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The US Review of Books

Fowlkes was born in Tennessee in 1934, never certain of his father’s identity. He only knew that he was a source of contention between his parents. He moved around the Deep South and Midwest through childhood and adolescence, lacking a permanent home’s stability. Poor and African American, he grew up in the final three decades before the civil rights movement. Mercifully, young Fowlkes was raised in the African Methodist Episcopal tradition and embraced a steadfast Christian faith. This bolstered him as he encountered institutional racism while obtaining two graduate degrees and serving seventeen years in the U.S. military. Release from the service following racially motivated rejection for promotion left Fowlkes feeling lost and hopeless. Could his faith in God, his supportive family, and his unstoppable zest for adventure save Fowlkes from the urge to surrender to despair?

Within these pages, Fowlkes tells the candid story of his life. Despite prevalent racism in America, he is a proud patriot who served as a U.S. soldier from 1958 until 1975. He provides a fascinating account of being protected, in some ways, from discrimination because he resided on a military base, although discrimination ultimately led to his release from active duty. Institutional racism made a deep impression on him, particularly as he experienced the disparities between the college prep available for white high school students and what was open to blacks. Fans of inspirational memoirs will admire Fowlkes’s resilience and versatility as he tells of embarking on a civilian career in health care and health care administration. Later still, he and his wife opened a travel agency. Well into his seventies, the author, an avid bicyclist, participated in long-distance bike rides. His relentless passion for everything he does drives this compelling narrative forward.​” 

The US Review of Books

Overcoming Adversity is an inspirational true story about how faith, trust in God, and perseverance consistently threaded through one’s journey can be a cornerstone of success and achieve a better quality of life.  One would think that rising above a fractured childhood and poverty by achieving two post-graduate degrees and two professional certificates would be impressive enough for anyone. Not for Nelson Fowlkes. From acts of discrimination in rural 1950’s America, to filing a lawsuit against the military promotion board, and even just raising a family, faith, courage and determination were tenets that led him through his toughest obstacles.  Overcoming Adversity details the astonishing results of engaging dynamic and insightful tactics to achieve goals and dreams in spite of ever-changing barriers and setbacks.”  

The US Review of Books

“Overcoming Adversity, written by Nelson Fowlkes, is an inspirational biography that details how the author overcame several obstacles to build a better life for himself.  In the book, Fowlkes narrates the story of his life while emphasizing the circumstances and strategies that helped him to achieve his goals.

He also highlights his failures and successes and the powerful life lessons that he learned from them.  Overcoming Adversity, then, is the author’s way of sharing his journey with readers, teaching them the right strategies to overcome the inevitable obstacles of life.

All in all, Overcoming Adversity is one of the most inspiring books I have read so far, as I took a lot of inspiration from Fowlkes’s story.  I also felt motivated by his continuous drive to better himself and seek self-development
opportunities.  Indeed, his story shows that we can overcome seemingly impossible obstacles with the right 
mindset.

Furthermore, I learned several important life lessons from this book.  The most important lesson was that we should keep fighting for our dreams, although things may not always go our way.  Eventually, if we do not give up, things will always work out in miraculous ways.

Further, I enjoyed following Fowlkes’s story, as he demonstrated the importance of perseverance in achieving one’s goals.  Throughout his life’s journey, he encountered several obstacles, but he never gave up on his dreams and kept pushing, kept believing, and kept trying to find a way, even when things seemed impossible.  This demonstrated the strength of his character and inspired me to keep on reading.”

The US Review of Books

Overcoming Adversity is one of the most inspiring books I  have read so far, as I took a lot of inspiration from Fowlkes’s story.  also felt motivated by his continuous drive to better himself and seek self-development opportunities. Indeed his story shows that we can overcome seemingly impossible obstacles with the right mindset.
Furthermore, I learned several important life lessons from this book. The most important lesson was that we should keep fighting for our dreams, although things may not always go our way.  Eventually, If we do not give up, things will always work out in miraculous ways.
Further, I enjoyed following Fowlkes’s story, as he demonstrated the importance of perseverance in achieving one’s goals.