Monday, December 29, 2008

Everything happens for a reason

I know this year has been a rough year for all of us. Things happen to us, that we did not expect to happen. It is important for all of us to put some time aside and reflect on the positive things that have happened to us. I am a firm believer in "everything happens for a reason" If you just take a moment and think about why something happened, you might be able to find a reason for it.

As mentioned, in the book, my father talks about looking back and understanding certain situations. There were many situations that were disheartening, but we always remained positive and were able to move forward.

Always wake up with a smile :)

I just wanted to wish everyone a very happy new year!


Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Initial thoughts....


How do you start a blog about your own family? How do you start an entry about your entire existence? How do you start a story about your brother? How, how exactly, can this possibly begin?

I just do not know. Here is a thought:

I posted a facebook status update that said the following:

Brian is almost ready to publish a book about my brother's life called "We Were Relentless" by Martin J. Levin. Email me at to preorder. 10:49am

And the comments were as follows:

is this gonna be a book about Jordan turning me into a greek god at the gym???

or about Jordan teaching me how to waterski?

I think that the only appropriate place to start the story is to discuss how Jordan has touched certain people's lives -- how he, without question, has managed to somehow connect with each person he meets. To inspire them, or at least leave a lasting impact or make them think a little differently. The people who posted the preceding comments are not family members or close friends, just people he has known throughout his life.

When Jordan's name is brought up, anyone who has ever met him can think of something that he has done for them. Obviously I am biased because he is my brother and my best friend.

Nonetheless, I truly believe that he, without knowing it, has touched the lives of everyone he has met.

And more than anything in the world, that is a great tribute to both him and my parents, Martin and Mollene Levin.

By the way, this post is about as aggrandizing as it is going to get....

Monday, December 15, 2008

Coming soon!

Stay tuned. The book will be published in a month or so.

Here is the readers digest version:

New book by Martin J. Levin

New Biography; an inspiring account of rising above disabilities and challenges

There are confusing individual choices to make; the usual minefield of relationships, financial uncertainty and other challenges of the real world. Imagine how difficult it would be for those who have to live with disabilities such as needing a wheelchair, being blind or deaf.

Author Martin J. Levin shares with readers an inspiring and stirring account of his son’s struggles and triumphs in WE WERE RELENTLESS: A Family’s Journey to Overcome Disability.

Jordan Levin’s life started out as a perilous and suspenseful adventure for his parents. Born three months premature, he was so small that he weighed only 31 ounces–with tiny hands the size of a man’s fingernail. He had to have a series of operations to correct conditions that threatened his grip on life. But hang on he did. And when it seemed that everything would turn out fine,
Jordan was diagnosed as being profoundly deaf–he could hear sounds with frequencies below a certain threshold, but above that he was at a loss.

Amazingly, even before the diagnosis, young Jordan had the uncanny and innate ability to lip-read. So, with the courage and foresight of his parents who were determined to raise him as normally as possible, he learned how to speak, graduated with a B.A. from Michigan State University and grew up to become a successful and confident young man.

Later, he would embark on a career as a motivational speaker and personal trainer. More than a fascinating story of a person’s triumph over disability, WE WERE RELENTLESS: A Family’s Journey to Overcome Disability is also a touching account about a father’s and mother’s love for their son–and how they encouraged him every step of the way to be all that he could be.