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I Am Potential: Eight Lessons on Living, Loving, and Reaching Your Dreams

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"I can't see, I can't walk, and can't do lots of other things. With all this, people might ask "How can I bear to live?" but I don't see it that way. Through my trials, God has given me experiences that taught me important lessons about life, which help get me through each and every day. The greatest gift I can give back to others is to share those experiences and lessons. ...more
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Published November 1st 2008 by Blackstone Audiobooks (first published January 1st 2008)
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Annie
Feb 09, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I received this book from my husband on Christmas morning and he wasn’t too sure about (What he said) was my unenthusiastic reaction. However, I am so glad he did! This is the inspiring story of Patrick Henry Hughes’s life. He was born with a rare genetic disorder, his limbs were underdeveloped and could never be straight, he couldn’t walk and he was born with no eyes. His parents were devastated, understandably so, and this was their first child. Soon, his mom and dad moved past their grief and ...more
Diana
Oct 15, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Patrick Henry Hughes was born with a genetic disorder so that his arms don't straighten, he is unable to walk and he is blind. Is he "disabled"? Read the book and you will find that he loves life and does so many things that the rest of us will never do....maybe we are the ones who are "disabled." When he was very young he began playing the piano and his musical talents, including singing, have expanded from there.
I have seen him on TV on "Ellen", "Oprah," and then his family was suprised with
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Beth
This is not a book to read if you're looking for brilliant, flowing prose. You will not be inspired by its complex sentences and its lyrical phrases.

Despite all that, this is a book that will inspire you. When you read the story of Patrick Henry Hughes, you will feel like he and his father, Patrick John, are sitting in your living room, telling it right to you. There's no denying that you feel as if you have become a part of their family during the short 200 pages of this book.

My husband and I w
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Miranda Wiglesworth
I am potential is a very inspiring story. Patrick Henry Hughes is a person who has over came many obstacles. He was born with "multiple anomalies" and was very positive about it. Even when his parents were not. This book is a good book to read when you are wanting to give up on yourself or as a teacher when you want to give up on a student. If anyone does, Patrick Henry Hughes had every right to wallow in self-pity. However he did just the opposite. He thanked God for the oppurtunities he does h ...more
Brent Monroe
This book really lifts up your spirits. Some of the experiences are a little out of chronological order, but the story and meaning behind them are good.

Patrick Henry gave readers a very insightful look into his and his family's life. He was very descriptive at times and made you feel that you were experencing things right along with him.

Patrick Henry and his family show you what families should be like, loving and helping each other unconditionaly.

It would be a good book to go back and read peri
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Deb
You may have hear of Patrick Henry Hughes--born with severe disabilities, including blindness, he nevertheless has an amazing musical talent and zest for life. He and his dad are regulars on the field with the University of Louisville marching band--even though Patrick is in a wheelchair. In this book Patrick shares the story of his life so far and the principles that have helped him overcome adversity and excel despite enormous challenges. It is a very inspiring story and one I definitely recom ...more
Doug
Nov 24, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Blind, trapped in a wheelchair, and happy as can be. This is Patrick Henry Hughes. In college, in the marching band, has a girlfriend, plays both piano and trumpet, and happy as can be. This is also Patrick Henry Hughes.

This was for me a wonderfully enjoyable book about choosing which half of the glass you want - half full or half empty. Mr. Hughes consistently chooses the full half and does so with a wonderful grace and humility.

This was a wonderful read.
John
Jan 15, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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What a story. Talk about a life lived rough, but lived well. Goes to show more on the positives of the human spirit.
Cathy
Jan 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing story about an amazing life
Marci
Feb 26, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I haven't actually finished this book. It is too hard to finish. This book is interesting and the people are great, but it is like having to reading a Reader's Digest interview of two people for 200 pages. The first 40 pages could be enough, but it just keeps going on and on and on. I feel like I am in a room with the father and son, listening to a casual conversation between the two of them about their life together. Their convseration is cool and they are nice people, but after an hour or so I ...more
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Upon Patrick Henry Hughes birth the doctors noticed physical anomalies. He was diagnosed as bilateral anophthalmia with pterygium syondrome and congenital bilateral hip dysplasia.
In short he was born without eyes and he needs to live in a weel-chair, because his legs don't have the strength to hold him and he can't stretch his arms.
At the age of nine months he started to play piano and studied
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“At the end of the day, can you look back and say to yourself, "Today, my mother would be proud of me because I gave it all I had"? If you can, you will have had a very good day. And if you can do this every day, you will have a very good life.” 8 likes
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