Get STARTED-don’t quit

“Get STARTED-don’t quit!”  is a story of overcoming obstacles and achieving dreams.  “Monty is the perfect person to write a book about how you should Get STARTED-don’t quit!  Monty is the real deal and the good news is he’s not done yet.  You are able to glean from his personal testimony and journey in this book, the many miracles that happened to him and through him along the way by his not quitting. ” (intro from Bernie Ferrell Pastor for 43 years in the State of Washington.)   The second edition was published April 17, 2019, and launched Tuesday, April 30, 2019, at the Chicago FCA convention 2019.  The cover photo was taken in Israel on April 14, 2019.  This famous mountain top fortress is a symbol to the Jewish people to Never Quit!  Order to get your copy today.

“Get STARTED don’t quit” second edition copyright 2019.  180 pages.  This edition includes photos of the LIFESUIT and additional chapters.





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Title Page

2                      Copyright Page

3                      Acknowledgments

4                      Introduction by Pastor Bernie Ferrell

5                      Preface: Why I Wrote This Book

7                      Contents

9          Ch  1    Humble Beginnings: Cabin on the River Bend

11        Ch  2    My First Job and My First Business at Age Seven

14        Ch  3    No One Hits My Brother

16        Ch  4    My Best Friend

22        Ch  5    Free Will, Visions and a Coke Bottle

25        Ch  6    A Dearning Lisability Known as Lessdyxia

29        Ch  7    Ranger Reed Get STARTED

34        Ch  8    Ranger Reed Leader

40        Ch  9    Ranger Reed Instructor

48        Ch 10   Friendly Fire and Fallen Heroes

55        Ch 11   The Accident

58        Ch 12   The Hospital

60        Ch 13   The Escape from the Dragon’s Lair

65        Ch 14   Matt Dillon of Dodge City

68        Ch 15   Visions of the LIFESUIT Robotic Exoskeleton

74        Ch 16   You Got the Wrong Address Buddy

78        Ch 17   Commodore 64 Robotics

80        Ch 18   Have a Pity Party

85        Ch 19   Master Mind Problem Solving

93        Ch 20   Coming Home

96        Ch 21   Overcoming Learning DisAbilities

98        Ch 22   The Convenience Store and Network Marketing

103      Ch 23   Royal Knights Security

106      Ch 24   Mountain Castle

112      Ch 25   My Other Best Friend

115      Ch 26   Number One

116      Ch 27   Starting Over

123      Ch 28   They Shall Walk

133      Ch 29   The General

146      Ch 30   The Lab

152      Ch 31   Going Back

154      Ch 32   Saving Lives: Changing Lives

159      Ch 33   The LIFESUIT Robotic Exoskeleton: the gift of walking

169      Ch 34   Futurist Papers

175      Ch 35   Conclusion

178                  Describe your perfect day…

180                  References Cited

From the back cover:

Monty K Reed is a consultant who lives just outside of Seattle with his family.  He has overcome overwhelming odds and difficult challenges to achieve his dreams.  He is in the 2018 Guinness Book of World Records for the  “Furthest Distance Walked in a Powered Exoskeleton.”  After being told he would never go to college and he would never walk, he became the honors society president and went on to the University of Washington to become a NASA Space Grant Scholar.  Not only did he learn to walk again, but he has also completed the Seattle To Portland 200-mile bicycle ride, two times.  As a public speaker, his stories entertain and motivate audiences around the globe to …   Get STARTED – don’t quit!


