About the Book
Book: Live the Impossible
Author: Jenny Smith
Release date: July, 2021
Jenny Smith was a typical teenager—a gymnast and athlete who loved hair and makeup, played in a band, and was active in her church youth group.
Then one bright summer morning, a spinal cord injury left her paralyzed from the chest down and dependent on others for her most basic needs. Privacy and independence seemed like things of the past.
But Jenny refused to give up or give in to her disability, and over time she discovered that a wheelchair could take her places she’d never dared to imagine. She’s traveled multiple times to Afghanistan and Mexico for wheelchair distributions and sports camps, and even rolled the New York City runway as a model during Fashion Week.
Today, Jenny Smith is a spokesperson for independent and vibrant living with a disability. Her speeches, articles, and social media presence have touched thousands of lives.
In Live the Impossible, Smith shares what it looks like to live with paralysis, from the everyday details most people never think about, to the countless people who have impacted her life along the way. With honesty and humor, faith and fortitude, Jenny shows us how we can all live the impossible, even when life doesn’t go as planned.
Click here to get your copy!
About the Author
Jenny Smith is an advocate, peer mentor, and encourager for those living with spinal cord injuries, and anyone who has faced unexpected or seemingly impossible challenges. Her popular blog and YouTube channel, Jenny Smith Rolls On, explore the practical aspects of life as a quadriplegic. She also speaks to associations and businesses, schools and universities, and faith-based groups. Jenny works full-time supporting and encouraging cross-cultural workers. She lives in Louisville, Kentucky, where she rows on the Ohio River with the Louisville Adaptive Rowing program.
You can find out more at www.jennysmithrollson.com.
More from Jenny
“I will never write a book.”
I can’t tell you how many times I said those words. How and why did I publish a book after saying I will never so many times?
For several years, I was writing as a side job for a medical supply company. To learn more about the craft of writing, I signed up for an online class. The instructor invited me to take her next class on writing your life story.
That’s when it happened. I felt a little tap on my shoulder and heard—or felt—the words, “It’s time.”
Since my spinal cord injury at the age of 16, I said never and that’s impossible innumerable times. I had said the words before traveling to Mexico and Afghanistan. As I dreamed of living independently as a quadriplegic. I’d said never to playing wheelchair tennis, rugby, and para-rowing. My words that’s impossible and never were proved wrong time and again.
So I started writing.
It turns out I’ve lived what I believed was impossible.
In July 2021, on the 32nd anniversary of my spinal cord injury, my family, friends, and community celebrated with me at the launch party for my memoir Live the Impossible.
Although the book centers on my story of becoming a quadriplegic at 16 and the trials and adventures that followed, the lessons I learned in the years to come are universal:
- How I found my identity
- The importance of taking a risk
- How I became comfortable in my own body
- Acknowledging I have little to offer and yet seeing God do things I could never imagine
We all have unexpected circumstances in life. But I believe we can all live the impossible, even when life doesn’t go as planned.
One of my favorite types of books to read are memoirs and biographies. I love reading how people have gotten to where they are and what they have over come. My parents always said it was because I was nosy. I always thought it was because I was a people person. Live the Impossible is written by Jenny Smith. This is the first memoir that I have read for the new year. I was completely drawn into the author's story as soon as I started reading. As soon as Jenny realized how badly she was injured, she wanted to pray. I loved that was her first reaction. I don't think that would have been my first reaction.
Jenny relives her life before the accident. She has clearly always been a very determined strong young woman. She is definitely someone that I admire. Her strong faith, her positiveness and willingness to never give up is something that we should all strive to be like. One of the best things about this journey, is the fact that she was NOT going to allow it to stop her. She was determined to live her life to the fullest. She has clearly been doing a great job doing this.
The book is written well, it is real, raw, written with humor. I found myself laughing a lot through the book. The author is someone that I could see myself sitting down sharing a meal with and having a good time. She writes like you are old friends. This book is about being positive, keeping the faith DESPITE the situation you are in.
I received a copy of this book through the Celebrate Lit Blogging Program, all thoughts are my own.
Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, January 18
Happily Managing a Household of Boys, January 18
Texas Book-aholic, January 19
An Author’s Take, January 20
Inklings and notions, January 21
Stephanie’s Life of Determination, January 21
deb’s Book Review, January 22
Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, January 23
A Modern Day Fairy Tale, January 25 (Spotlight)
For Him and My Family, January 26
Lots of Helpers, January 27
Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, January 27
Library Lady’s Kid Lit, January 28
Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, January 29
Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, January 30
Spoken from the Heart, January 30
Locks, Hooks and Books, January 31
To celebrate her tour, Jenny is giving away the grand prize package of a $25 Amazon gift card and a signed copy of the book!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.