Book review time! I have been able to read a lot lately, due to sickness falling on my house like a torrential rain storm! The rainbow at the end of that storm is that I have been reading a lot…and also adding lots and lots of titles to my “to-be-read” pile, and it’s just about to fall over! Seriously, guys, my local library has got to be sick of seeing me! Well, lucky for them (and for me), I sometimes receive free books from publishers and this one today is from Blogging for Books–
Tough As They Come, by SSG Travis Mills- a thank you to them.
While I don’t usually read non-fiction for fun, this one compelled me. I love a motivational story. A personal story. A life that has been tested and trialed, and the person came out strong and able to teach me something from their experience. I love that. This title was amazing. I have to be honest- it was written from the point of view of someone I have not much in common with: a man, a twenty-something, an ex-football player, a military person (there are lots of acronyms in here!) . But right away I was impressed by his perspective on life:
We all have our unique challenges to go through. The point is that you can keep going. You can choose to never give up. You can choose to never quit. [Tough As They Come]
Of course this isn’t literally true in every situation- there is always a time to grieve or get angry…but Travis Mills’ story, where he lost 4 limbs- he is one of only five surviving soldiers who have lost 4 limbs; This is his story of positivity, and choosing to laugh whenever he possibly could.
I can’t help but be inspired by his service, and as a non-military person, I am thankful. As someone who really doesn’t know what all those acronyms mean, or a deployment looks like, or what time home actually would entail, I liked the straightforward exploration into a life in the Army. It details a life in the military both at home on leave from deployment or working from base, and also in the middle of Afghanistan.There is a lot of detail about his time in the (literal) trenches, and also his relationships with people in his life.
But what I am amazed by is his attitude. He reflects how he always had the confidence that he would come out all right- even while laying in the helicopter, four days before his 25th birthday, with no arms or legs…
I am not a huge fan of overt “faith” or religion-based writing, and I was worried this book would preach to me, but it doesn’t and he doesn’t. He is faithful for sure, but it comes through as a revelation in the end of the book, not as a driving theme of the story.
My Take: Recommended
There is much more to this book than I am describing here. If you like memoir, or real life stories of inspiration, this book fits that slot. I really got a lot from this book, and have been sharing his story with my kids as a model for overcoming negative thoughts and finding faith in hard times.
Since this book came out last year, it’s available as paperback and kindle versions as well as hardcover and free if you have an Audible account!
*Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links. I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review, and as always my opinions are solely my own, and unaffected by any compensation that I receive.