What a powerful book by this Eritrean born marathoner! This book is about the true story of Meb Keflezighi, winner of a silver medal in the 2004 Olympics, the 2009 New York City marathon, and a myriad of other running achievements. His family immigrated to the United States at a time when Eritrea and Ethiopia were at war with each other. He started running in Junior High with no intention of becoming a professional runner but quickly discovered it was more than a form of exercise but a growing passion.
I love how Meb’s humble spirit shines through this book. He values life and does not take anything for granted. He is a shining example of how hard work and perseverance is what brings you one step closer to your goals. And when trials come his way, he clings to God to get him through difficult circumstances.
Bottom line, I really enjoyed this book. I’m not a runner so I couldn’t appreciate his running times (although running a marathon in just over 2 hours! It takes me an hour to do my morning run/jog of 5K!), but I could appreciate his effort, sacrifice, and shining example of a great attitude. I especially enjoyed his runner’s tips and words of wisdom on overcoming found at the end of each chapter. At the end of the book, there’s study questions that would be great for group study discussions.
Visit the Run To Overcome website for more information and to enter to win free stuff! From November 1, 2010 – March 31, 2011 they are giving away one free signed book per day! At the end of every month, there will be a grand prize drawing where winners could receive a brand new Sony MP3 player, Nike, Powerbar, and Generation UCAN products, and other Tyndale titles such as The Daniel Fast and Start Somewhere. Enter to win here! And root for Meb as he returns to the 2010 New York City Marathon this Sunday, November 7th!
Please note: Tyndale House Publishers provided me with this free copy of Run To Overcome in exchange for my honest opinion. This was not a paid review.