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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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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Santa Monica Press; 2 edition (May 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595800514
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595800510
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 1.2 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #670,894 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

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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Review

"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

More About the Author

Author Rise and Shine: The Extraordinary Story of One Man's Journey from Near Death to Full Recovery, film/TV producer

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.

www.simonlewis.us; www.riseandshinethebook.com

Customer Reviews

Mr. Lewis reaches out to speak for the silent epidemic of traumatic brain injury.
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Simon's remarkable journey from tragedy to triumph following a horrific accident is testimony to the power of love, hope against all odds, and resiliency.
Kathryn Pratt
What I learned is that no single health care provider, as much as they want to help their patients in every way possible, has all the answers.
Stephanie George

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Ronnie Rubin on April 24, 2010
Format: Hardcover
More than a book you can't put down, although it is that, Rise and Shine is an unforgettable ride that propels the reader through the roller-coaster adventure of Simon Lewis's recovery, from the deepest coma possible without being dead to his triumph over the naysaying doctors, the impossible door slams of the insurance industry, and the ineffectual healthcare quagmire. After 16 years of persistence, with the loving care of his parents and the shining healers he found among the many medical professionals he consulted, Mr. Lewis emerges with his humor, keen insights and gift of inspiring language intact. The wealth of scientific data he has assembled in very accessible form will help many individuals around the world who will be informed and uplifted by his stunning effort to share his discoveries with a global readership, particularly those who have suffered traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries and believe they have no way out. For me, the most touching passages come near the beginning of the tale, where Mr. Lewis recounts the dream-like snippets that came back to him from his month in the coma. The book is a prodigious effort that has as much poetry and spiritual perception as it has revealing medical truths.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By J. Presnal on April 24, 2010
Format: Hardcover
The Buddha said, "No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path."

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.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Kathy Keating on June 15, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I don't normally read auto-biographies &/or medical stories, but I knew about Mr. Lewis and a SMALL part of his story due to my employer, Bioness, Inc. (We make the leg device Mr. Lewis discovers late in his book.) With that curiosity, I opened the pages, only to be completely enthralled by the adventure that Simon takes on.

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!)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Kathryn Pratt on June 4, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This should be a best seller in no time! Simon's remarkable journey from tragedy to triumph following a horrific accident is testimony to the power of love, hope against all odds, and resiliency. As a fellow survivor of multiple serious injuries and an extended recovery, I cried, winced, shook my head and laughed through each loving page of this book. It is an important account of the many issues and challenges injured individuals and their families must endure in addition to, and at the same time they are striving to recover (a modern crime against humanity in some respects). This coupled with the complexities of brain injury and how it affects our physical ability to heal, demonstrates the importance of self advocacy and continuous, caring support to help survivors succeed in their quest to become whole again. This is an important book - it should be read by survivors of trauma and their families, the medical community and care givers alike, our leaders and legislators, plaintiff Attorneys and members of the insurance industry. Additionally, this is also a book about spiritual enlightenment, mystery and the beauty that is life. I'd recommend Simon's book to those seeking answers to our existence as well. Thank you Simon for sharing your story :~)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Richard Charkham on June 1, 2010
Format: Hardcover
"Rise and Shine" by Simon Lewis should be required reading for every medical student, practicing doctor, health insurance official and for anyone who is trying to navigate the treacherous waters of what is alleged to be the "world's best" healthcare system.

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.
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