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From the Inside Flap

Teamwork. Family. Perseverance. Faith. Community. Excellence.

Tamika Catchings knows what it takes to be a champion, both on the court and in everyday life. Let her story inspire yours.

"Tamika Catchings has shown what it means to have the heart of a champion on the court her entire career. Everyone who reads this book will be impacted by her work ethic, loyalty, and example."--Stephanie White, head coach of the Indiana Fever

"Catchings's story is one of inspiration, faith, passion, and overcoming adversity. Catch's career shows how hard work and perseverance make a difference no matter what the odds are."--Ann Meyers Drysdale, member of the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame and former Women's Basketball League MVP with the New Jersey Gems

"A testimony not only to how Catchings overcame adversity and rose to success but also to the power that we all hold within ourselves. A story of courage, determination, and growth."--Dwayne Allen, NFL tight end|Tamika Catchings of the Indiana Fever was the WNBA's 2011 MVP. A three-time Olympic gold medalist and nine-time WNBA All-Star, Catchings was a four-time All-American and a member of the National Champion University of Tennessee Lady Vols under legendary coach Pat Summitt. Catchings's story of overcoming adversity, growing in faith, and achieving success despite the many challenges she's faced inspires the boys and girls served by her foundation, Catch the Stars, in Indianapolis.

Ken Petersen is a veteran in the book publishing industry. He has written numerous books over the years and coached a number of authors in writing and publishing. He lives with his wife, Rita, in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

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"Catch a Star will not only give you a look into Tamika's life but will also inspire you to strive to be all you can be in life as well."--Tony Dungy, former head coach of the Indianapolis Colts


Growing up, Tamika Catchings suffered from profound hearing loss, bullying, and the anguish of her parents' divorce. But she wasn't about to allow those challenges to determine her destiny. Through perseverance and God's grace, Tamika became one of the top female basketball players of all time.

Catch a Star is her story of overcoming. Of leading the Indiana Fever to its first championship. Of being named one of the WNBA's top fifteen players in history. Of earning three Olympic gold medals. And of founding the Catch the Stars Foundation to help young people achieve their dreams.

Her story will inspire you to face your doubts and fears and reach for your own dream, no matter what challenges come your way.

"Fierce, competitive, tough, funny, and loyal--these adjectives sum up my good friend Tamika Catchings. It's been a pleasure to witness her growth, not only as a basketball player and champion but as a beautiful woman with unbreakable character and strength."--Reggie Miller, NBA Hall of Famer for the Indiana Pacers and TNT NBA analyst

"Tamika Catchings is a role model for young women and for anyone who faces what seems like an insurmountable challenge."--Adam Silver, commissioner of the National Basketball Association (NBA)
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Revell (March 1, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0800723686
  • ISBN-13: 978-0800723682
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 0.9 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #59,868 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I don't know what led me to want to read a book on three-time Gold Medalist and WNBA All-Star basketball player Tamika Catchings life. I'm not a basketball fan at all, don't follow the sport and didn't know her name or any of her story. I think I was just looking to expand my reading horizons, and this book caught my eye!

It also held my interest. From the get-go, reading about her home life, her upbringing, her personal story, was interesting.

I admit, I got a little lost in all the stats of her college and career games, but a true sports enthusiast would enjoy that part of it. I was more interested in the person rather than the game. Still, the relationships and activities that made her who she is was good to read.

I found many nuggets of gold towards the end of the book, as she grew in faith and saw God's hand leading her through difficult circumstances and injuries. It is an inspirational story as much as it is a story about an accomplished woman, and we can all learn from it.

There were some writing quirks that caught me off guard through the book, and it made me wonder how carefully it was edited. Perhaps it was more a writing style that didn't jive with me? It annoyed me, but didn't keep me from reading the book.

Overall, the book was very good. I would recommend it to any person interested in sports and needing to read about someone overcoming adversity on or off their field of play. It would be a great motivational book for most people. Her tenacious living is inspiring, and she displays the benefits of hard training and pushing through difficult life circumstances, whether in family relationships, or on the court.

I received a free copy of this book through Revell House Publishing, in exchange for an honest review of this book.
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Being an Indiana Hoosier, I am familiar with Tamika Catchings and how talented of a basketball player she is with the Indiana Fever. This book helped me get to know Tamika a little better, telling more about her background, her faith in God, struggles in life, and her basketball career.

I really liked getting to know the person behind the basketball player. Seeing how she was bullied because of her hearing aids, her struggles in her relationship with her dad who expected a lot out of her as a basketball player, and the split of her family showed that yes, she’s a great basketball player, but she shares a lot of the same struggles as many of us do. The book also did a pretty good job showing how her faith in God helped her persevere through the various obstacles in her life.

Tamika also showed that with God and a lot of hard work, if God wills it, we can achieve it. She spent so much time in her life through hard work and determination to become the basketball player that she is.

There were a few quirks in the writing. One thing was that a chapter would be titled on a subject and would address the subject briefly, but then would go back to talking about basketball. I know that this book is about basketball, but sometimes the chapters were a little heavy on the basketball that it overshadowed the topic of the chapters. I noticed this particularly on the chapters about “God” and “Relationships”.

All in all, it was a very good, inspirational book. If you are into basketball, you will enjoy this book.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I received this book for free from the Revell Book Tour program in exchange for a review.
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Teamwork, Family, Perseverance, Faith, Community, Tamika knows it takes all of those things to make it. This was an inspiring read. If you are a sports fan you will enjoy this one. Tamika was born with moderate hearing loss and had to overcome many things through her faith to become who she is. It was very encouraging to read how she persevered to become a WNBA star. At times I had tears in my eyes as I read how she was bulled and picked on in school because of her hearing aids. I would recommend this book to someone who may have a child that has a disability that they are challenged with facing.
I gave this book 4 stars .
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"Catch a Star: Shining through Adversity to Become a Champion" isn’t my typical read. It’s the story of Tamika Catchings, who played in the WNBA (that’s professional women’s basketball, for those of you — like me — who aren’t real athletic).

I chose to review the book largely because I thought my dad would enjoy it. He is a huge sports fan, and in fact he has taken me to an Indiana Fever game. That’s Indianapolis’ women’s pro basketball team. I remember him pointing out one of the team stars, Tamika Catchings. So when I saw that she had written a book, I had that connection. I thought I might enjoy the book myself, before passing it along to my dad.

Tamika had an interesting life. She had moderate hearing loss as a child, but didn’t usually wear the ugly big hearing aids she had. In fact, once she threw them away (her mom searched for them to no avail). She was great at basketball, and that became her escape. It was interesting to read about the time in high school when colleges were hoping to recruit her. She mentioned fixing her room nice so that the coach would be impressed, and about going to the mall with a recruiter. It amazed me. Can you imagine getting that kind of treatment? I was valedictorian at my high school, and I can tell you nobody was recruiting me. I know, I know — we need sports to pay for colleges. Still …

Tamika had amazing success with basketball. Her college team at the University of Tennessee went on to be national champions her freshman year. She played in 3 different Olympics games.

I related to Tamika and I liked her personality. She wrote: “I think sometimes people see me as a driven, no-nonsense person, and maybe they miss the deeper things inside me.
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