January 28, 2016

Book Review: Run to Overcome

Run to Overcome, by Meb Keflezighi with Dick Patrick is considered “the inspiring story of an American champion’s long-distance quest to achieve a big dream.”  In the book, Meb (short for Mebrahtom) shares his life story…so far.

Even though he was born in Eritrea, the war between Eritrea and Ethiopia encouraged his family to leave Africa.  They moved to Italy for a short time, and then to the United States in search of the American dream.  On page four, Meb said that "...especially an immigrant like me who, while continuing to love my native country, is so grateful for the privilege of U.S. citizenship."

On page three, Meb remembers, “My running journey began with a timed mile in my seventh grade phys ed class” in the United States.  In Run to Overcome, Meb shares his personal life, as well as his running accomplishments and aspirations.  Two highlights include when he earned the silver medal in the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece, and when he won the 2009 New York City Marathon.  Even though Meb runs for the United States, he still continues to honor his birthplace, Eritrea.

As a member of the Eritrean Orthodox Church, Meb respects the church’s values and implements them in his personal life, which correlates to his professional running career.  According to page 224, “Whatever you do, then give it your best.  Persevere in overcoming obstacles.  When you do you’ll be running to win.”

This book is ideal for runners...even former or future runners.  At the end of every chapter, there are two tips based on that chapter: Runner’s Tip and Overcomer’s Tip, which primarily focuses on lifestyle values.  Throughout the book, there are quotes from Meb’s family, friends, coaches, and fellow runners.  Also, eight pages of full-color photos and chapter discussion questions are included.  Run to Overcome shares a professional runner’s inspiring and interesting story.

Note: I received this book from Tyndale Blog Network, which is a program designed for bloggers to write book reviews in exchange for books, yet the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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