Simon Lewis was a film producer whose life was turned upside down when his car was broadsided and sent careening into a tree. The accident killed his wife instantly and left him severely injured. He entered a coma he wasn't expected to emerge from, but he did, and over the next dozen years he disproved medical professionals and textbooks with a full recovery while also navigating the labyrinthine insurance industry and managing to find his faith.
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"A Book That Shines." -David Pryce-Jones, National Review Online
"An eye-opening account. It's an educational and inspiring story for anyone, but especially for those who are seeking care for a long term illness or medical condition." - Joy Johnston, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"A tribute to the determination of one man and his supporting family to succeed where others have failed. Almost a condemnation of the health insurance industry." - Jane Glenn Haas, The Orange County Register
"Lewis takes us from the horrendous accident through his amazing recovery. Many readers will quickly find personal connections in this pilgrimage toward health." - David Crumm, Read The Spirit
"It's difficult not to be moved by Lewis's story." —Kirkus Reviews
"Simon Lewis's vivid account of his recovery should be a guidebook for all disabled individuals and their families. His disciplines directly mirror the training of an athlete: 'Go into battle prepared to win.'" —Mike Utley, former Detroit Lion, president, Mike Utley Foundation
"Rise and Shine
reads like a medical thriller that speaks to the indomitable will to live in the face of grief, pain, debilitation and the indifference of the insurance companies that turn by turn conspire to undermine appropriate medical care and possible cures. This true story is a journal of the relentless interplay of hope and despair." —Michelle Phillips, The Mamas and The Papas
"One of the most fascinating stories of tragedy, loss, endurance, tenacity and eventually triumph I have ever read." —Howie Mandel, actor, comedian, host, and author
"A beautiful account of a tragic experience. Simon's courage, indefatigability, and pure humanity shine through every grueling step of his journey back from the rim of death. As he recounts each courageous and agonizing step, he shows us that, at the end of the day, healing is truly a reweaving of body, mind and spirit. Thank you, Simon, for sharing your arduous, light-filled path with us. You give us hope." —Daphne Rose Kingma, author, Coming Apart: Why Relationships End
and How to Live Through the Ending of Yours
"Simon Lewis reinforces the idea that a supportive family, and an expectation of recovery—even in small steps—can be powerful ingredients in a successful rehabilitation." —Greg Ayotte CBIS, director, consumer services, Brain Injury Association of America