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Posted April 19, 2014
Don's book describes a fantastic journey and makes for wonderful reading for runners and non-runners. His is an amazing accomplishment but it also suggests that each one of us has our own adventure- each as individually unique as his. I will read it over and over as a source of inspiration. And, with Christmas just a few short months away, copies of the book will make great gifts.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 21, 2014
Don Kern shares his amazing story and let's the reader believe that you can do anything you set your mind to, especially if someone dares you that you can't (just ask his mom). Don is a down to earth guy that you can relate to, whether you are a seasoned runner or just a beginner. I know him personally and have ran his Grand Rapids Marathon a few times and it is always a fun time. He really does care about each and every person that crosses the finish line whether you are first or last. To read about his adventures and never giving up to set a record was really inspiring. Now if you'll excuse me, I have a bucket list to write.
Joy Burd Comstock Park MI
Posted March 11, 2014
I read this book, and liked it so much, I gave it away. That's what usually happens when I really, really like a book. I'm stingy with recommendations, but when I like a book, it's gone. That's why my bookshelf is always filled with mediocre volumes I wouldn't wish on my worst enemy.
So I have now purchased two copies of this book, finding myself wanting to read it again six months after reading it the first time.
Don Kern is a regular guy pursuing amazing adventures. He had a "bucket list" before that term was coined (and overused). He talks about it being a living, breathing thing that grows and pulls you in different directions.
This book is part adventure, part motivational. The author has an "aw-shucks" way of relating his outlandish experiences that makes you feel like this could happen to anybody - but he reminds the reader that you must put yourself out there in order to have stuff like this happen to you.
The last line of each chapter grabs you and hoists you into the next one.
He describes falling in love with running in a way that runners certainly will identify with. He's so approachable about it that even if you've never run a 5K you feel like you probably could run a marathon.
There's also some wry one-liners in there that will slide right past you if you're not paying attention.
He has a great attitude about the pitfalls of world travel and things you can't control, in general. "It's all part of the adventure."
The narrative of pursuing a world record is gripping. The most important thing you'll get from this book is that "ordinary people can do amazing things." Whether you're looking to be entertained or searching for the courage to pursue a wild dream, you've found it here.