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Resilience: Faith, Focus, Triumph [Kindle Edition]

Alonzo Mourning , Dan Wetzel
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Resilience. It’s not just the title of Alonzo Mourning’s stirring memoir; it’s the stuff he’s made of. Whether petitioning himself into foster care as an eleven-year-old, tirelessly studying his way onto the dean’s list at Georgetown University, making it as an all-star center in the NBA, or returning to peak form after organ-transplant surgery, Mourning has shown enormous inner strength. His faith, his determination, and his courage are what have driven and sustained him throughout his extraordinary life.

In 2000, Mourning was on top of the world: He had a fat new contract, an Olympic gold medal, and a second beautiful child–all that and the fame and wealth he had earned playing the game he loved. But in September of that year, he was diagnosed with a rare and fatal kidney disease. Over the next couple of years, as his health faltered, he retired, unretired, and retired again–and sought to make sense of the rest of his life.

Finally in 2003, after a frantic search for a donor match, Mourning had a new kidney and a new outlook. He vowed to make this second chance count by dedicating his life to others. He resolved that he would consider the disease a blessing, a revelation of God’s plan for him.

Although he battled his way back to the NBA, winning a championship with the Miami Heat in 2006, Mourning believed that the most important and fulfilling part of his life still lay ahead. Basketball, it turned out, was just the vehicle that would allow him to devote his talents and energies to a greater cause.
Alonzo Mourning’s return to basketball glory, already familiar to sports fans and non-sports fans alike, has inspired millions of patients suffering from kidney disease and living with dialysis, as well as organ donors around the world. By sharing his experiences of the physical, emotional, and spiritual roller coaster of illness and recovery, Mourning hopes to deliver a message of faith and fire, hurdles and hope, trust and triumph. Resilience is a story about the meaningful everyday lessons that he longs to share and about the things that truly matter in life.

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"Most people know Alonzo Mourning as a world-class athlete--an Olympic and NBA Champion-- but he is so much more than that. The pages of RESILIENCE reveal the many hurdles Alonzo has overcome throughout his life, and there have been many, from his childhood spent in foster care to his return to the NBA after undergoing kidney transplant surgery. Through it all, Alonzo has shown a rare combination of faith, optimism, and resolve in achieving his goals... and those goals go far beyond the basketball court. RESILIENCE is an inspiring book, written by one of the most charitable people in professional sports." - Lance Armstrong

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About the Author

Alonzo Mourning was a seven-time NBA all-star and a two-time Defensive Player of the Year during his eleven-year career. He won a gold medal for the United States at the 2000 Olympics and an NBA championship with the 2006 Miami Heat, where he is that franchise’s all-time leading scorer. He was also a three-time All America at Georgetown, where he earned a degree in sociology. Mourning is a national spokesman for the National Kidney Foundation and operates Alonzo Mourning Charities, including Zo’s Fund for Life. He, his wife, and their two children live in Coral Gables, Florida.

Named “America’s Best Sports Writer” in 2006 by, Dan Wetzel is an award-winning columnist for Yahoo! Sports, the most read sports site on the Web, and is a regular guest on sports radio shows around the country. He is the co-author of three books, including Glory Road (with Don Haskins), which became a major motion picture.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1305 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; 1 edition (September 30, 2008)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001GSTOO8
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read October 3, 2008
By Q
I've read 11 of the 14 chapters in this book so far. I've only had it two days. It is truly a great read and I'm usually pretty hard to please.

I don't want to discuss any details and spoil it for anyone who may be reading it. Let's just say there are some inspirational parts, some informative parts, some funny parts, and even some parts that might make you a bit teary.

If you've followed his career closely, you may know quite a bit about some of the things he's mentioned...or at the least you might know some of the highlights of certain things, like his battles with the Knicks and so forth, but it's still very interesting hearing things from his perspective.

I definitely encourage anyone who is facing transplantation (or really, any sort of adversity) to pick up a copy of this book. It's also a good read for basketball fans who like knowing a little bit more about an athlete than what's on the surface, Heat fans who may want to know a little bit more about the man who was the face of their franchise for so many years, young men, misguided men. Honestly, I think that anyone who reads this book can take something away from it. Plus it's enjoyable and a part of the proceeds goes to charity.

Just be warned though. This book is about ALONZO MOURNING! NOT THE HEAT! NOT THE NETS! NOT THE NBA! Alonzo Harding Mourning Jr. So don't expect alot of juicy locker room details or something when you get this book. It's a nice clean read but it managed to hold my attention and my attention span is usually very short. Good work Zo.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ALONZO'S PLAN REVEALED October 3, 2008
Human beings often wonder why they are put on this earth. They spend their whole lives attempting to figure it out. Perhaps Alonzo believed basketball was the reason. However, basketball was merely the vehicle
that God used for him to get his real message out to people. He is
a tremendous inspiration. I thank God for his hardships, because they have led to this painful yet touching and motivational work.
I just got back from his signing and met him, I felt his spirit from across the room and broke down in tears. Thanks be to God for a plan in life. Thank you to Alonzo and his publishers for sharing his talents with us. Best to him, Tracy and the kids.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Resiliant November 27, 2008
As someone who who endures with the same disease as Alonzo, I found it to be inspiring and it gave me hope. It is such an encouragement to read the story of someone who has gone through this and come out the other end. I only hope my witness can be as shining as his some day.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Resilience: Faith, Focus, Triumph November 11, 2008
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Excellent book. Alonzo has truly survived a turmoil life and came out of it a Great person. So glad his shared his story. Would recommend this book highly.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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This is the life story of famed basketball player Alonzo "Zo" Mourning. Despite being a three-time All American at Georgetown University... a seven-time NBA All-Star... a two-time NBA Defensive Player Of The Year... an Olympic Gold Medal winner... a college graduate with a degree in sociology... and after fourteen years in the NBA... he finally won a World Championship with the Miami Heat in 2006...


