Beyond the Surface

A Gold Medalist’s Guide to Finding and Loving Yourself
Hardcover Book - Preorder (Available October 1, 2024)
Hardcover Book - Preorder
Available October 1, 2024
eBook - Preorder
Available October 1, 2024
Full Description

A beloved Paralympic champion shares her story—and powerful principles to help readers find their own path to unconditional self-acceptance. 

Jessica Long is one of the most inspirational figures of our time. From having both legs amputated as a toddler, she has gone on to become one of the most decorated athletes in history. Yet her true successes—and struggles—are not about winning medals or setting world records in the swimming pool. “Our worth cannot be placed in external things—our looks, job, or approval of others,” she says. “No achievement will make us feel worthy unless we can love ourselves without judgment.”

With Beyond the Surface, Jessica offers an intimate exploration of the hard-won lessons she learned on her extraordinary journey. Here, she opens up about the toughest challenges she faced—not just the trauma of multiple surgeries and prosthetics, but the anger, resentment, and insecurity of trying to find her place and identity in a world that viewed her as less than whole. In each chapter, she reveals the resources and support that allowed her to overcome hardship—and translates them into practices and reflections to help you create a bedrock of self-acceptance that you can rely on even through the most difficult times.

“I am not a victim to my circumstances, and neither are you,” says Jessica. “In sharing my story, including the ugly and uncomfortable parts, I hope to inspire you to love yourself just as you are. It is our differences that make us so incredibly beautiful, and human, and strong.”

Format Details
Hardcover Book - Preorder (Available October 1, 2024) eBook - Preorder (Available October 1, 2024)
Contents Hardcover Book (184 pages) eBook (184 pages)
Dimensions 6 x 9 inches
Product Code BK06673 BK06673W
ISBN Number 978-1-64963-095-7 978-1-64963-096-4
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Jessica Long

About Jessica Long

Jessica Long is an American Paralympic swimmer. She has won 29 Paralympic Medals, making her one of the most decorated athletes of all time. Jessica is a speaker, author, advocate, and sports personality. Learn more at

Author photo © Julian Hague