Thursday, October 9, 2014

Among The Giants

Featuring my review of the motivational book:  

Among the Giants, by Jesse LeBeau

I read Among the Giants and finished the last page feeling Motivated!!!  That's the best compliment I can give a motivational book.  Now the author Jesse LeBeau is on tour with his book and as part of the tour he's giving away a Deuce Brand watch - check out the rafflecopter entry at the bottom of the post along with the list of other blogs on the tour.

First, let me introduce the author, Jesse LeBeau:

Over the course of the last couple of years, Jesse has propelled himself from a small, Alaskan fishing town to the Hollywood big screen, being seen by millions all over the world.  By leveraging his love of the game of basketball and making the most of every opportunity, he has successfully created a life all his own.  At 5'8" he may not be an NBA player, but by tweaking his dream, he has been able to use his passion (basketball) to star in national commercials and novels, work with pro athletes and celebrities, and even give back on a regular basis as a motivational speaker for youth.  His underdog story, outlined in his book, Among the Giants, serves as an inspiration to anyone who has ever been told they can't make their dream a reality.

Jesse was born and raised on Pennock Island, Alaska, where his mother worked as a school teacher and his father was involved in the logging industry.  Jesse played basketball growing up, but no one wanted to take him seriously, and coaches told him he was too small and would never make it.  Despite his critics, he believed not only in himself but also in the plan God had for him. Jesse has experienced big wins and frustrating losses, but both triumph and defeat helped him grow as a leader and a person, and helped deepen his faith.

Today he uses his message to motivate and inspire young people around the world as a speaker and author combining his love of basketball, speaking and entertaining, Jesse founded the fab4 Takeover, which brings celebrities into schools to teach and impact students.  He also released an instructional dribbling DVD titled "Dribble Like a Star".  For a free download from the DVD, visit or text the word DVD to the number 58885.

My Review
Among the Giants
Four Stars

Stay hungry.  Better yourself every day.  Separate yourself from the competition and gain the edge that will make all the difference.  Fulfill your dreams!

This book's primary message is that you can succeed but not without effort.  Your attitude is everything.  Dig for success, it's in you to have, is the pervasive theme in this book.  And with real life examples of how from the time he was a child he fought  to be a professional  basketball player despite size and geographic odds, he shows again and again how he acquired his dream.  And while it wasn't his specific dream, it was a dream that gave him success with a basketball in his hand.

Over and over this book reminds us what hard work and dedication can achieve.  But there's a caveat, hard work must be combined with a belief in yourself and your dream.  The author tells us to visualize success, write down goals and stay the course.  It is a motivational book like many out there but unlike many out there his motivation is firmly rooted in the story of his life from an isolated childhood fighting for his dream, to a grown young man, who didn't grow enough to make the NBA.

A quick and easy read that while, slightly repetitive, will light a fire in you.  You can't help but be anxious to get at it, put in that extra hour or extra mile and succeed at whatever it is you dream of.


Enter for a chance to win a Deuce Brand Watch:">Enter to win a signed Deuce Brand watch - a Rafflecopter giveaway

You can find more information, read news in the press, watch highlight video footage and follow Jesse on a more personal level at the following websites:

To purchase "Among the Giants" on Amazon visit
To get a free download from his DVD visit:
To get a free download from his ebook "What Allen Iverson Taught Me About Life" visit:

Follow the rest of the tour:
October 13: Writers and Authors
October 17: Deal Sharing Aunt
October 17: Writer Wonderland


Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thanks for hosting!

Nancy said...

This sounds like a great read for young people.

Ryshia Kennie said...

Goddess Fish - you're welcome - it's always fun to host one of your tours.

Nancy - I think you're right - it speaks to young people yet it can be read by all ages.

Sabrina Joy said...

The message of the book is certainly powerful. I like that it teaches a great deal about success and the effort behind it. It's an inspiring read.

Mary Preston said...

A helpful review.

bn100 said...

Nice review

joye said...

The book solids really motivational. My Grandson played basketball and he could have used some of this advice.