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On Fire

The 7 Choices to Ignite a Radically Inspired Life
Narrated by: John O'Leary
Length: 6 hrs and 34 mins
4.9 out of 5 stars (80 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In the best-selling tradition of Brene Brown's Daring Greatly and Nick Vujicic's Life Without Limits comes a rousing seven-step plan for living a life on fire, filled with hope and possibility - from an inspirational speaker who survived a near-fatal fire at the age of nine and now runs a successful business inspiring people all around the world.

When John O'Leary was nine years old, he was almost killed in a devastating house fire. With burns on 100 percent of his body, O'Leary mustered an almost unimaginable amount of inner strength just to survive the ordeal. The insights he gained through this experience and the heroes who stepped into his life to help him through the journey - his family, the medical staff, and total strangers - changed his life. Now he is committed to living life to the fullest and inspiring others to do the same.

An incredible and emotionally honest account of triumph over tragedy, On Fire contains O'Leary's reflections on being that little boy, the life-giving choices made then, and the resulting lessons he learned. O'Leary very clearly shares that without the right people providing the right guidance at the right time, he never would have made it through those five months in the hospital, let alone the years that followed as he struggled to regain mobility, embrace his story, and ignite clarity of his life's purpose.

On Fire encourages us to seize the power to choose our paths and transform our lives from mundane to extraordinary. Once we stop thinking solely on the big moments in our lives, we can begin to focus on those smaller opportunities that tend to pass us by. These are the events - the inflection points in our lives - that can determine how we feel about life now, where we are headed in the future, and how many lives we can impact along the way. We can't always choose the paths we walk, but we can choose how we walk them. Empowering, inspiring, remarkably honest, and heartfelt, O'Leary's strength and incredible spirit shine through in every minute.

©2016 John O'Leary (P)2016 Simon & Schuster

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An inpirational story.

I loved the book and would hope that I could be as strong as his mother if I was put in a similar position. She and your father made sure you had the right attitude for all that came before and after.

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If you want it all...

...laugh, cry, learn and everything in between, than this book is for you!
The best book I have read in years, and learned so much about what I can do to be a better person. AMAZING! THANK YOU, John, for sharing your story, being so vulnerable and authentic and so funny and courageous. Namaste.

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One of the best books I have read!

I AM INSPIRED! What an amazing testimony of courage. This is absolutely a must to read.

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Love it!

loved it. I will be definitely listening to this again. What an inspiring story & Man.

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I cried. A LOT.

So inspiring. Made me laugh, cry, and grit my teeth with determination to make better choices and take responsibility for my life. Thank you John. Please come to Australia soon!

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Wow

this book was: Amazing. Inspiring. Gut-wrenching and tear-jerking. thankyou for sharing your journey John OLeary.

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Inspirational

What did you like most about On Fire?

I loved every part of the book!

What was one of the most memorable moments of On Fire?

From sports celebrities, to family, to nurses and janitors, it is amazing to hear how each one played a part in John's story

What does John O'Leary bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

If this book wasn't in audio version, I would most likely never have read it. Thanks for narrating your story John.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

There were some parts of the story which really struck home, his relationship with his dad. It was nice to hear a story that didn't involve an emotionally disturbed childhood.

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Everyone should read this book, everyone will get something out of it.

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  • sharonb
  • 02-06-2018

Life changing

I am 70 years old, sort of going through the motions of life, this book me feel as if I could take on anything, even at my age .. I will try to live my life fully awake and present due to this book..

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  • Luke Burton
  • 31-03-2016

Great Lessons

I had heard John's story before. But the lessons he brings in this book that he had to learn much harder than most of us ever will are inspiring. It proves that excuses are just that, and if you want to be successful only you can make that choice.

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  • Sherri W.
  • 16-10-2018

Brilliant and Insightful

I had no knowledge of John's story prior to reading this book. I think this made it even more impactful. I listened on my commute and many times drove with tears in my eyes, the good kind. I recommend this book for anyone who doesn't quite know what to do next in life, or if you want to find more meaning and positivity in your day. Very insightful and great story telling along the way.

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  • Karli S.
  • 12-08-2019

Amazingly inspiring

I loved how this book made me feel. It lifted me up and helped me understand how to appreciate the wonderful things in my life.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-04-2019

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This was one of the best, most inspiring stories I have ever heard. Being able to realize the power of faith and perseverance that John discusses with acknowledging that we need to be fully awake is empowering and motivating. Highly recommended!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 31-03-2019

Blown away

Amazing story with a wonderful execution. You can really hear the pain in his voice. Crying is almost inevitable.

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  • Bill Dingell
  • 21-02-2019

Great personal story

Well worth the time and listen. Love it when the author reads and makes it real.

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  • Michelle Nichelson
  • 29-01-2019

everyone should read this

loved it! caused many tears to form, but I am also a burn survivor. a victor, actually. I have always said I was going to write a book & though our stories are different, John's perspective is spot on to where I am in my life right now. especially to the way I ask Why Me? thank you for sharing your story and your perspective John. you've definitely inspired me to write my own book eventually.

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  • Luke
  • 26-09-2020

Inspirational

I only wish I had found this book the day it was released. Wonderful book!

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  • Jesse
  • 14-08-2020

This book is a gift. Best book ever!

This book is a true wake-up call but more. More because it shares why we should wake up. You get seven life lessons told in a story. It's a wow type of book. My only complaint (as a middle age man) is that it caused me to cry each day on the way to work for a week. Keep a box of Kleenex close by.

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  • Ms Michele Ivory
  • 24-01-2020

Incredible Inspiring Beautiful

I cried, I laughed out loud, I cried again, I laughed out loud again. Beautiful. Incredible. Inspiring. Loved it.

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  • Esther Nagle
  • 10-08-2017

so many years, so much awe!

what an amazing story. I cried big heartfelt tears listening to this, imagining what John and his family went through, but wow, what an incredible story of love, hope, resilience and faith! Thank you so much for choosing to live!

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  • Miss N Cook
  • 01-08-2017

Moved me to tears

One of the most inspirational books I have ever read...and I've read a lot! Choose love over fear, always.

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  • J Wu
  • 02-07-2017

Makes you want to release your potential!

This touching story shows how one little boy overcame the odds and created a life that is both inspired and inspiring. If this doesn't make you want to be the better version of yourself, I don't know what else will! Ignite your life now!

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  • Melanie
  • 24-06-2017

John O'Leary - On Fire

Quite simply one of the most inspiring, incredible books I have ever read & listened to. I have seen John on stage & he is a beautiful man, inside & out. An absolute MUST READ/LISTEN!

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  • Mrs E. Whapshott
  • 21-06-2017

An uplifting tear jirker!

Oh this book is a real tear jurker. Makes you think about those less fortunate, your own children and family and how you use, or don't use your time.

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  • Amazon customer
  • 06-06-2017

inspiring and motivational

well told and a must read for anyone struggling to find a purpose. thank you John for sharing your story

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 30-04-2017

I believe it is the best book i read so far

What an amazing book i cried so many times for people generosity through this young boy bravery, for his parents wisdom and his family kindness amazing book and an amazing performance by the writer himself loved every single second of it inspired me and my kids as we all listened to him in the car I wish him all the best. you have to read it.

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  • Jason
  • 15-04-2017

highly inspirational and emotional

this is a true story about a little boys fight for life after an accident and how that fight is a parallel, and his success is an inspiration, for all our lives

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  • V Roarty
  • 09-03-2017

Inspirational.

This audio will change my life- I know it. I listened with a lump in my throat for the most part. It's uplifting, inspiring , humbling, motivating and everything else in between.
The best book of its type I've come across.