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From Library Journal
Byrd, a defensive lineman for the New York Jets, was paralyzed from the neck down in a collision during a game in November 1992. This book provides a full autobiographical treatment of the 27-year-old Byrd, but its essence is a graphic, arresting description of the physical and emotional devastation he experienced from the moment of impact to the present time. The strenuous work undertaken during his recovery is detailed, as are Byrd's spiritual reflections. In a matter of months, Byrd defied all predictions and reasonable hopes and began walking again. He relates the role played by his wife, family, friends, doctors, therapists, and the general public; a combination of "medicine and miracles, of divine love and human faith and, yes, of endless hours of sweat, and pain and tears." This is a very moving and inspirational title that will be of interest primarily to school and public libraries.
- John Maxymuk, Rutgers Univ. Lib., Camden, N.J.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.
I read this one summer while visiting my grandmother's house. I couldn't put it down, by the end of the week I had read it cover to cover 4 times. Now years later I have a daughter named after his daughter. I loved the movie very very touching story.
I got this book as a Christmas gift the year it came out and picked up immediately not putting it down til dinner by that time I finished the entire book
Extremely inspirational story!
My impression of this book was blurred with tears. He had so much and lost it so quickly. But as the title says he rose and walked. He had a large group of friends who helped and supported him to get out of the bed and made it able to stand and look forward instead of staring at the floor. I admire him greatly. I need to read this again because I am in a similar situation and need to remember how he did this. I want to look up at my familiy's face again without them having to bend over and talk to me. This book is not an inspirational book per se, but I wasn't in this situation when I read it the first time. It will make you cry but then feel the joy he felt. It's written well, If you want to feel the joy of a human overcoming, read this. It would be hard to give up.