Fractured Not Broken

Fractured Not Broken

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BN ID: 2940150793293
Publisher: Kelly Schaefer
Publication date: 07/04/2015
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 290
Sales rank: 659,529
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

In 1998, Kelly Craig Schaefer won awards in the National Cheerleading competitions, but in 1999, when a drunk driver rendered her a quadriplegic, she lost all her athletic ability.

She has traveled to hundreds of Midwest schools to share her story, demonstrating how the human spirit, combined with personal faith and the support of loved ones, can overcome challenges and enable others to succeed beyond their wildest imagination.

Below are a few of the topics Kelly has spoken about, but her presentations can be geared toward the needs and demographics of your community.

• Change
• Consequences of drinking and driving
• Faith
• Recognizing the Silver Lining
• Maximizing Opportunities

While audiences differ in demographics, they all share a desire to be inspired, to learn, and to be motivated. Kelly is blessed that her story can help others. If any of the topics resonate with your organization’s needs, please contact her about a speaking engagement. She will accommodate your requests as her schedule permits.

Michelle Weidenbenner, Kelly's aunt and writer of Fractured Not Broken, is an award-winning and bestselling author who lives in northern Indiana. She pens stories that move her. Kelly's is close to her heart.

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beckvalleybooks More than 1 year ago
What an amazing story!! I have never read a book that took me through so many emotions. The book was really well written from start to finish, and had me wanting to keep going back to read a little bit more. Kelly is truly an unsung hero, and her family are amazing. When the accident first happened, it made me both upset and angry. Upset at the fact that both Kelly and Jason's lives were going to change so dramatically, and angry that this was caused by some silly man that didn't give a second thought to driving a vehicle under the influence of alcohol, even though he was told not to. As I read further into the story, I found I could only admire Kelly's determination and courage at the way she handled the change to her whole life, and also the sheer determination of her family to help her achieve everything she wants. I am so pleased that both Kelly and Jason had such amazing family and friends around them to help them cope with the changes to their bodies, and I hope they both go on to achieve everything they want. The highlight of the story for me was Kelly achieving her goal to become a teacher and how the children welcomed her with open arms and showed her so much love, and also her wedding. I hope that Kelly goes on to write a follow on book so that we can find out if she eventually got the children from the Congo and also how both her and Jason's recovery is. Everyone who complains about minor ailments and everyday problems should read Kelly's book because it really makes you sit up and think how lucky we are and what we can achieve if we put our minds to it.
AngelaMc1 More than 1 year ago
This was a book that I did not want to put down. I have been in a car wreck and actually was not supposed to live but here I am alive and well. Kelly's story was full of pain, hope, and inspiration. She went through a lot and I actually cried reading this story. Even being injured Kelly kept on going and did not give up like she could have. She did no let it define who she is. I really loved this story because I like all of the emotions in it. It took me from laughter to tears and that means it was a well written memoir. Loved it!
lifeasleels More than 1 year ago
I didn’t initially intend to read this book. The cover appealed to me, but what I kept hearing it be described as, wasn’t really something I thought I would like. Obviously, I ended up changing my mind and I am glad that I did. All of my life, I have looked up to Helen Keller. She was blind, deaf, and mute, yet she still manage to go to school, graduate college, and be a successful woman. That is one thing that kept replaying in my mind as I read Fractured Not Broken, because Kelly can be seen the same way. Unlike Helen Keller, Kelly wasn’t born with her “ability”. A horrific car crash (that I still cannot wrap my mind around having to witness in person) left her paralyzed and wheel chair bound (as well as a dead driver, and her brother with severe brain trauma.) Like Helen Keller, Kelly still managed to go to school, graduate college, and be a successful woman. She is a public speaker which I think is amazing and even more amazing is that she is a teacher. A teacher who I have no doubt in my mind is the best teacher to everyone around her – not just the children. My beliefs do not 100% fully align with Kelly’s, but I am a strong believer that our path is pre-determined and our life is full of lessons on the way to our destiny. I also believe all things happen for a reason. I could never imagine surviving all that Kelly survived (there were several times that I thought to myself that I could never do that, nor would I wish to survive through that) but she survived. She succeeded. She is a brilliant woman who is giving everyone such an amazing lesson. I love children and their innocence and we certainly get a sneak peek into that in Fractured Not Broken. I don’t care who you are. I don’t care what your abilities are. I don’t care what your beliefs are. What I do know is that you need to read this book.
