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One More Step: My Story of Living with Cerebral Palsy, Climbing Kilimanjaro, and Surviving the Hardest Race on Earth Hardcover – March 10, 2015
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“Bonner Paddock is an amazing person with an unconquerable spirit. His story is beyond inspiring, and he personifies what true toughness and heart are all about. Through it all, Bonner Paddock keeps going, and takes all of us along with him.” (Jay Bilas, ESPN basketball analyst and author of the New York Times bestseller Toughness: Developing True Strength On and Off the Court)
“Bonner Paddock’s One More Step is the triumphant story of a man who accomplishes the impossible. On a deeper level, however, it’s about the human bonds that can push us to become heroes. An instantly engaging and wonderful book.” (A. J. Baime, New York Times bestselling author of The Arsenal of Democracy and Go Like Hell)
“One More Step is a courageous and heartwarming story of one man’s trials and triumphs over cerebral palsy. Packed with adventure, this gripping narrative of summiting Mount Kilimanjaro and becoming a Kona Ironman both exhausts and uplifts the human spirit. An inspiring and irresistible book.” (Lars Anderson, author of The Storm and the Tide)
“One More Step is a riveting story of overcoming the challenge of living with cerebral palsy and conquering the impossible. Bonner Paddock is an inspiration to everyone.” (Nolan Ryan, MLB Hall of Fame pitcher)
“[Bonner Paddock’s] story of training for these events and the mind-boggling pain he endured to achieve his goals will have readers crying and cheering all the way to the finish line. An emotion- and action-packed story of the author’s tenacious, dogged pursuit of his goals.” (Kirkus Reviews)
“Each step of Paddock’s journey is described in vivid and compelling detail. Readers will cheer for this extraordinary man, whose story is solid evidence that limits fall away when confronted with resolve, service, and courage.” (Publishers Weekly)
From the Back Cover
In 2008, Bonner Paddock summited 19,341-foot-high mount kilimanjaro, the world's tallest freestanding mountain. Four years later, he earned the elite triathlete title kona Ironman. Thousands have done each individually. Bonner is the first person with cerebral palsy to do both.
Bonner Paddock grew up just wanting to be ordinary. Despite his skinny legs and habit of tripping over nothing, he fought to keep up with his athletic older brothers, learned to battle riptides with his grandfather on close watch, and did everything he could to feel like a regular kid, even when it became clear he wasn't. After being diagnosed with cerebral palsy at age eleven, Bonner didn't let it limit him—instead he simply ignored its existence. For the next eighteen years, he guarded the truth about his health, building a normal life and keeping his secret from everyone—most of all himself.
But the sudden death of a friend's young son named Jake, a boy who also suffered from cerebral palsy, forced Bonner to reevaluate who he was. No longer content striving for normal, he began to pursue one breathtaking experience after another in Jake's memory, never hiding from his physical limitations and, in the process, raising international awareness about cerebral palsy. T is appetite for challenges led him to the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro where, pushing his fragile body to the brink and barely surviving, he braved one mountain only to discover that he still had farther to climb.
Embracing his weaknesses to understand his strengths, he then pursued the ultimate adventure: testing his mind, body, and will at the Ironman in Kona, Hawaii, a race regarded by many as the hardest on earth. Along the way he forged a renewed bond with his family and launched a foundation to help disabled children in Africa and at home.
In the end, his remarkable journey took him across the globe and introduced him to a compelling cast of characters—from Tanzanian mountain guides to top-class surgeons, to disabled children, to champion athletes—all of whom inspired his quest. Infused with his irresistible charisma, courage, and heart, and illustrated with sixteen pages of color photos, One More Step is a gripping story of human perseverance that demonstrates how our lives are not defined by limits, but by the moments and lessons that push us past them.
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Written in an easy, conversational style, I read this book in two days, captivated by the narrative of a man who climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro fueled by anger only to complete the Ironman World Championships in Kona propelled by love. Bonner's story is one of transformation and you'll cheer him on every step of the way - while reflecting on your own life in the process.
I'm proud to have this book on my shelf and will be recommending it to everyone I know. Don't pass up the opportunity to read One More Step.
John W. Quinn
Author, Someone Like Me - An Unlikely Story of Challenge and Triumph Over Cerebral Palsy
If you want to be inspired by the resiliency of the human spirit and the desire in us all to do something that matters, then read this book.