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Janine Shepherd

speaker. author. change agent 
 

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Janine Shepherd

speaker. author. change agent 
 

De.fi.ant

a daring or bold resistance to any opposing force

“A broken body is not a broken person”

Defiant chronicles the remarkable life of Janine Shepherd, an elite ski racer whose bid to represent Australia in the Olympics was cut short by a tragic accident. She recalls the ten days she hovered between life and death, faced with the difficult choice to let go or return to a body that would never be whole again. After six months in hospital battling to rehabilitate her permanent disabilities, she not only taught herself to walk again—she earned her wings as both a pilot and an aerobatics instructor.

Happily married and raising three children, her life was again upended when she was forced to face a painful divorce, the loss of her home, and financial ruin. Undaunted, Janine persevered in managing her again-reinvented life as a single mom, as well as celebrated author and international speaker.

Janine Shepherd shares with candor and compassion the practical lessons she has learned throughout her continuing journey. Defiant offers hope and encouragement for anyone facing a life challenge, sharing the author’s hard-won wisdom and priceless advice for navigating one’s way from loss to healing.

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DEFIANT: A Memoir 

The Exhilarating True Story of Unstoppable Perseverance on the Journey to Healing

Unexpected tragedy brings the author face to face with death and the destruction of the only future she ever dreamed of. From there, we join her in a great adventure and an unforgettable spiritual ride that inspires and amazes.
Harriet Lerner, PhD, author of The Dance of Anger

"Defiant asks the soulful question: ‘What are you going to do with your one precious human life?’ Janine beautifully answers by sharing her remarkable story of courage, spiritual intelligence, and determination. If despair dogs your every step, pick up this book. It will become your guide for living with openhearted possibility!”
Jono Fisher, founder, WakeUpProject.com

"Janine shows us how to defy the voices that warn us about our limits, no matter how well-meaning, and to go for more than we ever dared hope for."
David Richo, PhD, MFT, author of You Are Not What You Think: The Egoless Path to Self-Esteem and Generous Love (Shambhala, 2015)

Tedx Talk: "A Broken Body Isn't a Broken Person"

HER WORK

As an inspirational and motivational speaker, Janine works with some of the world's leading organisations.

“Janine had the whole room enthralled – her story is undeniably epic, and her delivery is animated and engaging. She clearly had a message to give which was relevant to all of us in both our personal and working lives: Go ahead and do what you want to do – never let anyone tell you never, never let the odds dissuade you from trying, and learn to love the challenge.

There were tears and laughter, and we loved every minute. I will definitely be reading her books!” — BP Australia