Title: Coming Back Stronger: Unleashing the Hidden Power of Adversity
Author: Drew Brees with Chris Fabry
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
Retail Price: $26.99
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Summary from the Publisher's website:
When a potentially career-ending shoulder injury left quarterback Drew Brees without a team—and facing the daunting task of having to learn to throw a football all over again—coaches around the NFL wondered, Will he ever come back? After Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, leaving more than 80 percent of the city underwater, many wondered, Will the city ever come back? And with their stadium transformed into a makeshift refugee camp, forcing the Saints to play their entire 2005 season on the road, people questioned, Will the Saints ever come back? It takes a special person to turn adversity into success and despair into hope—yet that is exactly what Super Bowl MVP Drew Brees has done—and with the weight of an entire city on his shoulders. Coming Back Stronger is the ultimate comeback story, not only of one of the NFL’s top quarterbacks, but also of a city and a team that many had all but given up on. Brees’s inspiring message of hope and encouragement proves that with enough faith, determination, and heart, you can overcome any obstacle life throws your way and not only come back, but come back stronger.
Yes! Finally a professional athlete that we can point our children to as a modern day role model. (Many look at sports figures as one, but this time it's ok!) Coming Back Stronger shares a walk through life experiences well handled, and brings your heart back to New Orleans.
To be honest, I like football but I don't capital letter LIKE football. I probably would not have chosen a book about football under normal circumstances. However, the story of the Saints and the city of New Orleans has just gripped my heart over the last few years so I was interested in reading this book. I was also curious to see how Mr. Brees would express his faith. I have to say that I was shocked at how much I just loved this book! I looked forward to spending time in it each evening. The conversational tone of the writing made it very enjoyable and pleasant, and the explanation of the processes behind the giant that is Professional Football turned out to be fascinating! Best, though, was how the theme of walking on faith through diversity stayed a continuous thread. Don't skip this book if you are not a Christian - you'll pick up a lot from the book as well through his consistent drive and determination. But, it's a great testimony to how a life can be lived when you stick to your principals and faith. It truly contains lessons that we can all related to... athlete or no athlete. The character traits modeled by Drew Brees (and his wife through inclusion in the story) should be present in all our lives. Reading Coming Back Stronger is like hearing from an old friend how he managed to accomplish all he did when so many would have stopped short. It's truly a motivating read. (Plus I found myself giggling at his humor and all around "good guy" comments throughout the book!)
It's settled! I'll be a #9 fan from here on out!
Rating: 4 Stars! I would love to give this book five stars, and nearly did, but I honestly won't read it again simply because I don't tend to read biographies twice. However, I am going to recommend that my uncle, Saints fan and frequent traveler, pack this in his bag during his next flight!
Disclaimer: I received this book for free from Tyndale House Publishers for this review.