The Little Big Things by Henry Fraser
The memoir of the year by Henry Fraser, motivational speaker and mouth artist with a foreword by J.K. Rowling.
Being challenged in life is inevitable, but being defeated is optional…
Henry Fraser was 17 years old when a tragic accident severed his spinal cord. Paralysed from the shoulders down, he has conquered unimaginable difficulty to embrace life and a new way of living. Through challenging adversity, he has found the opportunity to grow and inspire others.
This book combines his wisdom and insight into finding the gifts in life’s challenges, and will resonate with anyone facing an obstacle, no matter how big or small. It includes Henry’s thoughts on how to look at the right things and avoid the wrong, finding progress in whatever you do, and acknowledging and accepting the darkness when it comes. Right at the heart of Henry’s inspiring philosophy is his belief that every day is a good day.
This is such an inspiring book, if you are having a bad day then this is a perfect book for you. Henry is an inspiration in getting through the really tough times and proving life is exactly what you make of it.
This was a book I listened to as an audiobook and it was narrated by Henry himself, which I think always adds to a non-fiction read.
The book goes from Henry being your average teenage boy who is healthy and happy to the accident that took is all away. It doesn’t shy away from the difficult bits and it was a little hard in places, but if he could live through it then I could sure as hell listen to it.
But it was the rise and life after, the determination of Henry that really grabs you by the throat. And for someone in my position whose life is restricted by ill-health, it was motivational, it reminds you that life is indeed what you make of it. No matter what hand you have been dealt.
I would most definitely recommend this book, especially as an audiobook. Listen, be humbled by life and end it feeling great about what is in front of you, about what you can achieve, because Henry does.