Wednesday, September 4, 2013

within my grasp..a double amputee's true story by mike penketh


Trauma surgeons were forced to amputate the hands of American Airlines Captain Mike Penketh following a horrific accident that nearly killed him. Although the course of his life was unalterably changed, he was determined against all odds to fly airplanes again. He fought for two years to regain his pilot’s license and, while he never flew Boeing 737s again, he went on to fly aerobatics shows to prove to himself and the naysayers that he could do it. Within My Grasp is an inspirational autobiography about the challenges of coping with a disability, and learning how to focus on what you can do, rather than what you cannot do.

My Review:

We all have days where we think we are having a bad day and joking say I want to start the day over or that we want to go to bed early.  Then the next day wake up and think "oh yesterday wasn't too bad".

Well imagine waking up and coming to grips over time that you have been critically injured in an accident and you are now a double amputee!  That is something my friends that can not be changed by just going to bed early and waking up the next morning.

This is an awesome inspirational book!  It's one of those books that when you read it you realize the problems you were complaining out are not so big at all!

Mike Penketh does an excellent job telling his story and helping the reader learn what it is like to learn how to cope with just a disability and most importantly to focus on what YOU CAN DO! And he does it in a way that is inspirational NOT wanting the reader to feel sorry for him.

This is a definite must read!

Thank you to the author for sending me a complimentary copy for my review.

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