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True Strength: My Journey from Hercules to Mere Mortal--and How Nearly Dying Saved My Life Paperback – October 9, 2012
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Kirkus Reviews, 10/1/11
“Sorbo is candid about the hopelessness and resentment that characterized his slow recovery, his frustration with contradictory medical advice and holistic therapies of varying effectiveness and the stress his condition placed on his new marriage.”
“This actor has a real and really interesting story to tell…This is the story of a man who had taken from him that which made up the entirety of his persona: strength. And how he recovered.”
“A story of inspiration and hope through the most trying of situations. It should be read by everyone so that they can understand, even if just a little bit, how it feels to live through a stroke or other life altering medical issue, and come out on the other side spiritually renewed.”
Bookviews.com, November 2011
Mesquite Local News, 11/13/11
“If there’s a Hollywood fan on your list this year, you can’t go wrong with True Strength.”
“The story of his harrowing journey is told with humor and honesty. An inspiring book for everyone who’s battled health issues, or watched a loved one suffer debilitating illness.”
“A powerful autobiography…An outstanding survey, highly recommended for any film or general lending collection strong in actors' stories and accounts of personal strength and recovery!”
Politics & Patriotism, 2/22/12
“He’s got a conversational writing style that makes it easy to imagine his voice and mannerisms while you turn the pages. His presentation is passionate. His outlook is optimistic. He doesn’t pull his punches…True Strength is more than the story of how Kevin Sorbo beat the odds, banished his demons, and went on to be a better man. It’s a roadmap for others to follow, if they should ever find themselves in a similar situation.”
“An inspirational read.”
Midwest Book Review, July 2012
“A powerful testimony, this deserves ongoing attention and recommendation.”
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Top Customer Reviews
His journey is one that many of us can relate to and his recovery is both heart-wrenching and uplifting. One might even say herculean.
When you finish this book, you will have an entirely different perspective on Kevin Sorbo, and maybe even about yourself.
I remember hearing about Sorbo's aneurysm and strokes at the height of HERCULES' popularity. Despite the show's physical demands and stunts filmed in New Zealand, his crisis actually occurred while he was back in the States. Ironically, Lucy Lawless, star of HERCULES' sister show XENA also suffered a serious injury the year before, being thrown from a horse while taping a comedy bit for THE TONIGHT SHOW in Burbank. Odd, how both happened during the actors' "vacations."
Author Sorbo's gift for details is impressive. His accounts of those scary early hours and days in the E.R. are dramatic; chilling, even. He doesn't veer from unpleasant memories... that he nearly lost an arm, for instance... though such details were understandably kept under wraps at the time. Even if he recovered fully, would the studios continue to insure an action star who'd confessed to such a life-changing debilitating condition?
Sorbo comes clean now, and his tale of his long road to semi-recovery and learning to manage his symptoms (which persist to this day) is honest, enlightening and often funny. He talks about HERCULES gamely struggling to stay in production with "Herc-light" scripts. Who can forget "Porcules"; Hercules-turned-into-Babe!
Especially entertaining are occasional chapters contributed by family and friends... Kevin's wife Sam, for instance, and his HERCULES co-stars Bruce Campbell and Michael Hurst.Read more ›
I can't begin to imagine what it must have been like to be a 38 year old man, doing all the right things as far as health goes, (eating right, exercising, not smoking, limited to no drinking, etc), no previous health issues, no hereditary issues, at the top of his career and finally finding the love he had pretty much given up on to be hit suddenly with several strokes and an aneurysm. These are things that happen to unhealthy people, older people, people with high blood pressure, but they don't happen to healthy, young men. The psychological issues that came along with the physical issues certainly played a huge role in Kevin's illness, as is seen in the book and with good reason. The fear alone in wondering why, could it happen again, what caused it and can it kill me would be enough to sideline a large number of people.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I always enjoy Kevin Sorbo's acting! He is a joy to watch as he captures his character so well. I enjoyed his book and felt his frustration with his illness. Read morePublished 19 days ago by Bevinne
This opens your eyes not only to Kevin and Sam's story but to your own shadow. Learn to listen and live.Published 1 month ago
I am so glad Kevin Sorbo wrote his story. It is a great testimony to the power of faith in overcoming disabilities. Read morePublished 2 months ago by maceves
I thought it would be a Christian view point but it was not. I did not like some of the language in it.Published 2 months ago by D Wisner
Just now read his book. I knew he'd had arm trouble and a stroke but not to the extent this book describes. God definitely put him on another path. Read morePublished 2 months ago by L. Peeples