25 Books about Overcoming Adversity and Obstacles

A Listmania! list by Lorenzo (New York City!)
The list author says: "Title pretty much says it all. This list shares a spectrum of examples of people overcoming adversity in their lives and triumphing in the end. To be continued..."
25 Lessons I've Learned about Photography...Life
1.  25 Lessons I've Learned about Photography...Life by Lorenzo Dominguez
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  "In the wake of his marital separation, Lorenzo lives in a little church in the middle of Manhattan in virtual isolation. He rises from the experience a new man to become an award-winning NYC street photographer and best-selling author who has inspired many with this novel about his experience and the lessons learned from it. #1 Best-Selling Essay & Artist Memoir in 2010 & 2011"
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Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
2.  Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand
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  "The inspiring true story of a man who lived through a series of catastrophes almost too incredible to be believed. You’ll cheer for the man who somehow maintained his selfhood and humanity despite the monumental degradations he suffered, and you’ll want to share this book with everyone you know."
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Just Kids
3.  Just Kids by Patti Smith
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  "In '67, singer–song writer Smith, determined to make art her life left her family behind in Philly for a new life in Brooklyn. When she discovered that the friends with whom she was to have lived had moved, she found herself homeless, jobless, and hungry. Through a series of events, she met a young man named Robert Mapplethorpe who changed her life."
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I Beat the Odds: From Homelessness, to The Blind Side, and Beyond
4.  I Beat the Odds: From Homelessness, to The Blind Side, and Beyond by Don Yaeger
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  "Michael Oher is the young man at the center of the true story depicted in The Blind Side movie (and book) that swept up awards and accolades. Though the odds were heavily stacked against him, Michael had a burning desire deep within his soul to break out of the Memphis inner-city ghetto and into a world of opportunity."
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by Randy Pausch The Last Lecture [DECKLE EDGE] 1st edition
5.  by Randy Pausch The Last Lecture [DECKLE EDGE] 1st edition by Randy Pausch
The list author says:
  "When Professor Randy Pausch was asked to give a final lecture, he didn’t have to imagine it as his last, since he had recently been diagnosed with terminal cancer. But the lecture he gave – “Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams” – wasn’t about dying. It was about the importance of overcoming obstacles, of enabling the dreams of others, of seizing every moment."
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The Alchemist
6.  The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
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  ""Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself," the alchemist replies. "And that no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams, because every second of the search is a second's encounter with God and with eternity.""
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The Secret
7.  The Secret by Rhonda Byrne
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  "Some might say that this book holds the formula to overcoming all obstacles, the secret to getting what you want in life."
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The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment
8.  The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment by Eckhart Tolle
The list author says:
  "In The Power of Now he shows readers how to recognize themselves as the creators of their own pain, and how to have a pain-free existence by living fully in the present. Accessing the deepest self, the true self, can be learned, he says, by freeing ourselves from the conflicting, unreasonable demands of the mind and living "present, fully and intensely, in the Now.""
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Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance
9.  Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance by Barack Obama
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  "Elected the first black president of the Harvard Law Review, Obama was offered a book contract, but the intellectual journey he planned to recount became instead this poignant, probing memoir of an unusual life."
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It's Not About the Bike: My Journey Back to Life
10.  It's Not About the Bike: My Journey Back to Life by Lance Armstrong
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  "Just read the reviews. If you know anything about this man, you know he is a model of strength, perseverance and passion. Cancer survivor and 7 time winner of one of the greatest endurance races of all-time."
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South: The Endurance Expedition (Penguin Classics)
11.  South: The Endurance Expedition (Penguin Classics) by Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton
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  "Veteran explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton’s excruciating and inspiring expedition to Antarctica aboard the Endurance has long captured the public imagination. South is his own first-hand account of this epic adventure."
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Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl
12.  Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
The list author says:
  "Anne Frank's diaries have always been among the most moving and eloquent documents of the Holocaust. This new edition restores diary entries omitted from the original edition, revealing a new depth to Anne's dreams, irritations, hardships, and passions. Anne emerges as more real, more human, and more vital than ever."
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The Story of My Life: The Restored Edition (Modern Library Classics)
13.  The Story of My Life: The Restored Edition (Modern Library Classics) by John Albert Macy
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  "Helen Keller will always be an inspiration to all. A must read if you find yourself depressed or feeling as if you got the bad end of the deal in life."
