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Overview In an uplifting, inspirational memoir, a young woman born with severe deformities describes how her remarkable determination, unshakable Christian faith, and loving support of her family have led her to become a professional singer and champion swimmer. Original. 50,000 first printing.
Born in Sweden to loving Christian parents eager to cherish their first-born child, Lena Maria Johansson was especially blessed from the start. But, at first, her parents despaired: Their beloved baby girl emerged drastically deformed, without arms and with only one fully formed leg and foot, the other leg markedly shorter and mis-shapen. Yet, Lena's parents were not to be daunted. Their love for their daughter knew no bounds. Lena's father's response when he saw his daughter for the first time was, "Arms or no arms, she will need a home anyway." Thus, with compassion and abiding love but never pity, the Johanssons raised the remarkable girl who is today Lena Maria Klingvall, a woman of indomitable spirit and unshakable faith.
Fueled by her parents' unceasing confidence in her, Lena learned to use her feet to do all kinds of things, from basic self-care, to playing keyboards and driving a car. From early on, Lena refused "special" status, preferring instead to learn how to accomplish things her own way. In her own words, "I prefer to rejoice in what I can do not mourn what I can't." In that spirit, Lena has not only learned to play keyboards and drive a car, but also to conduct a choir, develop a successful professional singing career and compete in the Paralympics in Seoul, Korea. This uplifting personal story, written by a one-of-a-kind woman who wholeheartedly believes that God her Creator never makes mistakes, is sure to not only inspire you, but also forever change the way you look at life."
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Foreword - 10/01/2001 page 42
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Studio: Health Communications
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.58" Width: 5.04" Height: 0.48" Weight: 0.5 lbs.
Release Date Jun 1, 2001
Publisher Health Communications
ISBN 155874911X ISBN13 9781558749115
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wonderful and inspiring true story Mar 8, 2006
Lena was born without arms, and with one of her legs severely deformed. In this book she tells the story of her life. Lena could have easily become bitter and angry, but instead she has maintained a positive, courageous, and upbeat attitude. Even in her baby and early childhood photos, you can see that she radiates happiness. She had a very supportive family. Her dad said after she was born, "Arms or no arms, she needs a home anyways!" (Some felt she should be institutionalized.) They made every effort to give her a "normal" life and help her be independent.
Despite her severe disability, Lena has accomplished much in life. She has learned to function very independently - it is absolutely incredible what she can do with her one good foot!!! She was an accomplished swimmer when she was younger, and also a talented singer. She continues to travel the world singing and sharing her testimony. Lena has a strong and vibrant Christian faith. Some might have rejected their faith/beliefs in the face of such problems. But Lena believes that God makes no mistakes, and that her life is a part of God's special plan for her. In many ways, her disability has given her unique opportunities in life.
This book is an "easy read" - I read it in just a couple hours. It left me feeling inspired, encouraged, hopeful, and thankful! I have no right to complain - I have two arms and two legs!
Power through a simple story Dec 22, 2004
This delightful little book is the story of a famous singer and world record-breaking swimmer. She tells of her life with refreshing sparkle, so much so that I had to constantly remind myself that this woman was born without arms. Unpretentious, simple and direct are words that spring to mind when describing this tale.
Her passionate desire is that all people should have the same joy, and she shares several keys to living a happy life in spite of obstacles. The central point is her vibrant faith in God.
One shortcoming of the book is that the editing is not always up to scratch. That said, the book is easy to read, and is a pleasure on the eye. The photographs beautifuly supplement the text.
When I finished the book, I wanted more. I wished to have a fuller account of people and times.
But the aim of the book is not to tell a history, but to inspire others. And in this regard it succeeds completely.
A Life without Resignation Sep 16, 2001
Hi! I am a handicapped girl myself. I live in Taiwan. I think that Lena is an extremely courageous person. I hope that I am that courageous too. I think the book is most encouraging. Life is not a bowl of cherries. The most we can do is to make life much more easier for others as well as ourselves. I would like to get in touch with the author-Lena Maria Klingvall-personally. I wonder if you can help me to make my dream come true. I'd be greatly appreciated. Thank you and wish you all healthy and joyful! Sincerely, Anneila / 2000,9,16