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Jeremy Lin: The Reason for the Linsanity [Kindle Edition]

Timothy Dalrymple
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Harvard graduate Jeremy Lin recently became a New York Knicks phenomenon and he's the NBA's first American-born player of Taiwanese descent. The book will chronicle Lin's high school, college and early career in the NBA with particular emphasis on the media explosion surrounding his success as starting point guard with the Knicks. It will explore how Jeremy's Christian faith, family, education and cultural inheritance have contributed to his success. The book will also include interviews with basketball experts on Jeremy's future in the NBA, Asian-American thought leaders on the role of race in Jeremy's rise to stardom, and renowned Christian athletes and pastors on the potent combination of faith and sports.

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About the Author

Timothy Dalrymple is Director of Content for He earned his bachelor's degree at Stanford University, a M.Div. at Princeton Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. at Harvard University. A former elite gymnast whose career ended when he broke his neck in warm-ups for a competition, Dr. Dalrymple has written and spoken broadly on faith and sports issues. His interviews with Jeremy Lin over the past two years, followed the basketball phenomenon even before his emergence on the world stage.

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  • File Size: 3501 KB
  • Print Length: 202 pages
  • Publisher: Center Street (May 8, 2012)
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group
  • Language: English
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Amazing read about the story behind Jeremy Lin's unthinkable rise to being one of the star performers of the league. Everyone loves to repeat the fallacy that this came from nowhere, but the reality is that this Linsanity story was put together, piece by piece, through the hard work and possible supernatural confluence of events that led to that fateful seven-game stretch of wins and record-breaking statistics.

The story is deftly crafted and broken down by the seven games of that initial win streak that Jeremy and the New York Knicks experienced in February. For the NBA fans who were following the Knicks, they were in the midst of a losing streak and were on the verge of becoming irrelevant for the remainder of the season, despite starting the season as possible contenders with the new core of Amare Stoudemire, Carmelo Anthony, and newly signed free agent center, Tyson Chandler.

In the midst of that struggle, on the fateful day of February 4, 2012, Coach Mike D'Antoni was forced to go to the end of his bench to find some spark for his team after 9 dismal minutes in the first quarter where the team only scored 16 points. Enter stage right: Jeremy Lin, an unknown commodity to the world, save for those few fans who followed his career from Harvard and his first season with the Golden State Warriors.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating read! May 3, 2012
What make it so that Jeremy Lin could do what he did? He's far more than a "flash in the pan"...there's a great story behind the young man and this book tells that story. While part of the book focuses on the 7-game winning streak that Jeremy led for the New York Knicks, the majority of the book is the "hidden story" that you probably have never heard. I learned many things reading this book and have a much greater admiration now for Jeremy Lin the person than just Jeremy Lin the athlete.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Of Perseverance, Humilty, and Faith. May 22, 2012
What's the reason for Jeremy Lin's rise from mediocrity to linsanity? This is the underlying question that laces the entire book. The overnight hero and unlikely star has not only become a basketball sensation, he has galvanized hope for many in a society that is currently economically depressed and spiritually hungry for hope. Jeremy Lin provides glimpses of hope that tell us that any ordinary person who works hard will always have a chance at stardom. Jeremy comes from an Asian culture staunch in educational pursuit and a work-hard attitude. Like any typical Asian American family, his parents put a huge emphasis on academic excellence, and sports often become a distant second or third priority. At the same time, it is hard for any Asian to break into the domain of the world of sports, usually dominated by non-Asian Americans. Despite these barriers, the way Jeremy rescues his team from the brink of defeat, to become a genuine force to contend with in the tough NBA league has made him a household name not just in sports-mad America, but in many Asian communities worldwide.

The author interviews Jeremy, and writes a captivating summary of the events that made Jeremy a star. Using the seven game winning streak by the New York Knicks to coincide with the significance of the number 7 in Hebrew culture, Dalrymple details the background and the ups and downs of the emotions from Game 1 to 7. Like a skilled storyteller, the author weaves in Jeremy's background stories in the midst of an exciting coverage of how Jeremy manages to outshoot, outwit, and outplay some of his toughest and most formidable basketball opponents. In Game 1 against the New Jersey Nets, Dalrymple highlights the role of perseverance in Jeremy's upbringing and character.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Excellent book about the history of Jeremy Lin and the struggles/trials that he went through to form him to be the person he is today. Before reading this book, I had read many articles about Jeremy Lin and thought I knew most of the stories, but I learned a lot more about him from this book. Timothy does a great job engaging the reader, weaving the events of Jeremy's life with the recent events. Well narrated, very informative and exciting read (I finished the book within two days). I highly recommend that you get this book either for yourself or someone else as a gift, or both!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fantastic Read! May 5, 2012
By jyin
Both sports-enthusiasts and non-sports fans will enjoy reading this incredible story of Jeremy Lin. What's great about this book is that it highlights not just Lin's athletic accomplishments, but the community and circumstances that helped mold and form Jeremy into the admirable man he is today. Author Timothy Dalrymple includes insightful background information about Jeremy's family and Christian faith and interweaves these stories with fast-paced sports commentary from Jeremy's magical seven game winning streak.
This is truly a must-read for anyone who loves a good underdog story! It is a fast read--perfect for the summer.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent book
Before I read this book, I read another book which also documented JLIN's story. However, I love this book much better. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Sophia
5.0 out of 5 stars Jeremy Lin: The Reason for the Linsanity
Our family enjoyed learning the history behind Jeremy Lin's family, work ethic and faith in God, which were all key elements to his success.
Published 5 months ago by haks19
5.0 out of 5 stars great choice for a 15 year old
My grandson thought it was a super book. I did not read it, but just paged thru before giving it to him.
Published 6 months ago by Caroline H.
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't believe I didn't read this book sooner
I've been so busy watching all of Jeremy's games, videos, tweeters, FBs, magazines and on and on, so finally now there is a break of season and he's finished his annual Asia tours... Read more
Published 11 months ago by MEI WEN WANG
4.0 out of 5 stars OK book
I bought this as a gift for my athletic grandson. However I read it before giving it to him. The story is quite engaging and gives the background of J. Read more
Published 18 months ago by KJW
4.0 out of 5 stars Great story, must read
Great inspiring story that's absolutely worth reading. Some of the details of the basketball play can get a little tedious ( though others might find more interesting than I) but... Read more
Published 19 months ago by ha-Y-E
1.0 out of 5 stars Boring read.
It is too soon to say whether or not Lin is going to be a great player, but this book does have some good information about pushing self when too young. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Ceil Beagle
5.0 out of 5 stars A Thoughtful Look at Jeremy Lin's Life
I enjoyed reading this book. In it, Dalrymple does an admirable job not only of chronicling Jeremy Lin's basketball career, from his school days to his days in the NBA, but also... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Derek
5.0 out of 5 stars Jeremy Lin: The Reason for the Linsanity
Whatever the future holds for Jeremy Lin, nobody can ever take away the seven game streak and the records set! This was a fantastic read! Read more
Published on July 3, 2012 by Bird Watcher
5.0 out of 5 stars I Loved This Book
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book - not only the content of Jeremy Lin's story (the victories, the disappointments, the work, the excitement), but Timothy's thoughtful and... Read more
Published on June 3, 2012 by Becky
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