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Get Off Your “But”: How to End Self- Sabotage and Stand Up for Yourself
by Sean Stephenson
(Jossey-Bass, $20)


THE TRIALS that Sean Stephenson has endured would be enough to test even the most resilient spirit. Expected to die at birth, Stephenson was diagnosed with osteogenesis imperfecta, a rare disorder that causes bones to be extremely brittle and growth to be stunted. By the age of 18, he had fractured more than 200 bones from activities as simple as sneezing. But Stephenson, who is just three feet tall and uses a wheelchair, has chosen to look at his disorder as a gift rather than a burden.

Now a board-certified clinical psychotherapist and an inspirational speaker, Stephenson has written a book called Get Off Your “But,” a guide for overcoming negativity and finding happiness in life. “Until you own your life -- the good and the bad -- you’re like a beached fish flopping around on land,” Stephenson writes. “You can move all you want, but you’re not going anywhere.” Stephenson’s anecdotes and advice will inspire, challenge, and motivate readers to eliminate excuses and take control of their lives.