Getting Up When Life Knocks You Down

Five Steps to Overcoming a Life Crisis

Jerry White

St. Martin's Griffin

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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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Chapter One

Everyone has a date with disaster

We hate to call bad news normal, but it is. And no matter how hard you try, you cannot stay insulated from life’s random acts. Chances are you’ll get a phone call like I did several years ago. "Jerry, I don’t know how to tell you this, but Dad is dead," my brother Ron said through tears. "He had a heart attack this morning." Oomph! It feels like a kick in the stomach. Not this, you think. But he was just here for the holiday. Nothing fully prepares you for these moments.

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“Jerry White brings his insight and experience to bear expertly for those facing life’s unexpected challenges. He embodies the spirit of survivorship.” —Lance Armstrong, seven-time Tour de France winner and author of Every Second Counts

“A road map for the individual and their family to put one foot in front of the other and reenter the land of the living. This book will be a remarkable tool.” —Bob and Lee Woodruff, authors of In An Instant

“Jerry White speaks with compassion and authority—and an abundance of emotional intelligence.” —Daniel Goleman, author of Emotional Intelligence and Social Intelligence

“[White’s] courageous personal experience is a beacon for all who are searching to recover and reclaim life.” —Her Majesty Queen Noor of Jordan, bestselling author of Leap of Faith


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Jerry White

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

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St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin
May 2009
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429997706
ISBN10: 1429997702
224 pages
$7.99

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Trade Paperback
St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin
May 2009
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312564957
ISBN10: 0312564953
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 224 pages
$17.99
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