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Rise and Shine: The Extraordinary Story of One Man's Journey from Near Death to Full Recovery Hardcover – May 1, 2010
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"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
More About the Author
Simon Lewis was born in London. After earning law degrees from Christ's College Cambridge and Boalt Hall, Berkeley, Lewis moved to Los Angeles, where his Hollywood experience includes managing writers, directors and stars, as well as producing Look Who's Talking, critically acclaimed films such as The Chocolate War, the Emmy award-winning international co-production for HBO and ITV Central A Month of Sundays (Age Old Friends), and variety specials starring Howie Mandel. Rise and Shine, Lewis's inspirational autobiography of his journey from near-death, is a powerful tale of regeneration, with lessons both medical and spiritual.
Top Customer Reviews
We all experience challenge in our lives. Sometimes, we allow those challenges to get us down. They can make us feel as though there is no way forward. Well, let me tell you, "Rise and Shine" will show you that the challenges you have faced are nothing compared to what Simon Lewis has experienced. Even more powerfully, this book will show you that surrender need not be an option...even in the face of the most catastrophic of life's circumstances. Perseverance and the will to survive are embedded in all of us and this journey of 15 years will show you just how strong it truly can be.
This book will take you along on the sojourn of Lewis's recovery from what was, for all intents and purposes, a fatal car crash. A crash so horrific that everything that meant anything to Simon was ripped from his life in an instant. This will show you that while we tend to revere our doctors, they oftentimes are working blind. They do call it a 'practice' and not a 'mastery' after all. See also how the current insurance system has been rigged against those who need it the most. But, most importantly, see how, at our very core, is the strength to overcome and flourish once again. This is story of deep struggle and ultimate triumph with a lot of seemingly insurmountable obstacles around every turn. Follow Simon as he walks his path.
The book reads like a top-notch novel which kept my interest from beginning to end. It also touched my heart to hear about both the struggles he continually faced and inexhaustable will of Simon and his family. To read about his challenges is both heart-wrenching and life-affirming.
This roller-coaster of a read will find you gasping in dismay at the fights that Simon must take on (and all while being completely disabled) then just as quickly cheering with his victories. It would take a very hard heart not to be moved by this book. (But I would recommend keeping the tissues nearby if you're a softie...you will get caught up in this story!)
Having miraculously saved the author's life, the system, a vast field of isolated craters, too deep for their inhabitants to see from one crater to another and so understand what each has to offer in the way of cures or remedies, failed to find a way to sustain that life and return it to its owner.
Only through much trial and error, and with intense family support, unwavering determination, serendipity and a deep well of inner faith, was Simon Lewis able, after 15 years, to beat the system and restore his body and mind to normalcy.
Rise and Shine is a record of modest bravery and profound self-belief that will cheer thousands of people facing similar health problems and will also serve as an inspiration to all of us who complain about our relatively minor ailments and trivial daily problems.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
As someone who sustained a massive traumatic brain injury myself, I loved the way Lewis relayed his story, as well as discussing recovery strategies that actually worked. Read morePublished 9 months ago by TK
Take a voyage with Mr. Lewis as he navigates the labyrinthine bowels of the behemoth that is healthcare in the U.S. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Lisa Ranger
What a story, what an inspiration. For anyone struggling with health, searching for answers. Simon Lewis shows us we mustn't give up.Published 13 months ago by David Garrison
I did a lot of underlining as I read Rise and Shine. As a person who has herself recovered from a catastrophic motor vehicle accident involving several years of surgery and... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Kathy Torpie
Having been in a life altering car accident, I expected much more of this book. I could not relate to his experience because I didn't have anyone to care for me or to monitor my... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Dogno
I guess I'm going against the grain by giving this book only 3 stars, but that's a judgment on the book, not on Simon Lewis, for whom it is hard to have anything but admiration,... Read morePublished 20 months ago by MoseyOn
Rise and Shine is a well-written memoire detailing the barriers, innovations, and successes possible for persons experiencing chronic conditions. Mr. Read morePublished 23 months ago by G Carlo
Lewis's book gives hope to those who feel they can't take their trouble and pain anymore. He shows the unbelievable commitment not to give in to the alternative, which is giving up... Read morePublished on February 7, 2014 by Michael I. Levy
I first came upon Simon Lewis's book, Rise and Shine, looking for information on traumatic brain injuries a couple of years ago. Read morePublished on January 25, 2014 by RSCorell