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

J.R. Martinez , Alexandra Rockey Fleming
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (194 customer reviews)

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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: Hyperion (October 30, 2012)
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008740PGA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #225,833 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An Inspiring story December 15, 2012
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JR, to most of us became a "name" from "Dancing with the Stars" writes a story here of a young, handsome man who had just started out, enters the military and after one month has his entire life and future turned inside out by a bomb that turns his vehicle into an inferno. JR writes with detail, and humor (yes, humor) as he faces each step on the road to physical, emotional recovery. He is a remarkable person, that is obvious from this book. I especially enjoyed the attention and love he portrays for his mom, who as an immigrant to this country works so hard to ensure JR's survival and that of siblings in her home country. His mom is paramount to his survival and recovery from his injuries. This is a must read.
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2 of 2 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars This book shines!
So remarkable after all he has been through to come out with such a positive outlook on life. Great survivor.
Published 1 month ago by Beverly J. Kennedy
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!!!!!
Loved the book. Couldn't put it down J. R. gives me strength and courage to go through what life throws at you
Published 2 months ago by Supporter
4.0 out of 5 stars good book, interesting but short read
I liked the book , I just which it was a little longer , the book was an easy read
Published 2 months ago by anne mc donough
3.0 out of 5 stars interesting
It was a good book. Not disappointed but for some reason I was thinking it was going to a little different. It was J.R.'s life story! So not sure what I was looking for.
Published 3 months ago by hw
5.0 out of 5 stars A true hero
I loved this book. J.R. Martinez is a true hero who was so severely injured in Iraq. About how he fought his way back and how he has gotten to where he is today. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Kay Marie Dill
5.0 out of 5 stars Full of Heart
A must read. I have been watching this man for years and was amazed at the things he had to overcome. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Dennis
5.0 out of 5 stars A true story of an American Hero.
A totally moving story. He is a soldier worthy of all are respect. There are part so moving it hard to read but when your done you will have an undying respect for J.R. Martinez.
Published 4 months ago by Stephen Celestino
5.0 out of 5 stars A real one of a kind human being
The book and the man both deserve a five star rating. I felt so moved by this story it is so powerfully uplifting. This man and his book are so inspiring. J.R. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Deborah Sperschneider
5.0 out of 5 stars good read
this book was great. very interesting to me in my 40's and my mom in her late 80's loved it too. very inspirational. highly recommend.
Published 4 months ago by C. Agree
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book that everybody can read. Not just adults, everyone
it was a fantastic read and you couldn't put it down. Also he is one of many of our Country's Heroes. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Wilma Hall
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