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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Center Street; 1 edition (May 8, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1455523941
  • ISBN-13: 978-1455523948
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 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: #200,990 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Timothy Dalrymple is Director of Content for Patheos.com. 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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A must read for all sports fans or not.
MEI WEN WANG
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.
Galen C. Dalrymple
You won't regret reading more about Jeremy Lin and you'll come away from the book wanting to be a better person.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By BayArea GC on June 11, 2012
Format: Paperback
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 By Galen C. Dalrymple on May 3, 2012
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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 By Dr Conrade Yap on May 22, 2012
Format: Paperback
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 By Eric Shieh on May 5, 2012
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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 By jyin on May 5, 2012
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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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