A Story of Resilience

ShoreBall EnterprisesContributor IOctober 2, 2008

I was on my way to work this morning (dead-end job) and I heard an interview on the radio with Alonzo Mourning concerning the new book that he has written. His autobiography, entitled Resilience:  Faith, Focus, Triumph, talks about his journey from petitioning himself into foster care, his success at Georgetown University, his further success as an NBA all-star, his fight against kidney disease, and his return to the court after organ-transplant surgery. Now I will be the first to admit that I wasn’t always an Alonzo Mourning fan, though I always had a great deal of respect for the passion that he showed playing the game of basketball. But I became a fan by watching him return from his kidney transplant surgery and watching him finally win an NBA championship with the Miami Heat. In doing some research after hearing the interview, I found this article at NBA.com that I thought was pretty interesting. I also went to amazon.com and read the product description for his book and I found this paragraph particularly interesting:


Although he battled his way back to the NBA, winning a championship with the Miami Heat in 2006, Mourning believed that the most important and fulfilling part of his life still lay ahead. Basketball, it turned out, was just the vehicle that would allow him to devote his talents and energies to a greater cause. Alonzo Mourning’s return to basketball glory, already familiar to sports fans and non-sports fans alike, has inspired millions of patients suffering from kidney disease and living with dialysis, as well as organ donors around the world. By sharing his experiences of the physical, emotional, and spiritual roller coaster of illness and recovery, Mourning hopes to deliver a message of faith and fire, hurdles and hope, trust and triumph. Resilience is a story about the meaningful everyday lessons that he longs to share and about the things that truly matter in life.


I am definitely going to take the time to read this book and I would suggest that you do the same. If this book was written with the same passion that Alonzo approaches his play on the court with, I am sure it will be a book worth reading.