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Gratitude in Motion: A True Story of Hope, Determination, and the Everyday Heroes Around Us

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It was a beautiful fall day in Connecticut when Colleen Kelly Alexander, a lifelong athlete, rode her bike home from work. She had survived both a diagnosis of lupus and brain surgery, had a fulfilling career, and was married at last to the love of her life. Everything was good as she coasted along, meeting the eyes of a truck driver as he approached the stop sign beside h ...more
Hardcover, 296 pages
Published January 16th 2018 by Center Street
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Ron S
Feb 20, 2018 rated it liked it
A memoir about positivity and gratitude in the face of incredible, incomprehensible loss. Run over by a freight truck while riding home from work, Colleen Alexander beat impossible odds to return to participate in running events and triathlons, fundraising and acting as a spokesperson for the Red Cross on the way. The injuries Ms Alexander has had to endure are unfathomable; if she lived the rest of her days a bitter opioid addict she'd have every right to do so. And yet inspired by Nobel laurea ...more
Joan
Feb 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
I cannot imagine being hit and then run over by a freight truck – both front and back tires – hearing the truck accelerate away. Her body ripped apart, she died twice, had 78 pints of blood, was in a medically induced coma for a month (she had nightmares during it), and had surgery after surgery. She suffered through wound care and infections. And then? She competed in the disabled section of the Timberman half Ironman event in Hew Hampshire, even though she had to change her wound dressings bet ...more
W. Whalin
Mar 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An Amazing Story Captured in the Pages of this book

It is a miracle that Colleen Kelly Alexander is alive much less living a full and vibrant life. This story is a page-turner from the opening pages until the final page. I loved reading this book.

Here’s a short example of some of the extra-ordinary insights in this book:

“We all bleed red. It was a statement that encapsulated this journey. As someone who had grown up a bit afraid of anyone different from me, it now felt like a giant hug from God
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RoseMary Griffith
Feb 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Gratitude in Motion is not as attitude-changing as reading a non-fiction like Randy Pausch’s The Last Lecture. However, this book was a page turner because you want to understand how Ms. Alexander lived through getting run over by a freight truck—both front and back tires.

Yes, run over. Not hit, not blown off the road by the wind force of a big truck. The driver literally looked her in the eye, pulled in front of her, ran over her and tried to flee the scene.

There were times I found the narrativ
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Briana Ehnes
Apr 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Inspirational story, compelling narrative, and optimistic feel good vibes - even though Colleen has been faced with more adversity than many could bear. I really enjoyed this book and liked her message...life is precious, and gratitude really is the key to happiness. Also makes you appreciate all the unsung heroes in the world (nurses, physios, EMTs and other first responders, etc.)! Definitely worth a read if you're looking for a dose of motivation!
Sarah
Feb 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"Gratitude in Motion" is one of the most inspiring books I have ever read. I connected with Colleen and her struggles on such a different level. I was in awe of her dedication to never give up, to keep fighting and to keep going. She is an inspiration to us all. I found her memoir to be heartbreaking, raw, thoughtful and honest. She makes no excuses for her life and will live it to the fullest. You can't get through this book without tissues. I think what I loved most about this book, is it will ...more
Beth
Mar 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Emotion without action is irrelevant

Graphic and horrifying Colleen was gutted and did not give up or give in. The strength of love and the human spirit exemplified.
Christine
Feb 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What a pleasure to meet and hear Colleen speak last year at the ACMA conference in King of Prussia, and now to read her story of survival and gratitude.

Live your life with purpose and the way you want and always with Love.
Lila
Feb 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
I don’t think I’ve ever felt more motivation, inspiration, and thankfulness for what I have in one single book before! “Gratitude in Motion” is absolutely amazing. I recently was diagnosed with a stress fracture, and not allowed to run for about a month. For me, that seemed totally devastating. Colleen’s story put that all in perspective. Imagine not just being able to run, but not being able walk, get out of bed, dress, or even use the bathroom on your own - and to get to this state after being ...more
Jaina Rose
Jul 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This review and many more like it are available on Read Till Dawn .

What an inspiration. Truly, Colleen survived the unthinkable and managed not only to regain her will to live despite horrific injuries but to find inspiration and strength in overcoming it.

