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Product Details

  • Paperback: 252 pages
  • Publisher: Amy B. Scher (January 8, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0988498804
  • ISBN-13: 978-0988498808
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #938,051 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"... an 'Eat Pray Love'-like memoir..." - Pam Grout, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author

"I was drawn to Amy's story immediately... I was rooting for her victory, her recovery, regaining some semblance of a normal life. This Is How I Save My Life shows her determination in the faith-invoking journey. Going beyond treatment became something even deeper, something within." - San Francisco Book Review

"With passionate emotional honesty interlaced with touches of humor, This is How I Save My Life exposes the stark realities of Lyme Disease and takes us on one woman's journey of desperation, hope and survival against all odds. Amy's story needs to be told. She's truly an enlightened voice of inspiration for those suffering from chronic illness."- Joanna Kerns, Actress and Director

"Scher opens your eyes to new possibilities. She brings you into her soul as she travels the bumps in the road." - Library at the End of the Universe

"To me, what is special is Amy's mind-body-spirit journey that accompanied her stem-cell treatment and return to health. Her story is much more than stem cells merely being injected into her in an exotic foreign location; it is one of a transformation of consciousness that allowed these cells to flourish." - Laurance Johnston, Ph.D, Spinal Cord Injury Expert and Author

"I definitely recommend this book to anyone who is in the market for a very inspirational story." - Chic Lit Central Review

From the Author

From a young age, I meditated, studied Buddhism (my friends called me a 'Jewddha' - a Jewish/Buddhist hybrid), wore dresses over jeans adorned with crystal jewelry, and embraced meditation; a hippie-at-heart. But, despite being an avid follower of spiritual and self-help gurus such as Ram Dass, Louise Hay, Wayne Dyer, Donna Eden, the Dalai Lama, Caroline Myss and more, it wasn't until I was forced to save my own life that I really understood the purpose of the spiritual journey.

When I took my first trip to India in 2007 for a controversial medical treatment, I never imagined the spiritual and emotional caravan I would embark on. Being a part of the cows, the colors and the culture in Delhi allowed me to embrace a journey of true transformation--one that I carried with me and continued long after I arrived back home in California.

The mind-body-spirit connection and all that it encompasses was one of the unexpected gifts I received from my pilgrimage in India. It turns out there is more to health than the physical body.

While I've been writing ever since I can remember, I never imagined as a little girl, my first book would be about this. Lyme disease entered my life without warning, seemingly almost destroyed it, but in the end turned out to be the catalyst for me finally becoming the person I was always intended to be. That, I've learned is the coolest thing about life though. It gets you right to where you need to be, even if it's a twisty, scary, ride that sometimes seems to be going nowhere.

More About the Author

Amy B. Scher is a bestselling author, expert in mind-body-spirit healing, and is often lovingly referred to as an "accidental guru."

Amy is the proud author of 3 bestselling books. She has been featured in publications such as CNN Travel, Psych Central, Curve magazine, Orlando Sentinel, Divine Caroline, the San Francisco Book Review, East Hampton Press and was named one of Advocate's "40 Under 40" for 2013. She is also a frequent contributor to healthcare blogs. Amy is a dynamic, experienced public speaker infusing her message with hope and humor. She has presented to groups including the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University.

As a minister of Holistic Healing, Amy uses energy therapy techniques to help those with chronic illness and those in need of emotional healing to identify, release and move on.

Most importantly, she lives by the self-created motto: "When life kicks your ass, kick back."

www.amybscher.com

Customer Reviews

This Is How I Save My Life offers hope by showing that healing really does happen.
Huntc
This is an inspiring story of a young woman's courageous battle with chronic illness and her personal journey toward healing.
Liz
It's one of those books I think I could read over and over and glean something different from it every time.
DAG

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Still Smiling on December 30, 2012
Format: Paperback
Amy Scher's book "This is How I Save My Life"
This is a no-holds-barred story of a spunky young lady's healing journey and adventures. It is honest, gritty, amusing and inspirational. You just fall in love with her attitude. The ending is also quite insightful. I recommend this book to anyone whether you are on your own healing journey or just looking for a good story.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Crossroad Reviews on January 2, 2013
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This story kind of reminds me of Eat Pray Love. Just in the fact that with her illness she found herself. It is a journey of healing, love, and life and I would recommend this book to anyone who wants an uplifting true story that will make Inspire you to follow your heart! I thank BookSparks PR for allowing me to be on this wonderful tour!
"*I received a copy of this book for free to review, this in no way influenced my review, all opinions are 100% honest and my own."
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By VeraP VINE VOICE on January 29, 2013
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It is Amy's belief and determination, as much as the treatment itself, that make her journey an interesting one. I've seen plenty of TV specials about the "charlatans" peddling stem cell treatments to people desperate for a cure and began reading This Is How I Save My Life with a fair amount of skepticism; Amy's story made me think that maybe doctors offering stem cell therapy are not just snake oil salesmen after all.

That said, I did not find This Is How I Save My Life all that interesting and I kept reading for the sake of providing a complete review instead of actually wanting to read it. The book is written as a series of blog posts - and I believe it actually started out as a blog - and while the writing itself is adequate, it failed to capture my attention. Personally, I wanted to hear more about the years leading up to Amy's decision to go to India and the treatments she tried before deciding on stem cell treatment, but those details were scant. Essentially, the book read like a myriad of blogs started by people who once diagnosed with an illness, want to share their progress with their family and loved on, and anyone else who wanders by. It's a great concept for a blog, but not always for a book...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By piraterobb on January 22, 2013
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This is an excellent read for anyone who has been through the very close minded medical system in the US. There are alternative treatments that actually do cure uncurable diseases without having to stay on a drug filled regiment for the rest of ones life with no chance of finding a cure. Having gone through a similiar situation, I found that Amy's book is a great source of information for those that really want to take thier life into thier own hands and find a cure rather then just a temporary fix.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sweet Moon Language on January 16, 2013
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I bought this book hoping to gain some insight into dealing more successfully with chronic Lyme disease. I was not disappointed. I was inspired by Amy Scher's determination to do whatever it took to get well. It took her a while to embrace her Indian doctor's belief that she had the power to heal herself. When she finally knew this to be true, she was able heal. The author's life seems to have been changed forever by her healing journey. I appreciate all of the insights she shared about how she accomplished this healing of body, mind, emotions, and spirit. She now offers energy therapy for emotional healing. I think my next move will be to try this with her.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Huntc on December 30, 2012
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Amy's healing journey is truly inspirational. She proves it really is possible to greatly improve the quality of life and even completely recover from a brutal, persistent illness. This Is How I Save My Life offers hope by showing that healing really does happen.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By amyj on December 27, 2012
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This book presents an eye opening look at life and how you can make a difference in your life by opening yourself to experiences. Follow along with the growth of a wonderful life and savor the laughter and love.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Brooke Edwards on December 14, 2012
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I was luck enough to read this book pre-publication and I can honestly say it was nothing short of amazing. The authors life journey filled with hope and healing is truly remarkable. I have recommended this book to several people.
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