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In an Instant: A Family's Journey of Love and Healing

by Lee Woodruff

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    Fading Scars by Paige Day (ashleyludwig)
    ashleyludwig: As with In an Instant - Fading Scars is told with blunt honesty on how lives are forever changed. There is more to be told than just the immediate injury. Recovery is a long, often paralyzing process.Day deftly guides readers through how their family found a new normal.… (more)
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I saw Bob(Robert)Woodruff interviewed on television talking about the numbers of soldiers coming back from serving in Iraq etc, with traumatic brain injury. He has had an amazing recovery but it's not like that for everyone. Wiki article on Woodruff here; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob_Woodruff
  velvetink | Mar 31, 2013 |
TV reporter Bob Woodruff was critically injured by a bomb in Iraq. He and his wife tell their story about his road to recovery. I'm not a big fan of memoirs about a life event. Sometimes they're great, but they just aren't my style. Lee and Bob retrace the early days of their marriage when they moved from China to various states as Bob moved up the media food chain. They went through an incredible ordeal, but kept everything in perspective by sharing stories about families who weren't as fortunate as they were. ( )
  bookworm12 | Apr 19, 2010 |
This was an excellent book detailing Bob's recovering from the traumatic brain injury he suffered in Iraq, as well as weaving in elements of their courtship, marriage, and subsequent life. The only criticism I have is that sometimes the jumps between present time and past events were confusing. ( )
  schatzi | Sep 20, 2009 |
Absolutely one of the best books I have ever read. It's a story of war and injuries suffered from war, but more importantly it's a story of courage, love, strength, family, friends, and faith. Thank you so much Lee & Bob! ( )
  akanana | Apr 7, 2008 |
From the moment I started reading it, if I wasn't sleeping, working or driving, I was reading this book. Lee and Bob's honesty in dealing with their feelings during this crisis is what makes this a compelling read. ( )
  publicjill | Feb 11, 2008 |
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A good listen--the alternating voices of the 2 authors and the clear dates/locations at the start of each chapter made it easy to follow. They had interesting lives before he was hit by an IED in Iraq. Interesting insights into the journalistic world and how it impacts families.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0812978250, Paperback)

In January 2006, Lee and Bob Woodruff seemed to have it all–a happy marriage, four beautiful children, and marvelous careers. Bob had just been named co-anchor of ABC’s World News Tonight, but then, while he was embedded with the military in Iraq, an improvised explosive device went off near the tank he was riding in. He and his cameraman, Doug Vogt, were hit, and Bob suffered a traumatic brain injury that nearly killed him.

In an Instant is the frank and compelling account of how Bob and Lee Woodruff’s lives came together, were blown apart, and then were miraculously put together again–and how they persevered, with grit but also with humor, through intense trauma and fear. More than a dual memoir of love and courage, In an Instant is an important, wise, and inspiring guide to coping with tragedy–and an extraordinary drama of marriage, family, war, and nation.

#1 New York Times Bestseller

“Gripping . . . The Woodruffs’ devotion to each other is palpable. . . . [In an Instant is] a remarkably lucid, even engrossing story of . . . Bob Woodruff’s recovery, interwoven with tales from his marriage and family life.”
–San Jose Mercury News

“Both Woodruffs [shoot] from the hip, writing with candor about their ordeal and describing it with an intimacy that couldn’t be captured on camera. . . . Their frankness heightens the book’s impact.”
–The New York Times

“Extraordinary . . . All sorts of themes thread their way through this frank, inspiring book: courage in the face of adversity; the pursuit of career at the expense of family; the bravery of foreign correspondents; the fortitude of female friendship. . . . Woodruff’s survival story comforts.”
–The Seattle Times

“A testimony to the power of the human spirit, to the catharsis of love and to infinite hope.”
–The Oklahoman

www.bobwoodrufffamilyfund.org

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"Lee Woodruff, along with her husband, Bob Woodruff, shares the couple's never-before-told story of romance, resilience, and survival following the tragedy that transformed their lives and gripped a nation. In an Instant is the account of how Bob and Lee's lives came together, were blown apart, and then were miraculously put together again - and how they persevered, with grit but also with humor, through intense trauma and fear." "For the first time, the Woodruffs reveal the details of Bob's terrible injuries and his remarkable recovery. We learn that Bob's return home was not an end to the journey but the first step into a future he and Lee have learned not to fear but to be grateful for."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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