Zo has made a much *BIGGER* impact on the world by not only fighting to overcome a kidney disease called focal glomerulosclerosis, of which there is no cure... but after fighting a "losing" battle with that disease... wound up having to get a kidney transplant as well. A winner like Zo, doesn't have the word lose in his vocabulary... and at a point in his life when he had more money than he could ever spend... and was thanking the Lord for his life... he dedicated his body and soul... to do... the unthinkable... PLAY AGAIN IN THE NBA!

If you look back on Zo's childhood, it is impossible not to have realized that this was one unique individual, and he was going to succeed on his terms. When Zo was ten-years-old his parents' marriage began to deteriorate and would eventually wind up in a divorce. His life at home was becoming strenuous. The family went to the department of social services for counseling. Zo loved his parents... BUT HE ASKED TO BE PUT INTO A GROUP HOME! Can you imagine that? He loved his parents... but thought it would be better to be in a group home. That's one heck of a decision for a ten-year-old! From there he wound up in a foster home with a woman named Fannie Threet, "a local hero who as a foster Mom helped raise forty-nine kids." Zo was one of those kids. He wound up calling Mrs. Threet Mom, but his real Mother and Father remained in his life.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring September 2, 2012
The day my 5 year old son was diagnosed with FSGS, his life stopped being in my control the way it had been only the night before. As a way of dealing and coping with the new, harsh reality of our lives, I immersed myself in reading anything and everything the Internet offered me about his disease. It was then that I realized my son now has the disease that led Alonzo Mourning to needing a kidney transplant. My research grew to reading about his struggles and triumphs with FSGS and that's when I found Resilience. I immediately purchased 5 paperback copies, to give to friends and families, and downloaded copies to my iPad and iPhone. Reading this book brought me to tears more often than I can count, but not always for negative reasons, more often it was because of the connection I felt with Alonzo Mourning in his work giving back to the communities that touched his life. As a high school English teacher, I decided to purchase more copies of the book to have on hand in my classroom for my students to read for pleasure. There are SO MANY LESSONS to be learned through the reading of Resilience, and I can NOT wait to have my students learn them. The struggles Alonzo pushed through to achieve success will be some that many of my kids have encountered, but succumbed to instead of fighting through. I believe that his story will give them the strength and determination to believe in themselves and in the value of education, even IF they don't have that support coming from their own families.
This story has given me hope and faith for my own son's future. He is young, with his whole life ahead of him, and though we don't have millions of dollars to get the best doctors, we have the ability to gain knowledge about his disease and stop at NOTHING to battle it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Tedtimony!
I really enjoyed this book. Mr. Mourning really shares his life. To hear of his experiences in foster care and the decision he made to leave his own family was courageous. Mr. Read more
Published 12 days ago by James Ham
4.0 out of 5 stars Giving hope to those discouraged
The personal of an NBA star takes the reader from his decision for emancipation at age 10 through the challenges of growing extremely tall (6'10") and then facing kidney... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Joan
3.0 out of 5 stars Best for Zo fans or people with kidney problems looking for...
I'm a thirty-two year old male who has followed Mourning since I was in the sixth grade. The man has a work ethic and a heart that is unparalleled. Read more
Published 22 months ago by JWann
4.0 out of 5 stars Really worth a Read
This is not a book about Basketball, This is a book about Life. Alonzo is a very humble person who recognises that he got to where he is today through the help of other people. Read more
Published on November 30, 2009 by D. Minihane
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!
I may be a bit bias as I am a huge Zo fan, but I can honestly say that this book gave me a clear understanding of why I admire Alonzo so much. Read more
Published on July 23, 2009 by T. Blosser
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book with lots of inspiration
I found Alonzo Mournning's book to be very inspirational and I could see that it took something like a kidney transplant to bring him closer to God, family and friends. Read more
Published on July 6, 2009 by Vilma F. Anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a wonderful book
I simply loved this book. I passed it on to someone else in hope that they will enjoy it, also. Not only have I enjoyed watching Alonzo Mourning play basketball over the years... Read more
Published on February 22, 2009 by The Diva
4.0 out of 5 stars Passing the gift along
Resilience Faith Focus Triumph is Alonzo Mourning's memoir of life before the NBA and life after a successful kidney transplant. Read more
Published on January 24, 2009 by Mary G. Longorio
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiration and courage
I saw an interview with Alonzo Mourning during a showing of the 700 Club, and was impressed with his unwavering faith during his great physical trail with his health. Read more
Published on November 19, 2008 by Wanbli Galesh'ka
5.0 out of 5 stars A Magnificent Testament of Courage, Faith and Truimph
Alonso Mournings is a true hero on a compelling journey of courage, faith and being of service to others. Read more
Published on November 2, 2008 by Debbie Milam
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