April 2009

This is pretty awesome.  I have no idea what will come of these tea parties that have been organized (and continue to be organized?), but I think it’s pretty exciting that the interest and awareness is out there about the need to stop the march toward socialism.


Quiet Strength: The Principles, Practices, and Priorities of a Winning Life Quiet Strength: The Principles, Practices, and Priorities of a Winning Life by Tony Dungy

My review

rating: 4 of 5 stars
Spoiler: Dungy finally wins a Superbowl as a coach with the Indianapolis Colts.

I had heard good things about this book especially from the perspective of being a Christian. Because I have a certain disdain for the Indianapolis Colts that I can’t quite explain, I was reluctant to pick it up and give it a try. I didn’t want to read a book by the guy who had beaten the Patriots in an emotionally fought AFC Championship game.

I finally picked it up at Walmart when I was looking for something to read at dinner on a “night off”. Once I got into it, I was hooked and continued happily even knowing I would have to read about the aforementioned AFC Championship game.

Dungy seems to be an outstanding guy in every sense of the word and in every aspect of his life. The one area that may not strike me as being outstanding was his being a parent, and that one he might actually agree with me. That isn’t to say that he didn’t do his best with the job that he choose to make his family life work out as best as possible.

His Christian witness is inspiring and wide reaching. I wish he had gone into more detail about his faith, but I plan on reading his next book, Uncommon, and perhaps he will dive into that topic a bit more.

I had not known that Dungy lost a son to suicide. That came as a shock to me and it almost made me feel guilty for despising his team. His treatment of his son’s suicide may seem brief and almost superficial, but the fact that he talks about it at all is amazing considering that he didn’t want to write about his family much at all (as stated in the introduction to the book). He has been able to touch a lot of lives because of that tragedy and all for the better.

I would recommend this book to just about anyone. It is an easy read (a slow reader like me finished it in about a week’s worth of reading) and won’t dazzle you with style, but I think it is worth the time to find out how one man lived his life in the NFL.

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