Full of Heart

Full of Heart

My Story of Survival, Strength, and Spirit

Large Print - 2013
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This book tells the story of an inspirational journey from tragedy to triumph. In 2003, at age nineteen, the author was on a routine patrol in Iraq when the Humvee he was driving hit an antitank mine, resulting in severe injuries and burns. Out of that tragedy came an improbable journey of inspiration, motivation, and dreams come true. Raised in Louisiana and Arkansas by a single mother from El Salvador, he was well known for his good looks and his smart mouth. When his college football dreams collapsed, he turned to the U.S. Army. After his Humvee hit a mine, he spent 34 months in grueling recovery. His spirits were low, until he was asked to speak to another young burn victim. He then realized how valuable and gratifying it was to share his experiences with other patients and listen to theirs. He had found a calling. His resilience, optimism, and charm were also noted by Hollywood and scored him roles on All My Children and Dancing with the Stars, where he was the season 13 champion. Today, he tours the country sharing his story and his lessons for overcoming challenges and embracing hope, lessons that abound in this book..
Publisher: Thorndike, Me. : Center Point Large Print, c2013
ISBN: 9781611736175
Branch Call Number: 92 M3664f 2013 Large Type
Characteristics: 319 p. (large print) ; 23 cm
large print
Additional Contributors: Fleming, Alexandra Rockey


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Dec 27, 2016

The cover of this book alone speaks volumes, which features Mr. Martinez smiling from ear to ear--the epitomy of resiliency. The book makes me grateful for the support and resiliency I have in my own life, and how I might develop that even more.

ArapahoeJanetH Nov 15, 2016

A heart-warming story about J.R.Martinez’s survival of a terrible incident in Iraq in which he was burned on his face and more than one-third of his body. Through strength, courage, spirit and family encouragement he became an American star and motivational speaker.

Apr 12, 2013

Martinez's story of a man who never give up, an inpirational journey from tragedy to triumph. Great book, hard to put down.

sablegirl Nov 13, 2012

A wonderful story detailing the life of JR. I enjoyed reading about his life, how he coped with his injuries and how he realized his calling in life. I recommend this great book to everyone. I also thought it was symbolic to read it on Veteran's Day!!! A great book!


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