In this true story and journey of discovery, Bill McKenna shares a life of intense experiences. He earned his black belt, learned to fly planes and helicopters, ran marathons, 50 and 100-mile endurance races, survived a several hundred foot free-fall in a skydiving mishap, and saw his life’s dream shipwrecked by an unseen island. The journey brought financial success and catastrophe, a constant struggle with crash-and-burn relationships and a battle with depression. Nothing in his life would compare to the intensity of what he was about to experience, all of it quite by accident, and as his sister said, to the unlikeliest of people.
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About the Author
Bill McKenna brings a life of intense experiences to the writing of this, his first book. While earning his Bachelor's Degree from Saint Mary's College in Moraga California, he was awarded a Black Belt in a mixed martial art and started running a series of endurance races that culminated in the completion of the Western States 100 mile run in California's Sierra Nevada mountains. While establishing a successful sales career, Bill continued pursuing various passions including skydiving, helicopter/airplane piloting and yachting. More recently, he experienced a literal and figurative accident that inspired him to share his story. Raised in Chula Vista as the oldest boy in an Irish-Catholic family of 12, Bill currently lives in Southern California with his wife Michelle.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Read book from cover to cover in two days. And now I am in process of reading it for second time. Amazing stories from author and eye opening concepts. This book helped me to focus on living life to the fullest. This book should be on everyone's bucket list of books to read before you die. Highly recommend this book!!
I have done what the book has advised and I am happier than I have ever been. Like the book says Truth IS stranger than fiction Chapter 20s title "its so simple" says it all - Thank you Bill for making my life richer.
I was given this book a couple of months ago and was so captivated by it that I read the entire book in only one evening. I am a usually avid reader, but due to life circumstances haven't gotten through a book in many years. This book had my full attention on the first page and kept it through the last. The story was not only riveting, but it gave the simplest tools for changing your life and thinking woven throughout. I would recommend this book for the pure joy of reading.
I read this book, and I loved it. The story is told by Bill McKenna (one of 12 children) and how he changed his life through forgiveness. Each chapter chronicles a significant part of his life and how it changed him for better or for worse. The Only Lesson is a practical usable guide with a single lesson - How to learn to love. This book helped me change the way I think.
Without going into too much detail about what led me to read this book, life has not always been easy. Many circumstances I was born into, others I re-created out of habit I suppose. Along the learning curve of my path I've read MANY self help books, practice meditation, yoga, exercise, ect. About 3 months ago I was given this book as a gift. I am moved to write a review because it genuinely changed my life. My energy as a person, wife, mother, family member, and friend. It has been my secret weapon that has all those close to me wondering what it is I'm doing. More importantly this book and its message helped me to deal with the loss of a very dear friend. I've passed it on to those close to me only to receive phone calls in the middle of the night, thanking me for this information. The message is simple, but the information (or human technology :) is new. Thank you to the author for sharing his story and his message, you've truly change my life.