Born 10 weeks premature and requiring oxygen to survive, Gail Hamilton spent the first six weeks of her life within an incubator. Six months later doctors discovered that Gail had retrolental fibroplasia (RLF), an eye condition caused by the infusion of 100 percent pure oxygen. By age 11 she was completely blind.
Soaring into Greatness follows Gail's story as her outer visual world merged with her inner vision, forcing her to listen with her inner voice, to follow her heart and tune in to her intuition. Subjected to physical and emotional abuse, ostracized, and oftentimes feeling alone, Gail set out on a journey of the courage and perseverance it takes to find one's way through the darkness and soar.
"I believe my desire to fly must be bigger than my fear of falling. Vision is internal, not external, and is guided by my heart, not my eyes. In order to be free, to fly, I must want my dream, feel my dream, and believe that my dream will come true. Most importantly, I must live my dream. I am the creator of my destiny, the composer of my symphony, and I choose to live a life of greatness." (Gail L. Hamilton)
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"A beautiful story of someone who has overcome a physical handicap and changed it into a force that is an inspiration." (President Jimmy Carter)
What I liked most was her courage to say exactly what happened. What I liked least was that there seemed to be no closure to any of it.
That she was a victim throughout, and a sore loser after the pageant. The victim card got so old. So much was told about her traumatic experiences but we'll never know if anyone was confronted. It seems the elephant was brushed under the carpet and her family was excused once they saw her on the queen circuit.
On the queen circuit, when she didn't win, she exclaimed that more people were coming up to her to say congrats (etc) than the actual queen.....Not a gracious loser but a Sore loser. That was awful to hear. it cancelled out a lot for me.
Yes. I love her gentle voice.
In the beginning, yes. After her life of growing up, no.
Left me hanging but not wanting for more. I kept listening in the hopes that some justice would be had, or maybe she'd use the degree she worked so hard for, or even learn to stand up to her family and demand to be heard like she deserves. But alas, it wasn't to be. I think this book was written before any resolution happened.
A good listen makes for an amazing day!
It was awe-inspiring and motivating. So I'd say in the top 15 for sure.
Just the belief that one can soar as far as the heavens as long as they believe and work towards that goal.
I loved it. It did the amazing story justice!
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Really good not finish. Not worth the time it takes to download. "I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Blast."
Yes, It has insights into the way things use to be years ago with children and parenting. How it leaves it marks for a lifetime and how it is for a blind person.
Gail was my favorite character. She has so much courage and kept on swinging with those clay hands that she talks about at the end of the book.
I liked her way of changing voices and how she felt the authors love for her dogs..
Being in the dark.
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An amazing woman. From a rocky start as a newborn, to near blindness and an unsupportive family as a young child, to total blindness and being musically gifted as a young woman, she then becomes involved with a communal group which does help her to grow and learn to believe in herself.
Following this change in her outlook, she keeps testing herself and others until even the sky does not prove to be a limit.
Cindy Piller gave a wonderful performance in narrating this book.
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Male, mid 60 ish, over 1,000 helpful votes on Amazon, over 225 helpful votes Audible, own 500 + Audible books and over 10,000 Kindle books.
Yes, I'm only three quarters through this Audible edition. But I'm in awe of Gail's achievements and perseverance. I have to return to find out more from her story.
I'm not sure if Gail can actually recall her thoughts and feelings from such an early age or if it's creative license inspired by what family recall for her about the period, but the telling of her physical and emotional feelings as a newborn and soon after. Regardless it's very touching in the telling.
Gail, I'm certain. This is a first person autobiography after all.
I feel this is best listened to in several sittings. The material is very emotional in a positive manner. To be honest, it is a bit overwhelming in that sense. This is not a criticism, just an obsevation of my reaction.
An inspiring, heartwarming story about a very special person.
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