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Ten Years Later: Six People Who Faced Adversity and Transformed Their Lives

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New York Times bestselling author and beloved Today show co-anchor tells the incredible stories of people who, when faced with impossibly challenging or tragic life situations, persevere—and even thrive—and asks, What if you, facing a game-changing event or decision right now, could see ten years into the future?

Through years of perseverance, purpose, and passion, Hoda Kot
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Hardcover, 240 pages
Published January 15th 2013 by Simon Schuster
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Gary
Jan 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
I bought this book after seeing it previewed by Hoda on the today show, but more importantly because I'm in my first year of a 25 yr marriage breakup. Without getting into all the details, if that weren't enough this breakup occurred at a point in my life where I took a 15% pay reduction in my job, which caused financial strains on household, and while I had been dealing with chronic back and neck pain. Now, at 56 and still raising a 14 yr old daughter, my whole life had been turned upside down, ...more
Renee
So glad I listened to this book rather than reading it. I think reading it would have driven me crazy.

This book detailed the stories of 6 people who faced adversity and how they persevered and eventually triumphed. Some of the stories were more compelling than others but it was interesting listening to all of the stories. People are just interesting - bottom line.

Did I derive any deep meaning from these personal stories? Not really. Did I gain any additional insight into the psyche of man or t
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Amanda
Feb 08, 2013 rated it it was ok
I love Hoda, but this book didn't really live up to what I expected. The people featured in the stories did face a number of challenges, but often it was made to seem like it was no big deal. As someone who has gone through some tough times lately, I kind of hoped maybe some of the things that I read in this book might encourage or inspire me, but they really didn't. The only one who felt "real" and relatable was the 9/11 survivor, because his story seemed to tell more about the emotions behind ...more
Stephanie
This new non-fiction book contains six short stories about the lives of people who faced extreme adversity in their life. Hoda, with help from another writer, Jane Lorenzini, recounts each person’s struggle and then writes about the way they reflect on that struggle and stay positive ten years later.

Here is a snapshot of each struggling theme along with a summary of the person’s story:

Weight loss and domestic violence: In her twenties, Amy Barnes worked an administrative job at a county office.
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Julie
Feb 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
I had never heard of the author Hoda Kotb here in NZ, but thanks to the magic of Goodreads and the one thousand plus books on my to be read list, I was able to discover this little book.

Six people with a variety of life experiences, talk about their experiences and how ten years later, the changes that the years have bought. A mother in an abusive relationship, a young cancer sufferer, a news producer caught in a drug spiral, a young mother dealing with epilepsy, a man caught up in 9/11 who face
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Bev
Mar 01, 2013 rated it liked it
This was a quick read. There were attributes in each of the 6 people that are to be admired and applauded. Each one of us will face adversity. We can choose to let it defeat us. We can also consciously allow good things to happen because of what we have had to ensure. I know several people who have faced adversity and transformed their lives. None of them are monetarily wealthy, have made the news, started corporations or non-profits. This book was a little "over the top" in the people who were ...more
Lisa
Mar 01, 2013 rated it it was ok
Very disappointing. Didn't find majority of these stories especially inspiring or interesting, and some of these people I downright disliked. Yo, lady with the seizures who insisted on driving so she could live "a normal life" didja ever think you were putting everyone else who shared the road with you in danger? ...more
Betsy
Jan 19, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: finished-2013
This book has Hoda on the cover, but is very much other people's stories brought together. It was an "ok" read but not at all what I expected. The stories also seemed to lose steam as it progressed. The first 3 stories were a lot more engaging than the second 3. ...more
Denise Prewett
Feb 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
Well written and interesting. Amazing what the human body, heart and soul can overcome when the will and the drive is there.
Lori
Mar 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
I would give this an almost four. Hoda Kotb writes about six different people who overcame obstacles in their lives. She continues their story by telling what became of them ten years later. Amy is a woman who marries young has two kids and is trapped in a marriage where she is severely abused she gains over 300 pounds. she leaves her husband and loses the weight. Lindsay B. gets cancer more than once and worries she will never kids because of it this is her story. Patrick works for network news ...more
Sandi Widner
Jan 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A five star review for "Ten Years Later: Six People Who Faced Adversity & Transformed their Lives" by Hoda Kotb

