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Oprah Winfrey calls Amy Purdy her inspiration. Now, read Amy's story in her own words and prepare to be inspired . . .America fell in love with Amy Purdy as the incredible girl with bionic legs who managed to out-dance her competitors all the way to the season 18 finale of Dancing with the Stars with her partner, Derek Hough. But viewers were only given a glimpse into herOprah Winfrey calls Amy Purdy her inspiration. Now, read Amy's story in her own words and prepare to be inspired . . .America fell in love with Amy Purdy as the incredible girl with bionic legs who managed to out-dance her competitors all the way to the season 18 finale of Dancing with the Stars with her partner, Derek Hough. But viewers were only given a glimpse into her past and how she managed to get there. Now, for the first time, Amy reveals the powerful, moving story of her personal spiritual awakening as a result of a sudden and often fatal blood infection that caused her to lose both of her legs.When the Las Vegas native was just nineteen, she contracted the deadly bacterial meningitis and was given less than a two percent chance of survival. In a near-death experience that Amy has never talked about until now, she saw three beings who told her: "You can come with us, or you can stay. No matter what happens in your life, it's all going to make sense in the end." As she hovered between life and death, Amy knew she had to make a choice. And in that moment, she chose life.In On My Own Two Feet, Amy takes readers inside her childhood and up to the defining life or death moment. Despite the grim prognosis, she was determined to not just beat the odds and walk again but to create a life filled with bold adventures, big dreams, and boundless vitality—and share that spirit with the world. Amy seized her second chance at life and earned a bronze medal in adaptive snowboarding at the 2014 Paralympic Games. Her life is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit and the capacity we all have to defy expectations and rewrite our stories. Amy's poignant, uplifting memoir reminds us to live life to the fullest, because we are all much more capable than we could ever imagine....

Title : On My Own Two Feet: From Losing My Legs to Learning the Dance of Life
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On My Own Two Feet: From Losing My Legs to Learning the Dance of Life Reviews

  • Amanda
    2019-02-28 20:12

    I mainly knew who Amy Purdy was from her competing on DWTS, though apparently I somehow forgot I saw her on The Amazing Race. I remember the tape pieces from DWTS and thought it would be interesting to hear more about her story. I've read a number of celebrity memoirs and her memoir has become my favorite. Amy Purdy shares her story in a way that is informative but in a relaxed way of a friend sharing with a friend.Her book is also the first memoir where I found myself adding page tabs for quotes I found interesting and inspiring.Amy Purdy is a person who we can all learn something from and her book is a great place to find those lessons.

  • Rachel Masselle
    2019-02-23 15:09

    “I’d been ripped on and poked so much that I couldn’t take it one more time. I didn’t want her [the nurse] or my parents feeling sorry for me, so I shouted, ‘Just so you all know, I’m not crying because I’m sad! I just don’t want to be touched anymore!’” The minute I read those words from Amy Purdy’s On My Own Two Feet, I felt the page disappear and the black and white lettering that made up her story morphed into threads that connected her life with mine. No, I had not contracted bacterial meningitis, almost died, lost my legs, or utilized prosthetics in order to get around. Instead, I had been born with Cloacal Exstrophy, a medical condition that had put me in the hospital (and into the poking, prodding hands of doctors) more times than I could count. Like Amy, I knew what it was like to be touched in places and in ways that made you want to cry, scream, and cower all at once. In a single sentence, I felt a strange spiritual kinship between the two of us, despite the fact that she didn’t (and probably never would) know my name. But unlike Amy, who emerged out of her depression in a matter of months, my depression had kept me prisoner for several years. Between 2014 and 2015, I had managed to climb out of the massive black hole I had stumbled into, but I still struggled with accepting the colostomy bag that clung to my left side and the plastic catheter that dangled from my front every time I had to relieve myself. What inspired me most about Amy’s story is her willingness to embrace her prosthetics as a unique addition to herself. Instead of shying away from her new legs, she runs toward them, putting them on even when they cause her great pain and showing them off even when the world might not accept her for who she is. But the story doesn’t end there. She continues on, ingeniously devising and creating ways in which her prosthetics can function to manifest her dreams of snowboarding, traveling, and providing various forms of healing therapy. Interwoven within her narrative, Amy discusses how she utilizes tactics such as visualization, positive thinking, energy flow, intention, and gratitude to help fuel her growth toward her dreams. I’m a long way away from feeling as powerful and beautiful with my physical “additions” as Amy does with hers, but because of her story, and because of this book, I have no doubt that I can achieve that dream and beyond.