Monty is definitely God’s Can-Do-Man.  Many people, including instructors, and experts in their fields told Monty emphatically he will never be able to do many things.  They painted for him a very sad, mere existence, a picture of the things he possibly could do with his life.  Monty has truly blown them away.  He has not only accomplished more than the expert’s expectations but exceeded their wildest imaginations.  Monty is the perfect person to write a book about how you should Get STARTED-don’t quit!  Monty is the real deal and the good news is he’s not done yet.  You are able to glean from his personal testimony and journey in this book, the many miracles that happened to him and through him along the way by his not quitting.  If you have ever had one of those days, or weeks, or seasons like the rest of us living on this planet; where obstacles rise up, difficulties are beyond your control and even sometimes people closest to us trying to convince you to stop, this book is for you.  Sometimes people try to get you to quit because it looks hopeless and they tell you “no one in the history of ever has done it, so obviously you can’t do it, so why try?”  The answer is in this book.  It’s not hopeless and nothing is impossible.  Monty has discovered the answer to success and a fruit-filled life with God’s help.  The answer is in your hands right now to give you encouragement and the inspiration to Get STARTED and don’t quit.  God has told us in His Word “I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me.“ Phil 4:13.  “let the weak say I am strong.” Joel 3:10.  “and we will have a great harvest if we do not give up.” Gal 6:9.  You will be greatly encouraged by the true testimonies in this book.  Watch your own life begin to completely turn around for the better.  Begin to write down and keep track of your own stories as God helps you personally through this book Get STARTED – don’t quit!

Enjoy the Journey     Bernie Ferrell     Pastor for 43 years in the State of Washington


Each of these chapters has the potential to become their own book and your comments will let me, Monty K Reed, know which ones you want to read about next.  The overwhelming response has lead me to start writing “I Saw Angels” and it should be out later this year in 2019, most likely the fall.   Another book I am already working on and expect to finish by the end of the year is called “Have a Pity Party” and it comes from chapter 18.  In that chapter, I talk about scheduling; anger, frustration, and suffering for one time per week.  This deferral technique helps us to stay focused on the battle at hand and get through our daily tasks all while knowing we will not be ignoring the pain we have just promised ourselves we will deal with it later.  You get to choose the time and date of your regular pity party.  I chose weekly at 2 pm on Thursday, so never, I mean NEVER book a meeting with me on Thursday at 2 pm.  I am usually at the gym, jogging or on a bicycle burning calories while I vent over the frustrations of the previous week.

********Below this line are excerpts from the first edition in 2012***********

“Get STARTED-don’t quit!” by Monty K Reed $12.99 book Released February 2012 (Retail value $12.99)

The first 200 copies were autographed and numbered.  Buy them today give them away as gifts to motivate and inspire; employees, family and friends.Get STARTED-don’t quit” is the first book written by the founder of They Shall Walk, Monty K Reed who overcame mental disability and physical disability to achieve the dream of the LIFESUIT robotic exoskeleton becoming a reality.

An excerpt from “Get STARTED-don’t quit” by Monty K Reed
My First Job and My First Business at Age Seven.
“In this candy store, I discovered that there was a generic candy that just happened to fit in the Pez dispensers and it was only two cents. At the time, a Pez refill was a dime. So I invested my dime and bought five of those candies, and then I put a private label on it and resold them for a nickel.”…Shortlink for this page


Thank you to Stacy, for being my friend, my wife, my love, my life. Thank you Tony, Ciara and Isaac, for being my amazing kids. Thank you to all my friends and family for supporting my vision to give the gift of walking to the world. Thank you to all of the volunteers who have come and gone, with a special thanks to the ones who have stuck around through hard times. Thanks, editors: Amy, Andre, Cassie, David, Heather, Kathy & Mark.

Thank You, Decade Club: David Moody, Doug Bell & Charlie. There have been so many volunteers over the years I can not list them all here. There are so many sponsors and donors that I can not list them all here either. A special “thank you” to some of our biggest supporters: NASA                        Microsoft                     Underwater Sports                        Boeing                                 DivaEspresso     University of Washington                    FORD                            University of Michigan                      Sears  Rotary International                         University of Saint Louis                       Vitality Specific Chiropractic  Event Logistics of Washington                 Serena Software          Cypress Semiconductor

The Rotary Club of Shoreline & the Rotary Club of Vellore India

Thank you Sam’s Club / Walmart for sponsoring the Exercise Partners Program in over twenty-five cities, finding volunteers who help paralyzed people to exercise weekly.

Names have been changed to protect the guilty and the innocent.

