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No Excuses: The True Story of a Congenital Amputee Who Became a Champion in Wrestling And in Life

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He was born a congenital amputee, his arms ending at his elbows and his legs at his knees. But that didn’t stop Kyle Maynard from becoming a champion, on the wrestling mat and in his life.

No Excuses is the inspiring story of Kyle’s battle against the odds. You’ll learn about the family who supported him, the coach who trained him, and the faith that strengthened him to f
Paperback, 243 pages
Published August 1st 2006 by Regnery Publishing (first published 2005)
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May 13, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: memoir-biography
Kyle was a guest at my college last month, and I'd borrowed "No Excuses" from a teacher to get a better idea of his achievements and philosophy on life.

I enjoyed Kyle's message -- while some challenges can be more easily achieved (and others less so), the key to success is finding what one is good at and can achieve. He also emphasizes the importance of teachers and coaches, as these individuals often have the unique chance to guide a student through a challenge.

However, Kyle is also focused on
Joshua Cline
Jan 22, 2010 rated it really liked it
This book was a freshman read at Bluefield College in 2010. We hosted Kyle Maynard on our campus in the spring semester. The book is a great inspiration about making no excuses. Often it is easy to put excuses in the way of pushing through to accomplish our goals. Kyle demonstrates through his daily life, that you can always give up. However, pushing though can lead to a life that we maybe never even dreamed of. I would recommend this book to all.
Nita V
Aug 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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David Wingert
Feb 23, 2018 rated it liked it
A book you may find inspirational is the autobiography "No Excuses: The True Story of a Congenital Amputee Who Became a Champion in Wrestling and in Life" by Kyle Maynard. He was born without complete arms or legs and became a high school wrestling champion. He's not the greatest writer, but he has a great story to tell.
Michael Scott
Jul 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Pretty amazing story
Hannah Rae
Mar 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
An inspirational book that, although not written at an especially complex level, shares a motivational story. Kyle Maynard acknowledges the challenges he faces in everyday life, but he does so in a way that doesn't make the reader feel sorry for him. He's an impressive individual who has adapted and conquered the challenges that life has thrown at him.
May 11, 2010 rated it it was amazing
What do you think it takes to be a world class athlete? Strong arms and legs? Well, I am here to tell you that you don't even need arms or legs, just a "never give up" attitude. In the book, No Excuses, by Kyle Maynard you learn how his disability called Quadramembral Phocomelia, which causes extremely limited growth of the extremities, was not something that limited him. Kyle looks like a normal person but he is missing his legs, from the knee down, and his arms, from the elbow down. His disabi ...more
Chase Earhart
Oct 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
So, when you have nothing to do, and no inspiration, just thank God that it is Christmas time, so your Aunt can send you an amazing and inspirational book like this one. This book is very interesting, and has inspired me, and many others around the world to work harder, and do our best, no matter what happens. This book takes you on a journey through the amazing life of Kyle Maynard. He is the narrator if this amazing story. He takes us through each stage of his life, and how he overcomes pretty ...more
May 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Kyle Maynard author of the book No Excuses is a story about a young boys struggle to fit in with school and society as a congenital amputee. When he was born he was born with his arms ending at his elbows and his legs ending at his knees. He had to learn how to overcome now daily challenges for him but not as a person that would be called “normal”. Also it tells of how is parents dealt with their sons conditions and why they always told him “no excuses”. It tells of a young man’s strength and ho ...more
Jonathan Garrett
Mar 23, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the book "No Excuses" there was a wrestler named Kyle Maynard, he was born with a condition known as congenital amputation. He has arms that end at the elbows and legs that ends at the knees. Since the age of 11 he has had a passion for wrestling. The story is about him and how he overcomes his problem and differences from normal people to wrestle. He grew up as an athlete. He played youth football and then turned his high school career into mainly wrestling. He was scared at first to do wres ...more
Feb 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
No Excuses
Kyle Maynard’s No Excuse is an autobiography about his life growing up with arms that end at the elbow and legs that end at the knee. It’s a disease that very few people called congenital amputation. He always did everything that the other kids in the neighborhood did and his dad modified toys to allow him to have as normal as a life as possible. Kyle was almost never complaining about his disease. When he first join football-his first sport- he was smaller than everybody but his coac
May 24, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
No Excuses
Kyle Maynard’s No Excuse is an autobiography about his life growing up with arms that end at the elbow and legs that end at the knee. It’s a disease that very few people called congenital amputation. He always did everything that the other kids in the neighborhood did and his dad modified toys to allow him to have as normal as a life as possible. Kyle was almost never complaining about his disease. When he first join football-his first sport- he was smaller than everybody but his coac
Sep 06, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really this book is worth about 2 stars, but Kyle seems like an awesome guy, so he gets extra stars just for that. I picked this up because I saw he won this year's Espy award for male with a disability. His philosophy of "no excuses" is awesome, and I'm sure that has helped propel him to where he is today.

