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Product Details

  • Paperback: 246 pages
  • Publisher: B&H Books; Reprint edition (September 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805444211
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805444216
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (340 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,781 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

In this autobiography, Norris and Abraham catalogue in a mostly chronological fashion the major events of Norris's Horatio Alger–like life. After a tumultuous and impoverished childhood marred by an alcoholic father, Norris turned his life around by joining the military and learning a martial art, tang soo do, while stationed in Korea. Having achieved a black belt, he returned to the United States and built a career as a karate instructor, winning six world championships. Norris counted many celebrities among his students, including Steve McQueen, who, along with Bruce Lee, encouraged Norris to pursue a film and television career. Even though Norris and Abraham employ a bland style of reportage, often bereft of smooth transitions and replete with empty phrases such as "I've always had a special place in my heart for children," the facts of Norris's life make this book compelling. Not only has he succeeded in martial arts and acting, but he has a long, eclectic list of additional achievements and experiences, such as breaking a world record in boat racing and being a close friend of the Bush family. While this book is being promoted as a Christian autobiography, Norris did not fully embrace a Christian lifestyle until the mid-1990s. Despite its limited spiritual content, this memoir will please those who admire Norris's achievements and conservative activism.
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About the Author

Chuck Norris is a legendary film and televison actor best known for his popular series Walker, Texas Ranger, now in sydication to millions worldwide. He is also a martial arts expert, an active humanitarian and founder of KICKSTART, and author of the New York Times best-selling autobiography Against All Odds. Norris also writes a column that appears in Human Events, Town Hall, and World Net Daily, among other outlets. He lives with his wife Gena and their children near Houston, Texas.



Ken Abraham is a New York Times best-selling author known for getting "more heart on paper than any other cowriter in America" in books with 9/11 United Flight 93 widow Lisa Beamer (Let's Roll!), financial expert Dave Ramsey, action hero Chuck Norris, astronaut Buzz Aldrin, and others.

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My husband read this book and couldn't put it down!
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I though this was well written, very easy reading and so interesting.
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Thank you Mr. Norris for sharing your life and your God in this book.
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75 of 80 people found the following review helpful By Erik Olson VINE VOICE on April 16, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I enjoyed Chuck Norris's action movies when I was growing up in the 80s. They were a pretty good diversion for a teenager intrigued by the martial arts and longing for adventure. But eventually my interests turned elsewhere. Twenty years later, I've been reading books by and about various martial artists. So when I saw "Against All Odds" at a Christian bookstore, I was intrigued. I had no idea that Chuck Norris was a God-fearing kind of guy, so I had to find out more about him. "Against All Odds" is a Christian-themed autobiography (written with Ken Abraham) that covers Mr. Norris's life from a difficult childhood to his present day success as a martial artist, actor, and businessman. It's an easy and interesting read (although there are way too many exclamation points).

However, I ended up reading his other two books first. They augmented this book and gave me a more comprehensive perspective on Mr. Norris's life journey. "The Secret Power Within" is a 1996 self-help book advocating a Zen-based approach to living. It contains several anecdotes from Mr. Norris's life illustrating the benefits of the Zen philosophy. It's somewhat similar to Joe Hyams's classic book "Zen and the Martial Arts." The second book is Mr. Norris's prior autobiography "The Secret of Inner Strength," written in 1988 with Joe Hyams. The philosophical focus of "The Secret of Inner Strength" is more cognitive, based on achieving goals using positive thinking and visualization. Each chapter ends with a couple of bullet-point principles for the reader's personal application. In light of this newest book, I found it intriguing that a relationship with God was not a major theme in either of Mr. Norris's previous works.

My curiosity stoked, I dove into "Against All Odds" to see how Mr.
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66 of 72 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 9, 2007
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This is the story of Chuck Norris. I really enjoyed it and wish everyone would read it. Many know that Chuck was a 6 time undefeated professional world champion of Karate. Many have seem the movies he has made. Most people have seen his TV series, "Walker, Texas Ranger." But other than that we know little of who he really is. Chuck Norris is one of the more down to earth Hollywood types who has had his share of ups and downs.

