I usually steer clear from celebrity bios because they are terminally boring This one was no exception But since I had read that Kevin Sorbo had become a Christian, I thought this book would be about his journey from typical egotistical star whose life revolves around his personal success to a godly man surrendering his life to Jesus Christ.Maybe that came later, but this book is all about Sorbo and his list of achievements, which is nothan what you can expect from an extremely handsome I usually steer clear from celebrity bios because they are terminally boring This one was no exception But since I had read that Kevin Sorbo had become a Christian, I thought this book would be about his journey from typical egotistical star whose life revolves around his personal success to a godly man surrendering his life to Jesus Christ.Maybe that came later, but this book is all about Sorbo and his list of achievements, which is nothan what you can expect from an extremely handsome man who meets the right people and lands a great show to star in.In the late nineties he suffers a stroke and we learn how he recovered and the aftermath of trying to sustain a career while physically recovering from a debilitating condition We read about his frustrations and his anger at God.We also learn how he met his wife Apparently their first kiss was in front of the camera while they were still strangers That s so romantic.I kept waiting for the turning point, when Sorbo became the new creature in Christ It did not happen in this book I should have known it wouldn t because from the first couple of pages he uses the filthiest language one can read Dude Really It makes me angry, because he s not the first celebrity to profess to be a Christian while acting scarcely different than unbelievers Do they think godly living has a celebrity clause that exempts them from the same morally upright behavior, including language, that the rest of us nobodies follow Maybe God should be grateful when a famous person decides to try out the Christian label.Very disappointing Like so many other people, I was introduced to Kevin Sorbo the actor via his very successful TV series Hercules, The Legendary Journey After that there was Gene Roddenberry s Andromeda But for me, the role I truly enjoyed him playing was in What If It opened my eyes to the Kevin Sorbo the person I later found out that he battled a serious illness, which he won, for himself and his family.This book is about his battle It is raw, it is honest, and it is humbling.LIVE YOUR LIVES I say Like so many other people, I was introduced to Kevin Sorbo the actor via his very successful TV series Hercules, The Legendary Journey After that there was Gene Roddenberry s Andromeda But for me, the role I truly enjoyed him playing was in What If It opened my eyes to the Kevin Sorbo the person I later found out that he battled a serious illness, which he won, for himself and his family.This book is about his battle It is raw, it is honest, and it is humbling.LIVE YOUR LIVES I say Do not wait for a better tomorrow, because all you really have is this moment and the people in your life Spend these moments doing good and meaningful things I have never seen S he made a lot of money engraved on a tombstone Sometimes you think you choose a book And sometimes you realize the book chose you.One such book is Kevin Sorbo s True Strength My Journey from Hercules to Mere Mortal and How Nearly Dying Saved My Life As you guys know by now I like reading biographies and autobiographies They allow me to see the world through different eyes.I preordered this book on a whim, not really expecting much Maybe some cool Hollywood stories about Hercules and Andromeda which there are many I figured it would b Sometimes you think you choose a book And sometimes you realize the book chose you.One such book is Kevin Sorbo s True Strength My Journey from Hercules to Mere Mortal and How Nearly Dying Saved My Life As you guys know by now I like reading biographies and autobiographies They allow me to see the world through different eyes.I preordered this book on a whim, not really expecting much Maybe some cool Hollywood stories about Hercules and Andromeda which there are many I figured it would be a fun little break from school reading.It was so much.This is a book about life, death, hopes, and dreams dreams that are realized and others that are shattered This book is a fast read but it is not an easy read You will laugh, you will tear up, and your stomach will be knotted at times.This book will stretch you.Through a linear story with flash backs we learn that Kevin had an aneurysm and three, yes three, mini strokes during the hiatus of Hercules His strokes appear to have been caused after he visits a chiropractor While there, Sorbo hears a voice telling him not to let the doctor crack his neck He hears this voice twice He doesn t listen.Kevin goes from being a demi god who needed no help, on the fast track to all his goals, to the shadow of the man he once was as he saw it We live through it with him and his wife Sam, his friends, family, and co workers We live through the deepest valley with Sorbo, yet even there we see a glimmer of hope a hope that God is still with Kevin, even through this personal hell.This is 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 The main lesson in this story is that even when the unthinkable happens, it doesn t not mean your life is over.I highly recommend this book it will be well worth your time.From Third Option Men With the sheer number