Getting Up When Life Knocks You Down: Five Steps to Overcoming a Life Crisis

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St. Martin's Press, May 12, 2009 - Self-Help - 224 pages
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The loss of a loved one, a bitter divorce, a serious injury or financial crisis—we must all, at some point, face those unavoidable moments that divide our lives into "before" and "after." How do we muscle through tough times and emerge stronger, wiser—even grateful for our struggle? In 1984, author Jerry White lost his leg in a tragic accident. He has personally endured the pain of loss and the challenge of rebuilding. As cofounder of Survivor Corps, White has met thousands of victims of tragedy. With his book Getting Up When Life Knocks You Down, he shares what he has learned.

White outlines a specific five-step program for turning tragedy into triumph. In their own words, his survivor friends share their stories. It's a group that includes the well known, like Lance Armstrong, Nelson Mandela, and the late Princess Diana, and also everyday survivors of death, loss, injury and heartbreak. Through their stories and the author's words, this book takes readers step by step through the process of not only surviving tragedy and victimhood, but going on to thrive.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 Everyone Has a Date with Disaster
9
2 My Date with Disaster
20
3 Step 1 Face Facts
34
4 Step 2 Choose Life
57
5 Step 3 Reach Out
77
6 Step 4 Get Moving
96
7 Step 5 Give Back
116
8 Escaping the Victim Trap
139
9 Building Resilience to Tragedy
151
10 Helping Others Get Through Catastrophe Or How to Not Make Things Worse
161
11 Survive Inspire Thrive
184
Acknowledgments
202
Notes
205
Reading Group Guide
210
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About the author (2009)

Jerry White is a recognized leader of the historic International Campaign to Ban Landmines, corecipient of the Nobel Prize for Peace; as well as cofounder of Survivor Corps. He lives in Maryland and Malta with his wife, Kelly, and four kids.

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