of those obstacles came in the process of becoming accepted by people who thought he was a skinny, shy nerd. Immer moved to Summit County in 1982 to redefine himself after a series of setbacks that left him broke and unemployed. But he wanted to “be more and give more, especially to folks who proved to be real and trustworthy,” he said.

Immer began a property management company – itself not without its trials – and sold it to retire in 1996. A life-long bachelor, Immer says he has freedom that leaves him available to forge numerous friendships and give back to his community. In Breckenridge, he also found he could ski expert slopes, play music and record with professionals, run, bike, sing and entertain.

“I may not be high on the hog, but I am definitely on the hog’s anatomy somewhere,” he said. “I love music, having fun, being fit and healthy and helping other people do the same. Combine that with my love for the outdoors, and I guess my life is right on track.”

“Steve has proven that one can forge ahead in the face of a knockdown battle with delusion and disappointment,” Lutter wrote. “He reexamined his history and beliefs to redefine what was beautiful to him through his mind’s eye. Thereafter, he was free to nurture his inner self, ultimately experiencing his true purpose in life.”

Jane Stebbins can be reached at (970) 668-3998 ext. 228 or

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