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I'm Still Standing: How One Woman's Brushes with Death Taught Her How to Live Hardcover – January 2, 2012
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About the Author
Life knocked her off her heels more than once, but she landed on her feet. You may not want to stand too close to Kelly Standing, but you will want to read this veteran speechwriter's inspiring story in her own words. Sometimes startling. Frequently funny. Totally true.
Kelly Standing is an award-winning speaker, speechwriter and coach. She lives in Chicago, a childhood dream come true. When she doesn't have a microphone under her chin, she often has a bicycle under her bum or a theater ticket in her hand and almost always ... a smile on her face.
Top Customer Reviews
I can't wait to send copies to my friends who will love this message as much as I do.
Once the unique literary style grabs you (about chapter two) you will love it. The Introduction prepares you for one great reading experience, so like the book tells you on the intro page "Don't skip this!! IT'S IMPORTANT!"
I am a book junkie, and I am sure glad my instincts lead me to this one.
Having said that, I am often biased against books written by people I know. The reasons for that vary, but I had no difficulty overcoming my negative tendencies the moment I opened Kelly's work and entered her world. Her writing is engaging and playful, her stories are well-told and extraordinary, and her wisdom is deep and thought-provoking. I cannot imagine what more I might demand from such a work of love.
The phrase "consider the source" comes to mind as I contemplate ways to describe this volume. We often use that phrase to dismiss insights and wisdom that make us uncomfortable, or those with which we disagree. But, because our worldviews emerge so intimately from whence we have come, I often long for deeper insight into an author than a few cryptic sentences crammed on the back flap of a book's cover.
While any autobiography should offer such an "inside-out" view, I thought -- or rather felt -- that Kelly let us into her world in as unblemished a way as any author could. She is funny and self-deprecating. She is loving towards those in her life when they are deserving and brutally honest in those moments her relationships fell short. She accepts responsibility for her shortfalls and gently requests others in her life to examine theirs.
As for insights and wisdom...they are embedded in every page, paragraph and sentence.Read more ›
Many, many memory flashbacks happened to me while reading, sometimes as if reading about my own family life growing up. I had a favorite pair of red kids tennis shoes she describes in book, I can't get them off my mind since I read this book.
Kelly's book touchs many human emotions within. It is lighthearted, laugh out loud funny, Gasp, sunken heart, tears, fears and emotions of strength and victory.
I couldn't put the book down. A definte re-read
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Zippy and engaging writing style. Inspiring memoir of a woman building inner strength as she overcomes a wild variety of challenges.Published 13 months ago by Barbara
Great read. I cried at one part and laughed out loud at a few others. I really like the style she wrote in (she explains it at the beginning of the book).Published on July 29, 2014 by frannk walker
Kelly Standing has experienced in her lifetime what might equal the knock-downs in a dozen other lives. Read morePublished on March 21, 2013 by LMS
Talk about turning negatives into positivies -- WOW -- Kelly Standing has really faced some of life's greatest adversities and come up on the sunnier side of the street. Read morePublished on March 7, 2013 by Deirdre
This is the best book I have read IN YEARS! Just know that once you start reading it, you won't want to put it down. Read morePublished on November 10, 2012 by diane
When I picked up this book, I did not know what to expect. I was surprised that there were so many lessons that I could pick up from this book, even though I have not had the... Read morePublished on June 24, 2012 by Always learning
Kelly is a wonderful person and after reading her story, I admire and respect her even more! This book grabbed me from beginning to end. Read morePublished on June 13, 2012 by Dawn
A truly inspirational story. It is meaningful and oh so enjoyable. I really felt like it will change the outlook on life for those who read it. Bravo!!!Published on April 13, 2012 by Sandy Barr
This book is a must read! I could not put it down. I love the way she tells her story. A very heartwarming and funny book at the same time. Kelly you are an inspiration. Read morePublished on April 10, 2012 by momouse