First, a word to the more squeamish readers: she spares no punches. Her descriptions of her injuries and treatments are brutally specific. Much of her body was completely ripped to shreds, and she underwent lots of excruciating and humiliati
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Monica
Feb 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Gratitude In Motion is the true story of Colleen Kelly Alexander. Alexander is a regular person like you and I--except she has survived some truly big challenges in her life. Alexander survived both a lupus diagnosis and brain surgery. Then, not long after marrying the love of her life, Alexander was riding her bike home from work when a truck driver ran a stop sign and then ran her over. I can't imagine surviving that, but she did. Not only, did she survive but she went on to continue her athle ...more
Joe Rohaly
Feb 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Stories about people who overcome personal adversity are among my favorites. The latest such story that I read is Gratitude in Motion, by Colleen Kelly Alexander. As many biographies do the author begins describing her life as a young person. She describes her first love, and her faith in God. Her parents were very strict Baptist and conveyed their own faith beliefs to her. She does little to describe her athletic prowess but does mention that her father taught her to love bicycles because he ra ...more
Susan Mills
Oct 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What an inspirational woman. I heard about Colleen a few weeks ago at a pre-race dinner for the wineglass Half Marathon I was running. She was the speaker for the dinner and when I briefly read that she had been in a horrific accident and was going to talk about her recovery I thought it could be interesting as running does not come easy to me.
Her talk left me in tears as she talked about her accident and what it did to her. To com back form such devastation is nothing short of a miracle. I kne
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Camee
May 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Gratitude in Motion is the awe inspiring story of how Colleen Alexander was hit by a truck while commuting on her bike and her amazing recovery from that day on. The accident was absolutely horrendous, and as I read the detailed account all I could think was "how did she even survive?!?". Alexander describes the nightmarish first few hours and then the months and months of surgery and physical therapy it took for her to get to an OK place. I was inspired by the strangers who rushed to her side a ...more
Bp
Apr 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Gratitude is such an important part of my life so I was intrigued by the title. Then when I read the description of what this lady had been through I wanted to read it. Colleen does a good job sharing her story. I cannot even imagine the pain both physically and emotionally that she has endured. What a remarkable story of perseverance! Colleen has many amazing heroes who have played a role in her story. Now Colleen shares her story and encourages others to be heroes, like through donating blood. ...more
Carol
May 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Gratitude In Motion Is a story of loss and strength, a story of restoration and Faithfullness. A story of suffering and healing. This book is a dichotomy and I love it so much. Can you imagine being run over by a freight truck and all that entails for her? All the trauma that she had to go through and rehab? Will she have anyone special in her life to help her through it? Will she be able to hold strong and make it through it all? Will she find answers with GOD? I received a copy of this book fr ...more
Natasha ♥
Jul 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
To be honest, I'm not sure how or why this book ended up in my hands but I'm sure glad it did. This book is amazing and I almost cried multiple times... Like literally. Seeing someone else with Lupus was already enough to hook me to this book, but all the other issues and triumphs within this memoir were mind blowing. This is an inspiring read and it encourages a fight for life and a hunger for positivity. Colleen is truly an inspiration and I can't wait to buy my own copy of this book. I'll nev ...more
Kimberlee
Aug 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
I heard Colleen speak at the hospital where I work recently, and a colleague bought her book. I found the book inspirational and practical. Colleen tells her life story, pre-trauma, then details about the accident, and then most of the book is post-trauma. What do you do when your life certainly isn't how it's supposed to be? She is honest and talks about times of frustration and pain. She does not sugarcoat. She ends the book with practical ways that the reader can be a hero. She is humble when ...more
Maire
Jan 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Colleen Kelly Alexander's story is one of inspiration, determination, and true grit. She manages to find hope in dark places and teaches others to do the same. This story is not for the faint of heart - she shares intimate details of her injuries and the aftermath those injuries cause. At the end of the day, we can all benefit from her lessons in celebrating the heroes in our own lives and learning how to show gratitude for even the littlest of things.
Tara
May 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
this book was a Mother's Day gift. Arrived on my Birthday. inscribed by the author, "Love is always louder." I couldn't put it down. I give it 5 stars not because of the writing, but because of the gratitude, joy and inspiration it offered. This book left me feeling hopeful and grateful. Wow. Yes, love it always louder. Thank you for you sharing your story, Colleen!! and thanks for your example of hope and gratitude.
Clarice
Jul 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Gratitude in Motion

Truly an uplifting and well- written journey of a spirited young woman and her faithful and loving husband. Such an awesome example of what a marriage should be and an example of how thankful we all should be with what God has blessed us with whether physical ability or friends and family in our lives. She shows us that life is filled with choices and it’s up to us which direction we choose to head.
Kim
Jul 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Think!

Colleen Kelly Alexander is beyond remarkable and brave. This book is a figurative "smack upside the head", "glass of cold water in the face" for people to THINK about what they are doing and how they are living. Way too many of us seem to suffer from "comatose of the soul". And our lack of attention to our surroundings poses many physical and emotional dangers. This story is piercing in its ability to break one out of their stupor.
Sharon Royle
Sep 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This memoir is so incredibly honest! She makes mistakes in her personal life but finally finds the career for which she finds passion. However, the main story is about her passion for overcoming a devastating bicycle/truck accident. She details the many times she wanted to give up and the wonderful husband who sacrifices everything else to be by her side through it all.

An inspiring read for sure!
Christine Shouldis
Dec 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Amazing book. Throughout my reading of it, I was in constant awe that a person could continue to express gratitude and love in the wake of an unspeakable tragedy. Great for someone to read even if they're not into cycling. Inspiring book.
Mia Pia
Feb 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Highly recommend this read! This is a page turner! You feel Colleen's pain, elation, frustration and excitement. Colleen is a personable person and you enjoy her story and root on her through the whole book and continue into the future.
Robin
Jul 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book was phenomenal! I have always been an avid blood donor and this books makes me glad for that. Her story of faith and determination and continuing to press on in the midst of so many obstacles is so inspiring and motivating!!
Janice Kmetz
Jan 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely amazing memoir about perseverance and the will to live. I couldn’t put this book down. Thank you for sharing your story.
Jamie Holloway
Jan 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Awesome and inspirational book.
Kathy
Feb 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Unbelievable story!!! I have no words!! I wish I could give it 10 stars!! Read this book!!
Fitsum
Mar 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
So inspirational and truly amazing book. One of my fav for 2018! Keep pushing. Keep being you. Nothing will stop you!
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