  • Nancy
    2019-03-10 22:18

    I watched Amy Purdy and Derek Hough every week, on Dancing with the Stars. They were truly amazing. I recently read a book by Derek Hough, and read what he said about his experiences with Amy Purdy. Amy has gone through such life altering challenges. She is an inspiration to many people. She had both of her legs amputated, had her spleen removed, and had a kidney transplant from her father. She wrote that we can take these changes, and make them into stepping stones towards our dreams. I'm giving this book 5 stars because of it's inspirational content. It gets very emotional at times. She gives hope and love to people, she touches with her story, and example. She is not a professional writer, and I didn't expect her to be one.

  • Trina Knittle
    2019-03-19 22:17

    Goodreads win. Will read and review once received.A great inspiring story. It was a little slow at the beginning and hard to get through during the beginning. But once I got so far in I was hooked and couldn't put it down. It was very interesting to read to see her struggles and accomplishments. I will be passing this book along.

  • Cjj
    2019-03-18 20:18

    Although the story itself is very inspiring it was not well written at all. I felt like the last couple of chapters were written by someone else (maybe the co-author took over at this point). Amy has defied odds time and time again and is living life to the fullest. She is an inspiration!

  • Ashley
    2019-02-26 16:55

    In a nutshell: Amy Purdy, a true born dreamer, lost her legs below the knee at 19 to a rare disease… but that didn’t stop her from going after what she wanted, like creating an organization for adaptive athletes, trying out acting, competing in Sochi, and competing on Dancing With The Stars, and this book proves that she will never stop dreaming and will continue to go after anything she wants, using this power to inspire others.Recommendation: Anyone and everyone should read this book. I am currently battling cancer, and reading this book gave me so much inspiration, hope, and positive energy that I think “If Amy Purdy got through what she got through, so can I. Even if you yourself do not need an “inspirational boost” you should read this book anyway because it is so full of happiness even though it seems like it wouldn’t be. For the record, Amy Purdy has become my role model and is a true hero. And the best part is, she doesn’t even care because she is doing everything she is doing for her, not for anyone else.I usually never get all “fangirly’ over a book but this book makes me so happy. It’s so strange how I suddenly wanted to read it… I ad been following Amy Purdy on Instagram for a while and thought she was amazing and inspirational but I didn’t even know she competed in Sochi or did(and continues to do) all of these amazing things. And then I saw an Instagram post about her book and thought “I want to read this RIGHT NOW.” The second I picked it up, I couldn’t put it down. Spoiler alert: I recommend that the entire world should read this book because I feel it would create positivity in people that they might never have known existed. This is beautiful. “We don’t always get to decide which course we go down or know which mountains we’ll face. Yet we always have the most important choice there is: whether to resist, or to give ourselves over to the twists and turns of the terrain.”Amy Purdy was 19 years old. She had her whole life ahead of her and wanted to travel the world and loved to snowboard. Her world was changed when she was diagnosed with bacterial meningitis and had a 2% chance of survival. After a near-death experience, multiple serious surgeries, and getting her legs amputated below the knee, Amy vowed she would continue to live the life of a dreamer and would do anything and everything she always wanted. She has gone on to become a motivational speaker and co-creator of an organization called Adaptive Action Sports for people with disabilities that want to get involved in action sports. She has also been in an unreleased Madonna video, competed in Sochi, and danced on Dancing With The Stars…But Amy is bashful and decided that she is not defined by her legs and they are merely an extension of her and her Adaptive Action Sports ailove of life. Readers will truly be inspired by this book. I can’t go on enough about how much I love this book yet I don’t want to go into too much detail because I don’t want to give it all away… but then again, when you actually look up Amy’s Wiki page or read other things and see the things she’s done, you think you know the whole story. But you don’t. She’s not a super star because she’s done all these things and is now considered famous because of Sochi and Dancing With The Stars. She’s a super star because she did it all because she wanted to, and went after it all and has the most positive outlook on life I have ever had the pleasure to read about. Amy Purdy is now my hero because of this book. I took her words seriously and now I want to live by them. I am so moved by her energy and unbreakable spirit, despite her normal anxieties and self doubts that we all have as humans. She is amazing and I think everyone needs to read this book… I’ve mentioned her to several people and none of them knew who she was and I then I’ve rambled on about her book and how amazing I think it is. I know that from now on, when I am going through a difficult situation, I will ask myself “What would Amy Purdy do?”

