Kevin Sorbo reveals in True Strength: He was in a battle for his life…
Kevin Sorbo’s memoir, True Strength: My Journey from Hercules to Mere Mortal–and How Nearly Dying Saved My Life, hit book stands for release today! Many fans who pre-ordered the long-awaited venture received it early. Such is the case with our good friend Jewels in Australia, who has read it three times already, and who offered this fantastic review. Thanks, Jewels!
My Review of True Strength:
Kevin Sorbo portrayed Hercules, the strongest man in the world, and from the outside looking in it seemed he was the strongest man in the world and the luckiest. He had a very successful show and met the love of his life on the set of Hercules, and married her both on screen and off. Every week we watched as he battled mythical creatures and beat up the bad guys, and apart from what we all assumed was a minor health issue he was invincible. He was, of course, Hercules.
But, of course, he is just like the rest of us – he is only human, a mere mortal who has his frailties. And as Kevin now reveals in his book, he had been in the battle of his life.
Kevin’s book, True Strength, is an honest, touching, and very personal story detailing not one, but three strokes and an aneurysm, and the ongoing battle over two years that left him, among other things, weak, angry, frustrated, vulnerable and depressed, totally reliant on others to help him through the most difficult time in his life. One thing’s for sure, Kevin could not have fought this battle alone, and during it all he had the love and support of his wife, Sam, who was with him during his darkest moments and helped him through it all to see the light at the end of the tunnel.
Kevin’s story detailing his childhood and his road to success, his strokes and long road to recovery will make you laugh and bring you to tears. And, hopefully, for those of us who are dealing with our own health crises, maybe Kevin will be your inspiration for your own battles.
There were moments that I was giggling, such as Kevin’s first encounter with Gizmoe – I could just picture the moment this huge guy and this little dog (were) in the battle of wills. There were moments that I realised I was holding my breath for what was happening during the initial stages of his illness, the good and bad times during the various stages of his career from his modeling days through to Hercules and Andromeda, from the moment that Kevin and Sam met, and the moment Sam realised that Kevin was the one and she would be there for him. So touching… the honesty of Kevin sharing his deepest, darkest fears and thoughts of not only his health, but his relationship with Sam; the moments of pure joy at the birth of their children, and the sorrow of losing loved ones and friends; the love and pure joy of being a father; plus so much more.
Kevin’s story also shows that you do need to take the time to look at what’s going on in your life. Life doesn’t have to be so fast-paced – slow down and rest, because if you don’t, you could miss out on the most amazing moments in your life.
(Image courtesy of Kevin Sorbo)