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"John Kriesel has an ability to make you feel like you can do anything and reminds us that it is all about our attitude and perspective in life that enables or limits us in what we can achieve. I have truly never heard a more inspiring or motivational story than the one John told. He has an incredible gift with people and I am a better person for having had the pleasure of meeting him and hearing him speak about his journey."
~Kelly Lane, Minneapolis, Sept. 8, 2012
"This book is one that all Americans should read, just to be reminded of the bravery of our soldiers and how very proud we are of them. The opening chaper grabs the reader's attention."
Writer's Digest magazine, April 2012
"I have read Schwarzkopf and Tommy Franks books, this one is right up there with them. It should be required reading for all Americans--especially High School Seniors. It is inspirational, serious and yet funny at times." shirpunk "Heroes Lover" on Amazon.com, July 8, 2011
"John Kriesel has an amazing story and it is told in a manner that makes you feel as if you are there with him through it all. I highly recommend you read this book...." Randy Vaughn, June 29, 2011
"One of the best books I have ever read. Look up HERO in the dictionary and you will see a picture of SSG Kriesel!" Dr. Howard Fidler, June 28, 2011
"No matter what your opinion of the war, you'll be blown away by Kriesel's story. You don't have to have served near Fallujah to know what Kriesel experienced. It's all here--and in mind-blowing detail."
Minneapolis Star Tribune, Nov. 3, 2010
"This is the best book I've ever read. It is so eye opening and moving. It's unforgettable & awesome!" Rita Kunkel, Osakis, MN (Dec. 15, 2011)
“I believe you have just won the first of many awards. It was written in such an honest relaxed voice that more than once I had tears. I may not have agreed with the war; however, I now understand it through the eyes of one who served.” Colleen Baldrica, author of “Tree Spirited Woman”
"Whether you can teach people positive thinking is debatable. But, one thing for certain is that if Dr. (Norman Vincent) Peale was still with us, he would highly recommend 'STILL STANDING: The Story of SSG John Kriesel.' Joseph Yurt, Reader Views, Jan. 11, 2011
"STILL STANDING is a moving and impressive read about how even when all seems lost, hope can still win the day." Midwest Book Review
"I'm happy today because I was here last week for the presentation by Jim Kosmo and John Kriesel. It was the finest program I ever attended in over 30 years of St. Paul Rotary membership."
Bob Jones, DDS, past president St. Paul Rotary, Oct. 12, 2010
"It's hard to believe Kriesel would have survived if it hadn't been for the strength of his wife, who literally moved into Walter Reed Army Medical Center." St. Paul Pioneer Press, Aug. 8, 2010
"Kriesel is something special. A gifted communicator who works as a marketing contractor for the Minnesota National Guard, he exudes commitment to public service and compassion for the vulnerable."
Minneapolis Star Tribune, Oct. 28, 2010
"Today, John inspires students, veterans and church groups at frequent public speaking engagements where he shares a vision of hope for anyone who encounters any form of personal crisis."
Soldiers Angels of Illinois, Aug. 5, 2010
"STILL STANDING is as much a story about the support of his wife and children, along with his Army buddies and military family, as it is about the tragic incident. He survived against the odds."
St. Peter Herald, Aug. 4, 2010
"My friend Brandon served 3 tours in Iraq and is having a very rough time now that he's home. I showed him some stories about John and he was very inspired. He said he now feels like there's hope for him to make it." Heather Stewart, Facebook, Dec. 7, 2010
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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.
This 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.
John and Jim are available to speak at schools, churches, Rotary Clubs, veterans groups and other public forums.
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MAKE THAT 8 NATIONAL BOOK AWARDS:
2011 Reader Views Literary Awards (Memoir)
2011 Next Generation Indie Book Awards (Memoir)
2011 Next Generation Indie Book Awards (Military)
2011 National Indie Excellence Book Awards (Biography)
2011 National Indie Excellence Book Awards (Military)
2011 Military Writers Society of America (Military--Army)
2011 Branson Veterans Stars & Flag Book Awards (Inspirational)
2011 Branson Vetrans Stars & Flag Book Awards ((Biography)