rmcwentz More than 1 year ago
Wow, wow, wow is all I can say about Kelly Schaefer! She proves that strength is not physical, but mental. Her story is so inspirational. It’s hard enough finding your way when you are a young adult, but Kelly had to learn to become Kelly 2.0 and she triumphed! This story is such a touching one. Not just about Kelly’s strength, but her family’s strength too. You get a glimpse into their family unit and how it changed because of the accident.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A very real look at the struggles faced by a young athlete whose life is forever changed by a drunk driver
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Barbara Fanson for Readers' Favorite Fractured Not Broken is an inspirational story and a well-written book! Following a life-altering accident, Kelly Schaefer transforms from a non-willing participant to embracing her role and focusing on what she’s capable of doing, rather than her disabilities. I feel privileged to be included in the story of a tragic accident, recovery, and marriage. I walk around thinking about Kelly — even when I’m not reading the book! I roll over in bed and I realize Kelly can’t do that simple task. How lucky I am that I can remove the bed covers whenever I’m hot, something Kelly can’t do herself. I admire Kelly, the main character, for reminding physiotherapists that she is studying elementary education, and that she is not living in the past tense. What an interesting writing technique — to write the early chapters from four different points of view. Each chapter introduces a character, lets us get to know them, and understand their role in this tragic accident. I felt like the triage nurse, moving from victim to victim, analyzing their wounds and determining the extent of their injuries. The story seamlessly transitions from one character’s perspective to another without losing the reader. I was completely engrossed. I didn’t want to put the book down. Fractured Not Broken is a real page-turner. Such a moving and inspiring story, I am going to buy copies of this book to give to others who might be feeling down with the hope that Kelly Schaefer’s contagious and winning attitude will influence them as much as it has inspired me.
StacyMC More than 1 year ago
I received an advanced review copy, and I’m so glad I did! It’s been a while since I’ve read a book that I rushed to read every time I had a spare moment. I needed to know what was going to happen next with not only Kelly, but others in her life. Kelly’s story gripped me from the very beginning and I couldn’t put it down. I cried many times throughout, both tears of sadness and joy. At just nineteen, her life was forever changed by a drunk driver. A friend was killed, she was left a paraplegic, and her brother was left with major brain damage. A nightmare doesn’t begin to describe what their family went through beginning that horrible night. She shares the story not only from her own perspective, but also from the points of view of others, making the story even more gripping. It reads like a friend sharing her story over a cup of coffee. It’s not just a powerful story, but it’s told so well, too. Her entire family is full of heroes, and Kelly herself is one. She shares her struggles openly and well, making me feel like I’m right there with her. This is such an inspiring story of courage. Kelly went from thinking her life was over to overcoming so many obstacles and living a fuller life than many able-bodied people do. This is definitely a must read!
allromancereader More than 1 year ago
I was initially reluctant to join this book tour. I felt like Fractured Not Broken was too far from my intended genre, Contemporary Romance, to read and review on this blog. Boy was I wrong! This may not be a Contemporary Romance fiction book - but it's more. It's a real life love story! But I warn you, this book needs to come with a tissue warning - like a whole box full of tissues warning. I cried through most of this book - sad tears, angry tears, happy tears - all of them. And not a gentle little tear running down my face, but ugly eyes running, nose running, sinuses clogged, eyes puffy kind of crying. I read the book straight through - long into the night - because I just couldn't stop! It was that emotional, that compelling, can't put it down kind of reading! The book follows Kelly's journey from just before the accident pictured below changed her life. We get to know her as an older teen, a girl in her twenties struggling with educational and career decisions, and a career woman who meets and marries the love of her life. And do not get me wrong - this man IS the love of