Book Review: Still Walking by Rob Oliver

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Still Walking by Rob Oliver
Genre: Memoir
ISBN: 978-0578073842
Published: 2010
Publisher: Rob Oliver
Pages: 128


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”. 

My Thoughts

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.




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  1. Nikky44 May 10, 2012 at 9:01 pm - Reply

    Thank you very much for introducing this book. I will certainly ask if i can get it. In fact, I only go buy memoirs, biography or books on self help, so i am very interested!!
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    • thesocialfrog May 10, 2012 at 9:09 pm - Reply

      Thank you for visiting Nikky44. I love when I read a book and it can change some of my perceptions of my own life and make me think. Sometimes when we think we have it bad, it really is not. I hope you do get it & read it!
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  2. Dave M. Saha May 11, 2012 at 2:45 am - Reply

    What an interesting book and review. I’ve been into biographies and memoirs too lately. This book definitely sounds like something I’d love to read. And, what’s great, it’s short! I am a horribly slow reader so that is a plus. I will make sure to pick this book up and place it on my “to read” list. It’s really quite long right now. lol

    Best wishes.
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    • thesocialfrog May 11, 2012 at 3:11 pm - Reply

      It really packs so much in, in such a short read. It was easy reading too & I did not want to put it down. Yes, my reading list is huge and I’ve not been doing my usual reading the last few months! Need to get back into the swing. Thank you for visiting & commenting.
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  3. Janaki Nagaraj May 11, 2012 at 2:38 pm - Reply

    I too love to read biographies…cause it is about a life led and has a lot to offer..will grab this one.

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