The only thing standing between Jason Lester and a happy home life was a mother deemed unfit to be a parent.
The only thing standing between Jason Lester and a healthy childhood was a red light running, speeding car that paralyzed his right arm.
The only thing standing between Jason Lester and an ordinary childhood was a father who died an early death.
In 2009 the only thing standing between Jason Lester from being the first physically challenged athlete to complete the Ultraman World Championship was 6.2-miles of swimming, 261-miles of biking, and 52-miles of running. And…
… the only thing with him the entire way were friends, a purpose, and a faith that wouldn’t allow him to quit.
Jason Lester’s autobiographic recount of his challenges, racing, and Christian beliefs is a powerful, motivating read with lessons anyone can benefit from in their own life. You don’t have to be an ultra-distance athlete or an athlete at all to learn from Jason.
He and his co-author, Tim Vandehey, masterfully weave memories of trials, obstacles, and setbacks with recent recounts of Jason’s racing to deliver his message of hope and redemption. In nine lessons he teaches what helped him find his life's passion and achieve his goals and he gives the reader the tools to apply them in their own lives.
Plus, he provides practical advice on how to perform at the highest level as a vegan athlete with recipes and training plans for the aspiring triathlete.
This is one of the rare books I couldn’t put down once I started to read it. The straight forward yet aesthetically pleasing style of writing made for an inspiring and effortless experience.
I recommend this book for anyone wanting a source of inspiration to achieve or a story about a true modern day hero. Churches and Bible study groups will find the study questions especially useful.
Running on Faith: The Principles, Passion, and Persuit of a Winning Life by Jason Lester and Tim Vandehey. (HarperOne, September 2010, Hardcover $29.00)