New York Times bestselling author and beloved Today show co-anchor tells the incredible stories of people who, when faced with impossibly challenging or tragic life situations, persevere - and even thrive - and asks, What if you, facing a game-changing event or decision right now, could see ten years into the future?
Through years of perseverance, purpose, and passion, Hoda Kotb landed a spot with Kathie Lee on the Today show, won numerous journalism awards, and gained valuable life lessons. Now, after captivating audiences in her blockbuster memoir Hoda, she turns to stories about others who have undergone personal transformation against great odds.
In Ten Years Later, Hoda chronicles six amazing stories by identifying a game-changing event in her subjects’ lives and then revisiting those lives a decade later. We meet Amy Barnes, who took the leap to escape an abusive relationship, lost an astounding 340 pounds, and now encourages women like her to cultivate their mental and physical strength. There’s also Ron Clifford, a civilian hero of 9/11, who saved the life of a burn victim in the wreckage of the towers - only to learn the same day that his beloved sister and niece were passengers on Flight 175. Patrick Weiland, a former network producer who won a Peabody at age twenty-two and later spiraled into drug addition, demonstrates the power of a second chance.
Ten Years Later is a firsthand testament to the enduring power of the human spirit. Through inspirational life stories, Hoda shows how adversity can unleash our best qualities: resilience, perseverance, gratitude, empathy, and creativity. This book will inspire you to believe in the future, no matter how dark the present, and tap into the ability to reach your highest potential.
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Inspiration and Admiration
None that I've read so far
All scenes are equally fascinating and or enlightening
The whole thing kept me interested and wanting more.
I always wonder what happens to people we hear about on TV shows, in the news, etc. FINALLY a book that brings us up to date with amazing people from different walks of life.
Yes it is veru uplifting and inspirational.
The ultra runner because of her complete dedication and desire for life.
Her own life experience shows through her voice.
author of books for teens and children
The six people profiled here have diverse backgrounds and accomplishments, but all were hit hard in life and not only bounced back but surged ahead. I was particularly impressed by the woman who, after battling cancer in her early twenties, started up a foundation to help other cancer victims battle infertility, and the single mother with no money or connections who started a corporation eventually worth hundreds of millions of dollars.
Likes: Cozy mysteries, esp w/cats, books on workings of the brain/autism, not-too-dark fantasy. Dislikes: Animal cruelty, torture scenes.
This book is Hota telling of her interviews with 6 people. I found the stories interesting. However, I did not really get how the stories really belong together. Even the subtitle "Six People Who Faced Adversity and Transformed Their Lives" isn't entirely accurate. I really think she just thought these were six good stories so wanted to make a book but any real connection for all six is a stretch. The final story is about a woman who went from choosing to live a subsistence lifestyle to owning a multimillion dollar company. Is the adversity being poor when choosing to live that lifestyle? At any rate, each story on it's own was interesting but a few things did bug me. Our first story deals with a woman who after being in an abusive relationship and losing her kids, leaves the guy, loses hundreds of pounds and regains custody. She later becomes a life coach. This is inspiring except that one question kept popping into my mind while listening and Hota never asked it. The woman after gaining her kids back, moves in with another guy shortly after that, then another guy after that. It seemed to me like she always had to have a man and never got comfortable just being herself. It seemed so crazy after what she put her kids through to move them in with another guy right away. But Hota never asks her about that. After that story was a woman who survived cancer and went on to help cancer patients by getting the medical community to deal with issues of fertility loss differently. Those two made me think our book was about people who suffered something them went on to do something for others. But the next two stories were a little off from that. I was fascinated by the woman who recovered from epilepsy and became an ultra marathoner. (I had never heard of ultramarathons.) I am just not sure how that fits the theme. Similarly there is man who stops doing drugs after his sister is murdered and helps to influence the prosecution of her killer. There is also the man who helped a burn victim on 9/11 only to learn later his sister and niece had died that day. That is certainly a powerful story but I kept waiting to see what he was going to do and that was apparently just be a regular happy guy. So although the stories were interesting, I don't think Hota or her book added anything to them.
This book is absolutely wonderful and uplifting! It definitely gave me hope in my own future and a better appreciation of life. I adore Hoda Kotb, so it was enjoyable to be able to listen to her tell the story.
HOW CAN I PICK? Each individual's stories were absolutely amazing!
I enjoyed the "rags to riches" story at the end as well as the chapters about medical problems (no spoilers).
Definitely! I probably listened to it in three chunks, but it is definitely a great "binge" read.
One of my favorites
I love that the stories are true and you get to hear the aftermath not just the triumph
She conveyed the stories as they were told to her and gave us the benefit of knowing exactly how it was meant to be told
H.O.P.E - Hold on pain ends
I watch her every morning on her show and didn't know she was such a great writer. Loved hearing the inspiring stories. I was on vacation in Sarasota and could not wait to walk the beach every day for hours while I was listening to her book. Great!!
Probably not.... but I was inspired and did enjoy reading about these Valiant people ....
The spunk and determination of these individuals, several in very difficult trials.
the story of Lindsey...her firm determination, the implementation of her conviction to enlist other significant players in reach her goals...
Ron and the "911" story and the vivid description of his attept to help the dear woman who was on fire.
I appreciate being able to listen while I work and rest my eyes.
Just one thing.... I would prefer to hear a bleep for the inappropriate language, though sparingly used....throughout the reports.
Enjoy history, self help, novels, not a sequel follower.
or I am very lucky to know people like this. It is not over until the fat lady sings and you are in control of your life. Live it. I do like Hoda's voice
"Loved this book!"
I loved this book it was very inspiring...I saw Hoda on the Wendy Williams show and she spoke about the book! and that when I said I must read it! I have no regrets love love love!
I have been very inspired to follow my passion after reading the last story!
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