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In his gripping memoir, Cory Reese offers a compelling and vulnerable insight into the pervasive destruction of depression. Drawing on lessons learned over a decade of ultramarathon running, Stronger than the Dark offers a powerful new approach in the battle against depression: the willingness to embrace suffering.  


In a moment of physical and mental crisis during a 314-mile race across Tennessee, he realizes with clarity life’s ultimate purpose. We are here to endure. We are here to help others turn pain into peace. We are here to be a beacon of kindness and compassion.  


Cory’s beautifully broken path of healing speaks to anyone feeling lost in insecurity or despair, and gives hope that even in life’s darkest moments, we can find the light.

When life turns up the heat, you have two choices. You can bend and break, or you can step boldly into the furnace and let your soul catch fire.

Into The Furnace explores the inner workings of bravery, hope, and passion. These themes are framed against the backdrop of the Badwater Ultramarathon – a 135 mile race across the hottest place on the planet - Death Valley.

Cory Reese has walked into the furnace. He has faced adversity, both in running and in life. His book captures the essence of what it means to suffer, what it means to persevere, and ultimately, what it means to create a life of clarity and purpose.

In Nowhere Near First, Cory allows readers inside the heart, mind, and soul of an ultramarathon runner. In a heart-wrenching account of his father's suicide as a child, he shows how this tragedy became fuel to live life to the fullest.

Cory weaves his unmistakable humor through incredible stories of his ultramarathon adventures. The book provides a glimpse into the demands of training for endurance races, the mental aspect of ultrarunning, and the satisfaction of challenging personal potential.

Nowhere Near First is sure to leave readers inspired to dream big, jump high, run far, and shine bright.

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