Sunday, November 26, 2017

Living With No Excuses: The Remarkable Rebirth of an American Soldier by Noah Galloway

Book description:

Military hero and beloved Dancing with the Stars alum Noah Galloway shares his life story, and how losing his arm and leg in combat forced him to relearn how to live--and live to the fullest.

Inspirational, humorous, and thought provoking, Noah Galloway's LIVING WITH NO EXCUSES sheds light on his upbringing in rural Alabama, his military experience, and the battle he faced to overcome losing two limbs during Operation Iraqi Freedom. From reliving the early days of life to his acceptance of his "new normal" after losing his arm and leg in combat, Noah reveals his ambition to succeed against all odds. 

Noah's gripping story is a shining example that with laughter, and the right amount of perspective, you can tackle anything. Whether it be overcoming injury, conquering the Dancing with the Stars ballroom, or taking the next steps forward in life with his young family - Noah demonstrates how to live life to the fullest, with no excuses.

My review:

  I have always been very pro-military. Novelists like Ronie Kendig who writes great military fiction has helped me gain a greater appreciation for our military. This book, however, is not fiction and made me feel even more pro-military as I gained and even greater appreciation for Noah Galloway and other men like him.

 I was impressed with Noah from the first time I heard of him. I watched his videos, saw clips of him on Dancing With the Stars, voted for him to be on the cover of Men's Health and then rejoiced as he won. And then I saw he had a book coming out and I could review it.

 The book definitely does not disappoint. Noah takes the reader through it all - his upbringing, his military career and family life, the loss of his two limbs, his descent into depression, and his decision to focus on what he had left instead of what he was missing. His story is an inspirational story with high and low points as he honestly bares his soul and tells of his victories and his losses.

The first part of the title of the book is Living With No Excuses. It should come with a warning. Noah's story can make you feel guilty as  you read of what he has accomplished as a double amputee, while so many of us complain and give up so easily in what we think are big challenges. I found the book to be both encouraging and convicting, and one we should all read. Thanks to Noah and others for all they have sacrificed for our country.

About the author:

Sergeant NOAH GALLOWAY was assigned to the 1st of the 502nd Infantry of the 101st Airborne Division during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Three months into his second tour of duty, he experienced a life changing injury-- losing his left arm above the elbow and left leg above the knee in an Improvised Explosive Device attack. After a long stint in recovery and rehabilitation, Noah became a motivational speaker and fitness activist. A father of three, Noah currently resides in Alabaster, Alabama.

Living With No Excuses: The Remarkable Rebirth of an American Soldier is available from Center Street Publishing, part of the Hachette Book Group.

Thanks to Center Street for the review copy.