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Why We Can't Wait (King Legacy)
14.  Why We Can't Wait (King Legacy) by Martin Luther King Jr.
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  "Applauded as his most incisive and eloquent book, it recounts the Birmingham campaign in vivid detail, while underscoring why 1963 was such a crucial year for the civil rights movement. Disappointed by the slow pace of school desegregation and civil rights legislation, King observed that by 1963 Asia and Africa were “moving with jetlike speed, but we still creep at a horse-and-buggy pace.”"
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Man's Search for Meaning
15.  Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl
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  "The book details a lengthy, austere, and deeply moving personal essay about Frankl's imprisonment in Auschwitz and other concentration camps for five years, and his struggle during this time to find reasons to live."
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Gandhi An Autobiography:  The Story of My Experiments With Truth
16.  Gandhi An Autobiography: The Story of My Experiments With Truth by Mohandas Karamchand (Mahatma) Gandhi
The list author says:
  "Although accepting of his status as a great innovator in the struggle against racism, violence, and, just then, colonialism, Gandhi feared that enthusiasm for his ideas tended to exceed a deeper understanding. He says that he was after truth rooted in devotion to God and attributed the turning points, successes, and challenges in his life to the will of God."
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A Child Called It: One Child's Courage to Survive
17.  A Child Called It: One Child's Courage to Survive by Dave Pelzer
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  "This book is a perfect example of how the human spirit can provide strength in the toughest of situations. David's spirit helped him to survive through his mother's emotional and physical abuse."
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The New Testament of the New Jerusalem Bible (With Complete Introductions to Each Book and Textual Notes)
18.  The New Testament of the New Jerusalem Bible (With Complete Introductions to Each Book and Textual Notes) by Henry Wansbrough
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  ""I'm pretty sure this was the academic version of the New Testament that I used at the college prep I went to taught and run by Jesuits. The New Testament, as many know, is the story of the life of Jesus Christ. His story is perhaps the most important ever told about overcoming obstacles in pursuit of your personal values and the inherent wisdom you are compelled to share with the world."
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Love Your Life: O's Handbook for Your Best Today--and Tomorrow
19.  Love Your Life: O's Handbook for Your Best Today--and Tomorrow by The Oprah Magazine Editors of O
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  "A book of astoundingly strong women who overcame issues that the average person just doesn't deal with in everyday life. The 106 motivating articles in Love Your Life! will give you the tools to live with purpose."
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Night
20.  Night by Elie Wiesel
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  "Elie Wiesel's narrative of his own one-year experience spent in a concentration camp has appropriately become a classic in the field. Read it to find meaning in a seeming meaningless life. Read "Night" if you are going through your own "dark night of the soul" and want to find an answer to the perennial question, "Where is God?""
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How to Stop Worrying and Start Living
21.  How to Stop Worrying and Start Living by Dale Carnegie
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  ""Those who don't know how to fight worry, die young." This ominous advice begins Dale Carnegie's bestseller, How to Stop Worrying and Start Living, an eight-part treatise on the follies of worrying."
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Profiles in Courage (P.S.)
22.  Profiles in Courage (P.S.) by John F. Kennedy
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  "The inspiring true accounts of 8 unsung heroic acts by American patriots at different junctures in our nation's history, Kennedy's book became required reading, an instant classic, and was awarded the Pulitzer Prize."
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Long Walk to Freedom: With Connections (HRW Library)
23.  Long Walk to Freedom: With Connections (HRW Library) by Nelson Mandela
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  "A good deal of this autobiography was written secretly while Mandela was imprisoned for 27 years. Long Walk to Freedom also discloses a strong and generous spirit that refused to be broken under the most trying circumstances--a spirit in which just about everybody can find something to admire."
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Don't Sweat the Small Stuff and It's All Small Stuff: Simple Ways to Keep the Little Things From Taking Over Your Life (Don't Sweat the Small Stuff Series)
24.  Don't Sweat the Small Stuff and It's All Small Stuff: Simple Ways to Keep the Little Things From Taking Over Your Life (Don't Sweat the Small Stuff Series) by Richard Carlson
The list author says:
  "Stress consultant Carlson reads his self-help guide with conviction, his gentle voice clear and persuasive. He presents common-sense advice for living a less hectic and more meaningful, loving life. His essential message is that we get caught up in minutiae, "the small stuff," and never get around to doing what makes us or our loved ones happy."
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The Power of Positive Thinking
25.  The Power of Positive Thinking by Norman Vincent Peale
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  "Dr. Peale offers the essence of his profound method for mastering the problems of everyday living. You will learn: How to eliminate that most devastating handicap-self doubt How to free yourself from worry, stress and resentment How to climb above problems to visualize solutions and then attain them."
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