A Life Not With Standing

A Memoir by Chava Willig Levy

A Life Not With Standing

Advance Praise

“Chava Willig Levy has written a brilliant, difficult, funny, passionate, illuminating and inspirational memoir. I have never read a book quite like it. A Life Not with Standing will convince any skeptics who read it of the age-old truth, ignored for so long by our society, that people who are disabled in one way are full of abilities—extraordinary ones in Chava Willig Levy’s case—in so many other ways.”

—    Senator Joseph Lieberman, former Senator of Connecticut

“Chava Willig Levy has woven a gripping, poignant tale of perseverance and faith.”

—    Richard M. Joel, President, Yeshiva University

We’re still here … has become the battle cry of polio survivors. Few of us, however, are here with the grace and intelligence of Chava Willig Levy. Don’t expect self-aggrandizing ‘Look what I’ve overcome!’ in this memoir. Instead, Levy’s book is full of good humor, of appreciation for her Orthodox family’s unending support, of her knowledge, appreciation and love of music, and of the blessings of marriage and family. Of course, Levy relates her life—medical issues, the desire for love—with frankness, but she writes everywhere with warmth and grace. She also offers an interesting take on the evolving perception of disability, making real the philosophy of Viktor Frankl: ‘When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.’ A Life Not with Standing is a story about polio and disability, yes, but it is also a story of love, of music, of family, of the Jewish faith, and of a life fully lived.”

—    Gary Presley, author of Seven Wheelchairs and The View from Down Here: Collected Essays

“There are memoirs that entertain, edify, even inspire, and then there are life stories that have the power to transform. A Life Not with Standing is an honest and gripping retelling of one woman’s life that will change the way you think, feel and live—all for the better.”

—    Rivkah Slonim, Education Director, The Rohr Chabad Center for Jewish Student Life at Binghamton University. Author of Total Immersion: A Mikvah Anthology and Bread and Fire: Jewish Women Find God in the Everyday