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Life Is Magic

An Extraordinary True Story of Trauma and Transformation
Narrated by: Jon Dorenbos
Length: 6 hrs and 54 mins

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In the tradition of inspirational best sellers by Glennon Doyle Melton and Brené Brown, Life Is Magic is Jon Dorenbos’s extraordinary and empowering true story of resilience, forgiveness, and living a life of purpose in the face of unfathomable obstacles.

You may know him as an NFL All-Pro or as a world-class magician who made the finals of America’s Got Talent. 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 12 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 his pent-up anger. Together, magic and football saved him, leading to 14 NFL seasons on the gridiron and raucous sleight of hand performances to packed houses across the globe. 

In 2017, 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 by now long taught himself - bounce back? “Talk to yourself, don’t listen to yourself”, Dorenbos advises for those moments when, facing seemingly insurmountable odds, the inner voice of self-doubt screams. 

In Life Is Magic, Jon Dorenbos draws a roadmap for how to shut that voice up by choosing happiness. At his darkest times, he writes, he’s learned lessons of love, forgiveness, and perseverance. His story is poignant and powerful, told by a charismatic and optimistic man who has overcome life and death challenges with grace, persistence, a child-like sense of wonder...and jaw-dropping card tricks.

©2019 Jon Dorenbos (P)2019 Simon & Schuster

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  • Heather Burk
  • 06-11-19

Powerful & Inspiring

Amazing story that dives into the deepest, most vulnerable areas of the human psyche that Jon was forced to travel through. The areas that are often filled with anger and pain, and shows you how one could choose to stay in that spot and become a victim, or one could choose, like Jon, to be better. To face the hard feelings, heal, and force yourself to choose happiness through forgiveness, positivity, and giving of self. Very powerful and inspiring.

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  • Jkcpops
  • 09-11-19

WOW WOW WOW<br />

wonderful book. great message. I laughed - I cried - I cheered. must read. thank you Jon

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-11-19

A Must Read!!

This book is truly inspriational!!! reminds me to be grateful and don't allow others to take your joy!!

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  • S. Hammond
  • 08-11-19

Powerful and genuine

This profoundly moving real life story will not leave a dry eye in the house. It's amazing that Jon Dorenbos had journals and a vivid memory of the events surrounding his mother's death. He could have repressed or denied the details, but he brings this difficult passage alive in his transparent account of his 13th year. As much as his life involves tragedy, he was also blessed to have the therapist he did at the time, family support, and many redemptive experience over the years. I love this -- a story of trauma, and of magic and miracles.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 19-11-19

A great lesson

I found out about this book from the School’ of Greatness podcast. This book has some great lessons and anybody that reads or listens to lit will gain something . Whether it’s going to be healing for helping you or others in life, I would recommend this to everyone.

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  • Tracy A.
  • 19-11-19

Every human being should read Jon Dorenbos’ book LIFE IS MAGIC

I finished this book Saturday night and days later I can’t stop hearing the gems of motivation and inspiration repeating in my head. What an unbelievably inspirational human being! Even if you don’t love football or magic, I promise every single person can love and benefit from Jon Dorenbos’ words and life story.
A special thanks for the story about him visiting Childrens Hospital of Philadelphia and the young girl who was the recipient of his kindness and his “showing up”. I was a kid at CHOP a long time ago and had a similar experience (with Willie Mays) and it meant the world to me. It also helped my Dad feel more comfortable in a hospital because he hated hospitals. Thanks again, Jon Dorenbos. Life is Magic is a wonderful example of choosing happiness even when it’s not the easiest choice. #iGotYou #LifeIsMagic #ReadMoreBooks #OrListenMore #Audible #GoBIRDS #EAGLES

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  • Kelly Steele
  • 18-11-19

Great Story!

Two years ago, I first learned about the life of Jon Dorenbos. I told myself that he needs to write a book about his life story. I would periodically check to see if he had written an autobiography, and was happily surprised when I learned that he did. I couldn’t wait to read his book and it did not disappoint.

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  • PT
  • 17-11-19

Magical

One of the absolute best books I’ve come across in seven years on audible. If you’re not touched, entertained and inspired by this book you don’t have a soul. Go Birds!

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  • Kris Pilarski
  • 15-11-19

Forever an Eagle

I was disappointed to come to the end of this
book! Jon is an inspiring human who is truly living his best life despite some very difficult challenges. I was so sad when he was traded by my Eagles but in the end was thankful because it saved his life. I’ve seen his magic show as well and it is a great time!!

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  • MELANIE MONTGOMERY
  • 14-11-19

Amazing and entertaining start to finish

It has been an honor to read this beautifully written life story of such an amazing individual. I have been an Eagle fan for years and since the AGT season I’ve been the head of the Dorenbos fan club at this house. It would be an honor to meet Jon just to breath an ounce of his positivity.