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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (September 17, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1414333145
  • ISBN-13: 978-1414333144
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (116 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #273,524 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Losing his legs after a 1986 crash was devastating for Scott Rigsby, but the loss also led to one of his greatest accomplishments: running on prosthetic legs in the Hawaii Ironman Triathlon. Jon Gauger doesn't sound like Rigsby—an author interview proves that—but he makes an engaging narrator as he tells Rigsby's story in two parts: his descent into a troubled life and, set on a new path by God, his preparations for the Ironman. Gauger lets Rigsby's frankness, wry humor, and eventual upbeat view of his experiences come through. Even listeners who will never run a triathlon will find inspiration in Rigsby's story."
J.A.S. © AudioFile Portland, Maine
--This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

About the Author

Scott Rigsby is the founder of the Scott Rigsby Foundation, a Georgia-based, nonprofit organization that exists to inspire and enable physically challenged individuals and athletes. In 2008, he was named World Vision’s Advocate for Children with Disabilities. Scott lives in Atlanta, Georgia.
 
Jenna Glatzer is the author of eighteen books, including Celine Dion: For Keeps, Bullyproof Your Child for Life, with Joel Haber, and The Marilyn Monroe Treasures. She has written hundreds of articles for magazines such as Woman’s World, Prevention, Women’s Health & Fitness, Contemporary Bride, and Physical. She’s also a contributing editor for Writer’s Digest.
--This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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This is truly an amazing, breathtaking story.
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The book is a "quick read", as others have posted, mainly because it feels as if Scott is sitting in the room telling you his story.
Tampa Lisa
Thanks, Scott, for putting your story out there to inspire us all!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By William Pinches on October 25, 2011
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I first heard of Scott Rigsby a few weeks ago when I was watching Kona Ironman coverage online. I was very surprised to discover a double amputee competing. I googled his name and discovered bits and pieces of an incredible story. Then I ordered the book, and have just completed one of the most amazing, incredible, inspirational books I have ever read.

I am a pastor. I am also a bit of an athlete. Scott's story blew me away. With a tremendous amount of brutal honesty, Scott tells the world how anything is possible. There were dark years in his life, years that hammered and forged him into the person he is now. I laughed - a lot. I cried - a lot. The story of Scott's first swim effort with the high school swim coach left me in stitches; the final chapter left me in tears.

This is a phenomenal story of how one person overcame tremendous physical limitations, but perhaps more significantly, mental limitations. This is a remarkable story of how one person found a renewed purpose and calling in life - not to mention a real, vital, living relationship with God - and who can now look back on the accident that left him maimed for life and actually say that he's glad it happened. Wow.

This is a book worth reading. This is a book worth sharing. This is a story worth telling. Again, and again, and again, and again.

Thank you, Scott Rigsby, for telling the world your story. We're better people, because of people like you.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ohio Master Teacher on March 23, 2013
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You will feel all the emotions your heart and mind can hold as you read this book about Scott Rigsby's life! With bold truthfulness, Scott's life unfolds in each chapter and by the end of the book, you will want to meet him in person! I was blessed with this opportunity when I qualified for the Kona Ironman World Championships as a 6 year cancer survivor and in my 60's! On the way back from Havi, with winds howling, I crashed on my bike and slid across the lava road. With contusions, major road rash, and disoriented, I got back on my bike, not at all certain I would finish this IM journey! Along came a strong biker who asked how I was doing. At first I did not notice this biker was a double amputee and I described my accident, feeling sorry for myself. The biker said, "I know what you mean about pain...I've had to stop three times to remove my legs because of the inflammation and swelling!" At that moment, I recognized Scott Rigsby and was SO humbled to have him asking ME how I was doing! He encouraged me with these words, "Pat, we only have 30 miles to go before the glorious marathon!!"
I KNEW then that I would finish! If YOU think that any challenge is "unthinkable"...Scott's book is a must read! I am forever grateful to this "World Class Athlete and Friend!"
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Tampa Lisa on January 1, 2010
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While racing I had a 3-second encounter with an athlete (that turned out to be Scott). That moment not only affected the Ironman journey I was on, but also had an effect on the spirit of my work and play. Reading UnThinkable has acted as a great reminder of that moment. The book is a "quick read", as others have posted, mainly because it feels as if Scott is sitting in the room telling you his story. I appreciate his candor and his willingness to tell even the not-so-pretty aspects of his life (that I could often recognize and relate to!). He's quick to point out that by the grace of God we can rally and continue on, truly running the race that has been presented to us. A must read for the new year!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By PG on May 11, 2012
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Giving UnThinkable a mere 5 stars doesn't do it justice. Each time I have read it (I believe I've completed it 3 times so far) I have been taken away with the raw reality of Scott's journey. There's no sugar coating of the pain and suffering that he went through as he grew from the 18 year old riding in a truck en route to a summer job - all the way to fearing the fabled words "SCOTT RIGSBY - YOU ARE AN IRONMAN". It's the direct presentation that makes you feel as if you are right there with Scott- whether it be in the hospital bed, or running down Ali'i Drive.
This book has changed my life. It has taken me from being a self-doubter to someone who has found my UnThinkable and is making my dream a mission.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Eric_SandySprings on April 26, 2012
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Being a amputee myself I was very interested when I heard about this guy who is a double amputee and did the Ironman challenge and finished. I thought to myself is that possible, and yes it is. I met Scott once and I can see it in his eyes he was a driven person. This book chronicles his amazing journey from a regular high school kid ready to go to college, to his life taking a new path that he had no idea he would be going down. Not only someone like myself who is a amputee but anyone who reads this book will gain a wealth of knowledge about life and what it could have in store for you. Scott is a pretty amazing guy who also is very down to earth person. I highly recommend this book to everyone. You won't be disappointed after you read it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mantamy on December 17, 2009
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I really appreciated the honesty and lack of pretense encountered in the telling of Scott's unthinkable journey. In a world where so many seem to think it's more honorable to hide their mistakes and weaknesses, Scott's transparency is refreshing. Few of us travel a straight path to the finish line and Scott allows us to see that disappointment, discouragement and frustration may affect our journey but do not have to define it. I also appreciate Scott's props to those who inspired him along the way. Scott, mad props to you! Well done, good and faithful servant!
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