In The Tradition Of Inspirational Bestsellers By Glennon Doyle Melton And Bren Brown, Life Is Magic Is Jon Dorenbos S Extraordinary And Empowering True Story Of Resilience, Forgiveness, And Living A Life Of Purpose In The Face Of Unfathomable Obstacles You May Know Him As An NFL All Pro Or As A World Class Magician Who Made The Finals Of America S Got Talent But Jon Dorenbos Says That What He Does Is Not Who He Is Who He Is Is Someone Forced, At The Most Tender Of Ages, To Coach Himself Into Turning Tragedy To TriumphOne Morning In August , When Jon Was Twelve Years Old And Living A Seemingly Idyllic Childhood In Suburban Seattle, He Woke Up For Baseball Camp His Dad Waved Good Bye Later That Day, Jon Heard The News His Father Had Murdered His Mother In The Family S Three Car Garage In An Instant, His Life Had Shattered He D Been Essentially OrphanedThrust Into Foster Care While His Father Stood Trial For Murder, Jon Struggled Left To Himself, He Discovered An Unlikely Escape Performing Magic Tricks If You Found A Way To Alter Your Reality, After Your Dad Your Hero Killed Your Mom, Wouldn T You Cling To It, Too Then Came Football, Which Provided A Release For All Of His Pent Up Anger Together, Magic And Football Saved Him, Leading To Fourteen NFL Seasons On The Gridiron And Raucous Sleight Of Hand Performances To Packed Houses Across The GlobeIn , Traded To The New Orleans Saints, Jon Was Diagnosed With A Life Threatening Heart Condition He Had A Choice Break Down Or As He D By Now Long Taught Himself Bounce Back Talk To Yourself, Don T Listen To Yourself, Dorenbos Advises For Those Moments When, Facing Seemingly Insurmountable Odds, The Inner Voice Of Self Doubt ScreamsIn Life Is Magic, Jon Dorenbos Draws A Roadmap For How To Shut That Voice Up By Choosing Happiness At His Darkest Times, He Writes, He S Learned Lessons Of Love, Forgiveness And Perseverance His Story Is Poignant And Powerful, Told By A Charismatic And Optimistic Man Who Has Overcome Life And Death Challenges With Grace, Persistence, A Child Like Sense Of Wonderand Jaw Dropping Card Tricks While it was great to go through memory lane with many of Jon s middle and high school experiences, but ultimately I loved learning a valuable lesson about forgiveness and perseverance This book was a wonderful reminder of why and how we can overcome even the most difficult situations After recently experiencing the loss of my brother, this book was a solace in my grieving process We can all do hard things We can all forgive and we can all get better Lastly, it was a great read because I could hear Jon s distinctive voice and inflection That is a bonus of knowing the author. What a great story this is Great reminder of how defeating self can bring so much peace to one s heart Thank you Kind of the great reminders of what gratitude can do for us ifWhen we remind ourselves, WE ALIVE Thank you for being you.I lost my mother at the age of 14 to the disease of alcoholism and I chose to be a victim of that until I found myself in a 12_step program years later I am grateful we alive I love this guy I saw him on AGT doing his magic I m nt a fan of magic but he had so much personality doing it and it was fantastic Plus, being from Phlly, loved that he was an Eagle Now, his personalty astounds me after having his father kill his mother when he was 12 I have to admit that I skipped most of the magic so that s the only reason I gave it 4 stars. Fantastic story I was crying and laughing and sometimes in the same sentence Jon s story is not his life He spends every waking moment creating his life with each thoughtful and exacting decision He creates love, fosters passion and a zest for life that has made him a guy everyone wants to be around When you finish this book you will want to be his friend Very inspiring and page turning read I typically don t love self help type books but I think the sentiments expressed in this book can help almost any individual I met Jon socially early on in his time in Philly, my husband had emergency aortic valve surgery with Dr Bavaria the same year as Jon and I dealt adversity early in life so the book particularly hit on many notes There is a bit of winner s bias in this book being an NFL player affords you an incredible support network, resources to advance your dreams, etc as there is in many self help books, but despite that, incorporating the mindset espoused in this book will help many people either from a personal perspective shunning victimhood and fighting the negative voices in your mind or the altruistic perspective spreading positivity in the world It is the kind of book that you put down and say, I can do even better for my self and my community. Awesome bookMy name is JOE and I m at grateful recovering alcoholic This book is an inspiration to me that no matter what path our lives take us, God always has our back There has never been an absence of God in my life, I just shut him out Today, I too have signs from my father, who passed away in 2015, and others that I looked up to that are gone Thank you John for sharing your experience strength and hope Acceptance and forgiveness The keys to happiness God bless Amazing, inspiring, a genuinely nice person I ve heard Jon s story throughout his America s Got Talent run and seeing him perform magic live, but to read the words written in this book blew me away I laughed and I cried and despite hitting a rough patch in my own life this year this book has truly made me believe that everything will be ok Once you start reading you cannot put it down. What an amazing human. I finished this book Saturday night and days later I can t stop hearing the gems of motivation and inspiration repeating in my head What an unbelievably inspirational human being Even if you don t love football or magic, I promise every single person can love and benefit from Jon Dorenbos words and life story.A special thanks for the story about him visiting Childrens Hospital of Philadelphia and the young girl who was the recipient of his kindness and his showing up I was a kid at CHOP a long time ago and had a similar experience with Willie Mays and it meant the world to me It also helped my Dad feel comfortable in a hospital because he hated hospitals Thanks again, Jon Dorenbos Life is Magic is a wonderful example of choosing happiness even when it s not the easiest choice iGotYou LifeIsMagic ReadMoreBooks OrListenMore Audible GoBIRDS EAGLES This book really hit home with me because my mom passed when I was 13 and this took me back to all the same feelings I had trying to process her death Thank you Jon for this book and your a true inspiration.
- 288 pages
- Life Is Magic
- Jon Dorenbos
- 10 September 2018 Jon Dorenbos