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Overview Profiles Patrick Henry Hughes, born without eyes and physically disabled due to a rare genetic disorder, who overcame many obstacles, focused on his musical talents, and became a nationally recognized pianist and singer by the age of nineteen.
Patrick Henry Hughes was born with a rare genetic disorder that left him without eyes and physically disabled. But he was also blessed with exceptional musical talent—able to play the piano as a toddler and now, at age 19, a nationally known pianist, singer, and trumpeter who has performed at the Grand Ole Opry and the Kennedy Center. Currently he's a member of his college marching band, playing while his devoted father pushes him in his wheelchair. With determined optimism and courage, Hughes has made “I am potential” his mantra and defied the impossible at every turn.
Now, for the first time, Hughes and his father share the full account of his extraordinary journey. In I Am Potential, Hughes recounts the eight critical lessons he has learned that are at the heart of his success, including “When Life Gives You Lemons, Accept Them and Be Grateful” and “Do All You Can to Change What You Can.” Uplifting and revealing, I Am Potential is remarkably inspirational for anyone facing challenges in their own life.
From Publishers Weekly Born with a complex of birth defects which led to malformed limbs, no eyes and more than a half-dozen surgeries in his first few years alone, wheelchair-bound University of Louisville student Hughes details a life overcoming enormous obstacles with hard work, devoted parents and a lifelong passion for music (he's even a Marching Cardinal, with the help of his father). Much of Hughes's story is also his dad's, and the straightforward narrative switches off between them, giving some dimension to otherwise flat prose (not necessarily a bad thing, as the remarkable story needs little adornment). Hughes's countless setbacks give stark life to perhaps-familiar lessons on acceptance and perseverance (chapter one: When Life Gives You Lemons, Accept Them and Be Grateful), but his spirit and triumphs also lead to lessons in pursuing your passion, giving love freely, and appreciating the people around your. For fans of television's Extreme Makeover Home Edition and the Grand Ole Opry, there's a behind-the-scenes chapter for each. A gentle evangelical streak comes out in occasional references to God, but the book is probably at its most parochial in the chapter, Be the You Your Mother Would be Proud Of. Hughes's knowing but uplifting tone balances out the tragedies, making this an inspiring addition to the growing self-help-memoir shelf. (Nov.) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
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Studio: Da Capo Lifelong Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.4" Width: 5.82" Height: 0.98" Weight: 0.83 lbs.
Release Date Nov 1, 2008
Publisher Da Capo Lifelong Books
ISBN 0738212989 ISBN13 9780738212982
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More About Patrick Henry Hughes, Patrick John Hughes & Bryant Stamford
Patrick Henry Hughes, a student at the University of Louisville, won Disney's Wide World of Sports Spirit Award. He and his father, Patrick John Hughes, live in Louisville, Kentucky.
Reviews - What do customers think about I Am Potential: Eight Lessons on Living, Loving, and Reaching Your Dreams?
An outstanding book on beating the odds Feb 8, 2009
I AM POTENTIAL: EIGHT LESSONS ON LIVING, LOVING, AND REACHING YOUR DREAMS tells of how to achieve dreams against impossible odds - and tells of son Patrick Henry Hughes, born with a rare genetic disorder resulting in arms that would not straighten, legs that couldn't walk, and permanent blindness. His parents didn't give up on him - and at nine months he began to play the piano, demonstrating an extraordinary musical talent. Even more extraordinary - this book is written in the first-person from the genius son's experiences. An outstanding book on beating the odds - and emerging a winner - highly recommended for any general-interest lending library.
Even better in person! Dec 12, 2008
I have not yet had the chance to read the entire book.... but after recently seeing Patrick Henry Hughes and his father Patrick at our annual meeting here in Louisville, the crowd of 600 or so was blown away.
Being in Louisville, we have seen a lot more coverage than most on this story since Extreme Makeover: Home Edition rolled into town in late 2006 to film, tear down the house, and rebuild. I thought I had heard it all, but the book and seeing them in person paints an even deeper story.
Patrick Henry Hughes and his family are the real deal, with he and his father delivering a heart-wrenching motivational message in a one-two punch with lots of humor, mixed in with lots of piano and singing by Patrick Henry. He is SO talented. I can't wait to see what the future holds for Patrick Henry. This book is just one part of the story. Read the book, but go see him if you get the chance. They are on motivational speaking tours across the nation.
Inspirational and Loving Life Story! Oct 26, 2008
If you saw the Hughes family on the ABC TV show "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" this past February (2008) you may have wondered who they were and why they where chosen. The bigger story is however much deeper and more loving and certainly one that is most inspirational. The book " I Am Potential: Eight Lessons on Living, Loving, and Reaching Your Dreams" is a wonderful true life tale as told to Bryant Stamford by Patrick Henry Hughes and his father Patrick John Hughes. It goes well beyond just telling you who this family is and what makes Patrick Henry so special - it gives depth to the family experiences and gives the reader a look at something very special indeed.
This book is about how a young man, who has not only over come his disabilities, but inspired a community; and now, he inspires an entire nation with his positive zest for life. It also shows how his father coped and dealt with it and how the whole family made it work. This is one of those feel good stories that would make a great feature movie by Disney. The story is uplifting and not about what is wrong, or what someone cannot do. It is a positive message that makes the greater family of mankind feel better.
I enjoyed reading the book but I also found it impossible not to love this young man and to wish him all the best. He may be in a wheel chair and unable to see with his eyes - but he is moving others at light speed towards something much greater within their own selves. The book has a spiritual message without any lectures or ego driven, self-serving attitudes - it is honesty and pure love!
This book has gotten the highest book rating of FIVE STARS from "The American Authors Association" and is on my short list of recommended must read books! I give this my personal endorsement. This is a book that all family members can read.
Thank You Patrick Henry!! Oct 22, 2008
Thank You Patrick Henry!!! Thank you for sharing your wonderful story with the World. Thank you for allowing us to know you and your delightful family. Thank you for all that you have done to help the Crusade for Children, the March of Dimes, etc., etc.,. But mostly, thank you for inspiring both the physically able, and the disabled into being the BEST person we can be. God doesn't make mistakes. We were made the way we are, for a reason. I think, Your purpose is to share your many special gifts with the World. Through you, we see the World in a new light! Shine on, Shine on Patrick Henry!!
Thank you for sharing your world, I learned so much. Oct 14, 2008
Thank you for sharing your world, I learned so much. My son shares the same March 10th birthday as Patrick Henry. My son was also born with severe Bilateral Microphthalmia or small eyes, he is also blind. My son is now 19 months old and reading this book gave me some insights on what I might expect in the future. Reading about the struggles and hardships that Hughes family has tackled and overcome is inspiring. As a father of a boy with a similar condition - Patrick John Hughes insight as a father was enlightening. Anyone wishing to read a good book should sit down and read this story. I know my opinion is biased - but again it is only my opinion. It will be interesting to see what book gets written 20 years from now about the young adult life of Patrick Henry. I wish Patrick and his family the best. His optimism has helped my family and other families that I know that are dealing with blindness. Hopefully Patrick will continue to break down barriers and share his talents with all.