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One Step at a Time: A Young Marine's Story of Courage, Hope and a New Life in the NFL Hardcover – September 1, 2010
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Top Customer Reviews
I like the candid comments throughout.
Anyone who has dealt with recovery from surgery or other ailments can read this book and be greatly encouraged.
Also, some good info about PTSD.
In a sentence, this book is about a 27 year-old Hoosier who joins the Marines, loses his leg due to an explosion in Iraq, re-builds his life and gets a job with the Indianapolis Colts as a community spokesman.
All true but the book is so much more than that because Bleill makes his story resonate with the reader.
Josh Bleill joined the Marines at age 26. He never quite finished college. He never quite got serious with his girlfriend. He never quite got serious about his career. He just never quite going with much of anything until he decided to join the Marines, much to the surprise of his family (and to the dismay of his mother).
Bleill tells the story of his experiences in basic training and the special training he received for Iraq with a lot of humor and gives the reader a sense of how difficult this training can be. Bleill takes us to Iraq and tells of his "one bad day" - the day he lost his legs and two of his friends when his Humvee drove over the top of an Improvised Explosive Device (IED).
The tale of his immediate recovery and the struggle to learn how to use his prosthetic legs take up the great majority of the book. Bleill and his fellow Marines comfort and encourage one another in these struggles and the camaraderie they demonstrate throughout to be very uplifting. The support Bleill received from his family back in Indiana and the community he grew up in was simply amazing. Bleill practically became his own PX as he received hundreds and hundreds of DVDs and dozens of portable DVD players that he handed out all over Walter Reed Medical Center is a testament in and of itself.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very compelling and inspiring story - I've met Josh and was moved by his character and servant heart. Amazing man!Published on April 21, 2014 by Stephen L Hale
If this book does not inspire you to do something different with your life, you are either a veteran who has returned and is already making a difference in a new way, or you may... Read morePublished on February 9, 2014 by William R Weatherford
My husband has had the pleasure of hearing Bleill speak in person. He is a great speaker and his book is equally good.Published on September 30, 2013 by Teresa McGinley
My son was there at this incident with Josh and is the other marine who helped him. This gave me a glimpse into what my son went through since he never talked about it and also... Read morePublished on July 10, 2013 by Rhonda G. Hicks
After hearing Josh Bleill speak, I decided I wanted to read this book. You will find his story amazing and will be inspired by his determination to adjust and prevail.Published on April 3, 2013 by J. Brown