In "Ten Years Later", Hoda chronicles six amazing stories by identifying a game-changing event in her subjects’ lives and then revisiting those lives a decade later. We meet Amy Barnes, who took the leap to escape an abusive relationship, lost an astounding 340 pounds, and now encourages women like her to cultivate their mental and physical strength. There’s also Ron Clifford, a civilia
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Julie
Jun 04, 2014 rated it liked it
This was a book club read for me, and it wasn't the type of book I would probably otherwise have read (which is one of the great opportunities that book clubs offer to us).

I liked it. I found it interesting and somewhat inspiring. But I didn't love it.

It didn't give me a deeper desire to be a better person, or give me much food for thought on how to accomplish that desire if it had been instilled. And I like my books to do that for me.

At the beginning of each of the six stories, I was very inter
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Amy
Jan 15, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
*I wont this book on Goodreads Giveaways".

I don't watch the Today Show, so wasn't familiar with Hoda, but the premise of the book sounded interesting.

I just now read through the other reviews. It's very interesting how differently people reacted to it.

I found the writing to be very good...easy to read, with details but usually not so much details to be tedious.

The six people...well, some I would have chosen and some I probably wouldn't have. The one who inspired me the most was the 9/11 survivor
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Mrs. Tongate
Jul 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
"These people didn't just fight their way through adversity, they forged better lives because of the battle. Their journeys are measured in the very small steps that painstakingly result in change and the big leaps of faith that launched dreams." ~Hoda

"The two most important days of your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why." ~Amy Barnes, survived domestic abuse and lost 340lbs.

"I know that her dying saved my life. There's only one thing left I can do for my beloved sister
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Martha Fendt
Feb 07, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I LOVED this book! I've been meaning to read it since it came out just because the premise seems interesting to me. I'm really glad that I finally got around to reading it!! Very easy read, I read it quickly, and the stories were not only interesting but also inspiring. The whole "10 years later" thing is a little misleading, I was expecting to hear about someone going through a tough Ike, facing hardships, then seeing exactly where they were in life a decade later. However, it was more detailed ...more
Kathy
May 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
If you ever begin to feel sorry for yourself, pull out a copy of Ten Years Later: Six People Who Faced Adversity and Transformed Their Lives by Hoda Kotb and read one of the stories. It will remind you that everyone has a story that the majority of us have no inkling of. That alone should help you feel better; but when you read how these people not only accepted their challenges, but rose above them in huge, significant ways, you will be humbled.

This book reminds us of the resiliency of the hum
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kelley
"Ten Years Later" is about six people that Hoda Kotb interviewed and then ten years later interviewed them again to see what they had done with their lives after life altering experiences. The book was fascinating, and inspiring. I was amazed at the fortitude of these ordinary but extra-ordinary people.

