In a Single Bound: Losing My Leg, Finding Myself, and Training for Life
Not only will Sarah take readers on two trips to the Ironman World Championship in Hawaii (one agonizing and one triumphant), but she'll also blow the lid off of reality television with her behind-the-scenes look at her season on CBS' The Amazing Race, where tens of millions of viewers saw her climb up the Great Wall of China, scale the cliffs of Vietnam, and ride horses in the hinterlands of Mongolia. But "In a Single Bound" is about more than sports and television. It's about a one-legged child trying to fit in with her two-legged friends.
It's about an adolescent girl mustering the inner strength to go stag to her senior prom. It's about a young woman dealing with body image issues that would turn your typical Gossip Girl into a blubbering mess. It's a universal story that will appeal to anyone who wants to fear less and live more.
Sarah Reinertsen's gripping tale of inner strength, optimism, and mounting the seemingly insurmountable will inspire readers to feel as if they can do anything.
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The inspirational story of the first paralympian ever to compete against able-bodied runners in world-class events.
Oscar Pistorius’s legs were amputated below the knee before his first birthday. At 17 months, he received his first pair of prosthetic legs. Later, with the help of “running legs,” Oscar began sprinting in competitions—and winning them; eventually the International Association of Athletics Federations invited him to compete in international meets. Blade Runner is the story of the indomitable strength of human will and the extraordinary development, from immobilized child to world class sprinter, of one of the most gifted sportsmen on the planet.
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One Man's Leg
As a kid, athletic competition provided some relief from an otherwise difficult childhood. Later, living in a foster home, it was the stage on which to gain attention that didn't seem to be available elsewhere. But it was only at the age of 25, when he had lost a part of the very thing he relied on most to compete (specifically, the lower half of his left leg), that Paul Martin made his commitment--and went on to become a world champion triathlete and Paralympic competitor.
ONE MAN'S LEG is the story of Paul Martin's life to date--and what a life it has been. Whether the passage is laugh-out-loud funny, fiercely heartbreaking or gently thought provoking, few readers will fail to be captivated by Paul Martin's adventures--and misadventures! Things just happen to Paul: storms form out of the blue when he is sailing; culprits steal his bike when his back is turned, and they break into his car while he is ensconced in his highest moment--completing his first ever marathon. While insurance companies are willing to help him acquire a leg to stand on, they balk every time he needs one to run on. And he seems to be accident prone--even after the accident that claimed his limb. As one observer puts it, "There are two kinds of people in the world--those who like to dance with gravity and those who don't."
But Paul Martin has a very special gift--and it is in addition to his athletic prowess and his ability to write honestly, fluidly and at a pace that makes it impossible not to want to turn the page: when life hands Paul Martin lemons, he makes lemonade. Reading ONE MAN'S LEG, the reader can't help but want to make lemonade too. And though the book is never didactic, the recipe is there for anyone who wants it, lurking between the lines, evident in Paul's good humor and in every choice he makes.
Paul's endurance and determination are off the charts--as are those of the "badasses" he runs (and swims, skis, bikes and plays hockey) with. To read ONE MAN'S LEG is to experience the life of an athlete vicariously, to learn to redefine "disability" (or is it "this ability?"),to learn the true meaning of team spirit, and to come to love the finish line, as it applies to each of us and no matter how far off we fear it might be. What an inspiration! What a celebration of life! What a pleasure it is to get to know Paul Martin intimately in these pages!
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Drinking from My Leg: Lessons from a Blistered Optimist
"Drinking from My Leg" brings the reader up to date where "One Man’s Leg" left off. He narrates the events of his life on the race course and dramatically reveals his experiences—some glorious, many hilarious—as a competitive triathlete, runner, and cyclist.
The pages are filled with motivation, excitement, humor and, most importantly, bottomless optimism. Paul’s true-to-life stories, packed with his tenaciously vibrant attitude, bring readers intimately into his psyche and leave them knowing that succeeding doesn’t necessarily mean winning the race.
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Up and Running - The Jami Goldman Story
More than a decade ago, while driving through Arizona, nineteen-year-old Jami and a friend took a wrong turn in their Chevy Mini-Blazer. They spent the next eleven days stranded and fighting for their lives on a logging road that the state had closed--without first being checked for travelers in distress--during a blinding snowstorm.
Here, Jami shares the trauma of those endless days , the miracle of a stunning rescue, the grief over losing her legs, and the strength and courage it has taken not only to walk again but also to run like the wind. Wise, forthright, and astonishing, Up and Running recounts Jami's physical, emotional, and legal battles ( she filed a suit against the state) and shows how she used adversity as a stepping-stone to her recovery while also discovering love and joy beyond her wildest dreams.
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Standing with hope - Gracie Rosenberger
This powerful story chronicles a young woman awakening from a horrific car accident to a life filled with searing pain, enormous loss, and brutal challenges, but all dwarfed by her indomitable spirit and a desire to live a life of meaning. Another unique quality about this book is, for the first time ever, a woman is telling her story through her husband’s writing. Gracie’s husband, Peter, partnered with her to pen this story, and their continued romance proves that love truly does conquer even the harshest of circumstances.
With a foreword by internationally known comedian, Jeff Foxworthy, this book will take readers on an amazing journey launched from an intensive care unit to spending time with wounded warriors at Walter Reed Army Medical Center …to providing artificial limbs to amputees in West Africa --to performing on some of the world’s largest stages. Spanning decades of loss, hilarious moments, tears, and unimaginable pain, Gracie’s story takes readers to breathtaking views of redemption that will strengthen even the weakest of hearts.
Captivated by the outrageous personalities of Gracie and Peter, readers will find themselves moved by the powerful insights, candid revelations, and over-the-top humor woven together in this incredible story that will equip each reader faced with hardships …to continue Standing With Hope.
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