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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Harmony; Reprint edition (January 6, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 055306908X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553069082
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #151,774 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Zen advice from a martial arts expert?and star of TV's Walker, Texas Ranger.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Chuck Norris, martial-arts movie hero and the star of television's Walker, Texas Ranger, offers his thoughts on martial-arts training and the Zen philosophy behind the kicks and punches. In his own life, Norris has found that applying Zen helped him succeed in both business and acting. The discipline and structure of martial-arts training, he argues, can provide one with focus, self-confidence, and determination. Norris peppers his discourse with illustrative anecdotes, such as the story of the wounded marine who--despite the loss of both legs--studied martial arts under a visionary master and learned to use his wheelchair as a weapon. Norris also champions Zen as a path to self-awareness whereby followers learn how to reward, motivate, and respect themselves. One could easily dismiss this book as a superficial presentation of a complex philosophy by a pretentious showbiz dilettante, but that would be an error. View it rather as a primer presented sincerely by a famous practitioner. Norris' fame may help him connect with younger readers, who are often most in need of his message. Wes Lukowsky --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Chuck Norris is a TV and film actor who has starred in more than twenty films and is well known for his popular television series "Walker, Texas Ranger." He is also a martial arts expert and a bestselling author of numerous books including "Black Belt Patriotism" and "The Secret Power Within." Norris's nationally syndicated column appears in Human Events, Town Hall, and World Net Daily, among other outlets. Chuck and his wife Gena continue to be involved in many charitable, Christian and civic endeavors, including two trips to Iraq to support American troops, the Make-a-Wish Foundation, Veterans Administration National Salute to Hospitalized Veterans, the United Way, etc. Chuck and Gena Norris are also advocates for an elective Bible education course offered now in 475 public school districts in 38 states. Chuck Norris' greatest mission at the moment, however, is to raise the value and standards of at-risk young people through his KICKSTART organization. KICKSTART is a martial arts program offered to junior high kids in Texas in lieu of their regular physical education classes. Chuck and Gena and their children live on their ranch near Houston, Texas. For more information on Chuck Norris and the KICKSTART program, go to: www.chucknorris.com.

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Perhaps if we learn to live this book, we too can attain our goals and gain inner peace.
Arnold Howard
I learned a lot and will read this book again as I am sure there are parts that can use revisiting.
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The author effectively communicated topics of Zen in a easy to understand concepts and stories.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Golden Lion VINE VOICE on June 18, 2002
Format: Paperback
Golden Lion Kempo Karate: I've studied Kempo Karate, Tai Chi, Akido, Jui Jutisitu and Judo over the last ten years. I related to the concepts and stories told by the author. A martial artist knows the commitment, skill, and dedication required to gain a Black Belt, but few really understand the essence of Zen, in their training. The author does not try to explain all the philosophical aspects of Zen or Buddism, instead draws from his own life experiences instances of Zen. Many of these stories are very personal and easy to relate too. The author has a very honest and non-assumption style to his writing; rather than focusing on achievements and personal aggrandizing, he emphasizes his struggles with marriage, tournament fighting, recovery from a bankrupt school, and a brother killed in Viet Nam. I personally found the book to be very inspiring and renewed a desire to be a leader and better example to my students and those around me. The author effectively communicated topics of Zen in a easy to understand concepts and stories. A rare addition to your Marital Art Library.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By C. Reynolds on September 29, 1999
Format: Paperback
I have been a fan of Chuck Norris for some time now. I ran across this book in my local library. I read it in just a few hours. I couldn't put it down!! I already had a lot of respect for Chuck, but after reading this book I came away with so much more. He shows us that we can all accomplish anything and that we "are the only things standing in (our) way". I hope my sons can grow up to become men as honored and respected as Chuck Norris. There is so much in this book that we can all take into our lives to improve them. I hope we will. This world could sure use more people like him.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Heather Schubert on April 18, 2000
Format: Paperback
I read this book from front to back within a matter of days and it was the most uplifting book I've ever read. After lending it to a friend who lost it, I had to re-order it but it was well worth paying for it again. Even my husband couldn't put the book down! Chuck Norris is the most inspirational person I know of in real life as well as on TV. His show deals with his own morals and philosophies that he practices in real life. If I hadn't read this book, I'd never have known he lost a brother in Vietnam. I was fortunate to see the Vietnam Veterans Moving Wall when it came to my home town last November. I found Weiland's name on the Wall. Just knowing it was Chuck's brother and having read the heartbreak he went through (and still goes through from the loss of his brother), it was a very moving experience for me. This book should be mandatory in every school in America! Chuck Norris is the epitome of heroism and what all of mankind should be. He would make a great President!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 21, 1996
Format: Hardcover
Written by world champion martial arts master and longtime box office superstar Chuck Norris,"The Secret Power Within" is not what you'd expect from "Walker, Texas Ranger," laid-back law enforcement good guy famous for kicking the crap out of (pick one): Viet
Cong, mafia thugs, dope addicts, horse rustlers, drug smugglers, pimps, child beaters, etc. Of the incredible list of Chuck Norris titles in Amazon's huge inventory, it's unusual to find one on "Self Help/Inspiration" but this book is solid! The author has obviously disciplined his mind and elevated his thoughts and tells his personal story of applying Zen, core philosophy behind all martial arts.
It's an excellent book for developing self-confidence, to achieve spiritual tranquility and to learn more
about Zen's real-life, practical benefits.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By D. Blankenship HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on August 2, 2005
Format: Paperback
First let me say that I, in general, have a rather low opinion of this particular genre of book. Secondly, I am not a big Chuck Norris (the actor) fan. (Note: On the other hand, I do admire very much Chuck Norris the man, and his many, many accomplishments and the way he has lead his life). Those two things being said, I was very surprised at the usefulness of this particular book. The writing is quite simple, easy to understand and Mr. Norris certainly has some wonderful advice to share. I do agree with another reviewer in that Mr. Norris has obviously been influenced by another writer of some twenty years ago. this is okay though. I know of absolutely no writer in history that has not been influenced in someway by those who proceeded him. Why should Mr. Norris be any different. This work, my Norris is a much easier read than some of the other works in this field and I feel could probably be more understood by the younger reader. Overall I recommend this one highly.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By C. J. Schafer on December 15, 2001
Format: Paperback
Chuck managed to do something here that many other authors find hard to do, write an easy to read book. You'll breeze through each chapter, never bored, never finding your mind wondering off somewhere else, always interested.
Perhaps it is the result of a purposeful mindful life that allows the author to communicate in such a crisp, economical style.
The writing is the first level, zen is the second level.
The 'lessons' about zen may seem thin, but that is a good thing. Many of us tend to over analyze things and therefore favor writings that 'seem' to impart lots of information in long text.
Zen is simple, but it's not easy.
I suppose there have been many readers of this (and other zen books) who never got it at all. I offer the following suggestion to prevent this from happening. Read the book through once, then return again to an individual chapter. Read that one chapter often over a period of time and try to act upon the message delivered.
'The Secret Power Within' is a nice start for all of us beginners.
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