This is a small list of books I recommend reading, they are truly inspiring.  The authors of these books have beat the odds of many different debilitating situations.  They opened my eyes to what the human spirit is capable of.

Some of the people I found most inspiring didn’t necessarily have disabilities like mine.  An alcoholic desperately trying to become sober, a father fighting cancer, a child trying to survive unthinkable abuse, and a man born with no limbs all inspired me to push forward, feel good about myself, and live a full life.


Just Don’t Fall

By Josh Sundquist

Life Without Limits: Inspiration for a Ridiculously Good Life

By Nick Vujicic


Standing Tall

By Spencer West


Spring Break

By Steven Benvenisti


The Council of Dads

By Bruce Feiler


A Child Called “It”

The Lost Boy

A Man Named Dave

All three By Dave Pelzer



By Augusten Burroughs


Oh, The Places You’ll Go!

By Dr. Seuss

I used this one to motive my students, but the message is powerful.

This next book was written for family and friends to read.  I found it helpful to understand their position.  It made me realize I was not alone in how I felt.

How to Be A Friend to a Friend Who’s Sick

By Letty Cottin Pogrebin


The next book is a pamphlet that can be got from  A good book to give your family and friends to read.  This book validated my feelings. In fact many parts I felt like I wrote myself.  Truly helped me move forward.

“But You Look Good”

By Wayne and Sherri Connel