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

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

On television, Kevin Sorbo portrayed an invincible demigod; in his real life, a sudden health crisis left him partially blind and incapacitated at just thirty-eight years old. Yet since appearances are everything in Hollywood, he hid the full details about his condition from the press and continued to film Hercules, which was the number one TV series in the world. In this inspiring memoir, Sorbo shares the story of the crisis that ultimately redefined his measure of success.

True Strength is the story of transformation, persistence, and hope in the face of seemingly insurmountable obstacles. Sorbo reflects on his childhood in Minnesota and his early acting days in Hollywood, to his charmed life as television’s beloved Hercules, and where he is today. He recounts the onset of his symptoms, his frightening hospitalization, and his arduous path to recovery. With this honest account of personal tragedy and triumph, Sorbo aims to blaze a trail for those who have ever suffered acute illness or a serious setback in life and are now struggling to find their way back. 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780306820557
Publisher: Da Capo Press
Publication date: 10/11/2011
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 296
Sales rank: 204,363
File size: 1 MB

About 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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True Strength 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
LoudBlackCat More than 1 year ago
What a treat this book is.  It is refreshing to read about the life of a celebrity that is inspirational and not just sensational. Sorbo is a normal guy.  He does not have inner demons, drug addictions a whacked-out ego or some superficial issue that is more important to himself than the rest of us.  What he does have is a blessed life.  He is blessed with the things that really matter in life; his inner strength, his ability to overcome in the face of calamity, his humor and above all else, his loving family.  His tragedy was not self-afflicted, it was real.  This is a real story about a real person.  Thankfully.  With the bookshelves packed with egotistical garbage or sensationalized stories, this book is a welcomed change.  It is witty, heartfelt, exciting and above all else, inspirational.  It hits home to those of us who have suffered losses or tragedies of our own.  It speaks to what is important in life. I would, by all means, recommend this book.  Nothing beats a well told true story and for that this book is as good as it gets.
Lynn1231 More than 1 year ago
Heartwarming and Real A Good Read, October 19, 2011 By LGR "Lynn" (Florida) This review is from: True Strength: My Journey from Hercules to Mere Mortal--and How Nearly Dying Saved My Life (Hardcover) I have always found it fascinating how each person dealing with a crisis in their lives deals with what is handed to them. As a rehabilitation professional for over 30 years I have worked with many individuals who were dealt difficult hands in the life of poker. Some folded, while others bluffed and hoped for the best and still others put on their game face, weighed the odds and decided to play out their hand with everything they had. I have also found that while 3 people can all have the exact same illness/condition, all three will cope with it differently, have varying degrees of ability due to it and will ultimately recover form it differently. Kevin gave us a look at the horrible hand he was dealt and how that hand effected him, his career, his love life, his future and how he ultimately won the pot in that game. I can't begin to imagine what it must have been like to be a 38 year old man, doing all the right things as far as health goes, (eating right, exercising, not smoking, limited to no drinking, etc), no previous health issues, no hereditary issues, at the top of his career and finally finding the love he had pretty much given up on to be hit suddenly with several strokes and an aneurysm. These are things that happen to unhealthy people, older people, people with high blood pressure, but they don't happen to healthy, young men. The psychological issues that came along with the physical issues certainly played a huge role in Kevin's illness, as is seen in the book and with good reason. The fear alone in wondering why, could it happen again, what caused it and can it kill me would be enough to sideline a large number of people. While Kevin had those fears, he found ways to keep moving through it, to keep playing the hand, even when it was overwhelming, beyond frustrating and excruciatingly difficult to face, he kept playing the hand. However, Kevin didn't play this hand alone and he makes it very clear in the book how much he depended on Sam, how much her strength and pragmatic manner helped him get passed each hurdle. He was very lucky to have her with him during this time, because without someone there to support, push, hold, cry with, talk too and love these life crisis can be almost impossible to manage. There are many people out there who have faced some very serious, unknown, health issue that has sidelined them as well. Kevin's book gives a look into what he and I am sure others in similar situations, must endure during the time they are trying to find answers in order to recover. I found the book enlightening as there was no way I would have ever imagined Kevin had been going through all of that for the length of time he did. I was amazed at the raw feelings Kevin put into the book, showing us his weaknesses, his fears, as well as his overall frustration, anger, physical and emotional pain. I also found it touching to see how much he allowed Sam to be a part of his recovery. While he didn't see himself as whole, as a 'man' Sam did and she saw more.The book was real, not whiney, it explored all the various emotions anyone going through this sort of thing is bound to experience, it completely exposed Kevin, I have no doubt this book was extremely difficult emotionally to write.
JorynJ More than 1 year ago
For those of us who have ever suffered a disabling set-back, something beyond our control (and, heaven forbid, something outside the understanding of our doctors), this book is TRULY inspiring. But this memoir also provides its reader with a window into Kevin Sorbo's background, his values, and his family and friends; it's not just about how he got to be Hercules, but about how he came to be the person he is today. If you want to really KNOW Kevin Sorbo, read this book!
DonnaAR More than 1 year ago
