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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, Dancing with the Stars sensation 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 came down with 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.

©2014 Amy Purdy and Michelle Burford (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers

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Incredible story

Could not stop listening to this book. Such an inspiring story. What an incredible person Amy is and her drive to not let anything get in her way. My cousin has a very similar story as a double amputee. His mission is to get back up in the mountains to hike. After listening to this book your determination will take you there. ❤️

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  • 2020-12-15

Amazing story

I love Amy Purdy. Such a sweet person and so talentef at so many levels. This book is just inspirational.

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  • 2022-01-31

A Powerful Memoir of Truimph over Tragedy

Amy's journey will make you gasp, weep, and rejoice as she battles her way back from the edge of the disease that almost took her life. She is a reminder that the human spirit is both resilient and rich with promise. No spoilers here, read the book.

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  • menucha
  • 2021-07-09

Here's to the lessons of survival

Amy Purdy has powerfully taken you on a journey from "normal" to the depths of death to a rebirth. A journey from that rebirth to change the world while changing herself the mindset tools are powerful and ones everyone could use in their life to create a powerful impactful life of their own.A must read.

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  • Purdydriven
  • 2021-02-02

A MUST READ!!

If we all looked at the world like Amy does we would be living in a much better world. Being a Purdy girl too I've come to believe the drive and ambition is in the blood! You tell us we can't do something and my blood is like the fire that lights my soul. Thank you Amy for such an inspiration book!

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  • 2020-09-28

Amy is so Brave and Inspirational

I listened to this book in one day. Amy is so inspirational ❤ and real