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A Life Not with Standing Paperback – December 4, 2013
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About the Author
Chava Willig Levy is an award-winning author, editor, advocate and motivational speaker with a particular interest in childhood, parenthood, Judaism, music, disability and the quality of life.
Millions of people have read Ms. Levy’s articles, featured in national publications including Family Circle, Woman’s Day, Ladies' Home Journal, Parents Magazine, Jewish Action and McCall's. Her website, www.chavawilliglevy.com, showcases her lectures, workshops and publications. She has a second website, www.a-life-not-with-standing.com, devoted exclusively to her memoir.
An internationally known motivational speaker famous for her humor, passion and compassion, Ms. Levy has captivated audiences ranging in size from 30 to 3,000. As a person who gets around in a motorized wheelchair, she has shattered many stereotypes about people with disabilities, be they in the workplace, in the community, in the classroom or on the college campus. Ms. Levy's interactive workshop—Mommy, What’s Wrong with That Lady?—has delighted hundreds of young people, ranging in age from four to fourteen.
Ms. Levy received a B.A. in French literature from Yeshiva University’s Stern College for Women and an M.A. in rehabilitation counseling from Columbia University. She pursued doctoral studies in counseling psychology at New York University. Her positions in the public sector and the corporate arena include vocational counselor, management trainer and communications consultant.
Ms. Levy lives on Long Island with her husband and children.
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There is nothing predictable about what Chava has shared - you won't be bored!. I pre-judged her and assumed the limitations imposed by polio would overwhelm her; to say I was merely wrong is a gross understatement (to say she didn't suffer though, would be fanciful). She puts tremendous effort into living her life in a meaningful, productive and gratifying way. She is successful because she takes control of her life rather than merely react to things that happen to her. The inner Chava has much to relate to, befriend and learn from. The outer Chava - in part -just reflects the impact of polio, but it is not a all her essence. To see inside Chava, read her book:).
Her story of bravery and courage to overcome a life changing illness is truly inspirational. The inner strength that this women must possess is amazing. More over, her family's fight to provide the support to help her is truly impressive. Many a family falls apart under the pressures when illness affects them. The story of her going to the concert like any other teenager exemplifies their ability to provide the support that she needed at that time. Her candor and willingness to share her intimate thoughts are a gift to the reader.
I hope that this book is read by many more. I have already purchased additional copies to share with friends.