It also made me realize that we all have moments that alter the course of our lives. The book made me evaluate my own life, looking back on significant positive or devastating events in my own l
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Kelley
Jan 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, audio
The audio books that I am listening to are pretty much chosen by me going through my to read list and checking out all the one that are available at my library. So it's very fortuitous that this one came up when it did. This has been a very tough year. The sudden loss of my father, several other deaths of family members of mine and other close friends, and a multitude of health worries of others that I love. You would think this book could lean towards being depressing or overdone on the emotion ...more
Jennifer
Jan 18, 2013 rated it liked it
This book featured a diverse group of 6 people who all faced very traumatic or seemingly insurmountable events in their lives and eventually came through them. I did find the subject interesting-most people face some form of tragedy in their lives and for some it ruins and stunts them forever, while others plod through, and go on to live, create, and be, more, in spite of it all. What is the difference? Most of my tragedies have been by proxy and I would like to think I have gotten through my di ...more
Vilo
Jun 22, 2013 rated it liked it
This is not the best written book in the world, but it is fascinating. Television news anchor and host Hoda Kotb reads her own book profiling 6 people who overcame varying adverse circumstances. Viewing the struggle from 10 years later gives them and us perspective on what it takes to survive. A television newscaster as narrator is a little different than most nonfiction book narrators. Many spoken lines come across as headlines. Some of the adversity is horrific and hard to listen to, but more ...more
Dorinda
Feb 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
I asked for suggestions of books to read. My sister mentioned she wanted to read Hoda Kotb's book "10 Years Later". She had heard about it on the Today show. I went and searched out the book. Not realizing it at the time, Hoda was one of the anchors on the last hour of the TODAY show. I personally am in a transition with my job at this time I have picked up the book. The inspiring stories in this book have energized me to look deeper in my search. To become inspired in my own surroundings. To fo ...more
Ngozichi Omekara
Feb 17, 2013 rated it liked it
A Truly inspiring collection. I enjoy seeing Hoda on television.
This book is a great read for everyone, whether you are in the dumps or have mastered the art of self motivation.
We all need the prodding sometimes.
Again the stories prove the indomitable human spirit and what I believe " Impossible is Nothing"
The human mind is more powerful, that we even imagine and once you reach the point of recognizing it, you can climb Mount Everest and learn how to convert every stumbling stone on your path,
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Tara
Mar 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
I really liked this book. It has 6 different stories that range from heart-wrenching to inspirational. Ironically the story that drew me to read the book originally is the one I liked the least. Also of the 6 people, there were two men and I felt like their stories were just lacking details I wanted. What I mean is that they were noticeably shorter than the other four stories told by females and made big leaps that I couldn't follow, sometimes with no explanation. Maybe men just don't talk as mu ...more
Natalie
Jun 23, 2013 rated it it was ok
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Mansi
Jul 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
It is a good book. As the title describes, Kotb tells the story of six people who in the face of grave adversity chose to rise above their circumstances. The stories are quite motivating as such. But interesting as the book was, I kept feeling the whole time I was reading it that something was missing. Later, it struck me what it was that was missing: Kotb only told the story of these people and did not spell out clearly what lessons they learnt or what lessons Kotb learnt from these stories. I ...more
Katherine
Jul 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed reading all of these well-written biographies. Amy Barnes became involved with an abusive man, had two children and was morbidly obese. She escaped the man, took care of her children, and moved to a different part of the country to re-invent herself. She's an amazing person. Lindsay Beck, a young cancer patient, became an activist for preserving young chemotherapy patient's fertility. Their stories and those of Diane Van Deren and Ron Clifford just make you realize that your life (I ho ...more
Kristen
Jul 30, 2013 rated it liked it
I will admit that I picked up this book (electronically) after seeing Hoda on Watch What Happens Live. I didn't have great expectations, but it sounded interesting. It is sort of a reality TV of books. There are six stories of people overcoming a lot of obstacles in their lives and then an update of their original story. It wasn't deep reading, but engaging, again, in a reality TV sort of way. I can see why each story would have made a good Dateline piece. Light reading in a heavy way at some po ...more
Tina
Sep 13, 2014 rated it liked it
*I received the book for free through Goodreads First Reads*

I liked the diversity of life stories that the author covered in this book such as abuse, depression, trauma and health problems. The picture painted was so descriptive that I was able to picture myself in each situation. I don't know if I would have been able to overcome as well as the people were able to. I found the stories very inspiring. I was most impressed to learn about the existence of ultramarathons, and to learn the history o
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Donna Lewis
Jan 19, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hoda has introduced the reader to six interesting people who have faced terrible adversity, including illness, disaster, abuse or other challenges. They have overcome obstacles and moved ahead with their lives. Visiting with them ten years after their trauma leads to their interesting and positive transformations. Change happens gradually, but looking at a ten year time frame, the reader is able to see the incredible changes to the lives of these six people. Very inspiring.
Jean
Jan 30, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Six compelling stories. A good mix, I found some more appealing than others and some better written than others. I had to put aside my aversion to the use of the word "like," or overuse, I should say - more than 200 times. While I realize most were the result of direct quotes, a ... or change of phrase now and then would have overcome the tedium! All-in-all, a good read due to the compelling stories (not the writing), quite worthwhile, and one story I read twice, just had to. ...more
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