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I Dare You!

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About the Author

William H. Danforth founded the Ralston Purina Company in St. Louis, Missouri. He co-founded the American Youth Foundation (AYF) to train young men and women in Christian ideals and help them prepare for a life of responsibility and leadership. As president of the American Youth Foundation, Mr. Danforth helped establish Camp Miniwanca, a 300-acre campsite near Shelby, Michigan

that he established while he was president of AYF for the purpose of helping young people. For more than 30 years, up to the time of his death, Mr. Danforth spent his summers at Camp Miniwanca where he met, counseled and inspired thousands of young men and women. He also established the Danforth Foundation as a national educational philanthropy.

His passion for helping individuals to fulfill destiny stirred him to write I Dare You. The dominant message of the book proposes that, for an individual to be healthy, the four key components in life need to be in balance at all times Physical, Mental, Social, and Religious. --This text refers to the MP3 CD edition.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 133 pages
  • Publisher: I Dare You Committee (June 1976)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0960241604
  • ISBN-13: 978-0960241606
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 4.8 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,050,746 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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71 of 75 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 27, 1999
Format: Hardcover
In 1984, an old rundown copy of this book fell into my hands. I was then a 12 year old geeky bookworm who was interested in reading anything, from the moslem holy book, the Koran, to National Geographic, to Playboy. Although my most precious books then were political, yet there was something about William H. Danforth's I Dare You that was unique and mysterious. It was unique because it was the only English-language book that I was seriously trying to read, when my "anglo-exposure" paled compared to my native Arabic and Urdu. And it was mysterious. I had found the book wrapped up under piles of personal effects of a British-born eccentric uncle of mine, who came to stay with my family in Kuwait in the late 1970s, and then disappeared mysteriously during a short vacation in London. Apart from the "I" and the "You", I had never heard of the word "Dare". Understanding what it meant marked the launch of a personal crusade to master the English language. Five years later, I was able to read the book with deep understanding and contemplation. Since then (I'm 27 now), I have read scores of books, mostly in theology, politics and history, in both English and Arabic. But this book proved to be different. It's core subject was the individual reader. It does not talk about the author, or about some self-improvement philosophy that he had developed. It's a warm and simple rendition on living a healthy life and making the most out of it. And it's about what I would call a mental dissection of the human soul, separating mind from body, to understand where the self exists. A man who can dare others to achieve greatness has to be great himself. Mr.Read more ›
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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful By John Lasley on June 28, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This book was given to me as an achievment award. That was almost 20 years ago. I could not tell you how many time I have read and re-read the pages of this book. Mr. Danforth's message is just as valuable today as it was 20 years ago, actually more because I appricate the things he says so much more today. I have taken his dare to live my life with the ballance he suggest and I am a better person because of it. In my opinnion this book is a classic in motivation and success that ranks right up there among such titles as "Think and Grow Rich", by N. Hill, "How to Win Friends and Influence People", by D. Carnegie, "The Power of Positive Thinking", by N. V. Peal, and "The Geatest Salesman in the World" by O. Mandino. These books will build a foundation that you can build a trmendous life upon if you will read them and take their lessons to heart. Of these books, "I Dare You" is my favorite because of it's simple but effective message. This is truly a message that is just as valuable today as it was the day it was writen. If I could only own one book other than the Bible this would be the one book I would own. This is not a book that should be read once an put on a shelf it should be read over and over and passed around to friends and loved ones.
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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful By WAYNE H. WILLIAMS on January 4, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This is not merely a book - this is a clarion call to those who truly desire to be Achievers in Life - those who decide that they shall rank among the few who declare: Life doesn't happen to Me; I Happen to It! I intend to read this book again and again, until I too have joined those ranks, and I invite (in fact, I DARE) You to come along for the ride of Your Life
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By on May 24, 1999
Format: Hardcover
When I graduated High School over 20 years ago my Aunt Mari gave me this book as a gift. I have been carrying on the tradition only becacause of the positive impact it continues to have on my life.
The first thing William H. Danforth does is to challenge the reader to finish the book before they go to sleep that night. Well if you do just that, you can barely sleep! (By the way, every year I read it, I make sure to meet that challenge!) You want to jump up and get those exercises in with the air rushing in your chest and swelling you up with pride. This is one of the most energizing books you will ever read. It illustrates and talks about the 4 components of life and how we must keep them balanced to be able to do anything we want to do.
When I finished reading it, I checked when it was written and found out it was early this century. However, it far outdoes the self-help books that flood the market today.
I will be giving this book to three neices and nephews this graduation and challenging them to read it once a year for the next four years because I know what it did for me during college and what it can do for them.
This is one of the least expensive gifts you can give someone, but it will help them Create their lives vs. simply living their lives. Even though it's on backorder, place an order and you won't be disappointed when you receive it!!!
Joe Martin
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 31, 2007
Format: Paperback
As one of the other reviewers noted, I too read this original book from my father's library when I was [...], in the 50s. Although almost forgotten, when I was writing articles on leadership, I realized this may have been the single most important book I had read...and used throughout life, becoming a leader in every...yes every...organization I belonged to, from high school Senior class President, college fraternity President, Band president(s), VP-Pres. elect of a national association, President of a state-wide organization, to Editor of a writers Quarterly and business owner. Now at 71, and looking back, "I Dare You" is quite possibly the only book necessary for directions in life. It's not about "success" or "money," it's about being your best and being the best FOR everyone around you.
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