  • Pamela
    2019-03-01 22:08

    “We can either see our circumstances as a set of random cruelties and then allow those hardships to turn us into bitter victims, or we can recognize the fact that, though we may never comprehend why hard things happen, they do, and when they do, we can reach for a larger purpose beyond the pain.” My first awareness of Amy Purdy was through Dancing With The Stars. I’ve always enjoyed the show and its many professional dancers, as well as their novice partners; enlivening dance recital memories from my youth. But I’m especially fond of Derek Hough. His creativity, passion, and integrity are second to none. I look forward to reading his inspirational book: Taking the Lead: Lessons from a Life in Motion. Paired with Amy, their dance partnership was electrifyingly magical. Inspirational. They wowed and inspired millions: young and old alike, from every conceivable background and physicality. And I was one of them.“We always have a choice whether to focus on the negative or positive. That’s not to say I don’t have insecurities; we all do. But over time, I started to see that the things that make us unique are actually the things that make us beautiful.” On My Own Two Feet (though lacking a great deal of emotional connectedness and vulnerability as was revealed on DWTS) overall, is an informative memoir with touches of inspiration and tenderness. “We live as if we know how everything will turn out. I certainly lived that way. But we don’t know anything . . . To think otherwise is at best arrogant and at worst foolish.” The first third of the book comes across as juvenile in tone and verbiage; a bit underwhelming. It’s probably just my age, but it was annoying reading about this hottie and that hottie, and OMG, let’s party! Mercifully, I stuck with it. And I’m delighted I did. “I learned that the obstacles in our lives can only do one of two things: stop us dead in our tracks, or force us to get creative.” The integrity of both tone and verbiage transformed over the course of the book. As it did, I became engrossed in Amy’s story. And perhaps that was Purdy’s and/or co-author Michelle Burford master intent; translating maturity through language and tone as coinciding with Purdy's maturing mentally/physically/emotionally over time via her challenging experiences: meningitis, amputation, multiple surgeries, adaptation, heartbreak, growing a business, and life in general. “We don’t always get to decide which course we go down or know which mountains we’ll face. Yet we always have the most important choice there is: whether to resist, or to give ourselves over to the twists and turns of the terrain. As it goes in snowboarding so it goes in life.” As I said, On My Own Two Feet: The Journey from Losing My Legs to Learning the Dance of Life is, overall, an informative and inspirational memoir. I’m happy to have read it. In some regards though, due to lacking tangible vulnerability and emotional connectedness, it felt more like a self-promoting memoir. And thus, I teeter between three and four stars. Sharing one’s life story on such a grand public scale is to be commended. I can only imagine the courage and thick skin required to do so. Plus, everyone's life story has value. Therefore, with empathetic consideration: Four Stars.

