Meb Keflezighi (Kef-lez-ghee) is all about hope and second chances—starting with his very survival. The child of a small African country ravaged by a brutal war, Meb arrived in America with nothing but the clothes on his back, speaking no English and never having raced a mile. So how did he end up an A student, one of the most celebrated and respected athletes of his generation, and winner of the 2009 New York City Marathon?
His story sounds like the living embodiment of the American dream... but Meb’s path to victory hasn’t been smooth. Not long after he stood on the Olympic platform as a U.S. silver medalist, it all came crashing down. And he was about to find out whether his faith in God, the values his parents had taught him, and his belief that he was born to run were enough to see him through.
Run to Overcome tells the inspirational story of a man who discovered the real meaning of victory, and shares the secrets to overcoming the odds in your own life.
©2010 Meb Keflezighi (P)2010 Oasis
This is such a great story. I found it very inspiring on many levels. I do not share Keflezighi's religious faith, but even that aspect was presented so naturally that it did not detract from his story. What did detract, for me, was hearing it come out of a voice so obviously white-middle-America.
Maybe Meb didn't care to narrate his own book, but could they not find anyone who might sound more like him?
Yes, written in 2010, this story is very encouraging and interesting. Full of life and running tips.
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"Like the marathon, life can sometimes be difficult, challenging and present obstacles, however if you believe in your dreams and never ever give up, things will turn out for the best." - Meb
"I Can Do All Things Through Christ Who Strengthens Me!" - Phil 4:13
Dianne in Canada
Meb seems to be a pretty down to Earth guy and it is amazing how he ended up getting out of poverty in Etheopia but was his family really poverty stricken there? I wish he had of filled in more details about how bad or not badly off his family was in Etheopia and a few more details of how his father was able to get the to USA. I don't think his story is that much more extrodinary than any other immigrant coming to North Amercia and getting a job and succeeding at something. He just happened to be a runner who made it because he was talented. Sort of boring at times but also interesting sometimes. Not a stellar book but not a bad listen.
Great work along the lines of Born to Run and Eat and Run. Extremely inspiring. Contrary to another reviewer's comments, there is no unnecessary content or repetition (unless you don't like to hear about faith and God, which are obviously integral to Meb's life and running ethic).
No. There is so much repetition and information pointless to this story that if you remove all the useless stuff this book would be 1 hour long. Way too much focus on god and prayer as well.
No. I love running non-fiction, but this is one of the worst.
More excitement needed.
Not after listening to it. I would have if I didn't listen to the book before the movie.
The audio edition is very inspiring.
Meb's coming to the US with his impoverished family is an awesome moment. His father encouragesthe children to study hard, and they all, in different ways, race ahead of their US peers, taking nothing for granted, showing no sense of entitlement. I think it's very encouraging.
The reading is heartfelt and warm.
The family's attitude of gratitude and humiliation when coming ot the US is inspiring. I think that Meb's choice of competing for the US or Eritrea juxtaposes hie entire life and dual entity in a practical and focused manner. It's about gratitude and grand gesture - but also about picking the best deal, getting food on the table and so on.
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