of books that I ve read since January, saying that True Strength My Journey from Hercules to Mere Mortal and How Nearly Dying Saved My Life was the best book that I ve read this year is saying a lot I haven t been reading a lot of non fiction lately, but when I d read a blurb about this book through one of my library newsletters, it intrigued me.For many, Kevin Sorbo was Hercules This included, to a large degree, himself When he was struck down at 38 with strokes that With the sheer number of books that I ve read since January, saying that True Strength My Journey from Hercules to Mere Mortal and How Nearly Dying Saved My Life was the best book that I ve read this year is saying a lot I haven t been reading a lot of non fiction lately, but when I d read a blurb about this book through one of my library newsletters, it intrigued me.For many, Kevin Sorbo was Hercules This included, to a large degree, himself When he was struck down at 38 with strokes that affected his thinking, his balance and his ability to live the life he had, life becomes an uphill battle for Kevin and those that love him.I d been expecting this to be a true autobiography telling everything from childhood to present day and the complications from the aneurysm would only be a small part of it Instead, he only touched briefly on his earlier days and that, primarily, was to set up the changes that he had to make in his life It really did focus on what this illness did to him and the difficult he had making the changes that were necessary to keep him alive.Kevin isn t the only one to write about what happened to him Interspersed throughout the chapters written by Kevin are chapters written by his wife Sam , his mother and many other friends along the way They gave a good glimpse into what the outside world was seeing while Kevin was dealing with his own issues.I think part of why this book may have resonated so strongly with me is because of my own battle with a disease that doesn t allow me to live the life I want depression It s often been hard for me to accept that it s ok to slow down some days because of the weight that depression drops on my shoulders Seeing someone with the physical and mental strength of Kevin Sorbo having to deal with those same issues reminded me that accepting isn t giving up.I also loved reading about Kevin and Sam and the love they share for one another It s rare in Hollywood to see love that lasts But their love it s been tested in a stronger fire than being on the set surrounded by sexy co stars or having fans that are willing to do anything for the favorite stars They hadn t been engaged long when Kevin was hospitalized for the aneurysm, but they managed to stay together through the roughest times Sam admits that if Kevin hadn t had to endure this, they may not have survived together He was a work a holic that put in 18 hour days and unthinkingly expected her to make the changes to fit into his life But his illness taught them both a lot about each other and made their relationship stronger I hope never to have to deal with the same kind of trial by fire, but I do hope to have that same kind of love with Rich for the rest of my days.What amazes me most is that he was able to keep this secret for so long In this entitled world, where everyone feels it s their right to know everything about those who have achieved fortune and fame, being able to keep a secret of this magnitude is mind boggling It took a lot of courage for him to write this book and I m very glad he did I m so glad I picked up True Strength My Journey from Hercules to Mere Mortal and How Nearly Dying Saved My Life Kevin Sorbo does a masterful job of telling how he lived during the filming of the series, Hercules The Legendary Journeys, and how he spent long days on set where he did his own stunts, devoted his evenings to working out and learning his lines, and got by on only four hours of sleep.That all changed when an aneurysm in his shoulder led him to have three mini strokes that affe I m so glad I picked up True Strength My Journey from Hercules to Mere Mortal and How Nearly Dying Saved My Life Kevin Sorbo does a masterful job of telling how he lived during the filming of the series, Hercules The Legendary Journeys, and how he spent long days on set where he did his own stunts, devoted his evenings to working out and learning his lines, and got by on only four hours of sleep.That all changed when an aneurysm in his shoulder led him to have three mini strokes that affected, among other things, his sight and balance As a lifelong athlete, he found it a challenge to do things he had always taken for granted As easily as he shared his strengths and successes in earlier chapters, he shares his weaknesses and frustrations in the subsequent ones.Adding to the book were occasional chapters by his wife and his co workers, who describe Sorbo s illness and journey to recovery from an outsider s perspective.This compelling book reveals the heart and soul of a boy from a small Midwestern town who achieves Hollywood success by staying true to himself and his values and then, after his mini strokes, struggles to regain his health and keep working I ve been a fan of Hercules The Legendary Journeys since the day the first movie premiered That show, and the character of Hercules, shaped my impressionable teen years I learned a lot about myself through it, somehow I remember when Kevin got sick and was off the show for a bit, but of course I really had no idea that the man almost DIED The production team kept