Why I wrote this book

I was told by the experts my mind was not good enough for college. Today I have a college degree and I graduated with honors. The experts told me my body was no good when I broke my back. On bad days I can not walk or get out of bed; on good days I can ride my bicycle a hundred miles. Over the last two and a half decades I have traveled and told my story to thousands of people. You all have asked me to write a book.  Last year my book draft had reached over a thousand pages. This book is a brief overview of that thousand-page manuscript. Many of these chapters will become individual books over the next few years, so let me know what you want to read about next.

It is my hope that these stories will motivate you as it has thousands of people who have heard the stories told by me in person.

A few months ago I met an author, Black Buffalo (Ray Wilson) who was speaking at Philadelphia Church in Seattle. I had read his books and heard him speak before. On his way out I spoke to him about writing and he encouraged me. Black Buffalo prayed with me and told me that I should write my first book NOW. You hold in your hand the first edition of my first book “Get STARTED-don’t quit!” Thank you for reading this book.

Please feel free to let me know if you catch any errors in the book emailing it to me.

monty   AT or call (206) 250-5639

You can write to: Monty K Reed PO Box 65230 Seattle WA 98155 USA

The First edition Kindle version is available here

The LIFESUIT Robotic Exoskeleton: the gift of walking (from chapter 1) first edition 2012 C. This is now in Chapter 33

The organization now includes doctors, nurses, therapists, engineers, technicians, and high school and college students. Most of them work together at the Seattle headquarters facility that has just expanded to ten thousand square feet. There are several sites around the country and in other parts of the world where researchers are working to advance the technology of the LIFESUIT robotic exoskeleton. They Shall Walk is a non-profit medical research organization committed to developing technology that will improve the quality of life of paralyzed people. The LIFESUIT is the main project; however, it is not the only one. 

They Shall Walk is also developing other technology such as integrated robotics systems that help around the kitchen, the home, and the workplace. Other technology is being developed to help patients transfer from wheelchairs to the LIFESUIT and back and forth to a seat, a commode, shower, desk chair or a bed. Other simple therapy devices are being developed as well that include passive exercise for single joints. Anything you may imagine or read about in science fiction that could improve a paralyzed person’s life you may hear about at They Shall Walk, all we do is make science fiction real. 

The LIFESUIT has a joystick controller allowing anyone who can drive a powered wheelchair to drive a LIFESUIT. If the FDA approval process cost is similar to the two-wheeled balancing wheelchair it will run about twenty million dollars before paralyzed people in the United States will be able to use this system here. We are raising that money and you can help by making a donation or volunteering your time as an attorney, paralegal, doctor, therapist or nurse.  Other countries have already tentatively approved the LIFESUIT therapy and people will be able to travel to places like India to learn to walk again. They Shall Walk has formed a partnership with a teaching hospital medical college in India. Through this partnership, They Shall Walk and the college estimate that only $250,000 needs to be raised to facilitate the installation of the first LIFESUIT. Additional LIFESUIT will be added for approximately $100,000 per therapy device. Each LIFESUIT could service twenty or more patients each week. 

The next step will be delivering the LIFESUIT to the world with the new twenty thousand square foot Institute facility in Seattle. It will take approximately $14 million to get set up and will allow the distribution of the LIFESUIT with more research internships and research jobs. After the therapy model is installed at one thousand sites around the world, They Shall Walk will focus on delivering the home use model that can be used around the house and the workplace. Eventually, there will be an everyday model that will be a completely optional replacement for the standard wheelchair. 

They Shall Walk has developed a hybrid system that incorporates the best of the wheelchair and the LIFESUIT exoskeleton together. A paralyzed person can drive the LIFESUIT wheelchair around and when they come to an obstacle or they want to walk for the exercise they simply push a button and the LIFESUIT stands up and the wheels fold up like landing gear. When they are ready to roll they push another button and the wheels deploy and the system converts back into a wheelchair. The home use model is the best of both worlds, people will have mobility and passive exercise based therapy at the same time.

All they need to do is exercise and live their lives while they benefit at the same time….. 

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