***I Am the Central Park Jogger
A Story of Hope and Possibility
by Trisha Meili
Reviewed April 21, 2003.
Scribner, New York, 2003. 257 pages.
Before the publication of this book, Trisha Meili was known to the
public only as the Central Park Jogger. She has written this book
and come out of her anonymity in hopes that hearing her story will help
other people on the road to recovery from debilitating injuries or traumatic
On April 19, 1989, while jogging in Central Park, Trisha Meili was
raped, beaten, and left for dead. She was young and had been doing
well at her job as an investment banker. She lost 75% to 80% of her
blood and her head was swollen to twice its normal size. Her eye
was out of its socket, and she was unrecognizable to her friends.
Trisha’s story is, as the subtitle declares, one of hope and possibility.
She has no memory of the attack, since her brain was in no condition to
record permanent memories. She was shored up by the prayers of a
nation, and her recovery was inspirational. This book reminded me
of Love, Greg and Lauren,
both books told of someone mortally injured in a vicious attack, and both
women recovered in spite of all the odds against them, thanks to skillful
doctors, love, prayer, and determination.
After her recovery, Trisha was looking for a meaningful work that would
use what she had learned about healing. She is going on to help others
in recovery, and this book is part of that work.
Copyright © 2003 Sondra Eklund.
All rights reserved.
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