Soul Survivor
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Soul Survivor

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by Joe Townsend, Shawn Doyle

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This book is inspirational and serious because it is about a real life accident and overcoming adversity. Even though those are heavy topics- it is also important for us to capture Joe’s unique personality and sense of humor. It adds to the message we are trying to deliver.

Overview – and how this book is different!

The purpose of Soul


This book is inspirational and serious because it is about a real life accident and overcoming adversity. Even though those are heavy topics- it is also important for us to capture Joe’s unique personality and sense of humor. It adds to the message we are trying to deliver.

Overview – and how this book is different!

The purpose of Soul Survivor is to tell the real life story of Joe Townsend, who was flying one day with his family and due to mechanical failure – the small plane he was piloting crashed- killing Joe’s wife and two small daughters. Joe was critically injured and survived brain injury, a stroke, hours of surgery and months of physical and emotional pain to survive and then to thrive. Through grit and determination, he then began to rebuild a new life. This inspirational real life tale of overcoming adversity will get people to realize their own true potential. When they read this story, they will understand that if one man can overcome this kind of horrific adversity, then anything in life is possible. There are no limits.

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Destiny Image Publishers
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5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

Meet the Author

Captain Joe Townsend grew up and attended college in West Palm Beach, Florida. Geared toward airplanes from a young age, he became a private jet captain at age 23. He then went on to become a captain for US Airways; he married his long-time sweetheart, Kelley, and they had two children—Laura Lee and Tara Nicole. Since his dramatic survival of the devastating plane crash that took his family, Joe has been on medical long-term disability from US Airways. He has been happily married to his new wife, Carol, since September of 2001.
Shawn Doyle is the President of New Light Learning and Development Inc., a leadership, motivation and sales effectiveness company. Shawn has a passion for human development. He has an avid belief in lifelong learning. For the last 20 years, Shawn has developed and implemented training programs on sales, communication, and leadership. Shawn’s clients include Charter Media, Insight Media, Kraft, IBM, Smith Barney, Microsoft, Wyeth, and the Los Alamos National Defense Laboratory.

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Soul Survivor 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
BW_SSR More than 1 year ago
I just received this book today, I could not put it down! Captain Joe Townsend's life story is a tragic event and triumphs through life's twists and turns. Joe you are an inspirational to us all, with a positive outlook on life, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. God Bless you for sharing your story.
Todd_Rodgers More than 1 year ago
Every once in a while we all need to be reminded of just how great we have it in our lives. We all have stories of suffering, but The Soul Survivor shares a triumph over the greatest loss of all--losing our own family. I was inspired to re-evaluate how I have handled my own life's challenges and will be forever grateful for the authors' abilities to share this poignant story. I too could not put this book down and had to finish it. There are so many different messages and moments of reflection in this book. It made me FEEL every step of the way. Thank you for sharing your incredibly painful and inspiring story. I will be sharing this book with all my closest friends and loved ones.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After I read the book. I wondered how in the world can Capt. Townsend go on in life after losing his family. But as I read on I could see his outlook was so positive it made me feel that I could do the same . No, I can not say "I know who you feel" but I can say I look at my family with an even deeper love. Thank you Capt. T. You are insperation for others to reach for a higher goal and not settle for less. GH.
I_like_clean_reads More than 1 year ago
First, I agree wholeheartedly what 1BamaFan stated:  the book spent too much time on some things. I, too, felt as if a lot of the book was about Captain Townsend bragging on himself, something I did not care for. Secondly, the book has less than 200 pages, so I definitely was happy I did not pay TOO much for it as it is not worth $9.99, IMO. Next, I thought it was going to be religiously inspirational. True, the book mentions Captain Townsend's "faith," as well as "God," but the words kind of seemed hollow to me. I realize he went through a terrible, terrible ordeal, and I remember either reading or hearing about his former in-laws getting rid of his precious daughter's things while he was in the hospital. I also agree with him that it appeared that his mother was more focused on doing works for the Catholic church rather than taking care of her children: as he made it sound, anyway. Still, I was just very, very disappointed in the story, and thought it was poorly written with my coming to the conclusion that Shawn Doyle isn't that much of an author. I really expected myself to like this book, but that did not happen. 
richardblake More than 1 year ago
Captain Joe Townsend had logged over 12,000 flight hours in planes ranging from small tandem two-seaters to corporate and charter Lear-jets as a U. S. Airways pilot when his aviation career came to a sudden catastrophic end on December 1, 1996. The Bellanca Citabria he was flying lost power, took a nose dive and crashed to the earth traveling at approximately 70 miles per hour on impact. The mechanical failure that caused the accident took the lives of Joe's wife and two young daughters. In a (divinely appointed) chance encounter Joe Townsend and Shawn Doyle meet on a flight to West Palm Beach, Florida. Both men have been upgraded to first class. During the conversation that follows Joe relates how he became the "Soul Survivor" of this tragic accident. Shawn Doyle is president of New Light Learning Center, specializing in human development and lifelong learning. He is the author of 10 books. Impressed with Joe's persistence, positive attitude in the face of tragedy, and exemplary determination to rebuild his life in the face of adversity, Shawn records Joe's story in the book "Soul Survivor." The story of Joe's childhood, teen years, early stages of his career, and the beginnings of his family, his wife Kelly, and his daughters Laura and Kara are related through a series of phone conversations and over lunch when travel connections bring the two men together. I enjoyed the unique, casual, down-home dialog exchanged throughout the narration. Joe exudes a love for life, for resourcefulness and adventure. Shawn captures the tragedy, pain, and suffering Joe experienced in rebuilding his life after multiple surgeries, extended therapy, and a season of delayed grief, financial challenges, and the Lord's provision of a new wife and family. "Soul Survivor" is the story of one man's tenacity in light of heartbreak. It is a heartwarming story of faith, offering inspiration and encouragement to the reader. A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review purposes. The opinions expressed are my own. As reviewed for Midwest Book Review.
1BamaFan More than 1 year ago
Too much time spent on Capt. Townsend's background which tends to get boring, and not enough time spent on the aftermath and the struggle that ensued after the accident. The first part sounds like a pat on the back, while the second half highlights relationship and financial issues (which doesn't add up since they have a home in Colorado that can "easily entertain 75 people", while also maintaining a 2nd home in Florida, and he could afford for his wife to quit her job and not work, supporting not only his wife but her 2 children). It comes across as audacious to complain about money under these circumstances when families are loosing the only one home they own and are struggling to put food on the table. While one would not begrudge Capt. Townsend for his sunny outlook which is very commendable; it seems as though he used his platform as a vendetta against those whom he felt wronged him. It's highly doubtful that Capt. Townsend was a saint without any skeletons in his own closet. After all there are two sides to every story. Choosing to write a book that makes oneself look like a saint while putting others down doesn't come across as reality. Capt. Townsend could have made his story more relatable by being real and transparent about his struggles, then the book would not have come across as self serving.