Back to the Summit: How One Man Defied Death & Paralysis to Again Lead a Full Life of Service to Others

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Morgan James Publishing, Sep 1, 2011 - Political Science - 360 pages
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In “Back to the Summit,” Rains takes individuals on a courageous journey toward recovery, both physical and spiritual, as he reflects on the people, events, and American history that shaped his life and gave him the strength to dare to walk again. Every flashback to the past offers insight into the philosophy that once saved his life and now defines his every action: “Get up from every fall, dust yourself off, and keep on forging forward – always forward, no matter how great the obstacle.” In trying to walk—and live again—Rains reveals the brave wisdom that you must fail first before you can truly succeed. Those who have suffered physical trauma may find hope in his story; their loved ones may gain insight and understanding—and any individual who has ever faced a mountain of a setback will be inspired to keep on fighting to live again.
 

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MY THOUGHTS REALLY LIKED IT After a slow start, I really enjoyed the life story of Omer Rains and how a medical issue changed his life. After suffering a stroke in his sixties, doctors told the lawyer ... Read full review

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This brilliantly written and interestingly structured book chronicles how someone with sufficient inner strength, determination, and resolve can recover from a paralytic state to the point that today he leads more than a full and complete life, primarily in service of others. “Back to the Summit” is an inspiring book about an inspiring person.
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Contents

Introduction
1
Chapter 1 A Shattered Life
5
Chapter 2 Barnett
9
Chapter 3 The Move West
19
Chapter 4 Paralysis
27
Chapter 5 Wild Oats and the Victory Bell
29
Chapter 6 Marriage and Berkeley
40
Chapter 7 Law School and the Loss of a Loved One
52
Chapter 32 From Chaos to Order
210
Chapter 33 The Light of My Life
215
Chapter 34 The Rest and Be Thankful and Fire
219
Chapter 35 The Troubles Costa Rica and Worms
223
Chapter 36 China
231
Chapter 37 A Fisherman and the Albatross
236
Chapter 38 Nelson Mandela South Africa
240
Chapter 39 Recovering At North Shore
245

Chapter 8 Determination
56
Chapter 9 Success as a Prosecutor Marred by Family Addictions
60
Chapter 10 Private Practice and Public Life
68
Chapter 11 Divorce and Its Aftermath
85
Chapter 12 Pain and Hurt
91
Chapter 13 Elective Office
94
Chapter 14 Ronald Reagan and the Next Election
105
Chapter 15 Legislative Life
110
Chapter 16 The Red Baron
121
Chapter 17 Climbing toward the Summit
127
Chapter 18 George Moscone
130
Chapter 19 Jimmy Carter
136
Chapter 20 The Third Term
144
Chapter 21 Turkey and Greece
151
Chapter 22 Pushing the Limits
157
Chapter 23 Decision to Run for Attorney General
160
Chapter 24 The Campaign for Attorney General
165
Chapter 25 Reflections on Public Service
171
Chapter 26 Letter to a Son
176
Chapter 27 Return to Private Life
189
Back to Nature Back to God
195
Chapter 29 The Sacramento Kings and the NBA
200
Chapter 30 The Sherman AntiTrust Act
205
Chapter 31 Ross Perot
208
Chapter 40 Lives of Quiet Desperation
248
Chapter 41 Being Alive at 55
251
Chapter 42 Extreme Adventure More Sports More Injuries
254
Chapter 43 Black Diamonds
258
Chapter 44 Mt Everest
261
Chapter 45 Pakistan the Taliban and Paco Tech
267
Chapter 46 Turkmenistan
274
Chapter 47 A Setback
279
Chapter 48 Geneva and the Unraveling of a Long Marriage
282
Chapter 49 The Snake Pit
293
Chapter 50 Tragedies in the 21st Century
297
Chapter 51 Divorce Again
303
Chapter 52 A House of Cards
307
Chapter 53 Aftermath of an Aneurysm and Stroke
310
Chapter 54 Spartacus
312
Chapter 55 Death of a Father
314
Chapter 56 The Flume Trail
317
Chapter 57 Nicaragua
320
Chapter 58 READ and a Pistol of a Lady
324
Epilogue
333
About the Author
335
Index
337
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About the author (2011)

During his tenure in the California Senate, Omer Rains represented over a million people in the Central Coast Area of California (principally the Counties of Santa Barbara and Ventura). In that capacity, among many others, Rains served as Chairman of the Senate Majority Caucus (the youngest in State history), as Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and as Chairman of the Senate Committee on Political Reform.

Rains has fought tirelessly throughout his adult life for environmental protection, for political reform, and for civil and human rights—both at home and abroad. He has also served as a prominent international lawyer, financier and investment advisor with extensive experience in all major world markets and finance centers.

After a life-threatening stroke and aneurysm at age sixty-one, Rains beat incredible medical odds to walk again and thereafter to once again lead an active life of service to others. He continues to engage in humanitarian and charitable work in all parts of the lesser developed world with special emphasis on projects in Nepal, India, and Bhutan, as well as on more recent projects in Latin America. Among other responsibilities, he currently serves as Chairman of the Board of READ Global. When not abroad, he makes his principal residence at Lake Tahoe (California/Nevada).

Mr. Rains is an experienced and frequent lecturer and mentor on virtually all topics covered in Back to the Summit including, but not limited to: overcoming brain injuries and paralysis; doing international legal and finance work; and speaking on the enormously important and gratifying work being done to promote world literacy by Rural Education and Development (READ) Global. He is also available to speak on the therapeutic effects of Transcendental Meditation (TM) and the calming practice of Tibetan Buddhism. He can be contacted through his websites: www.backtothesummit.com or www.senorains.com.

 

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