By Ken Abraham, Chuck Norris
From Publishers Weekly
In this autobiography, Norris and Abraham catalogue in a ordinarily chronological style the main occasions of Norris's Horatio Alger–like existence. After a tumultuous and impoverished formative years marred via an alcoholic father, Norris became his lifestyles round by means of becoming a member of the army and studying a martial artwork, tang soo do, whereas stationed in Korea. Having accomplished a black belt, he lower back to the U.S. and outfitted a profession as a karate teacher, successful six international championships. Norris counted many celebrities between his scholars, together with Steve McQueen, who, in addition to Bruce Lee, inspired Norris to pursue a movie and tv occupation. even supposing Norris and Abraham hire a bland variety of reportage, usually bereft of gentle transitions and replete with empty words reminiscent of "I've regularly had a different position in my center for children," the evidence of Norris's lifestyles make this publication compelling. not just has he succeeded in martial arts and performing, yet he has an extended, eclectic checklist of extra achievements and studies, reminiscent of breaking an international checklist in boat racing and being a detailed pal of the Bush relations. whereas this e-book is being promoted as a Christian autobiography, Norris didn't absolutely embody a Christian way of life till the mid-1990s. regardless of its restricted religious content material, this memoir will please those that recognize Norris's achievements and conservative activism.
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A big apple instances top vendor. thousands of individuals world wide understand Chuck Norris because the celebrity of greater than twenty movies, a martial arts specialist, and the one guy within the Western Hemisphere to carry an 8th measure Black Belt Grand grasp in Tae Kwon Do. numerous others see him day-by-day in syndicated reruns because the hero of the longest working CBS sequence thus far, “Walker, Texas Ranger.” What many don’t be aware of is that Chuck Norris is a honest Christian–a guy whose religion performs a task in every thing he does. opposed to All Odds is the inspirational tale of the way Norris overcame abject poverty from youth, the results of his father’s alcoholism and desertion of the relations, and his personal shyness and absence of energy and skill early in his existence. Norris writes candidly in regards to the earlier and offers God complete credits for the place he's today
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