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Susan O'Leary recounts the miraculous and triumphant fight of her then 9-year-old son to survive and recover from a devastating burn covering 98% of his body. The book unveils a truth of universal importance, namely, by helping others in need we can become their miracles.
Paperback, 154 pages
Published June 10th 2004 by Mahaon, Kompanija, ZAO
(first published January 1st 2004)
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This book is about the motivational speaker John O'Leary who was burnt badly as a child, from his parent's perspective. I could not imagine experiencing any sort of tragedy with my children and still being able to remain strong in my faith. These parents were able to do it, with all of the love and support they were given. Great story and a fast read.
This a very moving (and really unbelievable) story of a local, STL boy who survived burns that covered 98% of his body. He was given less than 1% chance to survive. Today, he is a 35yr old man w. a wife, 2 kids and is a motivational speaker. He spoke to our book club and was incredibly inspiring. He is a beautiful man and has a beautiful story to tell of a family's love, the support of a community and the strength of his spirit. This book is written by his parents. He should write a book as well ...more
I read the book after hearing John O'Leary speak. He was amazing, positive and emotional. The book written by his mother, focuses more on a combination of the facts, the logistics, but also combined with answering serious questions of faith,prayer, and service.
A very quick read. This was an inspirational story from a mom's perspective of a terrible accident that occurred to her son and their long road back through recovery. It was very inspirational to hear their faith behind all the challenges, trials and hardships.
Very well written. Inspiring story, not only about John O'Leary, but of his supportive community - religious, neighbors, athletes, and many others. A very fast read and well worth the reading. In his adulthood, John is also the real deal.