Cover of the book featuring a picture of Rob finishing the M.S. RideI’m Not Here to Inspire You:
Essays on disability from a regular guy living with cerebral palsy

In this collection of essays, Rob J. Quinn offers insights on his own experiences as a man living with cerebral palsy and challenges the perceptions of people with disabilities offered by the able-bodied world. Many of the pieces are meant to give teens and young adults living with physical disabilities a new perspective on some of the issues they are dealing with in their daily lives. Quinn tackles topics such as going to school, physical therapy, dealing with the isolation that people with disabilities can experience, and pushing the limits of the physical abilities people possess despite a disability. I’m Not Here to Inspire You is intended as a positive, yet honest look at aspects of living with a physical disability.

After reading several essays from Quinn, Philadelphia Inquirer columnist Daniel Rubin wrote that the writer “chronicles his life unflinchingly.”

The title has received plenty of attention since the book was released. Love it or hate it, read my thoughts and get a preview of the book in a post that I wrote when I put the book on, called, I’m Not Here to Inspire You—Don’t Let the Title Fool You!

Video Introduction

Where to Find
I’m Not Here to Inspire You:
Essays on disability from a regular guy living with cerebral palsy

(New! As of 10/5/2016; Kindle, Nook, and other formats available.)

(Paperback and Kindle)

Barnes and Noble
(Paperback and Nook)

(Paperback and e-book)

Many e-book sites, including your favorite!

 I’m Not Here to Inspire You in the News:
Article from the newspaper; I am pictured at my desk holding a copy of I'm Not Here to Inspire You
The Delaware County Daily Times ran an article on my book. Many thanks to the paper, and especially photographer Eric Hartline, who managed to take a very nice picture of me—no easy task! Read the article here.

The Mobility Resource also ran a review of the book and an interview with me. Read it here. Thanks to Zachary Fenell and TMR!

What people are saying about 
I’m Not Here to Inspire You:

“At times you say things I do not want to hear but need to. Other times you say things I wish I could say but I need to keep my job.” -Special Education teacher.

“I read your book last night, all in one sitting. I could not put it down. And I am passing it on to my daughter and others now. Congrats on a great collection of essays. I hope lots and lots of people all over the country/world get to read it!” -Lisa.

“I just finished your book. It is awesome. . . . Thanks for a great read. [My brother, Pat] is my hero not because he’s in a wheelchair, but because he had/has the [guts] to follow his dream and challenge his limitations, which . . . are severe.  Your book hit home in that Pat has faced the same issues as the ‘cute crippled kid.’” -Dan.

“So many wonderful words of wisdom that anyone can take away from reading it! My daughter is reading it now, and my son will be next. I think that your essays show the value of pushing yourself to the limit, even when you may not want to, the need to observe the small lessons in life now because later they may become bigger ones, but most of all to be the best person you can be, not letting your circumstances define who you are, but overcoming them. These are all lessons we have been trying to teach our children. Your words, eloquently written, will have an impact on them.” -Machelle, via private message on Facebook. (Used with her permission.)

“[The book is] tough, aggressive, defiant, even belligerent. It is not the usual, predictable stuff at all; the title alone tells you that.” -Maxwell King, former editor of The Philadelphia Inquirer.

“If you’re disabled, it’s the sort of book to buy, read, and pass along to the important people in your life. One caution: ask for [its] return; it’s the sort of book worth keeping as a reference.” -Gary Presley, National Book Critics Circle member.

Video for The Ellen DeGeneres Show
I had some fun trying to get on Ellen DeGeneres’ show. Lots of tweets and Facebook posts (by me) with the hashtag #getRobJQonEllen. Didn’t quite make it on the show, but I had some fun!

The #INHTIY Book Tour
A friend of mine (and the editor of the book) came up with the idea of having a social media book tour. Readers were invited to post or e-mail picture of themselves with book in a favorite or famous place. There were some great responses!

