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6 Minutes Wrestling With Life: A Memoir (Every Breath Is Gold Book 1) by [Passaro, JohnA]
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Get ready to laugh, cry, smile and think.
Twenty-six years ago, my mission in life was to win a New York State Wrestling Championship.
I committed myself to a lifestyle, I made the sacrifices, I put in the time, I starved myself, I even shaved my head.
I had the hunger, the desire, and the determination, but I came up short.
For many years, after I graduated it seemed like I got nothing out of my six years of total dedication to the sport. That the trade-off of what I gave and what I got in return to this sport was way out of whack.
I hated wrestling for it.
To put every ounce of your soul into achieving something and to get nothing out of it in return was beyond my comprehension and I just could not justify it in my head.

Until I had adversity in my life.

And slowly but surely, I started realizing how much the sport of wrestling actually has given back to me.
Much more than I ever knew.

"6 Minutes Wrestling with Life" is much more than a wrestling book.
It is an inspirational book on life, love, loss and belief.
You will never look at life the same way again.
Every Breath Is Gold Trilogy
6 Minutes Wrestling with Life - Book 1

Again - Book 2

Your Soul Knows - Book 3

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4171 KB
  • Print Length: 274 pages
  • Publisher: JohnA Passaro; 4th Edition edition (March 8 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa44e86d4) out of 5 stars Pure Inspiration! March 8 2013
By Ray - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
You will not put this book down...ever! Pure Inspiration.

You do not have to be a wrestling fan to enjoy this book.
You will laugh, you will cry, but most of all you will be inspired by the lengths this family went through in order to keep normalcy in their lives when faced with a life altering event.
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa4f06498) out of 5 stars Good life lessons, but not a good book Aug. 19 2014
By J. Foster - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Writing a negative review for a book that everyone else seems to love can be difficult. Writing one for a story written by a parent that has been through hell can be downright daunting. The only other negative review for the book so far was ripped for being incompassionate and rude. I suspect I may be accused of the same, but nothing could be further from the truth. As the father of four kids I cannot fathom what the Passaro family has been through. It makes my stomach hurt to think about it, and selfishly, I don't ever want to know first-hand.

But just because the situation is tragic, or because the circumstances are potentially inspiring, does not make the book a good one, nor does it make the parent a good author. I found the writing style disjointed and pushy, with much rambling. Each chapter is only a few pages, and some of them didn't seem to fit at all.

The book often reads like a self-help book, and consequently, the story itself is pretty sparse. There are sudden story moments "dropped" into the text out of the blue, but the actual narrative itself was not coherent. For instance, there was no word a the end how Jess was actually doing, only that she had been out of the hospital for 1,166 days.

My last criticism I write with much trepidation. I don't know the family, or the kids. Jess' siblings seem well adjusted overall. But, I was a bit surprised by the author's interactions with not only the members of the health profession, but his own family. I'm not talking about aggressively advocating for your child. Believe me, I know all about that first-hand. I'm just talking about the general rudeness and abruptness that permeate so many conversations, as well as his actions he takes with the boys and Jess at various points. He reveals a question Jess asked one time concerning the family's obsessive traits. I'm glad she voiced that concern, because I had the exact same feeling.

Now, this is what *I* got from reading the book. Perhaps the book doesn't show the whole picture, or maybe I am jumping to conclusions. But, I just finished the book today, and this is my honest perception at the moment - I wouldn't read it again, nor would I recommend it to anyone else.

Now be nice. :)
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa436ac90) out of 5 stars Awe-inspiring March 8 2013
By Frank - Published on
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A breath-taking story. You will not be able to put it down. You will feel every second of pain and triumph, saddness and hope. The true and unconditional belief in FAMILY will rule over every obstacle. Truly AMAZING.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa502f384) out of 5 stars Faith Wins! May 12 2013
By Customer - Published on
Format: Paperback
Bravo, John, I could not put this book down! It is truly a treasure and more than worth the read. For those who are struggling with life's issues, whether big or small, this book will quickly bring those issues into perspective. I was inspired by the author's perseverance, love, passion, strength, hope and above all...FAITH!!! I do not believe there is one person who would not benefit from reading this book. Do yourself a favor, buy one for yourself and one for a won't regret it and your friend will love you for it!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Robin Landry - Published on
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Once I started this book I couldn't put it down. I've never read such an inspirational book in my life. The passion and single-mindedness of the author shines through, and when someone is that passionate about something, you can't help but pay attention.

If a life could be read backwards, we would all see why we have gone through some of things we have, gaining skills that will be needed later, and John Passaro gives us a perfect example of this. His drive, ambition and unwillingness to give up showed up early in his life, and John used that drive to wrestle. While his hard work and dedication didn't morph into a stellar wrestling career, the skills he learned pursuing his dream did lead him to something he cherished more, saving his daughter.

I'm not giving anything away to say that John's teenage daughter slipped into a coma, this happens in the first chapter of his story. What gets John through the toughest time of his life, is the skills he'd learned through a sport he didn't excel at. Instead of lapsing into bitterness over what he perceived as a lot of wasted effort, John got on with his life and coached his two sons in wrestling, both of whom did excel.

Sure bad things happen to people, but it's what they do about misfortune that intrigues us. What happened to John is the worst thing imaginable, and had he not been the kind of person who had the grit to continue on, not only his life would have fallen apart, but the lives of his family and others close to him.

This is the kind of book you want to give to others who've, as John puts it, joined the 'club'. Anyone who's in the club knows exactly what he's talking about. If you, or someone you know has suffered an unthinkable loss, crawled your way out of a forest of grief to join again, the land of the living, then you're in the club.

You might think it's a downer to read about all the bad things that can happen to a person, but reading John's story has the opposite effect. His story makes you glad to be human and sharing the same spirit with other humans knowing how grand we can be in face of adversity.

John starts off each chapter with the words of famous people we've all admired over the years to show the human spirit at its finest. I particularly love the John F. Kennedy speech where JFK tells us that we're going to the moon just to show what we Americans are made of. If there's a politician out there today who can come close to being that inspiring, I haven't heard from him/her.

What we need today is heroes, and we know who they are by what they've overcome. John Passaro is now one of mine.