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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion (October 30, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401324746
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401324742
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.9 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (194 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #375,630 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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This book is well written and easy to read.
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What an inspiring story and a great journey, thank you for sharing, May God Bless you J.R, you are a true hero!
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J.R. is an amazing person who writes from his heart.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Barbara,w on 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 By Anne Harris on 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 By Amazon Customer on 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 By Gina V. Stiles on November 17, 2012
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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 By Barbara Holland on 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 By Carol Costello on 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 By Bonnie W Paston on 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 By Columbusbabe on 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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