Full of Heart: My Story of Survival, Strength, and Spirit [NOOK Book]

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An inspirational journey from tragedy to triumph

In 2003, nineteen-year-old Private J.R. Martinez was on a routine patrol when the Humvee he was driving hit an antitank mine in Iraq, resulting in severe injuries and burns on his face and more than one-third of his body. Out of that tragedy came an improbable journey of inspiration, motivation, and dreams come true. In Full of Heart, Martinez shares his story in intimate detail, from his ...
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Full of Heart: My Story of Survival, Strength, and Spirit

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Overview

An inspirational journey from tragedy to triumph

In 2003, nineteen-year-old Private J.R. Martinez was on a routine patrol when the Humvee he was driving hit an antitank mine in Iraq, resulting in severe injuries and burns on his face and more than one-third of his body. Out of that tragedy came an improbable journey of inspiration, motivation, and dreams come true. In Full of Heart, Martinez shares his story in intimate detail, from his upbringing in the American South and his time in the Army to his recovery and the indomitable spirit that has made him an inspiration to countless fans.

J.R. Martinez always had a strong spirit. Raised in Bossier City, Louisiana, and then Hope, Arkansas, by a single mother from El Salvador, he was well known at school for his good looks and his smart mouth. At seventeen, showing an early determination and drive that would become one of his trademark qualities, J.R. convinced his mom to move to Dalton, Georgia, where he believed he would have a better chance of being recruited to play college football. His positive attitude earned him a spot on a competitive high school football squad, but when his college dreams collapsed, he turned to the U.S. Army. A few months later, he found himself serving in Iraq.

When J.R.’s humvee hit a mine and exploded—just one month into his deployment—he was immediately evacuated to a San Antonio medical center, where he spent the next thirty-four months in grueling recovery. Seeing his disfigured face for the first time after the accident threw him into a crushing period of confusion and anger. His spirits were low, until he was asked to speak to another young burn victim. J.R. realized how valuable and gratifying it was to share his experiences with other patients and listen to theirs. He’d found a calling.

His fellow soldiers, along with the local and then national media, soon latched onto J.R.’s spirit and strength. His resilience, optimism, and charm were also noted by Hollywood and scored him roles on All My Children and Dancing with the Stars, where he was the season thirteen champion.

Today, J.R. tours the country sharing his story and his lessons for overcoming challenges and embracing hope, lessons that abound in this book. Full of Heart is an unforgettable story of a man who never gave up on his dreams.

After being injured in Iraq, J.R. Martinez became a motivational speaker, actor, and winner of season thirteen of Dancing with the Stars. Martinez lives in Los Angeles
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Publishers Weekly
TV star Martinez's heartwarming memoir tells of his transformation from cocky, underprivileged kid to wounded soldier to household name. As a wet-behind-the-ears soldier in Iraq in 2003, he drove his Humvee over an anti-tank mine. In the blast, he writes, "My uniform had melted into my skin.... Parts of my swollen face were scorched black." He describes the long painful journey back to health, including plastic surgery for his disfigured face. And in 2007, "the world of make-believe came calling"-All My Children looking for an Iraqi war vet. Recently, he has become a father with a renewed sense of purpose. Part luck and part destiny, Martinez's story of triumph over tragedy is related with humility, humor, and love. Part of Martinez's appeal is that he doesn't take his fame and success for granted. Readers will find it impossible not to love him, with some grateful reflections on their own lives in between. 16 pages of b&w photos. Agent: Robert Guinsley, Sterling Lord Literistic.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781401304874
  • Publisher: Hyperion
  • Publication date: 10/30/2012
  • Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 195,986
  • File size: 6 MB

Meet the Author

After being injured in Iraq, J.R. Martinez became a motivational speaker, soap star, and winner of season thirteen of Dancing With the Stars. Martinez lives in LA.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2012

    This book made me cry, it made me laugh, it made me realize that

    This book made me cry, it made me laugh, it made me realize that there but for the Grace of God go you or I. J.R. overcame overwhelming pain and adversity, yet he never lost the will and spirit to live the best life he possibly could after devastating injuries. His smile, even tho it may be crooked, inspires and cheers everyone who comes into contact him. I would recommend this book to anyone who needs an uplifting story, and if you saw him on Dancing with the Stars, you know why!!!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2012

    This book is wonderful.  Once I started, I couldn't put it down.

    This book is wonderful.  Once I started, I couldn't put it down.  It is heartfelt, honest, and you completely identify with J.R. Martinez.  It is very well written.  Loved it.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2012

    This is an incredible, compelling story. It is certainly inspir

    This is an incredible, compelling story. It is certainly inspirational. Thank you for your bravery, commitment, and service J.R. Martinez! You are a true American hero.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2012

    Fantasic story, very well written. Loved it!

    Fantasic story, very well written. Loved it!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2012

    WOW!!! Highly Recommended

    An inspirational life story that will touch others. Thank you, J.R. Martinez :)

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2013

    This book is something to talk about and also learn from, J.R's

    This book is something to talk about and also learn from, J.R's experience made me look like a cry baby. Just to show how GOD can transform your life in a second, today your happy and healthy and you never know what will happen tomorrow, so we have to give thanks for every second and every breath each day wish jr all the best and for the first time i had ever watched dancing with the stars was when he was competing give thanks and i will definitely recommend this book to someone and as for JR. you have a lot more to write about so keep on writing and tell your story hope i can meet you some day. taz

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 1, 2012

    Check it out!

    Great read!!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2012

    J. R.

    Yea, J.R.! If only all of us would go for his positive qualities!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2013

    Very good!

    I never knew of JR's story before reading this book. I thought it was well written and his story is so brave and wonderful!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2013

    When J.R. Martinez first saw his face in the mirror after the ac

    When J.R. Martinez first saw his face in the mirror after the accident, he felt like his life was over.  In Full of Heart, Martinez learns to live with these injuries and disfigurements.
    Martinez first receives his injuries while serving in the U.S. Army in Iraq.  He ran over a landmine while
    driving an ammo truck.  He later wakes up in the hospital where burns all over his body are treated.
    However, he still will never look the same (one of the operations even included an amputated ear)
    and is depressed at first because of it.  He does move on though, and goes on to great things.
    I enjoyed this book because of how Martinez manages to keep the book entertaining even when
    he speaks of his past.  I think young adults would enjoy this book because most of the humor in the
    book is targeted for adults, and children would not understand it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2013

    Inspirational

    Loved this book!! What an awesome story of overcoming and how having a positive attitude can change your life forever!!! Thanks J.R. for sharing your life and story with us!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2013

    A very good, inspirational book - Easy to read.

    I enjoyed the book very much. I was amazed at J.R.'s determination to beat the odds and he did most of it with a sense of humor.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2013

    I absoulutely loved this book

    This book was so touching and inspritional. I myself learned a lot from reading this book and a few lessons as well. I would recommend it to everyone who loves to be taken on an emotional rollacoster in a good way

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2013

    Amazing amazing amazing!!!!!!

    Definintly a must read!!!!

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