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Get Off Your Knees: A Story of Faith, Courage, and Determination (New York State Series) Paperback – May 27, 2011


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Product Details

  • Series: New York State Series
  • Paperback: 141 pages
  • Publisher: Syracuse University Press; Reprint edition (May 27, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0815609612
  • ISBN-13: 978-0815609612
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.1 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,841,465 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Although his arms end at his elbows, he is without knees and he has only two toes on each foot, Robinson has worked in sales for more than 20 years... is married with three children and plays golf regularly with his friends. He accomplished such feats without the use of prosthetics and with an attitude that life's obstacles present opportunities.... Because of Robinson's determination, positive attitude and work ethic, he inspires others effortlessly."- Syracuse New Times --Syracuse New Times

"Inspiring others is fine and dandy, but what does it do for you? `Get Off Your Knees: A Story of Faith, Courage, and Determination' is John Robinson's story of being a congenital amputee, having no extensions of his arms or legs. Robinson tells his tale of facing the only life he's ever known and what it has taught him about himself and other people, as he earned the position of a successful television director. `Get Off Your Knees' is a story of what happens when a person doesn't feel sorry for themselves and rises to life's challenges." - The Midwest Book Review --The Midwest Book Review

"In his new memoir, Get Off Your Knees: A Story of Faith, Courage, and Determination, Robinson talks in a straightforward, personal voice about growing up with his disability. He shares the intimate details of his life and philosophy, including an early discovery that the best solutions of doctors and other experts often aren't that helpful, and the awareness that his best resource is frequently his own ingenuity. Recounting the humorous and the painful, the upbeat and the maddening, Robinson explores a common dialectic experienced by people living with a disability: the experience of being just like everybody else, but also not like anybody else, at the same time."- Ability Magazine --Ability Magazine --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

John Robinson has twenty years of sales experience in media and is a 1990 graduate of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. John has been married for over fifteen years and has three children. In 2001, he was selected to carry the Olympic torch as it passed through Albany on its way to Salt Lake City for the 2002 games. Dave Allen is coauthor of Golf Annika's Way, with Annika Sorenstam, and Golf Rx: A 15-Minute-a-Day Core Program for More Yards, with Vijay Vad, M.D. He is currently an editor with GolfChannel.com and lives in Orlando, Florida. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Robert Guyette on December 30, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I knew JR back at Syracuse -- we shared some of the same friends -- and was amazed at how he could get around by himself. After reading this book, now I know more about him and his inspiring story. A 3-foot-9 congenial amputee, he was born without forearms, hands and thighs (putting it simply). The most revealing parts of the book were the struggles his parents, sister, and especially he has had accepting his condition. Able-bodied people like me have a difficult time imagining what it's been like to overcome what he's had to, and his story makes me thankful for all the physical normalities I have. For disabled people, he's a fantastic example of the attitude one needs to never give up and overcome whatever obstacles one faces, physically and especially emotionally. Today, JR is a happily married man and father of three leading what seems to be perfectly normal life as a salesman. All the credit to him. (You can Google him and his story for some video clips, and there's a documentary that goes along with the book.)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tom too tall Cunningham on November 10, 2012
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Get Off Your Knees is the most inspiring book I have ever read. I have had Rheumatoid Arthritis from my jaw to my toes since the age of 5. I stand 5'1" due to the high daily doses of prednisone I had to take the fight the disease. I have had 4 hips, 4 knees and 2 shoulders replaced and been hospitalized about 40 times. John's book reflects so many of the same feelings that I have experienced that it is uncanny. If I were to write a book much of what John's words would be exactly what I would write. I consider this book a must read for every able bodied and disabled person.

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Format: Hardcover
Inspiring others is fine and dandy, but what does it do for you? "Get Off Your Knees: A Story of Faith, Courage, and Determination" is John Robinson's story of being a congenital amputee, having no extensions of his arms or legs. Robinson tells his tale of facing the only life he's ever known and what it has taught him about himself and other people, as he earned the position of a successful television director. "Get Off Your Knees" is a story of what happens when a person doesn't feel sorry for themselves and rises to life's challenges.
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Throughout life, we all encounter people who are different. What we don't always take the time to do is consider what the journey has been like for them. John gives a frank, honest narrative of his experienced and what he learned along the way to becoming the person he is today. I have met John several times, and I am always struck by his genuine caring, his incredible insight, and his ability to listen. Everyone should read this book. You will be a better person in the end.
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By Yipee on March 16, 2014
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John's story is personal, honest, and inspirational. I was touched and appreciate his candidness. This should be required reading for some folks - especially those who could use some empathy. It would also be great for kids - who can be mean and unsympathetic to others who have physical or other challenges.
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