Monday, September 24, 2007

Bonnie St. John is one of the nation’s leading inspirational speakers and has been featured on the Today Show, Montel Williams, CNN, Good Morning America, as well as People magazine, the New York Times, Essence, and many others.

Despite the amputation of her leg at age five, she became a silver and bronze medalist in downhill skiing in the 1984 Paralympics at Innsbruck, Austria, making her the first African-American to win Olympic medals in skiing. She went on to graduate with honors from Harvard University, win the Rhodes Scholarship, and was appointed to the White House National Economic Council.

As the President of her own company, Bonnie now focuses on bringing out the best in others through coaching, motivational speaking for corporations and associations as well as writing books and articles. Her books include: Succeeding Sane, Getting Ahead at Work without Leaving Your Family Behind, and Money: Fall Down? Get Up! Bonnie lives and prays in New York City with her daughter, Darcy.

Please visit her web site,, where you can download a copy of a Starbucks Cup with her famous quote about falling down and getting up, join her “Circle of Friends,” download a copy of the prayer guide, and many other inspirational online materials.

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How Strong Women Pray

In Bonnie’s new book, How Strong Women Pray, she mentions the day she realized that most people knew her as “a strong woman, an inspirational speaker, a one-legged Olympic ski champion, a Rhodes Scholar and former White House official,” but hardly any knew of the importance of prayer in her life or that she even prayed at all. That day she set out to interview other strong women that she admired who may also have been privately powered by prayer and she was shaken and inspired by the overwhelming outcome.

Women from their twenties to their nineties, ranging from athletes to politicians to poets and mothers, poured out their hearts to Bonnie about the importance of prayer in their worlds and despite their differences, their prayer lives were very similar. They prayed anywhere and everywhere: in cars, bathrooms, beds, gyms, planes, and offices. In How Strong Women Pray, incredible women like Maya Angelou, Barbara Bush and Edie Falco, open up and talk candidly about their prayers. Bonnie says the experience of interviewing more than 25 fascinating women about prayer has changed her entire life and she has learned that “prayer is simply the desire to be closer to God.”

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