I have to say though; this book is about a lot of wrestling. I thought it would be more about his struggles and how he learned to do general everyday stuff. Instead he glosses over most of it
Apr 12, 2010 rated it really liked it
I heard about Kyle from a co-worker who was familiar with his story. In the past year, I also started going to a Crossfit gym and Kyle is a part of the national Crossfit community, so his name surfaced there and I became interested in reading his book. While there is a lot of specific detail related to wrestling in the book, the overall message is positive and worth reading. Kyle does his best to explain the situations and matches to those of us who are not familiar with the sport of wrestling, ...more
May 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing

Book Review on No Excuses

The book I read was No Excuses by Kyle Maynard. The Book took place from when he was born to when he was in college. The main authors name was Kyle Maynard. The reason my author chose to write a memoir is to tell his story about how he overcame his disability and did things that everyone else could do.
One interesting event was that he could play football with no arm or legs. Another interesting thing that happened was that he was on Oprah and Larry King Live. The most
Cheyenne D
Kyle Maynard is a state champion wrestler. He's been wrestling since 6th grade. There's only one thing that separates him from every other wrestler, and that is that he is a congenital amputee. This means that Kyle Maynard was born with no arms or legs, but that didn't stop him for doing what he wanted. As a kid he would play outside with his friends like it was no big deal. He would play hockey with the older kids, play video games, he even started wrestling a bit. As he grew up he started play ...more
Ryan Lehr
Dec 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book was awesome because it got me intrigued and I'm not even a wrestler. Its a book about a wrestler, Kyle Maynard, who is born without full limbs and overcomes almost everything people say he can't. It teaches you not to use excuses and to be thankful for what you have! Kyle accomplished alot even with born disabilities. Don't dwell on the negatives and focus and the positives. Do as much as you can with what you have and not wish you had something else. Also, try to improve every aspect ...more
Aug 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A very inspiring book about being able to accomplish almost anything you put your mind to, no matter your situation. Kyle was born a congenital amputee, but it has not prevented him from accomplishing goals he had set for himself despite his disability. He made a decision not to let his disability hold him back. His positive attitude, and determined personality has helped him to accomplish many different goals. I love to see that Kyle has such a deep-rooted faith in the Lord, and a determination ...more
Dec 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am so happy I found this book and put it on the top of my list. I am even considering buying a signed copy from his website. Kyle is an extraordinary kid, however I wish I could meet Kyle in person and hear him talk.

I loved every minute of this book it was inspirational and so positive towards the sport of wrestling. I wish there were more wrestler out there like Kyle spreading a positive view on the world of wrestling and also trying to promote that anyone with any disability can excel in lif
No Excuses is a true story about the life of a young athlete named Kyle Maynard. Kyle was born with congenital amputation. The book is about overcoming draw backs and facing everyday challenges. Readers will follow Kyle's journey to becoming an incredible athlete even though parts of his arms and legs were never developed. With amazing support from his family, Kyle's hard work, faith, and dedication pay responsible for the human spirit. The book is about living his life with No Excuses! And I th ...more
Marina Fentress
I thought this book was really inspiring. It was about a young boy born with no arms and no legs that wanted to fulfill his dreams. He played football, wrestled, and weight lifted. He faced a lot of difficulties, by not measuring up to the talents of other boys with arms and legs.