it quiet But really no one aside from Kevin, his wife, and his doctors actually knew the true extent of Kevin s health issues I ve been a fan of Hercules The Legendary Journeys since the day the first movie premiered That show, and the character of Hercules, shaped my impressionable teen years I learned a lot about myself through it, somehow I remember when Kevin got sick and was off the show for a bit, but of course I really had no idea that the man almost DIED The production team kept it quiet But really no one aside from Kevin, his wife, and his doctors actually knew the true extent of Kevin s health issues Nerd alert I listened to the DVD commentaries of those episodes when they were released in 2004, and even then they only eluded to his health scare Kevin Sorbo s memoir of the health crisis that nearly killed him is unapologetically honest It needs to be Fourteen years after experiencing the aneurysm and the strokes that nearly took his life, Kevin spills it all He doesn t hold back, even when he talks about how weary and depressed he was while struggling with his recovery while trying to move on with his career and life in general I sobbed through most of this book I laughed through the rest Kevin s story pulled my heart in all sorts of directions.I would have enjoyed this book even if I wasn t a fan of Kevin, though being a fan is primarily the reason I picked it up, of course I loved Kevin s personal anecdotes I was moved by his private struggle I felt all mushy when he talked about his relationship with his wife Kevin s likable personality shined through and held everything together Interspersed are essays penned by his wife, co workers from the production of Hercules, and even one by his mother I listened to this on audio, and Kevin does the narration himself while Sam, his wife, read the other parts At a few points in the reading, you can almost hear both Kevin and Sam nearly break down in tears Which, of course, made ME break down in tears.I loved this book It was both heart warming and heart breaking in all the right places It left me with a wonderful feeling, and it thankfully never slips into self help advice giving mode that it very easily could have Kevin tells his story, and you re free to make of it what you will After reading this and learning what Kevin went through, he has replaced Hercules as my hero This book is a remarkable act of bravery On television, as the star of the popular Hercules The Legendary Journeys, Kevin Sorbo portrayed an invincible demi god He relished living the part and physicians could offer few answers, Sorbo grew increasingly despondent What happens when your entire identity vanishes True Strength is the story of how one man faced the unimaginable and ultimately found the real measure of success With tongue in cheek humor and an unfailingly candid voice, Sorbo reflects on his childhood in Minnesota, his early modeling and acting days, and his hard charging charmed life in television He recounts the onset of his stroke symptoms, the frightening hospitalizations, his battle with depression, and fighting for a recovery that defied medical expectations And how through it all, love conspired to save him from missing out on what matters With this refreshingly honest account of celebrity, personal tragedy, and the power of letting go, Sorbo aims to blaze a trail for anyone who may have suffered a serious setback in life and is struggling to find their way forward Kevin Sorbo has been my favorite actor since he first starred in TV s Hercules The Legendary Journeys movies in 1994 which became a Hit TV series for 7 years Then Kevin moved on to star in Gene Roddenberry s Andromeda and this book tells of the 3 strokes he suffered during the 4th season of Hercules and took him well into the 2nd season Andromeda to get back to as close to normal as possible This is a very inspiring story of the True Strength it took for Kevin Sorbo a wonderful and extreme Kevin Sorbo has been my favorite actor since he first starred in TV s Hercules The Legendary Journeys movies in 1994 which became a Hit TV series for 7 years Then Kevin moved on to star in Gene Roddenberry s Andromeda and this book tells of the 3 strokes he suffered during the 4th season of Hercules and took him well into the 2nd season Andromeda to get back to as close to normal as possible This is a very inspiring story of the True Strength it took for Kevin Sorbo a wonderful and extremely talented actor to struggle to be back to himself How his wonderful girlfriend and now wife of 13 years Sam Jenkins Sorbo was his support and a genuine Angel through it all I think everyone should read this book and not just because Kevin is my very favorite actor Very good I had heard about Sorbo s illness before, but never the extent Of course, that was the point Not only is the story about him and the medical, emotional, and career issues he faced, but also about what his family and friends went through along the way A great story of faith, love, and perseverence With sections written by others, it really all comes together very nicely A fewpictures would have been fun I am grateful that this book was recommended to me Still in the early phase of recovering from a concussion at the time of my life when my career was going well, this book helped me get to a new phase of acceptance of my medical situation I highly recommend it to those who want to understand what their loved ones may be experiencing post brain injury as he describes the physical and emotional challenges so very well.