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“If you’re struggling with your place in the world, if things have become difficult and you feel like giving up, this little book will encourage you, lift you up when you’re wrestling with life, push you forward, and motivate you to be a better person―and a more vital part of whatever team you serve.”
―Jim Tressel
Head football coach, Ohio State

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (February 21, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1414337280
  • ISBN-13: 978-1414337289
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 4.5 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #153,689 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jim Tressel is the head coach of the Ohio State Buckeyes football team. Since taking over the reins in 2001, Tressel has guided the Buckeyes to seven bowl appearances, including five BCS games; five ten-win seasons; four Big Ten titles; and one national championship. Prior to coming to Ohio State, Tressel spent fifteen seasons as head coach at Youngstown State University, where he was a four-time pick for the Division I-AA National Coach of the Year award. Coach Tressel has an overall coaching record of 208-72-2 and is ranked twelfth all-time in Division I coaching victories.

In the course of his twenty-plus years as a coach, Tressel has been named the Chevrolet National Coach of the Year ('93, '94, and '97); the American Coaches Association National Coach of the Year ('91, '94, and '02); the Eddie Robinson National Coach of the Year ('94 and '02); and the AFCA Regional Coach of the Year ('87 and '93). He has also been selected seven times as Ohio Coach of the Year.

Coach Tressel is actively involved with the American Football Coaches Association, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Alpha Tau Omega, The Ohio State University Medical Center, and the William Oxley Thompson Memorial Library.

He and his wife also work on behalf of the Alzheimer's Association of Central Ohio, the Columbus Children's Hospital, the Tressel Family Fund for Cancer Prevention Research, Ronald McDonald House, the Youngstown State University Minority Student Endowment, the Mount Carmel School of Nursing, and the Jim and Ellen Tressel Athletic Scholarship Fund.

Coach Tressel and his wife, Ellen, live in Upper Arlington, Ohio. They are the parents of four children: Zak, Carlee, Eric, and Whitney.

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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful By MasterAP on March 7, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I enjoyed reading Coach Tressel's earlier New York Times Best-seller. However I was dismayed to discover that his follow-up, Life Promises for Success was going to be a gift book-sized outing.

Like other gift books, this is a small hardcover book filled with Bible verses on specific topics followed by the author's quick thoughts. Sometimes they include a quote from some famous person as well.

I don't understand the purpose of these books. Is it so those who don't know what to get someone can have an easy gift?

Does anyone actually read these books all the way through?

You get almost 200 pages of Bible verses, famous quotes and the quick thoughts of Ohio State Buckeyes football coach Jim Tressel.

Breaking it down into 3 parts, you'll read about:

The Essence of Success, The Elements of Success (such as Discipline, Belief, Integrity, all the big ones) and The Epitome of Success.

My only advice is that you get this book if you are a die-hard Tressel fan or if you need to get a friend something and don't have a clue.

This book was provided for review, at no cost, by Tyndale Publishing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Moses Lee on August 5, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This book is formatted like a devotional with Bible verses on one side of the page and a short word from the author on the other. It's broken down into three sections: the essence, elements, and epitome of success. The author is a famous college head football coach who, immediately after the publication of this book, resigned from the position due to several ethical violations.

Overall, this book contains great reminders of God's love and purpose for his children. The author does a good job picking out verses that are relative to the topic at hand. However, even before the author's resignation, I had some reservations about this book. When reading this book, I felt somewhat powerless. Granted, the Word of God has power in and of itself, but it's greatest demonstration of power is when Christ is the center of it. This book has little to no mention about the gospel. Rather, the gospel is assumed by the author. It sort of seemed like the author was sort of trying to encourage the reader with "nice words" rather than by the power of the cross.

In conclusion, I don't recommend this book. Much of the life promises end up becoming fluff because Jesus is not the center of this book.

Disclosure: In accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising," I must note that I received a free copy of this book from Tyndale House Publishers. All opinions are my own.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By hollie shannon on July 11, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Now I am a huge college football fan - Roll Tide! I grew up around it all my life. I have never been a huge Buckeye fan nor wanted to be but I have to admit I choose the book partly because it was written by Jim Tressel. Now for those who may not know, he was the former head coach of the Ohio State Buckeyes college football team. I say was because he recently resigned in the midst of some NCAA violations. Now I know some of you are thinking what I thought how can he help me succeed when this is going on with him. I decided to read the book anyhow and was glad I did. The book features alot of quotes - both from the bible and people which I love quotes. I spend hours some time just reading them online and even have a book containing my favorite quotes. I am definitely going to be adding some from his book to my collection. The book is a quick read and also great for a little lift up during the day .

Despite all the ongoing issues the Coach may have had and be having with the NCAA, this book is still a book to be checked out. I recommend it for anyone just looking for some great quotes and such. You can get this book online and at most book stores.
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This book is a bit of a departure for me, in several ways. First of all, I usually review fiction. And secondly, I am a huge Michigan fan. For those of you who don't know, the author of this book, Jim Tressel, is the former head coach of Michigan's biggest rival, the Ohio State University.

"Life Promises For Success" was published before the 2011 scandal that forced Tressel to resign from OSU. In spite of that ignominious ending, it is hard to argue with the success Tressel achieved during his tenure in Columbus - seven bowl appearances, including five BCS bowl games; five 10-win seasons; four Big 10 titles; and one national title. His overall coaching record is 208-72-2. All those numbers add up to one big fact: He is suited to write a book about finding success in life.

In "Life Promises For Success," Tressel shares a collection of inspirational essays and Bible verses designed to encourage those working to succeed in every area of their lives. The book is broken down into three parts: the essence of success, the elements of success, and the epitome of success.

I enjoyed the essays and reading how Tressel felt each scripture tied into the concept of success. However, given the fact that Tressel was forced to step down as coach just months after this book was published somewhat tarnished However, if you can overlook that, it is an enjoyable read that would be perfect for the sport fan in your life.
my ability to feel truly inspired or get any kind of spiritual message from the essays. Kind of like reading a book about how to have a successful marriage by Newt Gingrich.

This book was provided for review at no cost by Tyndale House Publishing.
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