True Strength: My Journey from Hercules to Mere Mortal--and How Nearly Dying Saved My Life

True Strength: My Journey from Hercules to Mere Mortal--and How Nearly Dying Saved My Life

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by Kevin Sorbo
     
 

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The star of TV’s Hercules: The Legendary Journeys reveals how a series of debilitating strokes at the height of his career changed his lifeSee more details below

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The star of TV’s Hercules: The Legendary Journeys reveals how a series of debilitating strokes at the height of his career changed his life

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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.”

Booklist, 10/15/11
“[A] compelling memoir…Throughout his chatty tale, [Sorbo] drops enough Hollywood names to make any Us Weekly reader happy.”
 
Asbury Park Press, 9/25/11
“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.”

Huffington Post, 10/19/11
“A gripping account of Sorbo's illness and gradual recovery.”
 
A.V. Club, 10/19/11
“As much an inspirational story as a narrative about the former model’s rise to cable stardom, the often surprisingly candid memoir offers a look at the effects long-term debilitation can have on relationships and careers…A compelling look at a life temporarily derailed.”
 
Shelf Awareness for Readers, 10/21/11
“His story is no mythic journey; it's all too human, and well worth reading.”
 
ThirdOptionMen.org, 10/15/11
“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
“Sorbo has written an interesting memoir…[that] will be of interest to his fans and others.”

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.”

Pottstown Mercury, 12/6/11“An informative, inspirational memoir…A very personal, realistic account of a devastating event to which we can all relate in some way, having faced adversities of our own. [Sorbo’s] frank, casual narrative draws readers into his story.”

WomanAroundTown.com, 12/15/11
“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.”
 
American Profile, December 2011
“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.” 

Kingman Daily Miner, 3/2/12
“This book is intended to give hope to those who have encountered unforeseen ailments and need encouragement to overcome their frailties. It shows that with the will to go on, following the advice of doctors, and most importantly accepting support from significant others, true strength emerges.”
 
WTBF Radio
“[Sorbo’s] story is honest, inspiring, and cautionary: don’t ignore your body when it warns you.”
 
Westlake Malibu Lifestyle, June 2012
“An inspirational read.”

Midwest Book Review, July 2012
“A powerful testimony, this deserves ongoing attention and recommendation.”

Tucson Citizen, 10/10/12
“[A] compelling memoir.”

Blogcritics.org, 11/9/12“Inspirational as well as instructive.”

Midwest Book Review, December 2012“A powerful pick for any general lending library, offering a riveting blend of an insider's view of Hollywood's reaction to illness and the long road back from the brink of death.”

Curled Up with a Good Book, 1/6/13
“[A] candid memoir. Readers who have experienced similar health issues will relate to and appreciate the raw emotion that Sorbo shares… [Sorbo] is able to make the details of his illness and its aftermath as compelling as any mystery novel… One needn’t be a fan of the actor to appreciate the story told in True Strength. It is, in its own way, as inspirational and insightful as any myth.”

Kirkus Reviews
A dull, inconsequential account of an affable slab of beefcake's medical troubles. Sorbo, best known for his starring role in the hit TV program Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, recounts the catastrophic effects of an aneurysm and a series of strokes on his life and career. At the height of his stardom, the conspicuously healthy, clean-living actor suffered a bizarre and statistically unlikely health crisis that left the him persistently weak and dizzy, plagued by migraines and vision loss and unable to maintain his muscular physique or even swing a prop sword on the set of the show. 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. Unfortunately, the author, at least on the evidence here, is such a resolutely bland personality--a middle-of-the-road guy in temperament, taste and sensibility--that it is difficult to muster much interest in his predicament. His anecdotes about life on the set of Hercules are flavorless and mild, his observations on love, family and the capriciousness of fate banal and his regular-guy persona precludes any surprising, salacious or otherwise interesting revelations about his idyllic upbringing as a healthy young jock or his relatively smooth ascension to cult stardom. Sorbo's medical problems, while clearly devastating to the author and his family and friends, are not the stuff of high drama; he was knocked down, felt lousy for a period and slowly recovered. Readers may feel vaguely gratified that an apparently nice person made it through a difficult period, but it's hardly compelling reading.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780306820557
Publisher:
Da Capo Press
Publication date:
10/11/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
296
Sales rank:
194,724
File size:
1 MB

Meet the Author

Kevin Sorbo is an actor, producer, and director, best known for his leading roles on Hercules: The Legendary Journeys and Gene Rodenberry’s Andromeda. He lives with his family in California.

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