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Heart of Iron: My Journey from Transplant Patient to Ironman Triathlete Hardcover – November 1, 2011
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About the Author
Kyle Garlett is an author, a motivational speaker, and a freelance sportswriter. He has written for ESPN The Magazine and FOXSports.com, and his previous books include What Were They Thinking? and The Worst Call Ever! He was named the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s 2011 Man of the Year for Greater Los Angeles.
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This is a Very Good book.
This is not just a feel good (although it does), triumph over hardship (although he does) reflection causing (although I did) story. I'm not a professional book reviewer or writer and so there is a great disconnect between how I fell and what I think about the book and how I can pen that here.
Kyle took his journey and gave me snapshot moments of world events that really put his timeline for his multi year battle, with both his cancer and heart transplant, into perspective. I was surprised at how many times I really laughed, (who knew nose hairs were so important?) and even more so by how many times I cried (upon seeing the faces of his parents after his transplant). Not because the story is sad, because it is anything but sad, but because Kyle details his hope and courage and desire to win in such a way that for just a few pages, I was in that journey too.
I'll be buying more copies for friends who are Ironman atheletes, cancer surviors or patients and friends who just really appreciate a well written and told story.
OH, and I'll be watching for Kyle to finish in Kona!
He has an extraordinary story to tell. And this is certainly worth the read.
When I finished reading it, I shared it with a close friend who doesn't usually have the time or the desire to read books and she finished it in a very short time because she too was so inspired and mesmerized by Kyle's story.
It's amazing what this young man has gone through. He will an inspiration to many people, probably not fully realizing that the little pebble of his life cast into this great pond has such far reaching effects.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book surpasses all categories. The only condition needed to fully enjoy, be inspired by, and to grow from this story, is the condition of being human. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Michelle
Kyle Garrett's story is nothing short of amazing. This book is a great read for anyone, but especially for one facing similar challenges to Kyle's. Read morePublished 11 months ago by J. Dunkin
This is a great inspiring story. A man beats all odds. Should prove motivational for everyone. I highly recommend this book.Published 18 months ago by Wellington
Very inspiring story, of how to persevere. I am a triathlete and this story makes me very greatful to be able to do triathlons.Published 20 months ago by Brian Fraley
I only wish I had read this book sooner. My son, Derek Fitzgerald, had a heart transplant January, 3, 2011. Read morePublished on January 7, 2014 by David S. Hager
This is a must-read book for anyone who is going to have, has had a heart transplant, and those who would like to know what such a daunting, hugely life-changing experience, a... Read morePublished on October 18, 2013 by sandra cheshire
Kyle writes with honesty and grace about his epic journey through cancer and beyond. Unlike many epics, the characters, struggles, and triumphs are real. Read morePublished on October 17, 2013 by M. Eberle
Truely an awe inspiring story. I have met the author and he is amazing! I admire him SO MUCH. This is a MUST read.Published on May 3, 2013 by Kaila Curtis