Posted by: irenesroth | December 21, 2012

Book Review: First Published on Blogcritics

From Underdog to Undefeated: How I Became a Champion
By Anthony Robles (with Austin Murphy)

Are you unstoppable or do you try to find any excuse possible to give in to your weaknesses and trials in life? Most of us are somewhere in between these two extremes. Unstoppable will show you how not to sell yourself short and to keep doing and being your best!

Anthony Robles is a very inspiring and strong person. He was born without his right leg, yet his dream was always to wrestle. His mother was a strong lady who never saw her son as deficient or disabled. She showed Anthony that there was nothing wrong with him and that he could tackle whatever he wanted. Don’t we all wish we had this kind of unconditional love in our families?

Anthony started wrestling in high school. He was the smallest and least experienced on the team. With the help of his coach, he helped Anthony develop a style of wrestling that would honor his strengths and minimize his weaknesses. Anthony did excel and succeed at his sport with solid determination.

His college years were more difficult however. He felt weaker than his opponents a lot of the time. He was slight in stature and unable to play with the greatest and strongest. He looked and applied for scholarships in many places. But it was Arizona State who took him on and gave him a full scholarship. And despite all his weaknesses and shortfalls, Anthony became determined to win the 2011 NCAA Title.

Unstoppable is one of the most inspiring books I read this year. Anthony never let his disability get in his way to excellence. Anthony shows that we can all do our best, excel and move past our fears and weaknesses. All we have to do is to believe in ourselves and work hard.

I loved the book from beginning to end. I found it impossible to put down. What a testament to determination and strength!

Irene S. Roth
Reviewer, Author and Editor

Rating: 5 Stars


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