From the youngest living recipient of the Medal of Honor, an
extraordinary inspirational memoir that will change the life of
every reader. "Kyle displayed a heroism in the blink of an eye that
will inspire for generations" -President Barack Obama, at Kyle
Carpenter's Medal of Honor ceremony I want my story to help others
see what's extraordinary in themselves. -Kyle Carpenter On November
21, 2010, U.S. Marine Lance Corporal Kyle Carpenter was posted on a
rooftop in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, when an enemy grenade
skittered across the roof. Kyle's post that afternoon, with his
friend and fellow Marine Nick Eufrazio, had been eerily quiet; now,
with no time to escape, they had to make a split-second decision or
they would both be dead. Without a second thought, Kyle jumped on
the grenade, a brutal killing device. His vision went blank, his
entire body numb, he tried to move but could not. His gear had
melted. It felt as though someone was pouring warm water all over
him; he dazedly realized that the liquid was his own blood. He had
made an instantaneous decision, almost on instinct, one that would
change his life forever. Kyle's heroic act saved Nick Eufrazio's
life, but nearly cost Kyle his own. His heart flatlined three
times. Wounded from head to toe, Kyle lost his right eye, as well
as most of his face from the nose down. It would take dozens of
surgeries and almost three years in and out of the hospital to
reconstruct his body-and from there, he began the process of
rebuilding his life. What he has accomplished in the last five
years is truly extraordinary: he's undergone extensive physical
rehabilitation, graduated from college, ran three marathons, and
embarked on a new career as a motivational speaker. And in 2014, he
was awarded the nation's highest military decoration, Medal of
Honor, by President Barack Obama, making Carpenter the youngest
living recipient of the award. "With that singular act of courage,
Kyle, you not only saved your brother in arms, you displayed a
heroism in the blink of an eye that will inspire for generations,"
stated the president. You Are Worth It is a memoir about the War in
Afghanistan and Kyle's heroics, yes, but it also is a manual for
living. Organized around the credos that have guided Kyle's life
(from "Don't Hide Your Scars" to "Call Your Mom"), the book
encourages us to become our best selves in the time we've been
given on earth. Above all, it's about finding purpose in life,
despite the significant challenges that may come your way. As Kyle
writes, addressing us all: "You are worth it. You are. You are
worth protecting, you are worth fighting for, you are worth time in
a hospital bed and deep scars on my body-because all Americans, the
people of Afghanistan, and so many people around the world who go
to bed at night wishing to one day taste freedom and peace have
inherent worth as human beings. If we don't spend our time on this
earth looking out for one another, what are we really doing with
our lives?" Moving and unforgettable, You Are Worth It is an
astonishing memoir from one of our most extraordinary young
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