Twenty-one years ago, 50-year-old Jack Rushton was boogie boarding at Laguna Beach with his family when he had an accident that instantly paralyzed him from the neck down. As Jack struggled to adjust to life in a wheelchair, he realized that he could reach out to people through his words. Through his observations, Jack has touched the lives of family, friends, and many others all over the world. It s Good to Be Alive contains the best of Jack s insights on topics such as spiritual paralysis, encouragement, death, and happiness. Funny, inspiring, and down-to-earth, this book will ultimately help you realize that it really is good to be alive.
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On August 1, 1989, while enjoying an afternoon with his family in Laguna Beach, California, Jack bodysurfed a small, seemingly harmless wave toward the shore. Unexpectedly, the wave drove him into the sand head first. Since that day, he has been paralyzed from the neck down and ventilator dependent. Jack s cheerful attitude amidst such a trial has helped others reach beyond themselves and become better people. Jo Anne, his wife, serves him day and night, washing, dressing, feeding him, and attending to all of his highly specialized needs. Even though Jack is dependent on those around him for much of his physical needs, he still retains the sharp mind and loving spirit that has carried him through his life. All that is Jack remains unchanged. Jack Rushton's resilient attitude, combined with service and zest for living, has proven to edify everyone around him. He inspires others to readjust their attitude about their present situation, whatever it might be. Jack and his wife are the parents of six children and reside in Southern California.
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