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Running on Faith: The Principles, Passion, and Pursuit of a Winning Life Hardcover – August 24, 2010


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: HarperOne; First Edition edition (August 24, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061965723
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061965722
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #940,343 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Whatever burden you carry (and we all have one) this story will point you to strength beyond yourself. Read it twice!” (John Ortberg, author and pastor, Menlo Park Presbyterian Church)

“Running on Faith is a triumph! Jason Lester is proof that as one wise man said, “Triumph is when you try and add a little umph! Jason Lester shows us ALL that you can achieve whatever you put your mind body and soul into!” (Rev Run, author of Words of Wisdom: Daily Affirmations of Faith from Run's House to Yours)

“Jason’s story is a must read! It is a true testimony of the human spirit and confirmation that we all have so much more in us than we may believe. The challenges he conquered will create a shift in your life” (Tyrese Gibson, singer and actor)

“I stand humbled and enamored of the triumph that Jason has made of his life. It is his dedication and determination that impresses me. He has made an art of his sport and of his life. His life inspires mine.” (Stephen Holland, official sports artist of the Los Angeles Kings)

“Lester has written his book with the belief that ‘if someone applies just one of the lessons in it, it will help them find their purpose.’ The path he’s travelled to reveal his purpose in life hasn’t been easy. But he’s learned to view adversity as a challenge.” (West Hawaii Today)

“Jason Lester is proof that a dysfunctional home, physical trauma and personal loss aren’treasons to quit on life.” (Charisma Magazine)

“You’ll be encouraged and inspired by his miraculous story as well as learn how to achieve a true competitor’s mindset over adversity...Jason’s story is truly remarkable, proof of what dedication, heart, and a never-say-quit attitude can create.” (The Christian Critic)

“Athlete and author Jason Lester didn’t let his paralyzed arm stop himfrom achieving his goal of becoming an Ultraman. His inspiring storywill motivate you to push harder in life and believe that you can doanything.” (Guideposts)

“His life is an excellent example of what can happen when someone decides togo for a dream and refuses to give up.” (The Beach Reporter)

“...a powerful, motivating read with lessons anyone can benefit from in their own life.” (examiner.com (Dallas edition))

“We all push our bodies and minds, but sometimes you want to quit. You won’t want to quitagain after reading this book.” (Serious Running Blog)

“Drawing on faith, Lester managed to keep going…and going…and going.” (weareaustin.com)

About the Author

Jason Lester is one of the world's finest physically challenged extreme athletes. He is the first male triathlete to win ESPN's ESPY award, winning in 2009 for best male athlete with a disability. He has competed in more than seventy races, including the Arizona Ironman, Western Australia Ironman, Hawaii Ironman World Championship, Ultraman Canada, and Ultraman World Championship in Hawaii. He lives and trains in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.


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Jason - many thanks for sharing your story!
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Very inspiring story, though, and a book that I will definitely recommend and read again.
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When you think something is impossible just remember that it can be done.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By G. E. Kugler VINE VOICE on September 21, 2010
Format: Hardcover
The story of Jason Lester is amazing. How he overcame losing the use of his arm and becoming an Ultraman Champion. It would incredible to win that with all your limbs, let alone being down one. I was expecting a more personal story than a book about Ultraman competition. I certainly don't want to take away from what this guy achieved. It is incredible to ride a bike a couple hundred miles or swim five or ten with only one arm. What an achievement!

I would have loved to know how he found God and what that journey was and how it played in his eventual success. There was nothing about the years between his accident at 12 and life until he discovered Ultraman. That was just missing for me. I also struggled with his notion of the end justifies the means. That is he, in passing, mentions he suddenly has a wife and daughter, no mention of how that came about or how long; he makes the decision to get divorced because Ultraman is his calling. That would teach that your vocation is more important than your family? Doesn't work for me for inspiration.

All that matters to him is Ultraman and I have never suffered such an injury so I don't know what you go through. I know that from the book Jason is committed and is getting feeling back in his damaged arm. I respect the achievement but feel this is as much a Ultraman story as it is inspiration. Just me ...
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Roscoerob on October 4, 2010
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What Jason Lester did was truly amazing. I loved the stories of his struggles to be able to compete at such a high level. I however expected a much greater emphasis on the Faith aspect of the book. I cannot accept that his Faith would drive him away from his wife and child and friends in order to complete his athletic goals. He lost many personal relationships due to what appears to me to be an obsession - not a calling. If anything this book motivated me to examine my training and see if it does impact the ones I love - if it does - I will step back from training and choose my relationships and family - not my glory in the competitive arena. I guess that is why I will never be a "high level" Ironman. I will be happy with just finishing.

If you are looking for Faith and Inspiration in a religious aspect - this is not the book for you. If you are looking for great stories of Triathlon races and incredible feats of conquering adversity - this is the book for you.

Sorry for the poor review - the book just did not match the title.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Hahnery on August 28, 2010
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I have had faith in Jason since the day we met in 4th grade. We played football together, baseball together, and had nothing but fun with everything we did. That Halloween night Jason was hit would forever change me as well. We have a bond that cannot be shared between anyone but those who have experienced something like this together. Jason writes about his father Charlie and let me tell you that to say they were inseparable is an understatement! They were together all of the time and everywhere. Charlie drove us around to games, wrestling meets, school functions, side jobs, friends houses, and everywhere he went. I will never forget the day Jason called me to tell me he had passed. I somehow knew that Jason would rise above all of this, he always did. We lost touch for years and in 2009 we reconnected. When I got on his website and saw, read, and listened to all of his accomplishments, I wept openly with joy. Running on Faith is simply the written dialogue of what Jason speaks everyday. He inspires me to be a better husband, friend, coach, and athlete. Jason will NEVER STOP and this book hopefully will inspire thousands to press forward with their hopes, dreams, aspirations, and goals not matter the adversity or circumstance. GO JASON GO!!! GOD's GOT YOUR BACK! LOVE YOU BROTHER!!! Jerry Hahn
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By David R. Wyatt on December 1, 2010
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Enjoyed the book but felt that it was sometimes a little self serving. Did not feel that it was written as well as "The Long Run"
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Tomas Esquivel on August 28, 2010
Format: Hardcover
First off, let me say that sports books are not my usual fare. I am a runner and I love classical literature but I am embarrassed to say that I have read very few sports books in my reading career, however, having heard a bit of Jason's story I was curious and I AM SO GLAD I READ HIS BOOK! This book is a page-turner and the only reason I put it down was because reading of Jason's trial and triumphs got me so fired up that I just HAD to go for a run! I love how humble Jason is throughout the book, always quick to express his gratitude for all of the people who have inspired, supported and loved him. His humility makes one start to think that we mere mortals are also capable superhuman feats...and that is most obviously Jason's whole goal in this book--to inspire the reader to chase their dreams and NEVER STOP. "Running on Faith" accomplishes this goal.

Not only is Jason's story truly inspiring, but he also really gets down to the "how-to's" of making one's dream a reality. With logical advice that comes from Jason's hard-won wisdom, the path to realizing one's aspirations becomes clearer. I can say without any reservations that having read "Running on Faith" I am definitely more confident about accomplishing my goals because I have a clear game plan, thanks to the well rounded, tried and true, wise lessons that Jason shares in this book. I feel truly blessed to have read this book and I will be recommending it to all of my friends and family--whether they be athletes, writers, musicians or anything else--they can all benefit from such sage advice as is found in "Running on Faith".
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