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Full of Heart: My Story of Survival, Strength, and Spirit
     

Full of Heart: My Story of Survival, Strength, and Spirit

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by J. R Martinez, Alexandra Rockey Fleming
 

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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. 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,

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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. 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, but when 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.

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. His resilience, optimism, and charm were also noted by Hollywood and scored him roles on "All My Children" and "Dancing with the Stars."

Full of Heart is an unforgettable story of a man who never gave up - and an inspirational journey from tragedy to triumph.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781611736175
Publisher:
Center Point Large Print
Publication date:
01/28/2013
Edition description:
Large Print
Pages:
319
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.10(d)

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Full of Heart: My Story of Survival, Strength, and Spirit 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fantasic story, very well written. Loved it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An inspirational life story that will touch others. Thank you, J.R. Martinez :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
HowiesMom More than 1 year ago
Great read!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Yea, J.R.! If only all of us would go for his positive qualities!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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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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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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Definintly a must read!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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