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Unmeasured Strength

A Story of Survival and Transformation

This book can be downloaded and read in iBooks on your Mac or iOS device.


In this update to the 2011 New York Times Bestselling book, the reader will find:
• Timely new information about Manning's struggles within the healthcare system
• Additional details about the author's childhood
• And an emotional new essay from the author about her father, who died shortly after the book's publication

A survivor's awe-inspiring story of how she overcame tragedy and re-created herself as a wife, mother, and woman

She was a hardworking business woman, had a loving husband and an infant son, and a confidence born of intelligence and beauty. But on 9/11, good fortune was no match for catastrophe. When a wall of flame at the World Trade Center burned more than 80 percent of her body, Lauren Manning began a ten-year journey of survival and rebirth that tested her almost beyond human endurance.

Long before that infamous September day, Manning learned the importance of perseverance, relentless hard work, and a deep faith in oneself. So when the horrific moment of her near-death arrived, she possessed the strength and resilience to insist that she would not yield—not to the terrorists, not to the long odds, not to the bottomless pain and exhaustion. But as the difficult months and years went by, she came to understand that she had to do more than survive. She needed to undergo a complete transformation, one that would allow her to embrace her life and her loved ones in an entirely new way.

Fleeing the burning tower, Manning promised herself that she would see her son's face again. Courageous and inspiring, Unmeasured Strength tells the riveting story of her heroic effort to make that miracle—and so many others—possible.

Customer Reviews


An amazing story! I had trouble setting the book down! Lauren is an inspiration!!!! We can all learn something from this.

Extremely inspiring!

After reading Lauren's husband, Greg's book back in 2002, I was excited to learn that Lauren had written a book from her perspective of her horrific injury, her first critical weeks, and all the way thru their second little boy being born. If we all try to model ourselves with just one of Lauren's many strong willed, never give up attitudes, the world would be a much better place because we would all be happy and at peace instead of struggling day after day with the unrest in our hearts.

This is a story for anyone and everyone who has ever faced adversity, whether small, large, or appearing insurmountable. It will leave all the readers with a sense that with hope, faith, love, and a positive attitude, anything is possible!

Thank you, Lauren, for sharing a decade of your life's story with us...and I am so happy for you that your journey had a happy ending!

Unmeasured Strength

I thought this book was well written by Lauren Manning. I would never take away from her struggle or the pain and agony she endured to heal from the horrific tragedy she suffered.

There were a couple of things I found notable: she continually talked about how she fought to get better for her son. As a mother of three children, I do understand that, however I felt as though she did not give enough importance or credit to her husband. Yes, she mentioned several times throughout the book how grateful she was to him, but the overarching emphasis and focus was on her son. If I were Greg, I would have felt less than. It seems as though she could have at least lumped them together as a unit and given Greg as much importance in her life as Tyler.

Secondly, there were several not-so-subtle references to her privileged life, which may make the book less relatable to some readers.

Overall, I applaud her resilience and her determination.

Unmeasured Strength
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  • $9.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Biographies & Memoirs
  • Published: Aug 30, 2011
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
  • Seller: Macmillan
  • Print Length: 272 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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