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Monday, November 1, 2010

Run to Overcome by Meb Keflezighi with Dick Patrick

A detailed autobiography of one of America's best long distance runners. Meb describes his life from early childhood, when he lived in Eritrea (a country that was at war with Ethiopia) and his journey to the United States, as a young boy who did not speak English. Meb details the dedication and hard work he spent growing up in the United States, learning English and always concerned with doing his best in academics. While in school, Meb encountered running as a sport and he chronicles his ups and downs in his career as a runner. Throughout Meb's autobiography, he describes how important God has been in his life. To get the most out of this inspiring autobiography, the author included discussion questions for each chapter and includes questions for the reader to reflect on his/her own life.

This book is very inspiring as it demonstrates the determination to continue in the midst of hardships and difficulties. Meb has been quoted as stating, "I am often at my best when things look the worst". While reading, I was truly inspired as I thought of myself in his situations and felt I would not have had the strength to keep trying. The book also demonstrates that you do not need to be number one to be successful. After many difficulties with injuries and illnesses over years, Meb did finish number one in the 2009 ING New York City Marathon. This was not only an accomplishment for Meb, but also for the United States as it had been many years since an American won the ING New York City Marathon (Meb had become a citizen of the United States).

Meb truly demonstrates dedication, commitment and hard work. Describing the demanding training and his determination to overcome injuries, one can see the importance of the title of the book, "Run to Overcome". Each chapter ends with training tips, as well as tips to overcome difficult situations and circumstances. I would not hesitate to recommend this book.

Tyndale House Publishers sent me a complimentary copy of this book for me to review. This in no way influenced my review.

Meb will be competing in this year's ING New York City Marathon, on November 7, 2010

Note: Tyndale will be giving away one signed book per day from Nov. 1, 2010 –
Mar. 31, 2011. There will be monthly grand prize winners that will receive a signed copy of the book, other free Tyndale titles, as well as Sony and PowerBar products.
For more information on Run to Overcome and details of the contest go to