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Resilience: Faith, Focus, Triumph

3.9 of 5 stars 3.90  ·  rating details  ·  78 ratings  ·  13 reviews
Resilience. It’s not just the title of Alonzo Mourning’s stirring memoir; it’s the stuff he’s made of. Whether petitioning himself into foster care as an eleven-year-old, tirelessly studying his way onto the dean’s list at Georgetown University, making it as an all-star center in the NBA, or returning to peak form after organ-transplant surgery, Mourning has shown enormous ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published September 30th 2008 by Ballantine Books (first published January 1st 2008)
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Tatiana
Feb 12, 2009 Tatiana rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone battling illness or adversity.
Shelves: nonfiction
People think I'm an unlikely NBA fan but the Miami Heat, and especially Alonzo Mourning, are wonderful. I love to watch the beauty and artistry of their play, especially Dwyane Wade's 4-dimensional moves around/through defenders, even if I usually only catch the highlights. I think Zo captivated me most of all, though, off the court. His determination and spirit are a real inspiration. His press conference after the 2006 championship win was just amazing. I can feel my spine tingling from the me ...more
Hwarren
Resilience by Alonzo Mourning with Dan Wetzel is an inspiring book about a NBA player Alonzo Mourning who is one of the best shot blockers of all time is forced to retire because of a Kidney disease. This book really showed me how athletes should be, not playing just for money but playing because they love the game and are hungry for a championship. When Alonzo’s doctor told him he has a rare kidney disease, Alonzo asked, “Well, will I be able to play basketball again.” At this time in the book ...more
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Resilience
Do you know who Alonzo Mourning is? Well, he was a special NBA player from 1992 until 2008. He is 6ft 10 inches tall, 262 lbs, and played center for the Hornets, Heat, Nets, Raptors, and then went back to the Heat again. He had a lot of ups in his career but also, many downs. He played basketball all the time when he was young and he knew at a very young age that he and basketball were meant for each other. He dominated the game from a very early
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Judd Vance
I have read so many basketball books that for me to want to read a biography, the player has to have an interesting facet. Zo qualifies: he received a kidney transplant, retired, and came back to the league. OK, Sean Elliot had one also, but he didn't write a book, so there.

Before, I had little interest in Zo. He's just the scowling angry man who let out a primal scream when he perfectly toasted a piece of bread (according to the Sports Pickle), so the kidney angle gave me a glimpse into the doo
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Chris
Oct 07, 2011 Chris rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: People who read Lance Armstrongs books.
Some people have rated this low because it was written by him and you can tell, sure you can tell, but that's a good thing. There's never a better way to read a story about someone's life than them telling you it themselves. Sure it was a bit churchie in places, and yes I skipped most of the chapter about holistic medicine, but it's a great story. To see that having a transplant doesn't have to be the end of everything, that you can go on and achieve your life long goals. It's certainly a very g ...more
Robert Fitzgerald
This autobiography of an often overlooked sports hero was no doubt a feel good read. It's so interesting to see sports headlines and stories from the news media's perspective, and then to go behind the scenes and see the thoughts that were playing out in an athlete's mind as real life was unfolding all-around them. Most know Mourning was hit with some tough breaks and life, but just as the title suggests, he never once lays down his cards and folds. Very easy read, and an enjoyable one for any s ...more
Mattmiller
Decently written biography, as sports biographies go. Not as entertaining as Shaq's, but Zo has had some interesting experiences, no doubt. I was fascinated most by his high school years as the number one player in the country (sophomore through senior year), his recruitment (shopping spree on his Georgia Tech visit), his time at Georgetown (his inadvertent link to D.C. drug king-pin) and his first NBA years with the Hornets. His kidney issues and family life give you a better perspective on the ...more
Kevin Mason
Resilience was an average athlete memoir that detailed the life-story of former Miami Heat center and kidney disease survivor. Several interesting insights and anecdotes are peppered throughout the text, and Mourning's journey from transplant surgery to NBA champion is inspiring. The actual content is written at a low-level, leaving something to be desired for the adamant reader.
Ryan Stewart
I gave this book a 5 star rating because it isn't like typical biographies about sports players. This book gave insight into the personal lives of one of the greatest basketball players ever. Also Alonzo Mourning talks about how hard work payed off in high school when he became the number 1 player in the country
Nicholas
Really inspires me and gives hope. It talks about fearlessness and how never to give up. Just keep fighting and trying and you will get there. This book really has a lot of feeling and emotion to it. It shows everything and what happen from even to event, it describes it very neatly and organized very well.
Venus
Nothing special. I don't think he had much help with the book. It read like it was written by an athlete.
Sean
Emotional at times, also a look into a professional atlete's tale.
Magil
Inspirational
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