Joe holding the book in front of a wall with a large sign / logo that says Dare to be first. University of Delaware

Joe holding the book in front of a gate that says University of Delaware
Joe Milewski (and Lucille) was the first to join our tour! We’ve already reached our second state! Joe shared these great shots at the University of Delaware on Facebook, saying, I’m Not Here to Inspire You “is a must read ... available on-line in paperback and on Kindle. Join the ‘The #INHTIY Book Tour’ (please click SHARE). Let’s get Rob On The Ellen Show #getRobJQonEllen.”

Tom, holding the book, with Rob outside of Tommy's Restaurant
Tom Gibson posting this picture of us at Tommy’s Pizza on West Chester Pike. Tom wrote, “Not often you see me post on Facebook but it is a must that I share this. I am lucky to have a great friend named Robby Quinn that recently wrote a book. It’s about his journey through life with cerebral palsy. . . . I am so proud of him and so lucky to have him as a friend. Well done Rob!!” Apparently, I will never out grow childhood friends calling me Robby, but Tom is a great guy and I certainly appreciate the post!

Bernadette Trillow holds the book up in front of Steelers memorabilia.
Love that the #INHTIY Book Tour made it to Steelers Country in Pittsburgh!
A collage of pictures from Denver with readers holding the book at the airport, a store, and there's a picture of the the football stadium, skyline, and a somewhat hidden picture
          “The #INHTIY Book Tour” made it Denver, Colorado! Many thanks to Machelle Ashby Miller and her family! Machelle offered some kind words in a private message, but I think that I can share that she was giving the book to her kids to read—learning someone has shared a book with another person, I think, is as good of a compliment as a writer can get.

Pictures from the M.S. Ride
I had planned to include some of these photos from my experience in the 2010 ride in my book, but the extra expense of adding pictures in the self-publishing process forced me to leave them out. I’m happy to share them here! I’ve also included a video taken by a friend of our family, Michael Avella, just after Team PCAS crossed the finish line. (Michael also participated in the ride with another team, and actually helped my mom navigate her way through trafficafter she provided support for Reid and I at each rest stop throughout the dayjust in time to see us finish.)
Reid, myself, another rider, and Pitzie from PCAS, waiting to start
Just before we started (and before sunrise!).
Reid and I at the first rest stop.
Reid and I at the first rest stop.
Picture from behind of me riding down a stretch of road.
Finding my groove!

A shot of the Causeways from a distance.
The Causeways into Ocean City. Can't say I wasn't warned!
Picture of the second Causeway from afar.
The last obstacle was the biggest. Causeway #2.
Reid, myself, John and Bruce, just after the Causeways.
We made it! This is just after the second bridge.

Team Picture
We stopped for a team picture just after the bridges. Team PCAS – Steve Muth (tandem captain), Dave Neibauer, Fred Neibauer (tandem captain), Reid Overturf (tandem and team captain), Doug McCullough, Bruce Lynsky (team captain), Evan (Fred's friend), James Woodson, Alton Davis, Al Leaf (tandem captain), Rachel Slamon (team captain), Rob Quinn, John Curran, Gavin Kerr (PCAS board member), Dave Bennett (tandem captain), John Siemiarowski (tandem and team captain) and Pat Bost.
Frontal shot of myself, Reid, Bruce, and other PCAS riders, very close to the finish.
The home stretch.

Myself, fist in the air, Reid, and Gavin Kerr, crossing the finish line.
The Mighty Quinn fist pump, as John called it.

Frontal shot of the entire PCAS finishing.
Great shot of Team PCAS finishing strong!
Mom and I hugging after the ride.
Mom was there the whole way, as usual.

Mom, myself, and Reid, just after the ride.
Mom, myself, and Reid, just after the ride.

This short video, taken by a family friend who also did the ride, shows me just after finishing . . . and not wanting to pedal another foot! Michael and others can be heard cheering in the background.

Rob on the Music Pier in Ocean City.

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