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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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About the Author

Josh Bleill is a community spokesperson for the Indianapolis Colts. On October 15, 2006, he was conducting combat patrols in Fallujah, Iraq, when his vehicle was struck by an improvised explosive device. He suffered multiple injuries including the loss of both his legs. He lives in Carmel, Indiana. Mark Tabb has authored or coauthored more than 25 books, including the New York Times bestseller, Mistaken Identity and A Promise to Ourselves (with Alec Baldwin). His solo titles include, Living with Less: The Upside of Downsizing Your Life and How Can a Good God Let Bad Things Happen?
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Triumph Books (September 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600785298
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600785290
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #212,970 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Kevin R. Hicks on September 22, 2010
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When I first ordered the book, I was very curious about the "tone" of the book. I knew the story would be amazing, but was very interested in the story-telling itself. I was blown away at how much I laughed during the book, perhaps maybe when I shouldn't have been laughing. Josh has taken an imperfect situation and turned it into an inspiration for the masses. The story flowed, and gave us an inside and true look at the rigors of war, and the battles that veterans face every day. Although Josh still faces some troubles, his life is a testament to the true nature of Faith.
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ONE STEP AT A TIME; A YOUNG MARINE'S STORY OF COURAGE, HOPE, AND A NEW LIFE IN THE NFL tells of a soldier who lost both of his legs in Iraq and two of his fellow marines - and who went on to find faith, personal courage, and a new life. This autobiography follows his life from his enlistment and active duty to his extensive rehabilitation and job as a community spokesman for the Indianapolis Colts. A fine, inspirational story, this is a pick for spiritual and general collections alike.
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What an inspirational story, Josh really makes you feel like you are right there inside of him seeing, feeling and doing things and he doesn't leave out the darker days he deals with. Actually enjoyed the boot camp part since my youngest is a Marine and he too went to San Diego and I had the chance to go there to encourage him to get past his knee injury and a few weeks later he was graduating! I can fully understand the pride a Marine has like Josh mentions, they go through hell in boot camp! And I think his Marine training got Josh past his worst days of his life.
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I had the pleasure of listening to this young man speak at a graduation ceremony at the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy. I was so impressed I googled his name and decided to buy his book. It was an extremely well written, informative book about what he went through after losing his legs in Iraq. He's a Hoosier; so am I. He's a Colts fan; so am I. He's a veteran; so am I. One of his buddies who was killed in the same attack that injured Josh, Brock Babb, is from Evansville, Indiana; so am I. This is a "must read" book for anybody who is a vet, knows a vet, or cares about our veterans. I could not put it down! Thank you, Josh, for your service!
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After reading Mr. Bleill's account I have a whole new respect for our great nation's military. Josh holds nothing back as he tells the tale of his decision to enlist, his time in the middle east, his horrible injury, and his road to recovery. I bought this book mostly because I am a fan of the Indianapolis Colts, but that has nothing to do with why I loved the book. I recommend this book to everyone.
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I love this book. Great story and told very well.
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.
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Published in 2010 by Triumph Books

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.
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By Brian K. Gray on September 24, 2010
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If you are a Colts fan or not, a military supporter or not, a mother, father or sibling or not, it doesn't matter. You have to read this book if you are a fan of the human spirit.
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