I Am Potential
Patrick Henry Hughes

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Narrated By: Grover Gardner, Malcolm Hillgartner, Richard Powers

Duration: 6 hours and 25 minutes

What to expect

“I can’t see, I can’t walk, and can’t do lots of other things. With all this, people might ask “How can I bear to live?” but I don’t see it that way. Through my trials, God has given me experiences that taught me important lessons about life, which help get me through each and every day. The greatest gift I can give back to others is to share those experiences and lessons.”—Patrick Henry Hughes

As featured on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition and Oprah, this is the powerful story of a young, blind musician and his courageous lessons for living with faith.

Patrick Henry Hughes was born with a rare genetic disorder that left him without eyes and physically disabled. But he was also blessed with exceptional musical talent, able to play the piano at the age of two. Now, at age nineteen, he is a nationally known pianist, singer, and trumpeter who has performed at the Kennedy Center. But he’s best known for playing in the University of Louisville marching band, while his devoted father pushes him in formation in his wheelchair. With determined optimism and courage, Hughes has made “I am potential” his mantra and defied the impossible at every turn. His extraordinary journey will prove inspirational for anyone facing challenges in their own life.

Genre

Biography: general

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“Hughes’ knowing but uplifting tone balances out the tragedies, making this an inspiring addition to the growing self-help-memoir shelf.”

Publishers Weekly

“[I Am Potential] is an invitation to share this family’s sorrow and triumph and a challenge to listeners to work around their own weaknesses or disabilities and live life to its fullest. Narrators Paul Garcia, Malcolm Hillgartner, and Grover Gardner share the reading, and each is a skilled interpreter of the pathos and inspiration in the story. Rotating the narrating duties creates a strong dynamic: Three exceptional voice talents bring distinct sensibilities and views to the recording but also work together to give this heroic memoir impact and continuity.”

AudioFile

“The deeply moving story of Patrick Henry Hughes…is a source of inspiration for anyone battling against the odds…I Am Potential emerges as more than an incredible triumph-over-adversity tale or a beautiful father/son relationship saga. It also evolves into the story of how helping one boy fight to achieve his dreams gave so many others the opportunity to expand their own abilities and capacities—to become their best selves.”

BookPage

“Engaging…a testament to the disabled and undaunted Patrick Henry’s courage and his guiding principles of living with faith and without fear, loving unconditionally, and reaching for your dreams…the father-son portrait is unforgettable. Strongly recommended.”

Library Journal

“I can’t see, I can’t walk, and can’t do lots of other things. With all this, people might ask ‘How can I bear to live?’ but I don’t see it that way. Through my trials, God has given me experiences that taught me important lessons about life, which help get me through each and every day. The greatest gift I can give back to others is to share those experiences and lessons.”

Patrick Henry Hughes

“Engaging…the father-son portrait is unforgettable. Strongly recommended.”