her life, and she is his. I love how Shawn's viewpoint is included, over a period of years, during which God seems to be continuing to place Kelly on his heart. I love how the book describes how Shawn and Kelly's relationship progresses, and how Shawn is deliberate in his questioning about how making Kelly a permanent part of his life will impact his life and his future. Shawn and Kelly's faith is a prominent part of this book and it's so refreshing to see people who live their faith boldly and openly. But, it's also realistic and showing that their perfect love story is still real - I laughed when the author describes the story of their first fight as a married couple - about peanuts in the grocery store! A lot of the book talks about Kelly's struggles with the adjustment to being a quadriplegic, both her emotional and physical struggles. It opens the readers eyes to the realities of how a quadriplegic lives and how even the simple things in life are often taken for granted that Kelly has to deal with differently. I can't imagine how she felt during those days but it's clear she became an inspiration to others - because that's how Shawn found her! And, as you see, I keep coming back to Shawn and Kelly's love story because it is such an inspirational part of the story. Just as Kelly, over time, sees herself as more than just her disability, through the words on the page, the reader sees Kelly as a person, a teacher, a motivational speaker, a wife, a daughter, a sister and not a disability. At times in the book, it easy to forget Kelly is a quadriplegic. It was a bit difficult at times to keep up with the change from first person (Kelly's words) to third person (when we see and hear the experiences of others in her family), but it didn't take away from the emotional impact that this book. This is an inspirational book that will make the reader want to be a better person, a better servant of God, and to find a marriage as inspirational and loving as clearly Shawn and Kelly's marriage is. I mean, look at the photo on the cover of the book - that's true happiness and love and you read about it all in this book.
Andrea_C More than 1 year ago
You never know what you are going to get with a memoir. Some are well-written; others, not so much. I have read most of Michelle Weidenbenner's fiction, though, so I was willing to give this one a shot. It was well worth every moment. Most of the story is told from Kelly's point of view. She feels free to let all of her emotions and thoughts pour out: the good, the bad, and the ugly. You get a very good sense of how she was feeling with every triumph and every pitfall along the way. Her story is so heartbreaking. I cannot even begin to fathom being out with friends one minute, and being a quadriplegic the next. To have all of those dreams shattered. And it isn't just her life that is affected. Her whole family. Her boyfriend. Her friends. The driver. The other passengers. That man's one bad decision cost so many people so much. It's no wonder that her faith was so strongly tested. If I had faith like that, mine would also be tested. She comes back to it, slowly but surely, as she struggles to reclaim her life. Her stubbornness and determination to do something with her life in spite of all of her challenges is incredible. Where most people would shut down, she somehow found the strength to open herself back up. I'm not saying that the whole back is happy go-lucky and that Kelly is riding around on magical rainbows. It's actually quite sad. There's a true roller coaster ride along her journey. Not all of it is pleasant. You're going to get choked up, if not completely crying, through many parts of the story, both happy and sad. You're going to feel frustrated and inspired. It could also force you to take a good look at yourself in the mirror. If a quadriplegic can do all of this, why can't you? I also loved how Kelly challenges you to look differently at people with disabilities. I have friends in wheelchairs. I have friends with other special needs, or perhaps their children have special needs. I teach young children, many of whom have special needs. But every time you hear about life from the point-of-view of a disabled person, it challenges your thoughts and actions. You think you are starting to understand, but really you can't. She provides another voice that needs to be heard. A good share of the book focuses on Kelly's relationship with God. Some people may be turned off by some of this, but it is an essential part of her story. It also isn't preachy. She isn't telling you that you need to join this church NOW to get yourself healed. She is simply sharing how her relationship impacted her journey. Whether or not you have a strong relationship with God, I think you can get a lot out of Kelly's story. It's well-written. It's interesting. It's emotional. It's just good. I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. This review was originally published at Uplifting Reads.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Unbelievably well written - love knowing the full story and count myself lucky to know this wonderful lady. God Bless!