  • Hamideh Mohammadi
    2019-03-18 17:57

    This is an amazing journey of a superpower woman who got her power when she lost her feet. #inspirational

  • Liz
    2019-03-11 14:04


  • Kora
    2019-03-03 14:14

    Es ist an uns selbst, das Leben zu etwas Wunderbarem zu machen!Im Alter von 19 Jahren war Amy Purdy kerngesund und mit sich im Reinen. Als Massagetherapeutin und Snowboarderin hatte sie viele Pläne, die nur darauf warteten, umgesetzt zu werden. Aber dann erkrankte sie von heute auf morgen an einer bakteriellen Meningitis und musste um ihr Leben kämpfen. Mit Einlieferung ins Krankenhaus wurde ihren Eltern mitgeteilt, dass Amy in diesem Zustand womöglich nur noch zwei Stunden blieben. Doch dank ihres unbändigen Willens und einer unerschütterlichen Dankbarkeit dem Leben gegenüber, überstand sie diese Krise, während der sie allerdings ihre beiden Beine, ihre Milz und eine gesunde Nierentätigkeit verlor. Mit ihren beiden Beinprothesen und einer Spenderniere ihres Vaters gelang Amy schließlich das (von den Ärzten) unmöglich Geglaubte: Sie fuhr wieder Snowboard. Inzwischen haben sich neben all den persönlichen Erfolgen, zu denen die Gründung der Non-Profit Organisation Adaptive Action Sports und ein gefragter Job als Motivationsrednerin zählen, auch die größten Triumphe eingestellt, die eine gesamte Nation bewegen: Amy Purdy gewann 2014 Bronze bei den Winter-Paralympics und wurde Zweitplatzierte bei Dancing With The Stars.In ihrer Autobiografie "On My Own Two Feet" erzählt Snowboarderin und Philanthropin Amy Purdy auf berührende und Mut machende Weise von ihrem Schicksal, mit dem sie nie zu hadern vermochte. Im Gegenteil, als es hart auf hart kam, beflügelte sie die Suche nach der Antwort auf folgende Frage: "If my life were a book, and I were the author, how would I want my story to go?" Es ist ein Leichtes, dass einem beim Lesen der Geschichte Amy Purdys die Superlative ausgehen. Wenig verwunderlich. Doch neben all den unbeschreiblichen Meilensteinen, die Amy Purdy in ihrem Leben bereits erfolgreich passiert hat, strahlt vor allem ihre bescheidene Persönlichkeit über allem. Sie hat nie danach gestrebt, zu einer Inspiration für Millionen von Menschen zu werden. Sie lebt einfach nach allen kreativen Regeln der Kunst und möchte damit zeigen, welche Steilhänge im Leben sich auf die eine oder andere Weise meistern lassen.Jene gleichermaßen erfrischende wie beeindruckende Willensstärke ist schlichtweg ansteckend. In jedem einzelnen Kapitel des Buches schimmern Lebensmut und -freude hindurch. Selbst während der dunkelsten, schmerzhaftesten Stunden verlor Amy nie ihren selbst gesteckten Fokus — der Sinnhaftigkeit ihres Schicksals — aus dem Auge.Das Buch ist ein Mosaik aus den einzelnen Lebensabschnitten und Träumen der Autorin. Dabei werden die Erinnerungen an ihre Kindheit in Las Vegas ebenso emporgehoben wie ihre Nahtoderfahrung während einer Not-OP und die zehrenden Monate nach ihrer Beinamputation oder auch Amys sehnlichster Wunsch, wieder auf dem Snowboard zu stehen. Gemeinsam mit ihrem Freund Daniel reiste sie später nicht nur um die Welt, sondern engagierte sich unermüdlich dafür, ihren geliebten Wintersport zu einer paralympischen Disziplin zu machen. So schmerzlich und erschütternd sich manche Episoden lesen, ebenso lebensbejahend, motivierend und, ja, inspirierend ist der Grundtenor dieses Buchs. Verletzlichkeit und Stärke bedingen einander. Amy verleiht, ganz ihrem Charakter entsprechend, ihrer Geschichte eine quicklebendige Portion (Galgen-) Humor und Aufrichtigkeit. Ein Authentizitätsfaktor, den ich gar nicht deutlich genug unterstreichen kann.Amy Purdys Buch ist ein Geschenk, das voller tiefster Hingabe und spürbarer Dankbarkeit, größtem Kämpferherzen und leuchtender Großzügigkeit steckt. Eine Hommage an das Leben und die Wahrnehmung und Ausschöpfung dessen — allen Unwegsamkeiten zum Trotz.

