How a Real-Life Miracle Strengthened Kevin Sorbo’s Faith
By Movieguide® Staff
Kevin and Sam Sorbo are Hollywood stars who break the mold and openly share their love for Jesus Christ.
In 2011, the couple released a memoir titled “True Strength: My Journey from Hercules to Mere Mortal – and How Nearly Dying Saved My Life.” The book outlines a real miracle for Hollywood actor Kevin Sorbo and how the ordeal strengthened his faith.
His wife, Sam, recalled that her husband thought he was invincible. But in reality, his life was in danger.
“He worked too hard. He is very, very driven. He is the type where he is just full throttle and full speed ahead. He had an aneurysm in his shoulder that was sending clots down into his arm. So there was a tingling in his left hand and pain,” Sam recalled. “He didn’t think he should go to the hospital or get it checked out.”
Kevin told Movieguide®: “Well the clots were being fed off for months in my left arm down into my fingers. It was during the last three months of season five of HERCULES, and I was just blowing it off. I was just, you know, I was a jock; I was doing all my stunts; I thought I was invincible.”
However, the couple decided to see a chiropractor, and that is when Kevin’s life would change forever.
“Sam kind of picked up what happened, and we came back to the United States. I went to see my chiropractor, and in the eight years I’ve been to him he has never cracked my neck,” Kevin remembered. “I’m lying on the table, and a Voice that said: ‘Don’t let him crack your neck.’ I looked up at the doctor and asked him if he said something. He said he didn’t say anything. I closed my eyes and again I hear the Voice louder: ‘Do not let him crack your neck.’ Why is this voice telling me this? He has never cracked my neck in eight years.”
Kevin said that he knows it was God’s voice that he heard trying to protect him.
“Oh, there’s no question [it was God]. As I’m debating with God, he cracks my neck. That bump that was an aneurism that was so close to the artery feeding the brain, that manipulation forced three of those clots to my brain, and I suffered three strokes,” Kevin said. “What did I learn? I learned to listen to that voice.”
The strokes resulted in years of recovery and deteriorated health. However, Kevin said that his wife encouraged him to be thankful and work hard to get better.
“You go through that feeling-sorry-for-yourself and blaming God – blaming the world. She gave me a goal. She made me get up and look in a mirror every day and tell myself that I’m getting better and getting stronger. Say it everyday until you believe it. It helped me get better. I’m a very strong-willed person, and she said I pushed myself, I did way beyond what the doctors told me,” Kevin said.
The couple said that the miracle of Kevin making a recovery and not dying strengthened their faith. As a result, they began to sacrifice their roles in traditional Hollywood.
“Hollywood’s banned me,” Kevin said.
After his role as Hercules, Kevin focused on faith-based movies like GOD’S NOT DEAD. Kevin said audiences were encouraged to watch his faith-based movies due to his previous roles.
“You know what’s interesting, because of Hercules this is a show you get invited to comic-con shows. These are the fantasy sci-fi world, and these are the fantasy sci-fi geeks. The last two I’ve done in the last two months since the movie has come out, 50 percent of the people come up to me and say I saw ‘God’s not Dead’ I loved it, I mean you don’t get that at that type of setting. It’s amazing. I’m not exaggerating. They wish I had ‘God’s not Dead’ picture to sign.”
Kevin is a longtime friend of Movieguide®, emceed the Movieguide® Awards, and won The Grace Award for Most Inspiring Performance in Movies in 2010 for his role in WHAT IF.
Kevin was also nominated for The Grace Award for Most Inspiring Performance in Movies in 2011 for his role in Soul Surfer.
Aside from his many accolades, Kevin is one of the loudest voices for redeeming Hollywood.
Kevin previously told Movieguide®:
“I know we’re doing good projects with good messages about faith and love and hope and redemption and laughter,” Sorbo said.
“If you look at what’s going on the world right now, it’s all about anger and divisiveness,” Sorbo said. “We have to battle to go against politics, we’re downstream of culture. Who runs the culture? Hollywood does, and look at the movies they’re putting out. So we’re trying to get movies that have a good message and a positive message that people can relate to.”