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No Excuses: The True Story of a Congenital Amputee Who Became a Champion in Wrestling and in Life Paperback – August 1, 2006

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 243 pages
  • Publisher: Regnery Publishing; Reprint edition (August 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596980109
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596980105
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #79,680 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Faced with impossible challenges Kyle Maynard lives life with No Excuses

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 face the toughest fights.

In addition to Kyle Maynard’s amazing story, revealed in its entirety for the first time, you’ll learn about:

· How Kyle’s parents dealt with the shock of his birth
· Why they allowed him "no excuses"—and how that benefited Kyle as he learned to eat, type, write, and live without hands
· How Kyle earned his way onto the football team—as a hardnosed defensive lineman
· How Kyle triumphed as a top state wrestler in Georgia
· The core values that Kyle gained from his coach, his family, and the demands of competition
· How Kyle’s own incredible success met a new barrier: from the federal government, which blocked him from a future NCAA wrestling career.
· How Kyle has changed people’s minds and opinions on the value of life
· The principles that have made Kyle a champion.

· Kyle’s very own diet and exercise regimen, which helped him compete at the highest levels
· Thirteen ways to live a No Excuses life

NO EXCUSES is a book about a courageous young man who faced the seemingly impossible challenge to live a normal life—and won a phenomenal victory. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Kyle Maynard was born in 1986 with a rare disorder called congenital amputation. He has no forearms, shortened legs, and stands only four feet tall. Yet Kyle has learned to live a full and active life. Besides dealing with everyday challenges, he is an excellent student, has impeccable handwriting, and can type fifty words a minute. A competitor to the core, Kyle was determined to succeed as an athlete. Through hard work, the support of his family, and a coach who designed new wrestling moves like the "jawbreaker" and "buzz saw," Kyle became one of the top high school wrestlers in the state of Georgia. In 2005, he broke the world record in the modified bench press by lifting 360 pounds, three times his body weight. Kyle is the 2004 ESPY Award Winner (Best Athlete with a Disability) and a recipient of the President’s Award for the Sports Humanitarian Hall of Fame. He is currently a student at the University of Georgia. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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You will love this book and not be able to put it down once you start reading it.
Mrs. Toni
Kyle is an inspiration and reading his book will help you look at your life and the challenges you may face differently.
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I totally recommend this book even if you don't like to read, you will fall in love to this book once you read it !!
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58 of 63 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Nazareth V. Asorian on September 30, 2005
Format: Hardcover
The story has two faces: The one is Kyle Maynard the individual, who has the misfortune of being born without arms beyond the elbows, and without legs below the knees, drawing instant empathy -- and the other is the author, telling the inspiring tale, and the grueling process of overcoming his physical handicaps.

The pages just keep on turning in anticipation of following Kyle's next move, and admiring his willpower in positivism, determined to beat life's fateful obstacles. The importance of a support team that pivots on the family, and caring by others inclusive of cultural values ring loudly.

The book has a positive message for anyone at any level of life. It is a good read, and one can't help but wish Kyle success feeling his pain, which has been incredibly guarded, without the hint of looking for sympathy.

The state of mind emerges as the most important asset an individual possesses, deeply delving into the human element, which also reminds us of our responsibilities for others.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By T. Bently on October 8, 2005
Format: Hardcover
"No Excuses" is the story of teen athlete Kyle Maynard, who despite having disabilities to all four limbs was determined to excel in sports.

This autobiography is compulsively readable. I first saw Kyle Maynard on a TV sports documentary and I'm glad to say that his determination and strength of character comes across as well on the page as it did on the screen. It also told me a lot I didn't know about the guy, including his success in other sports such as powerlifting and football. There is also good use of color and black and white photos to illustrate his story.

I almost cried several times whilst reading this book. Not because it's sad but rather because it states a few simple truths that we all need reminding of. I particularly enjoyed the way in which Kyle makes his story a tribute not only to his own tenacity but also to that of his family, friends and coaches. Even simple things like memories of his grandmother taking him to the local park are remarkably touching.

The only time I felt sorry for the author was when he was wrestling in the state finals with a badly broken nose and his opponent starts (illegally) kicking him in the face, out of view of the referee. It's a testament to him (or perhaps wrestlers generally) that he doesn't complain but just carries on trying to win the match. I have always felt that wrestling is an all-encompassing activity - a thing in itself - but it really took this book to prove it to me. You feel like cheering when his much-loved coach rushes out at the end of the contest and raises Kyle onto his shoulders.

I'm the sort of person who skips big chunks of books if I get bored. But I loved "No Excuses". I read every word.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on March 29, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Kyle Maynard, a state champion and collegiate wrestler, was born with legs that stop at the knee and arms at the elbow. His life has been filled with challenges that most people don't go through and he recorded them down in his biography, No Excuses. His purpose in writing the book was to inspire people to succeed. If he could overcome his disability and succeed, success is attainable by everyone. His book was published by Regency Publishing Inc. in 2005. Three key points to success can be drawn from his writings, success is earned, character and determination measure success, and Never Quit. No Excuses!

The most important thing that a person must grasp before success can be obtained is that nothing is given to people on a silver platter. Everyone on Earth is given two things when they are born, life and a name, what one chooses to do with these two precious gifts is his prerogative. To succeed in anything a person must have desire; if a person has desire then he will work for achievement. Kyle Maynard had the desire to become a championship wrestler. He put in the hours in the weight room and he sacrificed his time in order to build a strategy around his disability ("The first period is won by the best technician. The second period is won by the kid in the best shape. The third period is won by the kid with the biggest heart." Maynard 107). He did not want anyone to go easy on him because he was different. When Kyle won the state championship in his weight class, it was rewarding only because he had paid his dues and he achieved what he had desired since he picked up the sport of wrestling

("In life and in competition, good character is the foundation of everything. We build our character by taking chances, accepting challenges, and helping others meet their goals.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Kasey James on April 1, 2006
Format: Hardcover
"No Excuses" is the story of Kyle Maynard. Kyle was born with Quadramembral Phocomelia, which means he is a congenital amputee. He has no hands because his arms end where his elbows would be, and he doesn't have much for legs but he does have feet. The story tells about his life so far, and how he, with the help of family and friends, achieves greatness.

You would think that a congenital amputee couldn't do much, but Kyle puts an end to that kind of thinking. When he was little, he depended on the people around him to help him do everyday things. Then his dad realized that he was becoming too dependent on others and made Kyle do most things on his own. So Kyle learned, slowly but surely, how to do everything that people with all of their limbs can do.

One thing that I found to be incredible was Kyle's work ethic. He has the best work ethic I have ever heard of or seen. He maintained a high GPA all through high school and a lot of his classes were advanced. But where he really shined was in athletics. Like a lot of kids, he loved athletics. He played football as a child but focused on wrestling in high school. He worked ten times harder than all others and it showed. He stayed hours and hours after practice in order to be the best. His senior year he made it to the Georgia State tournament. Kyle is the real deal and his book tells all about his struggles and triumphs.

"No Excuses" is flat out amazing. This book has inspired me to become the person I want to be. Kyle Maynard isn't just a courageous human being, he is also a hero.
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