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Defender of Faith: The Mike Fisher Story (ZonderKidz Biography) Paperback – August 27, 2011


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  • Age Range: 9 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 4 and up
  • Series: ZonderKidz Biography
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Zonderkidz (August 27, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310725402
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310725404
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 5.2 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #253,930 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Kim Washburn has been writing for children for more than ten years. While working at Focus on the Family, two of her original stories were recognized by the Evangelical Press Association, including first place in the fiction category. Her nonfiction books for young readers have reached a wide audience—including Breaking Through by Grace: The Bono Story and Defender of Faith: The Mike Fisher Story.


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Kim Washburn began her career in Christian publishing with Focus on the Family. After working with the marketing and publicity team for the organization's books, she became an associate editor for its monthly magazine Clubhouse Jr. Starting in 1997 she evaluated fiction and nonfiction for young readers, contributed original pieces, and helped create a polished, entertaining, and edifying publication for four- to eight-year-olds. Two of her stories for Clubhouse Jr. were recognized by the Evangelical Press Association, including first place in the fiction category in 2006. Currently Kim stays home--and stays on her toes--with her nine-year-old daughter and seven-year-old twin sons.

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Recommend sharing as a group or Parent - child / young adult, quick easy read but meaningful and age specific.
Terry Johnson
The book's greatest strength is the way it shows Fisher living out his faith in a winsome manner despite his role in the high-pressure world of professional sports.
John Gardner
Overall Rating: Overall, though, this story still deserves a very good rating as it is informative and well-written.
Christine M. Irvin

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By John Gardner on October 25, 2011
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Where have all the role models gone? Who should kids -- and particularly Christian kids -- look up to these days? Maybe it's only because the "bad" stories get more press, but it often seems like all of the celebrity "heroes" (singers, actors, athletes, etc) are greedy, vain, or downright criminal! Thankfully, that's not the case, and there are still some truly worthy heroes to be found.

Mike Fisher is one of them.

This book tells the story of one of the NHL's grittiest players, currently a Center for the Nashville Predators. It chronicles his life as a child growing up in Peterborough, Ontario, and his rise through the professional hockey ranks to the highest levels of national and international competition. More importantly, it reveals how his life and his career have been impacted by his faith in Jesus Christ.

Defender of Faith stays pretty surface-level as far as the specifics of the Christian faith, choosing to focus on portraying major events in Fisher's life rather than dwelling on doctrines or denominational issues. This is to be expected, as the book's target audience is children ages 9-12, as part of the ZonderKidz Biography Series. For a kids' book, it is excellent; an easy and enjoyable read.

The book's greatest strength is the way it shows Fisher living out his faith in a winsome manner despite his role in the high-pressure world of professional sports. A naturally quiet and reserved man, Fisher realized the platform that he had to impact lives, and has stepped into the public spotlight (particularly since his marriage last year to country music superstar Carrie Underwood) as an outspoken advocate of Christianity and community involvement.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By nursekap on October 5, 2011
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Fantastic story for young people to read, So refreshing to know we still have
people like Mike Fisher in this world of such unrest and controversy. Mike talks
the talk and walks the walk. I would say good book for Amazon to stand behind.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Curmudgeonly Grammarian on September 11, 2012
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Not a Jets or a Predators fan. That said, this is a good but unenthralling read for kids. When it comes to more than a very surface-level book, though, it's not particularly impressive. Against what exactly is Mike Fisher defending the faith? There's no major trial or attack on his faith mentioned anywhere in the book other than that hockey sometimes "almost became an idol", so I fail to see the merits of trumpeting oneself with an overblown title. That he's married to Carrie Underwood seems to be the main reason the media pays attention to him. Considering his reputation as a gritty, tough teammate-defending hockey player and a talented defensive forward, that's a pity.

If there were actual examples in the book explaining why he struggled or with what, it might be more useful. As is, "This hockey player is a Christian" is about the full summary of the book. Given the work with various ministries and example set to teammates, I was hoping for a lot more from this book. It's readable at its target age, but not particularly encouraging because there's no particular struggle anywhere.

I applaud Mike Fisher for his stand for Christ. Just wish that had come out in the book a lot more.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Truth on March 8, 2014
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If you have a young sports fan in your life, this is a good choice. The author keeps the story moving and doesn't get bogged down in statistics. The character of Fish develops throughout his NHL experience, and he shines through the adversity and his successes.

What surprised me about this book was the aspect of hockey that involves protecting your team and physical contact. Be prepared to read this book with your child and to discuss this issue of fighting to protect your community.

You'll enjoy this book and appreciate how organic and real Mike's relationship with God is. Mike is a role model because he develops his abilities to the fullest and shows maturity and compassion when life gets rough.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alexander Foos on October 18, 2012
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Great book that my son picked out at the book fair. Mike Fisher's story is inspiring on so many levels and provides a great example for people of any age. Living his life while constantly being mindful of the call in Romans 12:12 to "Be glad for all God is planning for you. Be patient in trouble, and always be prayerful" helped to put a lot of things we are dealing with as a family into perspective. Mike is a hard working Christian who puts others before himself and always remains humble about his role and impact in the world ... Can you think of a better example for an 8 year old boy to aspire to? Every Christian family with young children interested in sports would well served to get a copy for themselves and begin to follow Mike's example.

Yes, the book is very simply written and doesn't go into much depth; HOWEVER, if you read it with an open mind and an open heart you will find a great deal more than what is provided on the surface. Read it, look into yourself, and see what Mike's message means for you and how you can apply it to improve yourself, your relationship with your family, and your relationship with God.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By John on January 4, 2012
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I have never done a review of a book or a product. I purchased this book because I happen to come across it doing a random internet search and it just so happens that my 10 year-old son's favorite player is Mike Fisher. It is a refreshing book for anyone to read. It is a quick read for an adult and a great read for kids. It truly is refreshing.
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