Tell me something I can’t do. and I will do it or die trying. That’s what happens when you are born without legs. People immediately doubt you. Or they look at you funny. Or as less than human. But I’ve never seen myself as disabled. I’m just lower to the ground

Zion Clark

This inspiring book is meant to motivate 8-10 year olds, especially those that feel different from others. Images of Zion as a toddler all the way to an adult are truly amazing at what he has accomplished. It begins with his life story then the pictures take over. Motivational quotes from both Zion and others capture each moment.

The content is like a picture book for 8-12 year-olds. Many of the quotes and images would make a great poster. At just 32 pages the message to never give up is loud and clear. Here’s the official background of the book:

This stunning photographic essay showcases Zion Clark’s ferocious athleticism and undaunted spirit. Cowritten by New York Times best-selling journalist James S. Hirsch, this book features striking, visually arresting images and an approachable and engaging text, including pieces of advice that have motivated Zion toward excellence and passages from Zion himself. Explore Zion’s journey from a childhood lost in the foster care system to his hard-fought rise as a high school wrestler to his current rigorous training to prepare as an elite athlete on the world stage. Included are a biography and a note from Zion.

Zion Unmatched would be the perfect book for a table top at home or in the classroom. Just seeing the cover encourages anyone walking by to take a look. I hope for a sequel that would give more details on Zion’s training regiment and delve deeper into the events in his life. For now though you can be inspired by what this volume offers.


Zion’s herculean efforts hadn’t gone unnoticed as a Hollywood producer documented his journey during senior year. The film “Zion” garnered critical acclaim at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival (2018) and global media exposure (it’s currently available on Netflix).

In addition to his brutal training/practice regimen, Zion stays busy as a motivational speaker.   

The moral of Zion’s inspirational story is that things don’t always go smoothly in life…but in order to succeed, you must adapt to your individual circumstances. 

Priding himself in hard work, Zion offers that there are no excuses…or shortcuts!
It’s all about faith, passion, and perseverance. 
Zion urges others to “Be Greater Than” > …the obstacles you face.  

YOU, and only YOU are in control of your destiny!

(For more visit Zion’s WEB SITE)



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About Greg Pattridge

Climbing another mountain...always striving to reach the next peak in my life and career.
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4 Responses to ZION UNMATCHED

  1. carolbaldwin says:

    this book looks fantastic. I’m going to recommend that Elliott read it for a review!

  2. Wow, that is a remarkable book. Zion was very wise and very much in touch with himself. Great role model for teens. Gorgeous cover!

  3. What an incredible and inspiring person! Sounds a great book, thanks for the review.

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