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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press; First Edition edition (April 29, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 031236895X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312368951
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.8 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,504,739 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“An amazingly poignant book. But it does more than capture the collective experience of enduring a tragedy. It provides a road map for the individual and their family to put one foot in front of the other and reenter the land of the living. This book will be a remarkable tool.”
---Bob and Lee Woodruff, authors of In an Instant

“[White’s] courageous personal experience is a beacon for all who are searching to recover and reclaim life.”
---Her Majesty Queen Noor of Jordan, bestselling author of Leap of Faith

“We can choose happiness, even after the worst of times. Jerry White offers an excellent guide to navigating and overcoming the traumas we face in our lives.”
---Deepak Chopra, author of Buddha: A Story of Enlightenment

“Offers wise, practical, and inspiring steps to come back from life’s worst setbacks. Jerry White speaks with compassion and authority---and an abundance of emotional intelligence.”
---Daniel Goleman, author of Social Intelligence

“This is an important book. Jerry White shares lessons learned from his experience . . . to help trauma victims recover, survive, and thrive.”
---Jane Goodall, author of Harvest for Hope

About the Author

JERRY WHITE is a global activist who has dedicated his life to helping victims of violent conflict. He has become a recognized leader of the historic International Campaign to Ban Landmines, co-recipient of the 1997 Nobel Prize for Peace; and a cofounder of the Survivor Corps.
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He provides a clear road map for moving from surviving to thriving.
Kirsten Harrell
"None of us will get very far without first examining our circumstances, relationships, and feelings. We will need to be ruthless in our self-assessment."
Sandy Carlson
I found this book extremely helpful both professionally and personally!
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Sandy Carlson on April 30, 2008
Format: Hardcover
When he was a college student in Israel in the mid-1980s, a landmine--leftovers of the 1967 War--blew Jerry White's world apart, taking a leg but leaving him with a big choice. Would he become a victim of an accident and live in bitterness and self-pity, or would he choose life?

First with the help of the do-or-die Israelis who had no time for self-pity or any other form of self-destructive self-indulgence, and then with the help of family and friends and countless wise others, White chose life and transformed his traumatic experience into his life's work. Today he is the leader of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines (for which he was corecipient of the Nobel Prize for Peace in 1997), and cofounder of Survivor Corps. He describes his journey from victim to survivor to "thriver" in his new book I Will Not Be Broken.

The book outlines a program of five steps for coping with disaster. He draws on his experiences as well as those of famous persons such as Lance Armstrong; Diana, Princess of Wales; Christopher Reeve, the American Psychological Association, and the not so famous--his college roommate, his mom, Bosnians who survived the warn in their country, a little Cambodian girl who also lost a leg to a landmine. His drawing on the wisdom of persons from all walks of life underscores he beliefs that wisdom is a collective resource as well as an individual one and that all life is interconnected. White's book approaches the challenge of trauma positively by focusing on individual strengths rather than dwelling on what went wrong and why.

I Will Not Be Broken is an earthy, conversational, and real testament of the beauty and wonder of all life. Here are some highlights of the book in White's words.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kirsten Harrell on June 20, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I must admit I was a bit reluctant to start reading this book because I thought it might be a bit depressing. I knew that the point of the book was that people can learn to thrive (not just survive) after trauma and tragedy; however, I was concerned that reading about so many people's experiences of tragedy would be difficult. I was wrong! I was completely wrong! It is a very inspiring and uplifting book! Once I started reading, I didn't want to put it down.

The author of this great book, Jerry White, suffered the loss of his leg after stepping on a landmine in Israel in 1984. I have to say that Jerry has done a phenomenal job weaving together his story and the stories of many other people into a very uplifting book. I believe Jerry's book is genius in action. Even though he shares details of tragic events and raw emotions, the pages are filled with hope and positivity. He provides a clear road map for moving from surviving to thriving. I think this is a must read for anyone who has had some type of challenge in life - I think that is probably everyone! I have benefited spiritually, mentally, and emotionally from reading the book so I feel obligated to pay it forward by writing this review and letting you know about Jerry's organization - Survivor Corps.

To sum up - this is a great, enjoyable, uplifting, and powerful read. It provides a great roadmap to help you recover and learn to thrive after loss or tragedy.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Daniel C. Fisher on July 10, 2008
Format: Hardcover
"I Will Not Be Broken" succeeds brilliantly at being what it sets out to be: a thoughtful, sensitive, and useful guide along the path of survivorship. I found it inspiring in all the right places, well-reasoned, and down-to-earth. Being able to discover more about White's own journey and where he looks for guiding lights is also a valuable aspect of the book. We have much we can learn from him.

White intersperses his very accessible philosophizing with his own personal stories as well as those of the people he's met in his work and travels. The result is a very readable book filled with useful tools and reflections on their practical applications by real people.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Debby Gorney on May 28, 2009
Format: Hardcover
My son passed away last month at the age of 19 from Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. I had already read Jerry's book prior to this, and took great comfort in knowing that there were people out there "thriving" even though they were faced with incredibly challenging situations. I find myself rereading the book and planning my own survival strategies around Jerry's 5 Steps. This is an incredible book that will give anyone who reads it valuable information about how to move forward in a productive and healthy way.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kathryn A. McClenney on June 26, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I Will Not Be Broken: Five Steps to Overcoming a Life Crisis

Just finished reading I Will Not Be Broken by Jerry White and this is an amazingly uplifting and hope-filled book.

In 1984, Jerry White lost his leg in a landmine accident while on vacation in Israel. He later became a co-founder of the Landmine Survivors Network, which has recently changed it's name and broadened it's mission to become Survivor Corps

The book is a compilation of Jerry's own experiences and the lessons learned in surviving by many other people he's met, and it's subtitled "5 Steps to Overcoming a Life Crisis".

The book breaks down the keys to surviving and Thriving during that survival, into the 5 steps,which you can find listed on the website for the book, and for me, that was part of why I felt the book would be such an invaluable tool for anyone recovering from a cataclysmic loss in their life. Because of my volunteer work with Soldiers Angels , I was particularly thinking of wounded soldiers while I was reading this book.

Many wounded soldiers refer to the day they almost lost their life in combat as their "Alive Day", and although Jerry doesn't use that term in his book, I found this sentence on page 7 that seems to epitomize what "Alive Day" means...." I want to encourage all of us to honor our toughest dates - the tragedies that bind us - in an effort to transform victimhood into survivorship."

The book does a wonderful job, in my opinion, of giving practical advice for How to "transform victimhood into survivorship",and is also filled with the stories of How so many Other survivors of tragedies have done exactly that.

It's an easy read, and I would recommend it highly to anyone who is currently facing a life-altering tragedy in their life, or the life of someone close to them.
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