Life Is Magic: My Inspiring Journey from Tragedy to Self-Discovery (Hardback)
  • Life Is Magic: My Inspiring Journey from Tragedy to Self-Discovery (Hardback)
zoom

Life Is Magic: My Inspiring Journey from Tragedy to Self-Discovery (Hardback)

(author), (with)
£19.99
Hardback 240 Pages / Published: 14/11/2019
  • Publisher reprinting

Temporarily out of stock

Email me when available

Stay one step ahead and let us notify you when this item is next available to order

"Jon Dorenbos is a magical person. Life Is Magic shows how we can all choose happiness in the face of overwhelming odds." -Ellen DeGeneres

An extraordinary and empowering story of resilience, forgiveness, and living a life of purpose in the face of unfathomable obstacles.

You might recognize him as an NFL All-Pro or as an elite magician who made the finals of Amer ica's Got Talent and regularly appears on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. But Jon Dorenbos says that what he does is not who he is. Who he is is someone forced, at the most tender of ages, to coach himself into turning tragedy to triumph.

One morning in August 1992, when Jon was twelve years old and living a seemingly idyllic childhood in suburban Seattle, he woke up for baseball camp. His dad waved good-bye. Later that day, Jon heard the news: his father had murdered his mother in the family's three-car garage. In an instant, his life had shattered. He'd been essentially orphaned.

Thrust into foster care while his father stood trial for murder, Jon struggled. Left to himself, he discovered an unlikely escape performing magic tricks. If you found a way to alter your reality after your dad-your hero-killed your mom, wouldn't you cling to it too? Then came football, which provided a release for all of Jon's pent-up anger. Together, magic and football saved him, leading to fourteen NFL seasons on the gridiron and raucous sleight-of-hand perfor mances to packed houses across the globe.

In 2017, after being traded to the New Orleans Saints, Jon was diagnosed with a life-threatening heart condition. He had a choice: break down, or-as he'd long by now taught himself-bounce back. "Talk to yourself, don't listen to yourself," Dorenbos advises for those moments when the inner voice of self-doubt screams.

In Life Is Magic, Dorenbos draws a road map for how to shut that voice up by choosing happi ness. At his darkest times, he writes, he's learned lessons of love, forgiveness, and perseverance. His story is poignant and powerful, told by a char ismatic and optimistic man who has overcome life-or-death challenges with grace, persistence, a childlike sense of wonder...and jaw-dropping card tricks.

Publisher: Simon & Schuster
ISBN: 9781982101244
Number of pages: 240
Weight: 438 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 23 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"Jon Dorenbos is a magical person. Life Is Magic shows how we can all choose happiness in the face of overwhelming odds, and it makes me so proud to call him a friend."
-Ellen DeGeneres

"You may know Jon Dorenbos as a pro football player or a world class magician. But to get to know him and hear what he has overcome throughout his life is inspiring. His story of finding happiness throughout his life is both hilarious and moving. Get ready for a wild ride!"
-Garth Brooks

"In everything he does, Jon Dorenbos is the ultimate pro. Someone you want on your side when the going gets tough. In Life Is Magic, Jon shows what I witnessed from him in an NFL locker room, year after year: That, more than anything else, character is what matters, in football and in life."
-Andy Reid

You may also be interested in...

The King's Painter
Added to basket
£35.00   £31.99
Hardback
Hungry
Added to basket
£9.99   £8.49
Paperback
Ramble Book
Added to basket
£9.99   £8.49
Paperback
How to Fail
Added to basket
£9.99   £8.49
Paperback
Greenlights
Added to basket
£20.00   £17.99
Hardback
Making It
Added to basket
£16.99
Hardback
One Two Three Four: The Beatles in Time
Added to basket
Living the Chateau Dream
Added to basket
SPIKE
Added to basket
£40.00
Hardback
Just Kids
Added to basket
£9.99   £8.49
Paperback
Beeswing
Added to basket
£20.00   £17.99
Hardback
Tall Tales and Wee Stories
Added to basket
£8.99   £7.49
Paperback
Born A Crime
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback
The Power Of Hope
Added to basket
£20.00   £16.99
Hardback
Just Ignore Him
Added to basket
£9.99   £8.49
Paperback
The Squire of Knotty Ash and his Lady
Added to basket

Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.