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Against All Odds: My Story by Norris, Chuck with Ken Abraham
Hardcover, 246 pages
Published September 1st 2004 by B&H Publishing Group (first published January 1st 2004)
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Hotavio
Chuck Norris has assumed a mythological status. Having been exposed to his (often not so great movies) growing up, My father's respect for him was kind of passed off to me as a mix of admiration and curiosity. As an adult with my own political preferences, I was acutely aware of his conservative leanings and his political connections with the Bushes. Curiosity got the better of me and I ordered the book anyway.

First off...I will say that Norris can't write. At times, he comes off as disorganize...more
Toby Brennen
I ordered "Against All Odds: My Story" on a whim and am I glad I did. I knew who Chuck Norris was and a little of his accomplishments as a martial artist so thought it would be a fun read. (I may have accidentally bumped into him a tournament a few years back, although not totally sure.)

"Against All Odds" is a relatively easy read and for the most part clearly lays out the life experiences that developed Mr. Norris' character. He shares many personal memories that are obviously important to him...more
Patrick
One variation on the popular Internet meme about Chuck Norris and his toughness is that "You don't find Chuck Norris; Chuck Norris finds you." That might be said of this book, which I picked up at a used bookstore more than a year ago but finished reading more recently, at a time when its "never give up" message has more resonance for me than it otherwise might.

This is part biography, part pep talk, and all written in a conversational style that Chuck's experienced coauthor had the sense to leav...more
Mackenzie Dare
I enjoyed reading this inspirational story. It shows how even those with the worst starts can overcome, and not only make something og their lives but become famous. I like the way that it was written, as if Mr. Norris was telling someone his story. I appreciated the way this book was written cleaning and encouraged good morals. I liked how he talked openly about his Christianity. He told many engaging stories about his life. They were comical, inspiring, engaging, and right-living encouraging....more
Tom Schulte
Chuck Norris' autobiography is so tough, I have to keep it alone on a shelf. Any other book I put there ends up torn and scattered on the floor.
Vaughan
A Wonderful, brutally honest account of a life of a shy poor kid who grew up to be the legend that is Chuck Norris. Very inspirational and honest.
Hannah
Sep 07, 2014 Hannah marked it as no
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“Norris is a devout Christian and politically conservative. He has written several books on Christianity and donated to a number of Republican candidates and causes. In 2007 and 2008, he campaigned for former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, who was running for the Republican nomination for president in 2008. Norris also writes a column for the conservative website WorldNetDaily. Since 2005 Norris has been widely associated with an internet meme which documents fictional and often absurd...more
Melissa
Sometimes I'm just thrilled to read a book that I feel my grandma would appreciate. Chuck Norris has a story I'm quite confident my grandma as well as the majority of my family can appreciate: from hardship to success with a faithful mother who instills in her own son the belief that he can do anything and the belief that there is a God who loves him and has plans for him.

Aside from feeling like I was making my family proud - I really enjoyed learning about Chuck Norris as he desires to be portr...more
Susan B

Chuck Norris tells the story of his life from birth to the present (2004). A "blue baby" at birth, he certainly had good reason to be blue, living with an abusive, alcoholic father until his mother finally walked away from the marriage when Chuck was fifteen. After her divorce, his mother met and married Chuck's stepfather, George, who became a positive, encouraging figure to her three boys.

Immediately after high school, Chuck enrolled in the military, and it wasn't long before he was serving in...more
Grantreid
The authors purpose of this book was to inform. Chuck Norris was telling the reader about his life, from beginning to end. He was telling this book from his eyes and he wanted to reader to know what it was like to be him. Although Chuck Norris knew that no one could see the world as clearly as he did, he did know that some people would get entertainment out of this book, but it was still a book to inform.
The theme of this book has a lot to do with believing. Chuck Norris believed in god for a...more
Jakob
This book was a biography about the life of, obviously, Chuck Norris. I think that Chuck Norris wanted to write a story of his life because he wanted people to know what his life was really like. His life was actually pretty rough to start out with, instead of the presumed celebrity life where everything was handed to him on a silver platter. In this book, there seemed to be a theme of perseverance throughout. Not quite survival, but just persevering through the day and all the obstacles thrown...more
Melissa
Most celebrity stories are disappointing. They rarely live up to the tv personality they portrayed but Chuck Norris focuses on living a life true to the God-fearing, good guy he most often played. In a business (& world) that so blatantly pushes a life of immorality, Norris' faith-based lifestyle is refreshing. He is a role model I greatly appreciate, however I would warn readers that not all of his convictions are scriptural and encourage them to read the gospel for themselves to find the t...more
Levi
I am very biased when it comes to rating this book, because I'm a big fan of Chuck Norris. Also, I feel that it isn't conducive to my health when I rate the six-time Karate World Champion's book poorly.

