Thursday, January 6, 2011

Book Review: Coming Back Stronger: Unleashing the Hidden Power of Adversity by Drew Brees with Chris Fabry

In Coming Back Stronger, New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees chronicles how the setbacks he faced in his NFL career ultimately led him to New Orleans and to a Super Bowl victory.  When Brees arrives in New Orleans, he finds a city still coping with the initial aftermath of hurricane Katrina, while Brees himself is in the final stages of recovering from a serious shoulder injury surgery.  Brees identifies with New Orleans's determination to triumph over circumstances, and he draws upon that strength to lead his team to victory.

Admittedly, this book is not my usual fare, but with young boys who are very interested in football and football stars, I wanted a chance to point them toward a player with faith and a strong moral compass; based on this book, I think Drew Brees fits the bill.  Throughout the book, Brees clearly expresses his faith in God and his desire to follow the Lord. He is equally clear about his commitment to his wife.  There are no deep theological truths here, but this isn't a theological text.  It is simply an inspirational/motivational story. The book is filled with recaps of numerous games, which could be tedious at times, but it was a book my son and I could read and discuss together, which is always a good thing.

Tyndale House provided me with a free review copy of this book, but the opinions are mine.

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