Rising Above: Inspiring Women in Sports Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-04-01 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 0 user ratings

"Powerful inspirational and motivational stories of women rising above to beat the odds against racism, sexism, medical ailments, poverty, impoverished communities and so much more. I remember watching many of these young ladies and feeling a sense of pride knowing how hard they worked in showing the world their true talents while paving the way for upcoming athletes.
How one defines success varies from person to person but there is no doubt that each of us is born with some type of unique characteristic and trait.
To excel and achieve greatness we must first believe we are, then put forth the effort, and remove the negatives to plant the seed.
What you reap you sow!
Be not afraid to think big! Dream Big! Aim High!
The individual stories of these remarkable athletes shows the hurdles they overcame, the inner courage, the will and drive to not let anything set them back.
In fact, for each one a set back was a set up.
Sometimes what they thought would be their demise was actually a blessing in disguise and young children should know that with hard work, practice, team spirit, and training they too can achieve anything.
What is often missing in discussion is the idea that it must be fun. You must enjoy what you're doing and know it's not about the spotlight, the fame, the fortune.
If you lose the love you lose the game.
Stay in it to win it or exit out gracefully is key.
Ignore the critics (lord knows we all have them) and focus on what you can control.
Keep plugging away and never give up.
Use stones thrown to rebuild.
As anyone has learned trial and error is the greatest lessons learned. We grow from each fall when we have the courage to dust off and go again.
If it doesn't work out, it's cool, you have 365 days in a year to continue to do whatever is in your heart that drives you towards your destiny.
Your passion is what needs to be present.
So in the end, stay true, stay authentic, and keep it real!
Great job Gregory as this was a home run in my book for this proud mom of 3 teens ( oldest med disabled since birth now 17 yo).
We all face tough times it's how we roll with it in not letting our self esteem get in the way.
Focus on the high road, stay positive , and prove 'em wrong!
Loved this very well written book for all ages.
I thank Gregory Zuckerman for this copy in exchange for my honest review.
*I will donate to The Hoyt Library in memory of my niece Cassie Ann Gatcha so others may enjoy the beauty of the message*
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"A good collection of inspiring stories for middle-grade readers. I liked the messages of following your dreams, not listening to the doubters, and being proud of who you are. I also liked the stories that focused on overcoming sexism and racism and body image issues and adversity and working hard for their dreams. Overall, I think it's a good addition to non-fiction collections but not the best book of inspiring stories of women I've read. As an adult, I learned a few things from this book as well but it's certainly not written to appeal to adults. It's much too simplistic. (Though, be warned about handing it to the younger tween crowd. It does discuss eating disorders and mentions the n-word.)

I also could have done without Ronda Rousey's story and the glorification of violence and the lack of really dealing with her eating disorder. If something like that is going to be mentioned, I'd like it to be fulling dealt with, not just a passing comment. Especially since this is a book aimed at teen and tween girls.
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