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An Inspiring Story

From all view points, Rudy had little chance to succeed in life, but with buckle down determination and hard work many of his dreams came true. This book written by Rudy himself, Daniel Ruettiger follows the life of Rudy from his upbringing, life in school (dyslexia) and his goal of getting to Notre Dame. What I found very interesting in the book was that all through his life Rudy was put down and ridiculed and yet there were always a few friends that knew Rudy could achieve his dreams. The book takes you indepth in Rudy's struggles with school, his acceptance into Holy Cross and eventual time at Notre Dame. The details of the movie are filled at more clearly in the writings, such that you get a glimpse of every situation. Another point of interest is that Dan Devine is kind of made out like a jerk in the movie, whereas the book explains it that Devine wasn't so much a jerk as someone taking over a glorious program seeking to win again.

The other part of the book that was fascinating was Rudy's trials at trying to get the film made. From a fired ghostwriter wanting money to a Catholic priest trying to sell his story, life was not an easy ride in getting the film out to the people. Yet, what made Rudy really unique is that he never gave up even if he had to cut the grass everyday to get the field ready for shooting. From all angles, you get a picture of a person devoted to succeeeding, many times failing. Rudy took the same determination into business as a salesman, starter of cleaning companies and eventually a public speaker.

This book should have a wide readership including those interested in football, Notre Dame, and just a heartwarming story of triumph against all odds. As Rudy tells his story, he gives us a glimpse of his reason of never giving up, of trying even in the midst of failures. The only thing that I wish were included in a greater light was Rudy's faith. I was wanting to know how his faith in God affected the way he lived his life with determination and trimuph.

Thanks to the BookSneeze program and Thomas Nelson for a complimentary copy of Rudy.


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