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  • Paperback: 246 pages
  • Publisher: Broadman and Holman; Reprint edition (Feb. 1 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805444211
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805444216
  • Product Dimensions: 15 x 1.9 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 399 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #53,792 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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In this autobiography, Norris and Abraham catalogue in a mostly chronological fashion the major events of Norris's Horatio Alger–like life. After a tumultuous and impoverished childhood marred by an alcoholic father, Norris turned his life around by joining the military and learning a martial art, tang soo do, while stationed in Korea. Having achieved a black belt, he returned to the United States and built a career as a karate instructor, winning six world championships. Norris counted many celebrities among his students, including Steve McQueen, who, along with Bruce Lee, encouraged Norris to pursue a film and television career. Even though Norris and Abraham employ a bland style of reportage, often bereft of smooth transitions and replete with empty phrases such as "I've always had a special place in my heart for children," the facts of Norris's life make this book compelling. Not only has he succeeded in martial arts and acting, but he has a long, eclectic list of additional achievements and experiences, such as breaking a world record in boat racing and being a close friend of the Bush family. While this book is being promoted as a Christian autobiography, Norris did not fully embrace a Christian lifestyle until the mid-1990s. Despite its limited spiritual content, this memoir will please those who admire Norris's achievements and conservative activism.
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About the Author

Chuck Norris starred in the popular television series Walker: Texas Ranger and in more than twenty movies, and he is the bestselling author of The Secret of Inner Strength and Against All Odds.

Ken Abrahamis aNew York Timesbest-selling author known around the world for his collaborations with high-profile public figures. A former professional musician and pastor, he is a popular guest with both secular and religious media. His books includeOne Soldier's Storywith Bob Dole, Payne Stewartwith Tracey Stewart, Falling in Love for All the Right Reasonswith Dr. Neil Clark Warren, andLet's Roll!with Lisa Beamer.

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By A Customer on Nov. 26 2004
Format: Hardcover
Chuck Norris, film star makes no bones about his impoverished youth or his drunken father. Every detail, written extremely well, is detailed in this excellent book. The courage and determination he portrayed throughout his life is so much more than he could have ever achieved on screen in the greatest of movies. This is a must read and highly rated memoir along the lines of "Nightmares Echo', "A Paper Life" or "Running With Scissors"
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If you think you know Chuck Norris you have to read this book! I was astonished by his life experiences and mostly by his acceptance of what is, not what could have been. He is truly inspiring in more ways than I imagined. I admired him as a martial artist but now admire him as a person too. A must read for all who want to make the best of what life sends them.
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Format: Kindle Edition
I've read his previous autobiography from the late 80's, also a fantastic book. This one did have a lot from his previous book, but I still couldn't put it down. His writing and life are so fascinating. An all around humble, honest , great guy and it shows through his writing. Really enjoyed this.
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yes i have a copy of this book and i have known about Chuck Norris and he has been my favorite actor since about 1984 in fact i started training in martial arts because of Chuck Norris and i very very much like all that he stands for yes he is a martial arts expert but this book shows that he is so much more then just a martial arts expert he has been trying to save the lives of so many people he does not even know by helping with the MAKE A WISH FOUNDATION and his KICK DRUGS OUT OF AMARICA he has done so much for so many people this book will tell you what he is really like
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It is a great book. Enjoying reading about this amazing actor. Love what he and his wife are doing for kids through their organization.
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