I liked almost everything about this book: the author, his story, his faith, his total honesty, his positive attitude, etc. There is just one major problem I have, and it was bad enough that I gave the book four stars.

The writing style was AWFUL. It was very simplistic, which I believe suits Mr. N...more
Brett
Inspirational. I purchased this book after reading it because I want my son to read this. This is the story of a man who fought for his opportunities and made the best of them, because his values and his priorities are in order. He's always been a hero of mine. Having read his life's story, he's my super-hero. In terms of the book itself, Chuck tells his story in simple, unassuming prose that is full of humor and humility. It's almost as if he's next to you narrating in person. The only disappoi...more
Louise Huth
G greatest book. I've read in a long time. Everyone should read this

G greatest book. I've read in a long time. Everyone should read this

a great book with many surprises about Chuck Norris life and beliefs and his important reasons for his success less
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Richard
chuck norris is a power of positive thinking freak- he trained donny osmond and bob barker in karate.
his speech coach for "Good Guys Wear Black was Jonathan Harris a.k.a. Dr. Smith.
his intelligence level is a little below the average Beastie Boys fan, and he does not ponder moral ambiguity.
Agustin Guerrero
It gets a little preachy at times, and there are way too many exclamation marks for me, but the story of Chuck Norris' life is actually very intriguing. It's presented very conversationally and is a breezy read.
Cindi Chase
Very good. Enjoyed learning about him and what he has gone through during his life.
John
More open than his earlier autobiography, but contains scant details about his film work. Notable points: His father was a drunk deadbeat, Chuck wanted a then-unknown Whoopi Goldberg to play the female lead in INVASION USA, and he didn't work with Joe Zito ever again after Zito vetoed Whoopi for the role and he mentions Bruce Lee's experimentation with steroids was "Well-known." Gets a bit too preachy and faith-based in the last 40 pages, but the bulk of his WALKER fandom expects it. Some good i...more
Michael Brown
quick easy read... but the kindle version is missing the pictures
Angie
It was good.
Bradley
Really good read. Spiritual.
Mrs. Riding
I enjoyed learning a little more about Chuck Norris. Unlike other celebrity autobiographies, this one wasn't all about how wonderful he is, but how he worked hard, has been through difficult times, has made some mistakes and still gives credit to those around him who helped him along the way. Mr. Norris also believes that his faith was an important factor in his ultimate success. Considering all of the Chuck Norris statements that go around, this book was a refreshing peek into the real Chuck No...more
David Pfeiffer
Chuck Norris shares his faith and life story.
Nathaniel Burnham
Once I began reading, I found I could not stop. Norris's story is so incredible! He relates his background and the details of his life in a way that captivates i=his audience. I especially liked seeing how, even the best of the best is human. His success despite trials and failures is a great example to us of perseverence against the odds. I would definitely recommend this book to those searching for an inspirational read.
Jon
For anyone who wants to read an inspirational book. Chuck Norris is a Christ driven man who had a hard life and over came the odds. He accredits his place in life to Christ yet understands that we all make mistakes and he's not afraid to write about his mistakes and how he learned from them. It's nice to read a book that you can actually see how Christ has work in his life. To me it was a very inspirational book.
Andy Hansen-Smith
Received this autobiography from my father for Father's day. An interesting autobiography of Norris from his poverty boyhood days to his later fame in movies and tv. I liked the early days better then his current day story. The latter seemed more self-serving with the different products he endorsed, political friends, and jet-setting lifestyle. I was intrigued by his Christian faith throughout the book.
Josh Liller
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Fangirl
I enjoyed this look into the life of Chuck Norris. He is an interesting man and quite different then I expected him to be. A religious man with honor, ethics and integrity. Very likeable. The book tells about his life as a karate fighter and actor. For me this was a different kind of book compared to what I usually read, but I enjoyed it very much.
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Chuck Norris counted to infinity - twice.

Chuck Norris' tears cure cancer. Too bad he has never cried.

Chuck Norris does not sleep. He waits.

If you spell Chuck Norris wrong on Google it doesn't say, "Did you mean Chuck Norris?" It simply replies, "Run while you still have the chance."
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