Having known Kevin and his family for over a decade I thought I truly knew everything about him. I knew he was a great friend, husband, father and son. I loved reading about his modeling days in Europe to his actor in Hercules and Andromeda plus many other movies. You will be filled will renewed hope, love and that dreams do come true. You'll laugh, cry and wonder what's going to happen next. You will learn and feel that Kevin is a kind, gentle down to earth guy that can be your best friend. You will be truly inspired that no matter what life challenges come before you, you can beat them, rise above and move to the next level. Thanks Kevin for taking the time to share this intimate part of your live!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved "Hercules: The Legendary Journeys" tv series and became a Sorbo fan for life. I knew of his medical crisis during the filming of the series but never knew the extent of it until I read his book. To know that he kept working despite what he was suffering through amazes me. He is truly an inspiration. He was, is, and always will be MY HERO.
Karen_Y More than 1 year ago
Within the first few pages of this book, I forgot that I was reading a book and felt like I was sitting across from Kevin Sorbo hearing him tell the story in that honest voice that he is known to use. The book reads very easily and Sorbo doesn't hide anything. This book is about the hard journey of a man, but for me, what is interesting about it is the question it brings up: for an actor, what can you do when your life forces you to become the complete opposite of the character that you're playing? After reading this book I watched the last few seasons of Hercules again, and I did so with a completely new set of eyes. This guy did all of his stunts himself, worked so long and hard (when WE think actors have it easy) and all of that, for us viewers, for us to be entertained. And again with this book, he goes all out, tells EVERYTHING in the hope that his journey will inspire and help other people. That work ethic and generosity that few actors have nowadays make Kevin Sorbo a true Hollywood star and a great man. I strongly recommend this book. It will thrill, shock and inspire you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Knew Kevin got sick during the Hercules series,had no idea it was so bad. Happy he found his true worth as a man, and not some mythical being he portrayed on TV.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was interested in this book for the fact I have a deep admiration for Kevin Sorbo the Actor and when I read about the struggles he faced to keep being that man I knew I had to read this book. I bought this book anticipating the basic this is what happened and what my struggles were to get back to my life and I got so much more Kevin and Sam gave so much information, the demands of the Hollywood life. How his T.V persona Hercules played into the treatment doctors gave him. After all he was the worlds strongest man. I now have more admiration for him for what he endured, over coming the medical conditions and hardships, i was inspired by how his strokes may have actually save his marriage. I applaud him in every way and wish him the best in the continued recovery.
jaarsmam More than 1 year ago
Easy read. Insightful, touching, and funny, all in parts.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I knew I liked Kevin Sorbo before, but after reading this I have even more respect for him and for his wife, Sam. He has gone thru a terrible ordeal, and she remained at his side thru it all. I devoured this book in two days and now can't stop thinking about it.
ccvs More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed reading - blessed to hear his testimony.
LindaLB More than 1 year ago
In the book True Strength, both Kevin Sorbo and his wife, Sam, exemplify appreciation for life and for all things that are the basic needs, wants and equalizers of all people. Positivity, commitment, forward - outward focus, faith, hope and true love prevail. I want to see the movie!
HB117 More than 1 year ago
You will find yourself cheering him on. Great descriptive ability.
Dougan More than 1 year ago
Great book by a great actor who struggled in secret with a serious health issue. I was always a Kevin Sorbo fan, from the time the first Hercules movies appeared in the action pack, to Hercules the series and Andromeda. It was really nice to read about his personal struggle and how he overcame it and made a comeback. Dealing with some similar family issues, this book really helped us out. Some really great stuff in this book for anyone in need of inspiration and strength to get through tough times, or just for a Sorbo fan.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I watched Hercules every week. I sadly don't remember hearing Kevin was ill. It was a very busy and sad time of my life as I knew my marriage would have to end and once again I'd be a single Mom, 3 kids this time instead of just 1. I do remember, however, being annoyed that Hercules hadn't seem to start back on time and I also remember being really annoyed when it did return that Herc wasn't in the episodes much...of course all these years later I now know why I was so oddly disappointed in the majority of that last season. This was a telling story and although slightly jumpy in the way it was put together I found a new respect for Kevin. I also had never known that Kevin Smith, who played Hades had died so nowm was is truly years after his death I find myself feeling great grief as Ihad a HUGE crush on him and loved every episode he was in. Kevin Sorbo, probably to his dismay, will always be Hercules to me and as its the last days of Feb 2012, I still go to a certain online site and watch Hercules The Legendary Journeys whenever I need a pick me up....I'll always love the show & Kevin Sorbo. This was a story that needed telling and I'm so glad he had the courage to tell it!!!!!! Thanks and God graces to Kevin & his family.
MN-MRS More than 1 year ago
This is not a Hollywood drama. This is a down to earth story about a man who was brought down a level or two the hard way. Even though there are times when Kevin seems to whine about his situation, he needs the life lessons brought about by his illness to truely understand the real riches he has in life...a strong, good hearted wife and his three adoring children. Not many people are often given the gift of this insight with such a happy ending. It is a good quick read, only took me a day, but made me respect him much more than before.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Re kirkis reviews. Ok. I just read thier review of kevins book and I have to say Bulls#$%. Everything they said was negative and demeaning. I'm glad I read the book first before I saw that crap review.
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