  • Cathy
    2019-03-13 21:22

    Amy Purdy, who inspired a nation on Dancing with the Stars and has been called a hero by Oprah Winfrey, reveals the intimate details of her triumphant comeback from the brink of death to making history as a Paralympic snowboarder.In this poignant and uplifting memoir, Amy Purdy reveals the story of how losing her legs led her to find a spiritual path. When the Las Vegas native was just nineteen, she contracted bacterial meningitis and was given less than a two percent chance of survival. In a near-death experience, she saw three figures who told her: “You can come with us, or you can stay. No matter what happens in your life, it’s all going to make sense in the end.” In that moment, Amy chose to live.Her glimpse of the afterlife—coupled with a mysterious premonition she’d had a month before —became the defining experiences that put Amy’s life on a new trajectory after her legs had to be amputated. She wouldn’t just beat meningitis and walk again; she would go on to create a life filled with bold adventures, big dreams, and boundless vitality—and share that spirit with the world. In 2014, Amy—the only competitor, male or female, with two prosthetic legs—claimed a bronze medal for the U.S. Paralympic team in adaptive snowboarding. She then became a contestant on season eighteen of Dancing With the Stars, and viewers were captivated as the girl with bionic legs managed to out-dance her competitors all the way to the finale.Amy’s journey is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit and the capacity we all have to dream bigger, defy expectations, and rewrite our stories. Amy was given a second chance for a reason—to use her life to inspire others. Her powerful memoir urges us to live life to the fullest, because we are all a lot more capable than we could ever imagine. Very interesting ...

  • Aziza
    2019-03-06 20:15

    You often read a book going into it thinking, well.... I've picked up this book, it has a nice cover to it, I'm hoping it'll be interesting. I had no idea who Amy Purdy was, until I heard she was on DWTS. I had googled her up, and had found that she had lost both her legs, was dancing, snowboarded and somehow found a way to participate in the Paralympics which was kind of like the Olympics. I was just like, "Who is this awesome chick." I saw bits and pieces of her story on DWTS, so when I heard she was coming out with her own book, I knew I had to get it to read more about her. I'm glad I did. To me, this book was kind of like an "awakening" of some sorts. It was a reminder that you can't give up in life, and that you'll face many, many, many challenges until you can do what you love. So to me, it was like this "ding, ding, ding" for dance. I'm 21 right now, and started only a couple of summers ago. For me, it was a reminder of strength, patience, and this passion/drive to keep going. It was like, WWAD (What Would Amy Do?) kind of thing. It is an inspiration; the fact that she was able to tell us spiritually what all the things she was able to accomplish in her second chance makes me want to work harder to become a better dancer. Thank you Amy for re-igniting that feeling.P.S: And the fact that it took me almost two days to finish this book, just proves how good it was. Couldn't put it down. -Aziza P.

  • Colleen Lahey
    2019-03-16 18:15

    What an incredible story. Amy Purdy lost both her legs when she contracted bacterial meningitis. Shortly thereafter, she required an emergency kidney transplant as the disease had also corrupted her kidneys. While she was in the hospital and struggling to stay alive, Amy had a near death experience and was given a choice to either leave this world or return to life. If she chose to return, however, her life would have to have fuller meaning. Amy chose to stay alive. Throughout her ordeal, Amy always tried to look at the bright side. This is perhaps one of the most motivational books you'll ever read. She has accomplished more in her young life than most people ever do. The story is very well written and you will be carried along with this amazing story. Here is a woman who founded a non-profit to help people with prosthetics do action sports like motocross, snowboarding and skateboarding. She also was responsible getting snowboarding for people with prosthetics into the Sochi Winter Games and she won a gold medal. While competing at Sochi, she also agreed to a stint on Dancing with the Stars. She did this and oh so much more. I encourage everyone to read this uplifting, impressive book. This woman is an inspiration!

