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3/2/2012 6:01:00 AM
'True Strength' chronicles actor's fight against aneurism

Clark Isaacs
KDM contributor

True Strength, by Kevin Sorbo; 978-0-306-82036-6; 276 Pages; $26; Published October 2011; Hardcover; Published by DaCapo Press, a division of Perseus Book Group.

Memoirs tend to chronicle the events that have taken place in a person's life from birth to the present day.

Kevin Sorbo's "True Strength" is different in that it follows Sorbo's life after having suffered three aneurisms at the age of 38.

"True Strength" tells of the new fortitude Sorbo found in coping with illness that should have resolved itself after three to eight months, according to his doctors.

The journey he faced mirrored the best-known character he portrayed in "Hercules: The Legendary Journeys."

Sorbo's ability to be normal challenged him for many years after nearly dying. He had to cover up his disabilities during the filming of "Hercules," as the contract with the studio called for substantial financial gain after 100 episodes aired. The finances were not only important to him, but to the rest of those involved with the show.

Fans were out of the loop with respect to how serious his health issues had become. Many scenes filmed showed Sorbo sitting on a log, and old footage along with stuntmen to keep the action moving were dubbed in. Those working with him were well aware of his limitations to work only very short periods and then having to rest.

Recovery was very slow for Sorbo, but this caused him to develop a new philosophy of life. He realized those things, which he truly enjoyed, were now outdated. He would have to find new outlets and a new style of living.

His relationship with his wife Sam became stronger and his reliance upon another person replaced being away on the golf course or traipsing around the world in furtherance of his career.

Sam succinctly brought it to his attention during the recovery period by stating their marriage might have failed had it not been for his slowing down and paying more attention to home.

Whenever people would ask Sorbo how he was doing, he would always answer that everything was fine. In truth, he had headaches, dizziness, problems with balance and generalized fatigue.

This book is intended to give hope to those who have encountered unforeseen ailments and need encouragement to overcome their frailties. It shows that with the will to go on, following the advice of doctors, and most importantly accepting support from significant others, true strength emerges.

There is an upbeat conclusion to Sorbo's journey as he describes his relationships with his children and the true meaning of family life. This is a 4-star book which is recommended to everyone.

Publishers Weekly



1. Private Games, James Patterson and Mark Sullivan

2. Kill Shot: An American Assassin Thriller, Vince Flynn

3. Wolf Gift, Anne Rice

4. Defending Jacob, William Landay

5. I've Got Your Number, Sophie Kinsella


1. American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History, Chris Kyle, Scott McEwen and Jim DeFelice

2. Ameritopia: The Unmaking of America, Mark R. Levin

3. Start-Up of You: Adapt to the Future, Invest in Yourself, and Transform Your Career, Reid Hoffman and Ben Casnocha

4. Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination That Changed America Forever, Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard

5. End of Illness, David B. Agus and Kristin Loberg

Clark Isaacs is an accomplished book critic who is published in local newspapers and national book review lists. Visit Clark Isaacs at

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