Taking My Life Back: My Story of Faith, Determination, and Surviving the Boston Marathon Bombing
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Standing with her 5-year-old son by the Boston Marathon finish line in April 2013, Gregory had no idea her life was about to change. But the traumatic next few minutes changed everything forever. You'll be moved and inspired by her triumphant story of faith, survival, and resilience---culminating in her return to Boston as a runner! 320 pages, hardcover from Revell.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 320
Vendor: Revell
Publication Date: 2017
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0800728211
ISBN-13: 9780800728212

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"It is impossible to remain unmoved by Gregory's emotional, open memoir of surviving the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013. . . . This is a truly feel-good book that doesn't stint on the challenges that life throws at us."--Publishers Weekly, starred review

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On April 15, 2013, Rebekah Gregory and her five-year-old son waited at the finish line of the Boston Marathon to support a friend who was running. When the blasts of terrorists' homemade bombs packed with nails and screws went off three feet away, Rebekah's legs took the brunt of the blast, protecting her son from certain death. Eighteen surgeries and sixty-five procedures later, her left leg was amputated.

Despite the extraordinary trauma she underwent and the nightmares she continues to have, Rebekah sees it as just another part of her personal journey, a journey that has led her through abuse, mistakes, and pain and into the arms of Jesus. This stirring memoir tells the story of her recovery, including her triumphant return to Boston two years later to run part of the race, and explores the peace we experience when we learn to trust God with every part of our lives--the good, the bad, and even the terrifying.

Readers will be moved by the joyous way Rebekah is determined to live her life, seeing every obstacle as part of how God forms us into the people we are meant to be. Readers will also find comfort in the message that it's not what they can or can't do that makes the difference, but rather what God, in his mercy, does through them despite it all. Life is hard, but with God all things are possible.

Author Bio

Rebekah Gregory is a woman and mother whose life was forever changed due to the bombings at the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013. This act of terrorism may have claimed her leg, but it could not claim her spirit. She is now a powerful motivational speaker who encourages people all across the country with her message of faith and hope. She lives in Houston, Texas, with her son, daughter, and her college-sweetheart-turned-husband.

Anthony Flacco
is a New York Times and international bestselling author with six nonfiction books and three novels to his credit. He holds an MFA in screenwriting from the American Film Institute, was selected for the Walt Disney Studios Screenwriting Fellowship, and spent a year writing for Touchstone Pictures. He lives in the Pacific Northwest.

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  1. Angela Suzanne
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Taking My Life Back
    June 18, 2017
    Angela Suzanne
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I remember where I was and how I heard about the Boston bombings and it was eye-opening to read about how it affected someone not just at the event itself, but recovering from it and as she says, taking her life back. I liked how Rebekah didn't sugarcoat her story and I felt she did a good job of talking about her own mistakes she'd made in her life. I also liked how she didn't paint herself as a victim but as someone who was living in spite of everything. She focused more on how she recovered from the effects of the bombings than the actual bombings themselves. I also liked what she said about happy endings and that she calls them happy continuations because it doesn't end but rather continues.
  2. Victoria
    Canada
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Taking Back My Life
    May 22, 2017
    Victoria
    Canada
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 3
    Gregory states early in her book that she sees herself as a survivor and her book bears testament to this statement. Although her book does spend a large portion of time exploring the events which took place at the 2013 Marathon and her following recovery, Gregory also spends much of the book guiding readers through the life events and challenges that helped shape her into the woman she is today. This ability to see Gregory through milestones from childhood to the present help bring her response to the 2013 tragedy and events following into a wider context and far more impactful story.

    The stories themselves are compelling. Gregory paints her life with passion and is unapologetic in her testimony. There is a real sense of Gregory's heart within these pages as she speaks of those closest to her, particularly her little boy Noah. It is here, in Gregory's ability to convey emotion that the book shines brightest.

    Structurally, the book felt somewhat disjointed at times creating an effect which was jarring in a way that was separate from the content. This combined with sections where Gregory was still obviously working through the accompanying negative emotions (for example internet trolls) left portions of the book feeling disconnected by presenting very different tones and voices.

    Rebekah Gregory is a gifted speaker. For fans of human interest or biographies Gregory's story is well worth the time for its passion and human perspective on a widely known tragedy. That said, the story structure does lend itself more strongly,at times, to spoken rather than written word.

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    "Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc."
  3. Laura Davis
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    How Good can Come From Evil
    May 16, 2017
    Laura Davis
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    I wasn't sure if I could handle reading about the horrors Rebekah Gregory endured when she was a victim of the Boston Marathon Bombers. But one of the first things she mentioned was that she refused to be thought of as a victim, but rather as a survivor, so I knew this was going to be an interesting read.

    How does one so young acquire such a positive attitude? Especially when her life before the bombing was not without its problems? I think a lot of the credit for her level-headed thinking goes towards her mother and the faith she displayed in God. Rebekah gives a thorough backstory to what her life was like growing up and it wasn't pretty. Her abusive father, who was a pastor, made it difficult for her to embrace God at all, but when she looked at her mother she could see what living for Christ and by His Words was all about. If not for her mother's faith and Rebekah's own renewed faith in Christ, I doubt she would have handled this trauma very well.

    The book goes into her life before the bombing and after, so the reader will get a well-rounded view of the kind of person she was and the struggles she dealt with, especially in regards to her anxiety the day of the bombing. Her young son was leaning against her legs (one of which had to be amputated) when the bomb went off. She recounts that if not for her legs taking the full brunt of the blast, he would be dead. This mother's heart, felt her fear and anguish as doctors worked to save her life, all while wondering if he was still alive.

    There were some parts of the book that badly need an editor to make the book more cohesive. It tends to jump all over the place, (from the past to present) and so requires more structure in that regard, but overall the book was a shining example of how good can come from evil.
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