“As I looked back over the landscape of my life, and the many setbacks I had endured, I saw that every loss also offered a gift, even if I didn’t recognize it at the time. Whenever I was called upon to loosen my grip on some cherished part of my life, I was consequently given the opportunity to start again, to create anew something of value . . . every ending carried the seeds of possibility, a chance to start over.” —Janine Shepherd
Defiant chronicles the remarkable life of Janine Shepherd, an elite ski racer whose bid to represent Australia in the Olympics was cut short by a tragic accident. She recalls the ten days she hovered between life and death, faced with the difficult choice to let go or return to a body that would never be whole again. After six months in hospital battling to rehabilitate her permanent disabilities, she not only taught herself to walk again—she earned her wings as both a pilot and an aerobatics instructor.
Happily married and raising three children, her life was again upended when she was forced to face a painful divorce, the loss of her home, and financial ruin. Undaunted, Janine persevered in managing her again-reinvented life as a single mom, as well as celebrated author and international speaker.
Janine Shepherd shares with candor and compassion the practical lessons she has learned throughout her continuing journey. Defiant offers hope and encouragement for anyone facing a life challenge, sharing the author’s hard-won wisdom and priceless advice for navigating one’s way from loss to healing.
It was a miracle she survived the accident on May 31, 1986. She wasn’t supposed to walk again. She wasn’t supposed to have children. Fly a plane? Impossible. Yet Janine Shepherd did all of these things—and today stands as an inspiration to millions of people across the globe. Defiant brings readers everywhere Janine Shepherd’s captivating memoir on the dance of perseverance and acceptance that we enter as we navigate our greatest trials.Baker & Taylor
The author shares the lessons she has learned from a life upended by a disabling accident, a painful divorce, and financial ruin, and how she navigated her way to healing.Baker
An elite ski racer and Olympics hopeful from Australia recalls the accident that nearly ended her life and required months of rehabilitation, describing the disabilities and odds she overcame to relearn to walk, to have children and to become a pilot and aerobatics instructor.