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  • By Shirley Cheng
    Dec 19, 2014
    "5 out of 5 Stars" Review by M. Wayne Cunningham, ForeWord CLARION Reviews If there is ever to be a poster person for people with ultra-abilities, it would have to be twenty-four-year-old Shirley Cheng. The author has turned her disabilities into an ultra-ability and written the awe-inspiring Embrace Ultra-Ability! Cheng's slim but power-packed motivational guide delivers what it promises with its wisdom, insights, and motivation. It is a volume to be read, re-read, and treasured for its originality, readability, and courageous approach to dealing with life's adversities, and from an individual who has had far more than her fair share of them. Cheng is a first-class role model for taking the cards one is dealt in life and turning them into a winning hand. With clinical objectivity and without a sniffle of self-pity she describes the setbacks she suffered at eleven months of age when she contracted severe juvenile rheumatoid arthritis and later when she became fully blind at... More > age seventeen. The story of how she overcame these disabilities as well as several misdiagnoses by medical practitioners, other attempts by legal authorities to rip her from her single mother's custody, and a delayed start in her formal education, is an inspiration for all readers-sighted, blind, abled or ultra-abled. Among Cheng's achievements are several books she has authored, edited, and designed, including a work co-authored with self-help icons such as Wayne Dyer, Tony Robbins, and Brian Tracy. She also does motivational tours and runs her own Web site. Cheng's basic philosophy is, "If I have succeeded, so can you." She lays out in detail the guidelines to follow and the criteria to observe to obtain spiritual fulfillment, happiness, love, and respect, among other benefits. She stresses, however, that it is the reader who must take ultimate responsibility for his or her own physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being. With typical humility she refers to her volume as only a basic guidebook. But it is a guidebook full of sage advice, helpful exercises, common sense analyses, and tough love prescriptions in chapters such as, "Go For Your Gold Medals in Life," memorable anecdotes from her life experiences, and two more detailed stories, one about her own birth, the other about her mother's custody battle to keep her, that are gems of classic storytelling. The latter is also frightening because of what could have happened if Mrs. Cheng had not been able to stave off the misdiagnosed medical procedures with which her daughter was threatened. It seems that bravery and persistence are common threads with the Cheng women. The author's attitude toward life's obstacles is perhaps best summed up in the following quotation from her chapter, "Always a Tomorrow," about everyone's need for hope. It is a mantra well suited for others to follow too: "No mountain is high enough to hold me back; no wind is strong enough to blow me down. There are stars I must reach; there are roads I must take, and with my blooming hope inside, I spread my wings wide to embrace all that tomorrow will bring."< Less
  • By Shannon Yarbrough
    Oct 15, 2009
    "EMBRACE ULTRA-ABILITY" If you visit Shirley Cheng’s website, you’ll soon discover she is a very unique individual with an inspirational story that will definitely touch you in some way. Shirley was born in 1983 and diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis before she was even one year old. Due to years of hospitalization in both China and America, Shirley received no formal education until she was eleven years old. In public school, she suffered from abuse at the hands of public school aides. At the age of seventeen, she lost her eyesight. Today, Shirley is a motivational speaker, poet, and an author of a handful of books all available through Lulu. Shirley’s book, Embrace Ultra-Ability, presents over 20 chapters of the author’s own personal advice on focusing in on the world around you in order to achieve personal success. From learning to appreciate nature to developing your own spirituality, Shirley teaches the reader to focus on the simple everyday parts of life that those... More > of us who are not handicapped often take for granted. My favorite chapter in the book is called “A Matter of Time.” Shirley begins the chapter by asking the reader if they would like the power to look into the future. Who wouldn’t? Psychic power is something many of us seek out as a novelty, astounded when predictions often do come true, a power many of us wish we had. However, Shirley embraces the opposite. “But after carefully considering it, I would like to keep the future a secret instead,” Shirley writes. Why spoil the surprise of life, she stresses. She continues: While we hope for a bright tomorrow, we need to capture our time right now before it slips away between the cracks of everyday rushes. The best way to capture time is to cherish every minute of your existence. Yep, it’s a broad realization, right? But so true. I often dread facing another work week when Monday gets here, anxious for the weekend, only to look back and wonder where the weeks went to because they flew by so fast. And so is life, passing me by quicker and quicker every year, which is why I found Shirley’s book to be a nice bit of encouragement to take time out everyday, slow down, and appreciate the simple things in life I am fortunate enough to have. Embrace Ultra-Ability is not a sad book written by someone who is misfortunate and asking for your sympathy. Sure, her words and story are truly compassionate and will definitely touch you, but Ms. Cheng is a motivational and kindred spirit that we can all learn from. The title of her book says it all. We should ignore our inabilities in life, and turn them into ultra-abilities that will work in our favor and make us a better person. I have no doubt that reading this Lulu book is a great start to achieving just that! Read the full review at!< Less
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Shirley Cheng
May 23, 2009
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
0.67 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
6 wide x 9 tall
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