When he got into high school he stuck with football but was not getting much playing time because of how small he was. But he started on varsity for wrestling and excelled in it. In weight lifting he broke records and s
Krista Stevens
Jun 22, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: sports, non-fiction, boys
Many of our middle school boys have enjoyed this book and it was suggested as a possibility for our list of book "How do we face adversity?" It is interesting (even though I skimmed a lot of the wrestling parts), and he is truly an amazing, dedicated, and driven athlete whose Christian faith is an integral part of his life and the book. His family is amazing as well including parents who let him try out for everything and did all they could to encourage him. I would have liked to have heard more ...more
Feb 23, 2010 rated it really liked it
A very inspiring biography. The only thing I find lacking is that the author is only 19 when he wrote the book, and that limits the content. But this book is a reminder that our biggest obstacles are mental and not physical. Our beliefs can be our biggest obstacles, or our biggest strenghts. I look forward to reading a future book written be Kyle Maynard. At the beginning of each chapter is a hand written paragraph by Kyle that is legible, I know some people with no physical problems whose handw ...more
Clayton Tune
Mar 11, 2010 rated it it was amazing
What an inspiring work. This kid is amazing. I've never been moved to take action more than I was by hearing his story. He really does hit you well with his no excuses attitude- reminding us or I should say, pushing us to NEVER give up on something we want. There are no good excuses.

Even though people may agree with you or understand your reasons for giving up, in the end, not achieving your goal means exactly that. You didn't make it.

How much do you want it? No excuses. Highly Reccomended for
Jun 19, 2014 rated it liked it
I feel bad to say that I was disappointed in this book. I think that this book was written too early. I saw part of a documentary about Kyle and wanted to be inspired by his book. I knew that he climbed Kilimanjaro, but didn't realize that his book was written way before that, when Kyle was only 19. This book talks too much about the sport of wrestling itself, has too many details about his individual fights and not enough about Kyle's journey. I am in awe of everything he has accomplished, but ...more
Katrina Best
Dec 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Regardless of what your dreams may be, you alone know the extent you've sacrificed. If you are able to look in the mirror and see that you have gone beyond your own limits-the limits of exhaustion, of dedication, of fear-to get the job done and achieve the goal, then you're on the right track. If you want something bad enough, you're going to fight hard for it."

-Kyle Maynard

Thank you Dr. Kelly for having us read this book in college.
Jun 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
My school adopted this book as our school's big message and theme. Overall it was a great book, very inspiring. I didn't like how most of it focused on football and wrestling, because I'm a girl and it didn't interest me. I loved how Kyle never gave up no matter what though. He took each failure and learned from it. He never took no as an answer and never created any excuses. A nice inspirational story overall, but in my opinion is better for boys than girls.
Jan 23, 2008 rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction
There are some good points in here about "no excuses" and I learned a lot about the sport of wrestling. However, I felt like Maynard was a bit too confident, kind of stuck on himself, if you will. I understand his desire for sharing with others how to always try hard and not make excuses but continually saying things like (not exact quotes), "Most people would _______, but I ______" or, "He wasn't as wise as I am when cutting weight," seems to be putting others down to pump himself up.
Aug 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I can't say enough about this book and Kyle Maynard. Kyle's inner strength, attitude, and character come through these pages and one cannot end the book without having Kyle as one of their own heroes.

This is not a book about a disability... this is a book about the human spirit. I admire Kyle for his achievements in sports, entreprenuership, and public speaking.

There is nothing in the world that Kyle can't do... in fact his training right now to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro.
Mar 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
this is inspiring. kyle maynard, a boy with nubs for arms and legs learing how to battle through the obstacles of life, being different he challenges himself to go farther and does not give excuses. he is a football player then a wrestler whos No Excuses mind set puts him face to face with glory. i could not put this book down and strongly suggest this book to all sport players who think they have it hard
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