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One beautiful summer day, Bill Shaner's life was inexplicably changed forever when he died and had a white light experience during a freak construction accident. Bill regained consciousness only to realize he was paralyzed from the waist down. Taken by Medevac to the nearest trauma hospital, Bill underwent thirteen hours of surgery to save his life. He survived but was told that there was a 99 percent chance he'd never walk again. Unintended Consequences starts with the incredible true story of Bill's ...
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One beautiful summer day, Bill Shaner's life was inexplicably changed forever when he died and had a white light experience during a freak construction accident. Bill regained consciousness only to realize he was paralyzed from the waist down. Taken by Medevac to the nearest trauma hospital, Bill underwent thirteen hours of surgery to save his life. He survived but was told that there was a 99 percent chance he'd never walk again. Unintended Consequences starts with the incredible true story of Bill's inspirational journey. Not only did Bill learn to walk again, but he also launched into a profound spiritual quest. The tragedy eventually led to extraordinary answers that Bill never realized were missing before his near-death experience and difficult recovery. In addition to Bill's remarkable story, the book also shares the powerful and hard-won spiritual truths uncovered in his awakening. What he learned will help make your own journey on this Earth much richer and more fulfilling.
Posted April 29, 2011
I'd been going through some rough times for a while when I stumbled upon this book on the internet. I'm so glad Bill took the time to write it and share the details of his experience. The day I received my copy in the mail, I read it cover to cover. Parts of it made me cry, and parts of it made me laugh out loud - something I hadn't done in quite a while. While I certainly never experienced anything as traumatic as his catastrophic accident, near-death experience, temporary paralysis and subsequent miraculous recovery, much of his writing about these events, and his quest to discover the lessons he was destined to learn from them, did indeed resonate with me. It made me happy to learn that, as awful as it was over twenty-one years ago when this tragedy unfolded, ultimately it led him to a really good place now. He has learned what he describes as his biggest life lesson to date - to become okay with himself just the way he is. He says in the book that he isn't an extraordinary man, but on that one point I have to say I beg to differ with him. Resilience of the magnitude he exhibited can only come from a razor-sharp alignment with a greater power that lies within him. It is amazing to witness the effects of his partnership with this greater power as his story unfolds in the pages of his book. He writes that we all have the power within ourselves to get the life we want, and shares details of his own life experience to demonstrate how he has done just that for himself. He inspires readers to follow his example and do as well for themselves. Bill is a talented writer, and is right on target in believing that miracles can happen in people's lives when others simply share their experiences. Pick up this inspiring story of triumph over adversity and discover the blessings that life's challenges can bestow on those who persevere.
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Posted December 1, 2009
You might think a memoire of a man left paralyzed from the waist down after a horrific construction site accident might be depressing, but let me assure you Unintended Consequences: Lessons from a Life Almost Lost is not at all bleak and dark. On the contrary, it is inspirational and uplifting. Bill Shaner's story will make you pause in wonder at the healing capacity of the human spirit. He is an ordinary guy with an extraordinary ability to channel the power of spirit to work wonders in his life, and he would like to show you how to do the same.
Twenty years ago, Shaner was on top of his game. He owned his own successful construction company, he was comfortable financially, he was in a promising love relationship, and he was healthy and fit. Then one day a building literally collapsed on top of him, and in doing so brought down all the walls of his life. But for some reason instead of resignation, Shaner maintained a determined and nearly unswayable conviction to survive and walk again. Even on the day of his accident as he was embarking on the thirteen-hour surgery that would save his life, Shaner is astoundingly adamant that survival and recovery was his only option. "I told myself that I would not be paralyzed for long. I was going to look normal, act normal, and feel normal. I wanted that clear from the start. I wasn't going to take the easy way out, and neither would the medical team that was putting me back together."
Certainly many people in Shaner's dire situation have had the same firm determination to make a full recovery yet they never walk again. What makes Shaner different? According to him, he is a fighter and control freak. He also relays the story of a rock-bottom low moment soon after his accident when he was at his most depressed state and in constant pain despite being on morphine when he promised God that if he were healed, he would go to church. Shaner then says, ".I heard a voice clearly say, 'Everything is going to be all right.' Everything is going to be all right.I heard it and I knew it to be true."
As he made good on his promise to go to church, Shaner informs readers about his discovery of the power of the self to make self-actualizing change in one's life. "Life doesn't just happen to us; we are participants. It's all about choices and how we respond, act, and reaction to every situation.How we feel about ourselves and how we choose are connected." Thus the second part of Unintended Consequences reads more as a self-help manual than a memoire as Shaner brings together various motivational philosophies, from the Bible to the Laws of Attraction, in order to provide a comprehensive blueprint for life improvement.
Although at times Shaner launches into self-help speak and bumper sticker wisdom, it's hard to fault him since his vision is so hard won. Not only does he have the experience to back up his beliefs, the author also presents his ideas with a down-to-earth sincerity that prevents his advice from coming off as overly hokey or New Age-y. Shaner writes, "If I can do it, I know it's possible for everyone to do it." And he doesn't claim to be perfect. He just claims to be consciously working toward maximizing his self-realization skills, and he wrote this book to provide others with the tools to do the same in their lives.
Quill says: Part memoire, part blueprint for life change, Unintended Consequences has a remarkable amount to offer readers.