  • lindsey middleton
    2019-02-21 15:02

    Excellent read! I first heard about Amy's story during the Winter Olympics/Paralympics promos and interviews because I'm a nerd and follow that stuff like crazy. She has an amazing story to share and that's what got me interested in DWTS. I learned more about her through that show and could really relate to her attitude. It's the same way I try to approach life, although I'm not always quite successful at that. Anywho, I've been meaning to read this book for a while and finally got around to it. I'm glad I did. Amy is truly an inspiring person who has accomplished so many things due to her persistence and determination that she can do it. It's a good reminder that with the right amount of work, dedication and gratitude anything is possible. If you're into that kind of thing, highly recommend this book!

  • Wanda
    2019-03-05 18:23

    An amazing story of courage and determination. Amy starts off describing her life before she lost her legs and the incident that caused that loss. She describes in detail what she went thru physically and emotionally. Nothing was easy and there were lots of complications. She had a lot of support from family and friends but in the end it was up to her to pull herself thru. It was interesting to see the connections she made with people and how they spawned other connections and helped her in her career and life in general. She worked very hard to get what she wanted and along the way she helped a lot of other people. It was very inspiring to see how much she wanted to help others. She is a great role model.

  • Joe
    2019-03-02 14:21

    After losing both of her lower legs, below the knee as a result of contracting bacterial meningitis in 1999, Amy Purdy has defied the odds and proven to herself and the world around you, that with love, gratitude, and perserverance, almost anything is possible. Amy is a Paralympic Snowboarder, model, actress, and motivational speaker. I really enjoyed reading about her story. Amy seems like an extremely dedicated and down-to-earth individual. On occasion, I found myself wiping a tear away from my eye when she would write about a moment where she was vulnerable, but overcoming of any obstacle in her way. Her story is one filled with spirituality, and I quite enjoyed that it was presented with a very open and personal perspective.

  • Dave
    2019-02-21 22:06

    Amy's underlying story is very interesting and inspirational. Having seen her on Dancing with the Stars, I was very interested in her story.However, I don't consider this book to be very well-written. At points it just scratched the surface, and in other areas the heavy detail is not necessary. I did find the details about going from the paralympics to Dancing with the Stars very interesting - making her performance on that show even more remarkable. (It also gave me an even greater appreciation for the already amazing Derek Hough.)Were it not for the inspirational aspect of the book, it wouldn't even rate my 3 stars...

  • Novels And Nonfiction
    2019-03-03 21:14 was only a young woman of nineteen when bacterial meningitis led to the partial amputation of both her legs. Her harrowing illness led to a slow recovery that initially seemed to be within the norm – like any person would after such a traumatic change, Amy struggled with her image, her moods, and with finding the right prosthetics. Her incredible spirit showed through, however, in her ability to go further than most of us would ever dream in her place. Believe it or not, she is now a Paralympic snowboarder and former Dancing With The Stars contestant. This is her story.

  • Jess Kogel
    2019-03-22 16:21

    Wow...just wow. This book was just hits you.A couple of friends of mine know the author and recommended it to me. I knew her story but to the depth that she tells it within the book is overwhelming to the point where I had to put it down to see if I was truly sitting there reading it or actually living those events.I would recommend this book to any athlete, any person dealing with a struggle that they feel is overtaking everything they are, any person who wants to know Amy's story, any person who wants to feel then overcome.Must read.

  • Sharon
    2019-02-21 21:59

    Won on GoodreadsBeautiful book! Encouraging and inspiring. Amy's life shows us all how to live with determination and purpose. This book will make you want to live your best life on your own terms. This book shows that no matter what circumstances we find ourself in we have the power to change our circumstances through sheer will and determination. Our attitude determines how we end up in life! Amy's story shows us how we can write our own story because every day is a page that has not yet been written! Live your story your way and be the best you God created you to be!

  • Terry
    2019-03-19 21:22

    This is a very inspirational book. Amy Purdy went from being a pretty directionless teenager who suffered from bacterial meningitis and who almost died, to a medalist at the Sochi special Olympics. She lost both feet from the disease and her kidneys. After a transplant, she went on to be a finalist on Dancing with the Stars. It's an incredible story of near death followed by permenent handicaps that led to motivation and excellence that leave most of us in awe. It's a great book to get you motivated with what you've been dealt in life!