His story chronicles his life and shows how he dealt with the things that have faced him and his family. Like all of us, he has failed at times. Like all of us, he wishes that he had done somethings differently.

Chucks faith in Christ is evident throughout the book. Yet he doesn't hammer us with it. Many of the projects that were started through Chuck's desire to help people are a direct result of his faith in Christ.

"Against All Odds: My Story," by Chuck Norris is a very engaging book that you will enjoy and find hard to put it down.
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41 of 47 people found the following review helpful By K.H. on August 30, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Chuck Norris, a true good guy in the martial arts world, has written another book about his life. While his first book, "Secrets of My Inner Strength", co-wriiten by Joe Hyamms covers some of the same material here, this book goes a little farther because, well, Chuck is a little older and many events in the last 15 years have occur to tell a little bit of a different story.

The last Bio was written better from an entertainment point of view- mostly because Joe Hyamms is a great writer, but this book is a little less self congratulory. Here Chuck admits his affair on his first wife in the 60's that produced a child, his divorce with Dianne, and his "living in sin" before marrying his current wife. He admits his falleness as a fallen man, but also his re-newed faith in Christ in his journey to a more fulfilled life.

The martial arts fan still learns much about his early martial arts training in Tang Soo Do while stationed in South Korea as a Security Policeman (of which I was also for 13 years, his early struggels in operating a dogo and tournament competition to enterng the film world and the Vietnam war and his family.

The writing is a little light at times, but he hit his target audience just right. For those who are looking for a more in-depth look at his martial arts film career, you may be disappointed and I agree that since much of his life is ceneter around his celebrity, he could have added another chapter discussing his films more in-depth (of wehich his other book did and therefore, he may not felt a need to do so). He talks about friends Bruce Lee and Bob Wall, his sons Mike and Eric, his new children, being a father husband and friend. An enjoyable read.
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57 of 68 people found the following review helpful By S on March 8, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Chuck Norris doesn't actually write books, the words assemble themselves out of fear.
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32 of 37 people found the following review helpful By L. Schleiger on March 20, 2008
Format: Paperback
My son requested this book (bonus enough he ASKED for a BOOK!) :) for Christmas, & he was ecstatic to get it! He's really enjoyed reading it & says to please tell you it is an honor to read about a real life American hero in his own words, & is (he told me to capitalize this) CHUCK NORRIS APPROVED! WE LOVE CHUCK!!!
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Jesus Villalobos on March 18, 2008
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This book is very inspirational, easy to read, full of Chuck Norris pictures through his career. a very interesting story. I'll recommended.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Superman on September 21, 2012
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The road to success is not straight. It has many
Twists and turns
Pot holes and boulders
Switchbacks and detours
Blind spots and hills

Its a road always under construction and your skill level as to how you
journey down this road will determine your success or failure. This is your life's road and you are the builder.

You probably know Chuck Norris, as Walker, Texas Ranger. Also, six time World Professional Middleweight Karate Champion, movie and television star, founder of KICKSTART KIDS and author of AGAINST ALL ODDS, this months book.

His road to success has not been a straight line. Born into poverty in Ryan, Oklahoma, his deep roots came from his loving mother's spiritual and practical stability.

While serving in the Air Force in South Korean he was introduced to martial arts. This became a turning point in his life as he began a journey down the bumpy road of success.

How did he overcome and learn from life's obstacles? Here are just a few of the timeless success principles he used:

« Have a goal « Rejections are only temporary setbacks
« Make it happen « Think I Can
« Never quit « Positive attitude
« Confront fear
« Keep the faith « Visualize end results
« Strong values

Should you be looking for proven ideas to boost your performance, read AGAINST ALL ODDS
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