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Publisher's Summary

An exhilarating true story of unstoppable perseverance on the journey to healing.
"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 10 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 the 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 a celebrated author and an international speaker.
Janine Shepherd shares, with candor and compassion, the practical lessons she has learned throughout her continuing journey. Unabridged and read by the author, Defiant offers hope and encouragement for anyone facing a life challenge, bringing hard-won wisdom and priceless advice for navigating one's way from loss to healing.
Janine Shepherd is a renowned inspirational speaker and writer whose books have become classics in the survivor genre. She is an ambassador of SpinalCure Australia and Red Bull's Wings for Life. Janine's TEDx talk has been viewed by millions worldwide.
©2016 Janine Sheperd (P)2016 Sounds True
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By Sharon L. Plett on 01-31-17


wonderfully done, great read! enjoyed reading to the end. well read by the author!

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By Robert B. Davis on 01-29-17

More than an inspirational and motivating story

Would you listen to Defiant again? Why?

Possibly, if I am moved to do so. I have a lot of audio books. It is worthwhile.

What did you like best about this story?

A touching tale of our shared humanity and inherent capacity to transfigure the trials and tribulations of life to the tenacity of the human spirit. It vivifies the reality of impermanence, the value of disidentification with the body, our innate divine connection, and the overaching benevolence of the universe in that "life happens for us not to us" with raw honesty and vulnerable integrity.

Have you listened to any of Janine Shepherd’s other performances before? How does this one compare?


Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I listened to it over a few days as I engaged in the activities of daily living.

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By Jen Brown from Sparta Chicks on 03-06-17

Gripping, powerful and uplifting

Where does Defiant rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Defiant is one of the best audiobooks I've listened to. Heaing Janine, in her own voice, tell her incredible story of not only survival but thriving after your accident is gripping, powerful, emotional and compelling. It's hard to put down!

What other book might you compare Defiant to, and why?

Everything to Live For by Turia Pitt

What does Janine Shepherd bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Her voice. The emotion, warm, connection with the story. Those things can't be conveyed by the written word.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The straw story in the hospital and her first flight.

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