Monday, December 20, 2010

Remember Why You Play: A Book Review

About The Book:

If you enjoyed Friday Night Lights, this book is a must-read. Remember Why You Playdocuments the lives, struggles, and triumphs of the players and coaches of Faith Christian School in Grapevine, Texas. 
Sports columnist and author David Thomas followed the team for a full season, recording a story that will inspire readers to understand that relationships are more important than winning. 

One of the key events was a game that Faith Christian played against the Gainesville State Tornadoes, a school for convicted juvenile offenders. The story of this spectacular game is being made into a movie, titled One Heart, with an anticipated release in November 2010. Reminiscent of Hoosiers and Remember the Titans, this true story makes a strong statement about the impact of compassion and sportsmanship.

About The Author:

David Thomas is a senior writer and sports columnist for theFort Worth Star–Telegram. His work has been honored nationally by the Associated Press Sports Editors, and he has received the McClatchy Company President's Award for excellence in journalism. A lifelong Texan and graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington, he lives near Fort Worth, Texas, with his wife, Sally, and their two children, Ashlin and Tyson.

You can read an excerpt from Remember Why You Play here (in PDF format)

My Review:

A action packed book that will bring you to the heart of high-school football. I love how it does indeed remind me of Friday Night Lights but even more so, The Blind Side. You will meet some fabulous people as you read through Remember Why You Play. You will meet people who, even at a young age, know that the way they live their lives as Christians is see daily, and therefore strive to live a life worthy of Him. They make mistakes, but it was delightful to see the honesty that was seen in the lives of the players and coaches. They know they have to live above reproach, and strive to be "sold out" for Christ, both on and off the field. A very important lesson for anyone, whether you are an athlete or not. Everyone who reads Remember Why You Play will learn something. I know I did.

A very well-written and easy to read book, that even high school students will enjoy. I am definitely going to check out the movie, One Heart, which is based on this book.

A perfect gift idea for any sports fan, particularly football, this Christmas season.

BUY IT: You can purchase Remember Why You Play through your favorite local Christian bookseller.

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Tyndale Publishers, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

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