The autobiography of Rob Oliver. At 21 years old, Rob was paralyzed in a body surfing injury. Faced with major life questions, he was forced to reassess his whole outlook. The book chronicles his experiences, looks at his attitude and shares the lessons he’s learned. Rob talks about his rehabilitation, returning home and moving forward with his life. The book shows his determination to “Live Life to the Fullest”. The writing is straightforward and honest and the stories are engaging. Not only is it easy reading, it’s one of those books that is hard to put down. You’ll smile, your heart will be touched, but most of all you’ll be inspired. By the end of the book, you’ll agree that, paralyzed or not, Rob Oliver is “Still Walking”.
One of my more favorite genres to read are memoirs/biographies because I love the personal journey each one takes me on. I love to read peoples truths. When asked by Rob himself, if I wanted to review the book I jumped on it.
As I read through Rob’s personal journey, I wondered if I could be as kind and gracious and find as much humor in the situations as he did. Would the grace & love of God sustain me? Robs new life happened suddenly, when life was supposed to be carefree and fun, on vacation. It started off like all the others when he was seriously injured body surfing. Anyone would ask themselves “why me”? Rob had the choice to either slump deep into depression or choose to live a new life. A rebirth in a way, having to learn to do things again due to the injury causing him to be paralyzed.
His now wife whom he was dating at the time is an amazing woman and it is so easy to see that God placed the two of them together, perfectly. Both rocks for each other when they needed it. She could have left and he would have understood. Rob brings us through his incredibly road from healing to rebuilding his new life, lessons learned, the importance of family, friends and most of all the comfort he drew from his faith in God. There is much to take from Robs book to apply to ones own life. We all struggle and deal with tragic things. What makes us different is how we each handle it.
Still Walking is a fast read but very worth it! I highly recommend this book to everyone.