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True Strength Hardcover – 27 Oct 2011

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press Inc (27 Oct. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0306820366
  • ISBN-13: 978-0306820366
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 15.7 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,103,638 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"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 --Kirkus Reviews

."[A] compelling memoir...Throughout his chatty tale, [Sorbo] drops enough Hollywood names to make any "Us Weekly" reader happy." --Booklist

About the Author

Kevin Sorbo is an actor, producer and director, best known for his leading roles in Hercules: The Legendary Journeys and Gene Roddenberry's Andromeda. He lives with his wife, Sam and their three children in California and is a spokesman for A World Fit for Kids!, a non-profit mentoring organization in Los Angeles.


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I can recommend this book not only for fans of Kevin (Hercules) Sorbo but especially for anyone who needs inspiration on overcoming, in Kevins case, an illness or any set back. Kevin was at the peak of his fitness when he was struck down by 3 strokes in succession. He went from an on-screen demi-god to someone who had to learn to walk again and function with a loss of vision in both eyes as well as other side-effects. Thanks to a supportive partner (Sam Sorbo) and his faith in God, he overcame adversity. This is written from the heart, not in a pretentious hollywood movie star way, but like a down to earth regular guy telling you how he survived and beat the odds. It's also a love story of how his then fiance, now wife Sam, had to draw on her own strength to be strong for the man she loved. It has parts that make you laugh, make you stop and think, make you appreciate your health.. but most of all to have faith in yourself. The old saying "What doesn't kill you makes you stronger" was never more fitting. An excellent book that you can read again and again.
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I started to read this book and could not put it down. Kevin Sorbo is a natural author and should definitely write more books. He writes in such a way that you were there with him and felt all his pain and frustration. His wife Sam is a remarkable woman.
I watched the Hercules series with my grandchildren (who are now Adults) and could not believe that this could happen to such a fit person but I am glad that, although it took a long time, Kevin has recovered so well.
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Having loved Ken Sorbo for years, I couldn't' t pass up a book by HIM (not a Hollywood Ghost writer). Was totally unaware of his illness, he hid it so well! His journey (Journey, Don't stop believing', ;) ) has helped me understand mine and hopefully battle/embrace it. One again Hercules and Dylan Hunt have come to the rescue.
I highly recommend this book, it's brilliant.
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This is an inspirational book. It will make you smile - even laugh out loud - and maybe even make you cry. A must for all fans of US actor Kevin Sorbo, who remember him from the days of Hercules:The Legendary Journeys, Gene Roddenbury's Andromeda or for the many, mostly indie, films he has made more recently. But it is not just a book for fans, because it is not just an ordinary autobiography. It also tells a personal tale of his fight back to health after he suffered 3 strokes. Anyone who has had to cope with adversity - especially heart or stroke or cancer - will find great encouragement as Kevin tells of his own slow recovery process. I think this book would make a great Christmas present.
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I struggled with this book. It gave such a true emotional account of the turmoil someone facing a major crisis goes through. At times I wanted to applaud his and Sam's strength of character and, at other times, I wanted to shake him out of his self pity ( even though I could understand it.) He showed that true strength does not come from muscle power but from within. 'Hercules' was very brave in writing this book- I had to applaud his courage as he showed himself as Kevin the man and not Hercules the god. Well worth the read.
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What a lovely book. Kevin is a true star and I could not put it down. I'd recommend this book to anyone.
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I was amazed when I read this. I never knew he had been ill. You know people have strokes but unless it's someone close you never know how they really feel or cope. I watched him in Hercules and Andromoda and he never showed how he was feeling. I think he is a lovely person and hope he goes from strength to strength
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I suffered a stroke a few weeks ago (age 55) having been healthy, active and on a healthy diet. Why? Thank God, I have regained use of my limbs, but feel just like Kevin inside. No one understand what is going on in my mind. I have to conquer it myself. This book has inspired me to persevere. To keep believing. Thank you Kevin, I am not alone.
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