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I Am Potential: Eight Lessons on Living, Loving, and Reaching Your Dreams Hardcover – October 21, 2008
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From Publishers Weekly
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“I Am Potential is a lesson in love…[It] is everything a reader would expect from a motivational book…The point-counterpoint format with father and son shifting between narratives adds flavor and variety. And an extensive list of resources at the end of the book is a welcome addition. Written in an almost conversational tone, I Am Potential is easy to read…It serves up a large dose of humility and perspective.”
Monday Morning Email, 11/3
“I could not put it down. It will capture your emotions from the opening page. This is a book of inspiration that should be bought and given as gifts to other young people who might need a shot in the arm, or to young adults who need an inspirational lift. And YOU will enjoy the book from start to finish…Outstanding…Get the book—today!”
“Hughes's knowing but uplifting tone balances out the tragedies, making this an inspiring addition to the growing self-help-memoir shelf.”
“[Shows] the resiliency of the human spirit…One of those sure-fire tearjerkers about someone with extremely severe handicaps who not only overcomes them but also finds a way to thrive and to get great enjoyment out of life…Clearly, Patrick Henry Hughes is a remarkable individual, his story serving as proof that being disabled in some ways does not mean being disabled in all ways…It is impossible not to be moved by who this young man is and what he has overcome to accomplish so much.”
“Everyone should read this…This book gives a new definition to the term ‘able-bodied.’”
Today’s Woman, November 2008
“Might give you the inspiration you’ve been needing all along.”
American Author’s Association website
“Inspirational…A wonderful true life tale…This is one of those feel good stories that would make a great feature movie by Disney…Uplifting…[A] must read…This is a book that all family members can read.”
“It is likely to be the feel-good story of the year. Patrick Henry Hughes is someone who has become a celebrity for all the right reasons. He is an inspiration to everyone who knows him and will become an inspiration to everyone who reads his book.”
“[A] deeply moving story…A source of inspiration for anyone battling against the odds…I Am Potential emerges as more than an incredible triumph-over-adversity tale or a beautiful father/son relationship saga. It also evolves into the story of how helping one boy fight to achieve his dreams gave so many others the opportunity to expand their own abilities and capacities—to become their best selves.”
“A very inspiring book…about a remarkable family’s faith in God, courage and perseverance…This book will remind us that challenges can be overcome. Attitude is everything!”
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The book centers on Patrick Henry's disabilities, his mother's steadfast faith in God, the role his parents played in helping him to be all that he can be, and his father's maturing into a responsible parent and man. "It is also a guide for those who seek to live their own life more meaningfully each day - demonstrating how with faith, perseverance, and unconditional love, almost anything is possible to achieve."
When Patrick Henry was nine months old, an extraordinary thing happened, he began to began to play the piano and an exceptional music talent emerged. He plays in the University of Louisville's Marching (yes, marching band!), has performed with Pam Tillis at the Grand Ole Opry with Pam Tillis and has performed with Lone Star at Fan Fair at Nashville's Riverfront Stages in Nashville, is an acclaimed classical pianist and has performed at John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC, and won the Disney Wide World of Sports Spirit Award as college football's most inspirational person.
In "I Am Potential," Patrick provides many extraordinary insights into living a good life:
"Our goals tell us what we intend to accomplish, and the plans we make re what we believe to be the most effective path. But what if along the way we find that the bridge is out? You may have to accept that your map doesn't match up with the road of real life. At that point, forget the directions and look around for a better route. Keep going, but be smart about it, and that includes being flexible. Quite often, those who achieve great things got their by a route they hadn't planned on, and to do that, you have to be open to all possibilities...God's plan for us is far better than the one we started with, but we have to be open in order to find that out. Many of us must stumble into God's blessings."
"Some of us haven't found the thing in life that swallows us and fulfills us like nothing else can. All you have to do is keep trying new things. You'll find it, and when you do, you'll realize it's what you have been looking for all your life."
Once, when his piano teacher asked if he wanted to know what she looked like. His quick response, "I already know what you look like, you are kind and generous, beautiful in every way."
Patrick Henry is one of those rare individuals who is able to touch us genuinely, to instantly disarm us, and in doing so, allows communication soul to soul. We can all learn from him and his amazing attitude...his "I am potential" and defiance of his disabilities at every turn.
Ear-trained classical pianist virtuoso, trumpeter, vocalist, fluent in Spanish, college student, marching bandmate.....Just a "small" list of accomplishments for a man born with no eyes, deformed hands and confined to a wheelchair for life. When I first saw him sing "Amazing Grace" on The Hour Of Power, I was not only very impressed, but I ordered his book right away.
Here is a person that did not see the score stacked against him -- he used his circumstances and talents to his advantage and pursued his passions with zest. What he conveys in this book, well worth reading, is how he faced life's challenges, adapted/conquered...and made the most out of challenging situations. This is a lesson to people who face no debilitating defects, who can walk and see on their own, to face what life deals them and act accordingly.
It helps that he is very intelligent, you're not going to go as far in life without his natural talents. But be didn't allow his disabilities to hold him back like many people would. What a lovely read.