Barry Kienzle is an award-winning author whose books all have one thing in common – they are all based in Kentucky, the state he proudly calls home.

Heart of a Lion: Our Journey of Faith and Courage

by Willie & Brenda Burton with Barry Kienzle

Winner of Mom's Choice Gold Award for Young Adult Inspirational/Motivational Books

The memoir of Willie Burton, the Louisville high school wrestler featured on ESPN's E:60

An inspiring story of overcoming life's hardships through faith and courage. Willie Burton was born with cerebral palsy. He suffered through painful surgeries and endless physical therapy sessions throughout his youth, but his spirit and determination never wavered despite his disabilities. With the support of this adoptive mother, he signed up for the wrestling team at Fairdale High School where he was accepted by the team as an equal, later gaining national attention for his perseverance in his efforts to win a single match on the mat.



Zoom into Books
Hosted by Headline Books, these Zoom presentations with award-winning author, Barry Kienzle, explored the challenges of writing historical fiction. Get more insight into the writing of The Crossings and The Indian. Barry talked about writing a memoir and more about Heart of a Lion.
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