- Hardcover: 216 pages
- Publisher: Sounds True; Unabridged edition (November 1, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1622037103
- ISBN-13: 978-1622037100
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 38 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #859,630 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Defiant: A Broken Body Is Not a Broken Person Hardcover – November 1, 2016
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“Defiant asks the soulful question: ‘What are you going to do with your one precious human life?’ Janine beautifully answers by sharing her remarkable story of courage, spiritual intelligence, and determination. If despair dogs your every step, pick up this book. It will become your guide for living with openhearted possibility!”
—Jono Fisher, founder, WakeUpProject.com
"This wonderful book is a great ride from under a truck to up into the skies. Janine shows us how to defy the voices that warn us about our limits, no matter how well-meaning, and to go for more than we ever dared hope for."
—David Richo, PhD, MFT, author of You Are Not What You Think: The Egoless Path to Self-Esteem and Generous Love (Shambhala, 2015)
"An athlete's memoir about her ability to overcome personal tragedy and reinvent her life.In 1986, Shepherd (On My Own Two Feet, 2007, etc.), a cross-country skier who was expected to represent her native Australia in the 1988 Olympics, was out on a bike ride with friends when a truck hit her. Her body was crushed: broken back and neck, five broken ribs, broken bones in her feet, contusions to her kidneys, hip and leg muscles torn from bones, extensive lacerations, and massive internal bleeding. Initially, her doctors weren't sure she'd survive....Shepherd shares how she spent the next six months in the hospital and in rehab, undergoing treatments and surgeries for her injuries, which left her with permanent disabilities that wiped out any chance of returning to elite athlete status. She tried returning to college but eventually found a new direction for her life in learning how to fly. She explains how she tackled the task of getting her pilot's license, using the same intensity of concentration and will she had used to train for competitive skiing events. From there, the memoir makes some rapid leaps in time as Shepherd chronicles her involvement with a fellow pilot; the births of her children; writing a book about her accident, which was made into a movie; becoming a TED talk speaker; and the dissolution of her marriage."
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"Defiant" is such a gift that I bet it will be an inspiration for a 3D movie, were we can feel constricted with extreme physical hindrances and then supremely liberated in plane flights and horse riding experiences... Joy bursting out of constraints!
Janine reaches out and touches the most precious part of a person: the persistent joy of living! Millions rejoice in her experience. It resonates deeply because is a collective bond.
thatI literally couldn't put it down. I was so bumbed out that the story was over when I turned to the last page.. I highly recommend this easy yet deeply moving read to everyone! From the 10 year old to the 100 year old, this book will change the way you view challenges and hurdles in your life forever! Thank you Janine for sharing your story and being so candid with your audience, I am sure it was not easy to relive many of those memories while writing this masterpiece for us. Thank you for being so selfless. You are my hero!!!!