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One Step at a Time
One Step at a Time

One Step at a Time

A Young Marine's Story of Courage, Hope and a New Life in the NFL
By Josh Bleill, By Mark Tabb

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224 Pages, 5.5 x 8.5

Formats: Cloth, EPUB, Mobipocket, PDF

Cloth, $22.95 (US $22.95) (CA $25.95)

ISBN 9781600785290

Rights: WOR

Triumph Books (Sep 2010)

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Overview

Josh Bleill tells people he had “one bad day” while on combat patrol in Fallujah, Iraq, on October 15, 2006.  That day, an IED struck his Humvee, tearing through the vehicle and killing two of his fellow marines while severely injuring Bleill and his best friend.  He awoke five days later with to learn of the catastrophic loss of his two friends and both of his legs. Recovering physically presented a great challenge, but the mental recovery was the toughest battle. For three and a half months he never left the hospital because he didn't want people to see his injured body. In One Step at a Time, Bleill shares the story of his own personal redemption and the many life-changing moments he encountered, from his enlistment to active duty in Fallujah, through two years of intensive rehabilitation, and ultimately to his job as the community spokesman for the Indianapolis Colts. Readers will be inspired by his undying enthusiasm, infectious joy, and sense of humor as he shares his message of going forward, one step at a time.

Author Biography

Josh Bleill is a community spokesperson for the Indianapolis Colts. On October 15, 2006, he was conducting combat patrols in Fallujah, Iraq, when his vehicle was struck by an improvised explosive device. He suffered multiple injuries including the loss of both his legs. He lives in Carmel, Indiana. Mark Tabb has authored or coauthored more than 25 books, including the New York Times bestseller, Mistaken Identity and A Promise to Ourselves (with Alec Baldwin). His solo titles include, Living with Less: The Upside of Downsizing Your Life and How Can a Good God Let Bad Things Happen?

Media

IndyStar.com cataches up with Josh Bleill to talk One Step at a Time.
Josh Bleill talks to Indianapolis Monthly about One Step at a Time.
TheIndyChannel.com takes a look at Josh Bleill's unique story in One Step at a Time.
Colts.com talks to Josh Bleill about One Step at a Time.
Josh Bleill appears on Fox & Friends to talk One Step at a Time.
Josh Bleill stops by The Colbert Report to talk about his experiences in One Step at a Time.
WTHR talks to Josh Bleill and previews One Step at a Time.

Book Signings

Past Events


Feb
26
Josh Bleill - "One Step at a Time" ›
Greenfield, IN
12:30pm
Dec
06
Josh Bleill - "One Step At a Time" ›
Camp Lejeune, NC
11:00am
Dec
04
Josh Bleill - "One Step At a Time" ›
Arlington, VA
11:00am
Dec
03
Josh Bleill - "One Step At a Time" ›
Quantico, VA
11:00am
Nov
18
Josh Bleill - "One Step At a Time" ›
Indianapolis, IN
7:00pm

Press Releases

One Step at a Time:

A Young Marine's Story of Courage, Hope, and a New Life in the NFL

By Josh Bleill with Mark Tabb

 

CONTACT: Bill Ames, Triumph Books, 312.252.1248, b.ames@triumphbooks.com

 

Josh Bleill tells people he had "one bad day" while on combat patrol in Falljuah, Iraq, on October 15, 2006.  That day, an IED (improvised explosive device) struck his Humvee, tearing through the vehicle and killing two of his fellow marines while severely injuring Bleill and his best friend.  He awoke five days later with to learn of the catastrophic loss of his two friends and both of his legs. Recovering physically presented a great challenge, but the mental recovery was the toughest battle. For three and a half months he never left the hospital because he didn't want people to see his injured body.

 

Bleill shares the story of his own personal redemption in One Step at a Time: A Young Marine's Story of Courage, Hope, and a New Life in the NFL.  He covers the many live-changing moments he encountered, including:

 

  • How his life when he traveled to Miami to watch the Colts in Super Bowl XLI
  • When he realized he could no longer remain stuck in October 15, 2006
  • Deciding to go forward and use his life to make a difference in the lives of others
  • Changing his life by refusing to sit back and feel sorry for himself
  • How he lives by the Marine phrase "adapt and overcome"

 

One Step at a Time: A Young Marine's Story of Courage, Hope, and a New Life in the NFL follows Bleill's journey from his enlistment to active duty in Fallujah, through two years of intensive rehabilitation and ultimately to his job as the community spokesman for the Indianapolis Colts.  Readers will be inspired by his undying enthusiasm, infectious joy and sense of humor.  Bleill shares his message that life begins when we embrace our bad days and keep going forward, one step at a time.

 

About the Authors:

Marine Corporal Joshua Bleill graduated from high school in Greenfield, Indiana, and attended Purdue University. He joined the Marine Corps Reserves in 2004 and was activated for a tour of duty in Iraq in 2006. He was conducting combat patrols in Fallujah on October 15 of that year when his vehicle was struck by an improvised explosive device. He suffered multiple injuries including the loss of both his legs. Bleill moved home to Indiana in August 2008 and was married to his wife, Nikki, in 2009. He recently built a home in Carmel and has joined the Indianapolis Colts as a community spokesperson.

 

Mark Tabb has authored/coauthored more than 25 books, including the New York Times No. 1 bestseller, Mistaken Identity, and A Promise to Ourselves (with Alec Baldwin). His solo titles include, Living with Less: The Upside of Downsizing YourLlife, and How Can a Good God Let Bad Things Happen? He and his wife, Valerie, live in a small town in Indiana where Mark also serves as a volunteer firefighter and fire department chaplain. Learn more at www.marktabb.com.

 

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