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Full of Heart: My Story of Survival, Strength, and Spirit [Kindle Edition]

J.R. Martinez , Alexandra Rockey Fleming
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Book Description

An inspirational journey from tragedy to triumph

In 2003, nineteen-year-old Private J.R. Martinez was on a routine patrol when the Humvee he was driving hit an antitank mine in Iraq, resulting in severe injuries and burns on his face and more than one-third of his body. Out of that tragedy came an improbable journey of inspiration, motivation, and dreams come true. In Full of Heart, Martinez shares his story in intimate detail, from his upbringing in the American South and his time in the Army to his recovery and the indomitable spirit that has made him an inspiration to countless fans.

J.R. Martinez always had a strong spirit. Raised in Bossier City, Louisiana, and then Hope, Arkansas, by a single mother from El Salvador, he was well known at school for his good looks and his smart mouth. At seventeen, showing an early determination and drive that would become one of his trademark qualities, J.R. convinced his mom to move to Dalton, Georgia, where he believed he would have a better chance of being recruited to play college football. His positive attitude earned him a spot on a competitive high school football squad, but when his college dreams collapsed, he turned to the U.S. Army. A few months later, he found himself serving in Iraq.

When J.R.’s humvee hit a mine and exploded—just one month into his deployment—he was immediately evacuated to a San Antonio medical center, where he spent the next thirty-four months in grueling recovery. Seeing his disfigured face for the first time after the accident threw him into a crushing period of confusion and anger. His spirits were low, until he was asked to speak to another young burn victim. J.R. realized how valuable and gratifying it was to share his experiences with other patients and listen to theirs. He’d found a calling.

His fellow soldiers, along with the local and then national media, soon latched onto J.R.’s spirit and strength. 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 thirteen champion.

Today, J.R. tours the country sharing his story and his lessons for overcoming challenges and embracing hope, lessons that abound in this book. Full of Heart is an unforgettable story of a man who never gave up on his dreams.

After being injured in Iraq, J.R. Martinez became a motivational speaker, actor, and winner of season thirteen of Dancing with the Stars. Martinez lives in Los Angeles


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About the Author

After being injured in Iraq, J.R. Martinez became a motivational speaker, soap star, and winner of season thirteen of Dancing With the Stars. Martinez lives in LA.

Product Details

  • File Size: 6674 KB
  • Print Length: 251 pages
  • Publisher: Hachette Books (October 30, 2012)
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008740PGA
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #357,634 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating without being sentimental! November 14, 2012
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This book is aptly named because not only has his heart been filled but hearing his story has filled my heart also. I first heard of him on DWTS and became interested in his story because he comes across as such a nice, likeable person. What I learned in the book is how he transformed into this warm, mature person from the brash young man he was. He was no different from any immature young male in his attitudes but what was heartwarming was to see how he matured despite injuries so horrific that no one could blame him from retreating into his own world. He's inspired me and gained my respect. He was open about how much he loves him mother and that's so nice to see when kids can be so cruelly indifferent as they try to gain their independence. His story is that of an average young soldier, not some dewy-eyed martyr. He struggled and despaired but he triumphed and that's the story worth reading. Plus it's a very captivating because it's so well written. The author easily engages the reader and moves the story right along. This is a book definitely worth reading!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read! November 6, 2012
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J.R. Martinez is an amazing person. Very inspirational. At a time when I needed some words of encouragement, this book has helped me put some things into perscpetive. Makes you really look at your own life and see if there is something that you can do to help others in the face of your own tragedy! Please read it!
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!!!! October 30, 2012
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I received this book today on my Kindle and have just finished the entire book. I never read a book twice......this one might change that!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An inspiration to us all. November 30, 2012
By Shujin
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J.R. Martinez's book is an inspiration to us all. I am a disabled Vietnam Veteran and he inspires me. My own disability is from Agent Orange. The cancers, migraines, diabetes, ED, tinnitus, muscular issues I have, do not hold a candle to what he has overcome. I have seen how other veterans have let their service connected afflictions rule and diminish their quality of lives. I only wish they would read his story; it certainly will change their lives as well. J.R.; you are a Champion of your Spirit! I am so glad you are sharing it with the rest of us.

On a footnote.... I am so relieved that he was/is not further burdened with the necessity of dealing with Veterans Affairs or Congress. His book has re-ignited my goal of forcing change in the Veterans Affairs and in Congress so our veterans can get prompt and adequate care from those we must rely on by uniting all our veterans to speak as one at the polls. Unified Veterans of America

READ THIS BOOK!! Thank you J.R.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Go JR December 9, 2012
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I have loved J.R. since he first appeared on All My Children. I confess I had not heard of him before that, however, my brother who lives in Houston, and rides motorcycles, had heard of him because my brother rides in the Wounded Warrior Project for bike riders in San Antonio. We all pulled for him to win DWTS! I confess also, I find J.R. very sexy. He is so full of heart (sic!) that you hardly notice his scars which is strange because they are so out there you can't miss him, but I was thrilled to read the rest of the story up to today. I hope his life continues to transform others. Read the book and support Wounded Warriors, they so deserve it. J.R. is just one example of how many lives are forever changed by war and the courage they display is amazing.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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This is the story of soldier J. R.Martinez before and after being horrible burned by the explsion o a roadside bomb in Iraq. This young man has such a great attitude about his injury and the many operation to correct his disfigured face. His courage is phenomenal. Within the book is the story about a mother's love for her son and how important she was in his life. The respect and caring that they had for each other was quite touching.

However, I felt that the book lacked emotion and was mainly a narrative that was just reporting the facts. I never felt that I was "there" with J.R. The words, descriptions and syntax never drew me in to where I felt emotionally connected to the characters in the story. However, the acccount of how J.R triumphed after his accident is heartwarming.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Was one of the best books I have read. November 14, 2012
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JR wrote this with great emotion could feel his pain. Great for everyone to read. Should have all of young people to read for his great courage. It is one of the thing we have to accept in live and move forward. I have always admired a person like JR or any handicap person that looks forward to great life.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I gave you a 10! November 4, 2012
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Watched you on AMC and DWTS,I am a long retired Nurse and once I started reading your story I couldn't put it down. Congratulations on the rest of your life and God Bless you all.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great read... inspiring
Published 6 days ago by Pwildcon
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I did love this book. I also have a lot of admiration for this courageous man.
Published 1 month ago by Suzette Paradis
5.0 out of 5 stars Full Of Heart
A very inspiring book. It shows one that you can overcome hardships, if you work on it. JR Is an amazing man. God Bless him and his family.
Published 1 month ago by Carol Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent story of survival and readjustment.
Published 1 month ago by Rosemarie Mezzo
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love this book and this man
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great reading!
An amazing story of our American heroes. Thank you for your service and sharing your journey. I pray for our military every day, we have many family members in the military! Read more
Published 2 months ago by Thomas A. Skelton
5.0 out of 5 stars Full of Heart: inspirational read
I first learned of JR on Dancing with the Stars. He inspired me with his spunk, his determination, his story. I knew I had to learn more about this survivor. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Elizabeth
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very goofor book. Kept me in the story.
Published 3 months ago by Rollin
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A wonderful book a wonderful story
Published 3 months ago by trudy nageli
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it. A must-read
Very gripping story. Loved it. A must-read.
Published 4 months ago by Velda Roberts
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