When SSG John Kriesel lost his legs and two buddies in a roadside bomb explosion, no one expected him to survive. He died three times on the operating table. Miracles, a lot of miracles, starting with a few grunts who refused to let him die in Iraq, ripped the young warrior from the grip of death and sent him on to four hospitals, thirty-five surgeries, and months of recovery and rehabilitation. Medical miracles put his body back together, but it was an incredible confluence of angels at every step along the way that breathed life into his shattered body.
Still Standing: The Story of SSG John Kriesel is not just another war story. This is the story of an ordinary young man who overcame extraordinary challenges with a lot of help from others, including many strangers, and he emerged stronger and more in love with his country, his wife, his children, and, ultimately, his own life.
April Michelle Davis of Editorial Inspirations was hired to proofread this book, and it was a pleasure. The stories within this book were gripping and highly emotional. Even though I was analyzing the text and layout, I could feel the powerful message coming from the author’s voice.