Thursday, January 17, 2013

Men of Sunday: A Book Review

About The Book:

Step into the locker rooms and living rooms of NFL players and their families to see how a close relationship with God guides football's biggest stars.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.
About The Author:
Curtis Eichelberger is an award-winning sports reporter for Bloomberg News. He has written about the National Football League for more than two decades, first covering the Denver Broncos for the Rocky Mountain News and later becoming the national NFL writer for Bloomberg News. He has won numerous awards. Eichelberger has a master’s degree in journalism from Georgetown University and is married to Judit.
My Review:
If you are a fan of sports and Christian athletes, this will be a great book for you! It looks at how faith in Christ has rounded many of the best known athletes in today's NFL! 
Yet this book is so much more than a "who's who of the Christian athlete world". It will take you through many areas of an athletes world: dealing with fans, temptation, violence in sports, money, drugs and more. My favorite part of the book is the importance of the wives on their husband's and families. Though the men are head over the family, and in many cases the major bread maker, it is these athlete's wives that run their homes, manage the kids and run life while they are at practices, games and on the road. They are also, often times, the prayer warriors in their husband's lives. It was definitely fascinating to see how the wives deal with the pressures of being a wife to a professional athlete. 
Overall, this was a great read, easy to read and a quick read. A great gift idea for any NFL fan in your life!
I give this book a huge thumbs up and highly recommend it.
BUY IT: You can purchase Men of Sunday at your favorite bookseller and online through Amazon.
***I received a complimentary ecopy of this book, courtesy of the publisher and NetGalley, 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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