  • Dee
    2019-02-21 14:15

    As a young woman, Amy Purdy had both of her legs amputated, had her spleen removed, and had a kidney transplant from her father. She became well known for Paralympics snowboarding, being on the Amazing Race and Dancing with the Stars and talking with Oprah on Super Soul Sunday!The book is a little slow to begin, but it sets up the illness, challenge and accomplishments of her life. She has a remarkable positive attitude and ability to say, "yes, she can."If you are looking for an uplift in your life, you will appreciate this book.

  • Bree Hill
    2019-03-05 15:17

    I saw Amy on Super Soul Sunday and within the first few minutes of her interview I ran to grab my Kindle and purchased her book. Wow. Just within the first few chapters I realized "wow, I complain and make a big deal about so much" and when you read a story like Amy's its a reality check that you could always be going through something else. I admired her courage and I love how much she bought up the word "gratitude" in the book. I think if you focus more on what you do have then what you don't isn't such a big deal. Great book. Bought on some tears towards the end

  • Randi Bender
    2019-03-04 14:11

    I was pleasantly surprised by this book. It was very encouraging and made me rethink how I approach life everyday. The first third of the book covers her life up to her illness. I thought that the book would spend too much time on the illness and not on her accomplishments. Boy, I was so wrong. It was very much about living in today and not focusing on what was missing. I had no idea that Amy was late to snowboarding and to accomplish what she did is amazing. This book will inspire you, encourage you and make you really want to live.

  • Nancye
    2019-02-20 14:08

    After cheering for Amy in the Paralympics last year I was interested in reading her book. I was blown away from the very beginning. I could not put it down. Amy is an amazing role model of strength and good humor. She faced some of the most difficult challenges and kept fighting her way through them. As each chapter unfolded I was curious to see how she would handle the latest set back. Amy is human and had her struggles, but she faced each situation with such grace. I have been highly recommending this book to all of my friends and family.

  • Natalie
    2019-02-24 22:05

    I had never heard of Amy Purdy until I read her story. Amy's awesome attitude and courage are incredible and she deserves 5 stars for living an inspiring life. For me the book itself was most captivating during her struggle with her sickness and her amazing recovery, and the latter part when she was on Dancing With the Stars. I was also quite touched by the role her Dad played in her recovery and the epilogue.

  • Sheri S.
    2019-03-09 20:04

    Amy Purdy has led an inspiring life and overcome many challenges, the chief of which has been the loss of both of her legs beneath the knees. Despite her hardships, she learned not only to walk again, but to snowboard and dance...even dance with the stars! Through her foundation work, she was able to get snowboarding into the Paralympics and medaled in the Sochi games. She has chosen not to focus on what she can't do, but on what she wants to do and therein has pursued her dreams.

  • Lisa Shultz
    2019-03-16 14:54

    I met Amy live when she spoke in Dillon, Colorado. I didn't know much about her, but thought that I would enjoy learning more after hearing her speak. It was hard to put the book down! I love stories about overcoming adversity. But the book is more than that. It shines the light on how much one can do in life with no excuses such as losing legs in her case. If you are looking for inspiration, this is the book to read next.

  • Karolina
    2019-02-25 19:57

    I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. Amy chronicles her life from childhood, her near death experience, and the inspiring life she went on to live after she lost her legs. The tone of the book is very colloquial, but the main message of gratitude and fulfilling your dreams comes through on every page. I was captivated by Amy's story, and many times reflected on how to adopt her attitude towards life.

  • Carol
    2019-02-25 22:11

    I had not heard of Amy Purdy before reading this book. Amy survived meningitis when she was 18 years old but lost both feet as well as her kidney function. What she did with this trauma is totally awesome and overwhelming. I have heard others say they are not handicapped when they don't have some of the functions that most people have - Amy proves this in spades. I loved her thoughts of how do I want my life story to read. We should all have that thought in mind. Great story.