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You Are Worth It

Building a Life Worth Fighting For
Written by: Kyle Carpenter, Don Yaeger
Narrated by: Kyle Carpenter
Length: 8 hrs and 52 mins
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From the youngest living recipient of the Medal of Honor, an extraordinary inspirational memoir that will change the life of every listener. 

“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, US 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 our 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...."

Moving and unforgettable, You Are Worth It is an astonishing memoir from one of our most extraordinary young leaders. 

©2019 Kyle Carpenter and Don Yaeger (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers

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  • Benjamin H. Cordes
  • 2019-10-17

You Are Worth It.

This book has changed my perspective on life and my mentality when not only talking to veterans, but first responders. Will be buying a hard copy as well.

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  • Shane
  • 2019-10-25

Beautiful and emotionally draining

Spoken and told by Kyle himself, the telling of his story is a complete emotional drain and beautifully so. It feels as if you are sitting beside him, in the truck, driving down a long quiet country road in his home state of South Carolina as he recounts his journey in unapologetic detail. Truthfully, listening to him describe the details are hard to hear at times. That said, as a listener, you are rewarded at other times as his journey has mountainous peaks of victory. Those hard-to-hear details, along with the victorious ones, are included and necessary to fully appreciate his experiences. It has soul-penetrating emotion. His story is inclusive for those with AND without military connections. I just finished the book and my emotions are reeling. I feel exhausted, but so thankful for the opportunity to follow his lead into those deep crevices of physical and emotional pain. I would encourage ANYONE to do just that but prepare yourself - listening to Kyle Carpenter tell his story in You Are Worth It, will have an affect on you. It is not for those looking for an easy read. This book will hurt you but it simultaneously rewards your heart and mind with a beautiful sense of thankfulness and fulfillment unlike anything I have ever read or listened to.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-10-18

Absolutely amazing story!

As a veteran this was a hard and absolutely uplifting story thank you Kyle for the amazing and inspirational story of your life!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-10-16

Awesome story!

This was such a great book about a true American hero! Thank you for your service Kyle! And thank you for sharing your story!

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  • Dylan
  • 2019-12-08

very humbling book. great narration. truly amazing

this book will give anybody veteran or civilian a greater appreciation of the military both combat and support jobs.

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  • Jack Finley
  • 2019-12-07

Riveting and Meaningful

A great story about his journey and life. Very inspirational and meaningful. I cannot recommend it enough.

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  • MC
  • 2019-12-01

Thank you even though words cannot describe

As a retired combat vet dealing with trials and tribulations this book has led to reflection and inspiration.

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  • cornerbarr
  • 2019-11-28

Thank you for sharing your story, it is inspiring.

I hope you continue to do well and take care. I appreciate you courage to join the military so that we may live free.

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  • Andrew hampton
  • 2019-11-25

Humility Personified

A great story and humbling presentation by the author. I met Kyle a few years back in Tampa at a wounded warrior hiring event. he was one of the keynote speakers. Just a amazingly resilient man.

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  • Angel Stallings
  • 2019-11-23

Inspiring, captivating and eye opening!

I listened to this book in two days. I was grateful to have it on my trip to Arkansas to Paris Texas and back to Houston Texas. Kyle Carpenter is a hero to many and I really think you should listen or read this book so that your eyes are open to what our service men and women do every day for our freedom.Thank you, Kyle, for sharing your story and the journey to rebuilding your life after such a traumatic experience in Afghanistan. And yes, I thank you for your service.