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Great insight into another world January 28, 2013
This book took you into the lives of football players, coaches and wives. It shows you that they are human and they make mistakes and they also have strong backgrounds in faith. They believe in God and they call on him for guidance in their every day lives. They hold prayer meetings and consult with God about decisions in their lives. If you are a fan of football you will love to get this book but even if you are not a fan and you are a christian you will love reading about the strong faith these people display. How they make changes in their lives when they realize they are living wrong and how they encourage and help others. You can use it to teach others and learn for yourself.
Review by Nickida
great title for youth pastors who work with young men December 20, 2012
Curtis Eichelberger, a sports reporter for Bloomberg News spent several years researching his new book by interviewing current and former NFL players, their families, chaplains, and even a few coaches. The topic? Not their training regiments, their signing stories, or even their best/worst game. Eichelberger investigated the strong and needed, but often overlooked faith component to the NFL.
Ask almost any pre-teen boy what they would like to be, and a pro-football player will be among the most popular answers. What they see in their mind is the glory of a Sunday afternoon touchdown or the pure power of a well aimed tackle. They do not see the years of physical abuse to one's body, tough training schedules, and frequent disappointments. They also do not see the hundreds of good players, who are, well just not quite good enough.
Ask any high school kid, and well, unfortunately most adults, about the life of a NFL player, and they will weave images of young men awash in wealth, women, and fame. They may mention a tough training schedule and possible injuries, but they won't know or understand the reality of most NFL players. Eischelberger paints a picture of careers dotted with uncertainity, frequent trades, and a final release, often just a couple years after that first glorious "signing bonus." Often these players have never truly focused on anything except football since they were 10 years old. For years, they have been the center of attention within their families, their high schools, their colleges, and then their fans. After the NFL comes unstructured days, fading fame, wounded bodies, and often finanical and relationship woes. Too often poor choices made during playing days explode into major disasters played out beyond the notice of former fans.
Behind the scenes of many NFL teams are team chaplains, team Bible study groups, and even groups for the wives and girlfriends. Chaplains and coaches alike say that teams with a core of "faith guys" (those who profess their faith and strive to live it) find that those members become the glue that
holds teams together. Chaplains find ways to help players set life priorities in a correct order: Faith, family, and football. Within the book, players give personal testament to finding a purpose beyond their fame, surviving temptation, getting on sound financial setting, and giving back to their communities.
I am somewhat familiar with team chaplains because a man who grew up in our community was an asst chaplain for the Green Bay Packers back in the 1990's when Mike Holmgren coached. One time Steve brought a couple Packers to our small community for an evening program. Sponsored by a church, the program was held at our high school gym. Both the players and their wives painted pictures quite similar to those described in Eichelberger's book.
I found the book a little repetitive, yet I finished the book in a couple evenings. If you have a true NFL fan in your family, consider this book. I would highly recommend this book to pastors and men who work with youth. Having some background on a few players' faith stories and challenges will be beneficial in their work. To all of us, here's a heartfelt reminder that there are powerful stories behind those bended knees and prayers before games.
I received a copy of this book from BookSneeze for review purposes. All opinions are my own.
Review by Sue
Correction September 19, 2012
I have been reading this book and plan to buy it for my grandsons. It is a great book and I am really engrossed in it. However, there is one glaring error that I think should be corrected. In the discussion about Ladamian Tomlinson, it says he met his wife at Texas Christian University in Waco. Unless they have opened a branch in Waco, I believe TCU is in Fort Worth and Baylor University is in Waco.
In spite of that error, it is a wonderful book and I have already recommended it to others.
Review by Gailya
Great book!!! September 3, 2012
As the wife of a football lover I was anxious to read this book. I was instantly drawn into this book by the stories from those mentioned in the book. My favorite part of this book is when the author shares a story from Mike Singletary, former Chicago Bears middle linebacker. Singletary recalls the struggle he felt with being a Christian and yet deliberately harming other players. He shares that he was considering leaving the game, stating "... Singletary found himself at a crossroads: Could he be the Christian he aspired to be and still play the game he loved? (Echelberger, 2012, p. 27) He shares that ultimately he felt it was his job to be the best he could be at the job God put in-front of him, and shares Psalm 139 as the chapter that helped him make this choice.
This entire book is an amazing account of faith throughout the sport of football. In another part, the author shares a story from Matt Hasselbeck. Hasselbeck shares that for much of his early career in the NFL he was met with negative attitudes toward Christians from coaches and other players. He shares that it wasn't until he was drafted to the Green Bay Packers in 1998 that he found a group of men that were strong in their faith and showed him that Christians could be competitive and still be Godly and love their opponents.
I would recommend this book to anyone that enjoys football and is looking for Godly role models.
Review by Aleah
In a behind-the-scenes, off-the-field glimpse into one of America's most beloved sports, Men of Sunday reveals how Sunday's greatest rely on God to face issues such as drug abuse, family crisis, injuries, and temptations resulting from fame and fortune.
Compiled from dozens of interviews, Men of Sunday marks the intersection of two Sunday traditions: faith and football. Inspired by the league's "systemic shift" toward embracing Christianity, Bloomberg writer Curtis Eichelberger shows how God is a source of comfort when facing the unique challenges of life in the NFL and the everyday challenges of maintaining strong families and building character.
Featured personalities include
- Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis
- New York Jets running back LaDainian Tomlinson
- Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers
- Former Chicago Bears middle linebacker Mike Singletary
- Cincinnati Bengals coach Marvin Lewis
- Former Indianapolis Colts coach Tony Dungy
- San Diego Chargers pastor Shawn Mitchell
- Danisha Rolle, wife of former Tennessee and Baltimore defensive back Samari Rolle
- And many more
Men of Sunday is a must-have for any football fan, teaching the invaluable lesson of trusting in the Lord—both on and off the field.
|Publication Date||August 28, 2012|