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The Warrior's Heart: Becoming a Man of Compassion and Courage

by Eric Greitens

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Reference. Self-Improvement. Sociology. Young Adult Nonfiction. HTML:The New York Times-bestselling author and Navy SEAL "describes his adventurous life in a manner that many teen boys will find inspirational" (VOYA).

In this adaptation of his bestselling book, The Heart and the Fist, Eric speaks directly to teen readers, interweaving memoir and intimate second-person narratives that ask the reader to put themselves in the shoes of himself and others. Readers will share in Eric's evolution from average kid to globe-traveling humanitarian to warrior, training and serving with the most elite military outfit in the world: the Navy SEALs. Along the way, they'll be asked to consider the power of choices, of making the decision each and every day to act with courage and compassion so that they grow to be tomorrow's heroes. Sure to inspire and motivate.

A Kirkus Reviews Best Teen Book of the Year

"It's no small feat to make a difference in somebody's life. By sharing these stories with young readers, [Greitens] now has a chance to make a difference in a few more."??The New York Times Book Review

"[An] engaging and important book."??Los Angeles Times

"An uncommon (to say the least) coming of age, retraced with well-deserved pride but not self-aggrandizement, and as thought provoking as it is entertaining."??Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"Adapted from the adult title The Heart and the Fist, this volume has been rearranged, shortened, and streamlined in way sure to appeal to its new audience."??School Library
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I read this book over the summer for school. "The Warriors Heart" is a very motivational book that describes the characteristics of a real man unlike me.

If you want to become a seal when you get to the legal age, this book can tell you what it's like to train and strengthen through the pain. There are also many crazy stories of genocide, poverty, and helping people in times of war.

You should read this book because it can motivate you to do amazing things. It proves that you can do whatever it is your mind is set to. After reading this book, I would love to become a seal member because you will become a real man and help the world. I would give this book two thumbs up if I could. ( )
  brxttrxss | Oct 3, 2014 |
In this teen adaptation of Greitens’ memoir “The Heart and the Fist,” he writes to readers in matter-of-fact, easy to understand language, speaking of volunteerism and goal setting in short, detailed chapters. He also includes photographs, a heart-to-heart discussion titled “Your Mission,” and a “Notes” section.

Read the rest of my review (and follow my blog for your own inboxed reviews) at: http://shouldireaditornot.wordpress.com/2012/10/01/the-warriors-heart-becoming-a... ( )
  ShouldIReadIt | Sep 26, 2014 |
Absolutely amazing, inspirational, and powerful! Eric Greitens takes young readers on his missions across the world and along the way asks them, "What would you do when faced with such-and-such difficult decisions?" He does not sugarcoat anything but nor does he overdramatize the situations. I cannot wait to get this book into the hands of our young readers and I am very glad it was chosen as a Texas Lone Star book! ( )
  amandacb | Feb 11, 2014 |
This is a non-fiction 2014 one Star selection. I think many of you will really like this book.

Eric Greitens writes a biography about himself, but it’s more about how his choices can help others make choices to become better people. He begins with his family and how his parents told him he needed to go to college. He also knew he would need the money, so he started his own lawn mowing business where he learned that going on a date, meant 2 ½ lawns to mow. He figured how many lawns he needed to mow and how much he needed to save for college and worked hard to create a successful business. He mowed lawns for Roger for eight years. Eric says he learned about doing one’s best from him. Eric said he “needed to understand the world beyond myself.” Therefore, when he was 16, Eric went with Bruce Carl, the director of Youth Leadership in St. Louis, to a homeless shelter. Bruce said, “I want you to listen. Learn.” Eric said that that advice has been his cornerstone throughout life.

To continue to learn about the world, Eric spent his summers of college in various places around the world. At 18, before starting school at Duke University, Eric chose to go to China because he had seen pictures of the massacre of Chinese students in Beijing on TV. He wanted to work with the Chinese and help teach them English and he learned Kung Fu while there. Once he begins college, he learns to box and he learns other lessons about life from his trainer. He trains every year and each summer, he volunteers with refugees in dangerous parts of the world: Croatia, Rwanda, Zaire, and Bolivia. He tells about each country and what he learned from each experience. He takes a respite and is awarded a Rhodes Scholarship and lives in Oxford to complete his Graduate degree for several years.

When he turns 26, he decides that he can serve the world as a Navy Seal. Like the refugee camps, Eric tells what it was like to train as a Seal. When he was at the end of his training, the United States was attacked by terrorists on September 11, 2001. After training was complete, he was deployed to battle. His message is that if you want change, you have to be part of the change instead of hoping someone else will do it. It’s an uplifting novel that challenges you to take advantage of life to make the world a better place. ( )
  acargile | Jan 28, 2014 |
Good adaptation for young adults of Greitens's memoir The Heart and the Fist. ( )
  Sullywriter | Apr 3, 2013 |
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Reference. Self-Improvement. Sociology. Young Adult Nonfiction. HTML:The New York Times-bestselling author and Navy SEAL "describes his adventurous life in a manner that many teen boys will find inspirational" (VOYA).

In this adaptation of his bestselling book, The Heart and the Fist, Eric speaks directly to teen readers, interweaving memoir and intimate second-person narratives that ask the reader to put themselves in the shoes of himself and others. Readers will share in Eric's evolution from average kid to globe-traveling humanitarian to warrior, training and serving with the most elite military outfit in the world: the Navy SEALs. Along the way, they'll be asked to consider the power of choices, of making the decision each and every day to act with courage and compassion so that they grow to be tomorrow's heroes. Sure to inspire and motivate.

A Kirkus Reviews Best Teen Book of the Year

"It's no small feat to make a difference in somebody's life. By sharing these stories with young readers, [Greitens] now has a chance to make a difference in a few more."??The New York Times Book Review

"[An] engaging and important book."??Los Angeles Times

"An uncommon (to say the least) coming of age, retraced with well-deserved pride but not self-aggrandizement, and as thought provoking as it is entertaining."??Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"Adapted from the adult title The Heart and the Fist, this volume has been rearranged, shortened, and streamlined in way sure to appeal to its new audience."??School Library

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