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Unthinkable
     

Unthinkable

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by Scott Rigsby, Jenna Glatzer (With)
 

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“I want to show people that they can take the life God gave them and use it to do something extraordinary.”

— Scott Rigsby

9 seconds.

That’s how long it took for Scott Rigsby’s life to come crashing down around him.

16 hours, 42 minutes, 46 seconds.

That’s how long it took for Scott Rigsby to make history

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“I want to show people that they can take the life God gave them and use it to do something extraordinary.”

— Scott Rigsby

9 seconds.

That’s how long it took for Scott Rigsby’s life to come crashing down around him.

16 hours, 42 minutes, 46 seconds.

That’s how long it took for Scott Rigsby to make history.

One day when Scott Rigsby was eighteen years old, he was riding in the back of a pickup truck that was towing a three-ton trailer. When the trailer was clipped from behind by an eighteen-wheeler, Scott was thrown over the side and dragged 324 feet before being pinned under the trailer. Later, at the hospital, his right leg was amputated—the first of twenty-six surgeries he would endure over the next ten years, including the loss of his other leg. Doctors said it would be more than a year before he could expect to walk again—let alone run.

Eleven years later, Scott did the unthinkable . . .

On October 13, 2007, after arduous training, he became the first double-leg amputee using prosthetics ever to cross the finish line in the sporting world’s most grueling and prestigious event, the Ford Ironman World Championship triathlon in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.

Unthinkable documents Scott’s remarkable journey from the devastating crash that claimed both of his legs, and from his subsequent battle with depression and alcohol, to the dawning realization that God had a greater plan for his life. The unthinkable courage, determination, and faith Scott demonstrated in training for and competing in the Hawaiian Ironman triathlon will inspire and amaze you.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781414333151
Publisher:
Tyndale House Publishers
Publication date:
10/01/2009
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)

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Unthinkable 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
JS_Gator More than 1 year ago
My daughter gave me her copy of Scott's book to read for "inspiration". I lost both legs in 2008 serving in Iraq and she thought it would help. Let me tell you, it did. My faith and outlook on life has changed for the better. Unthinkable is a great title because it completely fits the story. It's the kind of book that will make you laugh, cry and maybe even reconsider your faith in God and general outlook on life, cause just when you start to think you can't, there's that part that says "yeah I can". I started reading one afternoon and couldn't put it down. I was reading a book about someone I don't really know and ended up seeing myself -- only I've never competed in an Ironman =) I plan on sharing it with the vets that I'm now working with. Thank you, my friend, for sharing your story with us.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Scott's story is a tribute to man's ability to triumph over adversity through faith in God. He writes as though he is talking with the reader and the book flows from its horrific beginning to a 'can't talk/can't eat/can't sleep I'm on the last 70 pages' finale. I bought this for a friend who recently lost a leg and cannot wait for him to experience the hope and feelings of potential Scott imparts in this book. Thank you, Scott!
sj92 More than 1 year ago
I read this book in 24 hrs. Could not put it down. Everyone should read it. It certainly gives you a new perspective about what's important. I would highly recommend it for teens.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Unthinkable, Can't Unsee, Unfeel  Unthinkable, a personal account of life after amputation by Scott Rigsby encompasses the low and high  points of being human. Scott defeats depression and addiction to become the first bilateral amputee to  finish the Ironman Triathlon.  Usually, I wouldn’t just pick up a book like this.  In fact, the task of reading   a story of amputation was  mandatory to my senior English class, in which we filmed ethnography, (an  unbiased interpretation of a group of people).    My topic being amputees, I needed some insight into  such a world. I didn’t have to look far to find an autobiography.  I stumbled across Unthinkable in my  local library, and I am so glad that I did.  Neither self-pitying nor self-obsessed, Rigsby defines what it is  to come full circle after losing a part of oneself.  He expertly illustrates the crippling darkness of  depression and anxiety, the struggle of coping, and the magnificence of human resilience.  The reader  feels as though he or she is experiencing everything right beside Rigsby, from the finishing strides across  the finish line of the most grueling race to the palpable self-hatred that once crippled his soul.   Unthinkable is emotional in the utmost, yet gracefully confirms what it is to be human.   
PamT2u More than 1 year ago
Good story. Scott is honest and forthright about his shortcomings! His story is compelling! A must read.
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haven't read it yet