Run to Overcome, by Meb Keflezighi
Mebrahtom "Meb" Keflezighi and his family came to the United States after fleeing their native country of Eritrea to escape a violent war with Ethiopia. His unexpected athletic and academic successes earned him a full scholarship to UCLA, where he won four NCAA titles in one year and earned his B.A. in communication studies with a specialization in business. Meb is an Olympic silver medalist (Athens 2004) and a three-time national champion in cross country running (2001, 2002, and 2009). He came back from an injury to win the 2009 New York City Marathon, setting a personal best time of 2:09:15. Meb became a U.S. citizen in 1998. He lives in Mammoth Lakes, California, with his wife, Yordanos, and their three daughters, Sara, Fiyori and Yohana.
About the book:
If this book doesn't inspire you to overcome and succeed I don't know what will! Meb grew up in Eritrea, which I have never heard of until reading his book.
This book takes you from Meb's younger years when he lived in Eritrea, it is heartbreaking to read of the starvation and fear that people went through as Eritrea fought with Ethiopia. Meb's father was able to leave the country and after several years sent for the family and they finally found a new home in America.
The family went through many struggles, learning the language, going to school, but yet they overcame, over and over again. Meb has a strength that is not only physical but mental as well and reading his story is extremely encouraging. Imagine coming from a place where people just don't run, to a place where people run for fun, Meb was simply amazed that American's just run, and fell in love with the sport! Not only did he fall in love, but he overcame many obstacles and became a winner, in more ways than one.
This is an amazing story, everyone can achieve their dreams and I encourage you to read Meb's story and cheer him on as he continues his career in running!
Tyndale Publishing is giving away books so you could win a copy of Meb's book or one of several different titles from 11/1-3/31/11...they are also giving away Sony and Power Bar products, check the website for more details!
**Thanks to Tyndale Publishing I received a complimentary copy of Run to Overcome to review, I was not compensated in any other way for my honest opinion.