Flying without Wings: Personal Reflections on Loss, Disability, and Healing Audiobook, by Arnold R. Beisser Play Audiobook Sample

Flying without Wings: Personal Reflections on Loss, Disability, and Healing Audiobook

Flying without Wings: Personal Reflections on Loss, Disability, and Healing Audiobook, by Arnold R. Beisser Play Audiobook Sample
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Read By: Eric G. Dove Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 3.00 hours at 1.5x Speed 2.25 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: June 2022 Format: Unabridged Audiobook ISBN: 9798212024761

Quick Stats About this Audiobook

Total Audiobook Chapters:

16

Longest Chapter Length:

44:16 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

19 seconds

Average Chapter Length:

17:09 minutes

Audiobooks by this Author:

1

Publisher Description

At twenty-four, Arnold Beisser was a recent medical school graduate and a nationally ranked tennis player. But overnight a devastating bout of polio left him permanently paralyzed from the neck down and dependent on an iron lung to draw his next breath. Polio robbed Arnold Beisser of his strength, his athletic ability, and almost his life. Yet he discovered in this unthinkable trap not only the expected sadness and despair, but wonder, delight, and the pleasure of everyday living.

This is the wise, deeply moving, and warmly humorous account of Arnold Beisser’s search for a new life and meaning as he comes to terms with his disability and then transcends it … to practice psychiatry, to fall in love, truly to soar without wings. His spirit and determination to fight for happiness will inspire any listener faced with unbearable loss. Dr. Beisser shows us why the contrast between winner and loser, athlete and cripple, is in our minds much more than in our bodies. And he shares with us the experiences that taught him life’s greatest truth: nothing can keep you from love, laughter, meaningful work, or enlightenment—except yourself.

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“Give yourself a gift and read Flying Without Wings. You will be kinder, wiser, and more compassionate for having read it. I am.”

— Abigail Van Buren, creator of Dear Abby 

Quotes

  • “A book of blazing honesty and openness. It goes right to the heart of the reader.”

    — Norman Cousins, author of Anatomy of an Illness

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About Arnold R. Beisser

Arnold Beisser (1925–1991) was a graduate of Stanford University and its medical school. He was a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at UCLA, a Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, and a recipient of its Gold Achievement Award. He published over one hundred articles, reviews, book chapters, and books, including Madness in Sports and Mental Health Consultation.

About Eric G. Dove

Eric G. Dove is a multiple Earphones Award–winning narrator, and his credits include more than one hundred audiobooks. He is also an accomplished musician and a budding author, who published Ghosts of Royston in 2013. He is a graduate of Ohio State University.