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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (August 28, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0849947340
  • ISBN-13: 978-0849947346
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #645,090 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Curtis Eichelberger is an award-winning sports reporter for Bloomberg News. He has written about the National Football League for more than two decades, first covering the Denver Broncos for the Rocky Mountain News and later becoming the national NFL writer for Bloomberg News. He has won numerous awards. Eichelberger has a master's degree in Journalism from Georgetown University and is married to Judit.

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This book took you into the lives of football players, coaches and wives.
Nickida Charles
I really enjoyed reading this book, and would highly recommend it to the football fan in your life.
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Men of Sunday is a great book for the Christian NFL lover in your family.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Scott Knight on August 21, 2012
Format: Paperback
Curtis Eichelberger's Men of Sunday is not what I thought it was going to be. That's not to say its bad; its just not what I expected. Typically, the sports/Christianity books I've read tell the story of an athlete/coach/team and their faith may be mentioned to varying degrees. Reading the names of the NFL players and coaches associated with this book, I expected much of the same.

Instead, I ended up with something completely new, at least in my opinion. Men of Sunday isn't simply how various people in the NFL are Christians. It deals much more with the role of faith in the NFL, using the people as examples. As I read, I kept trying to figure out how I would describe Men of Sunday to someone and I was continually stumped. What I've come up with is this: Men of Sunday is a book for people involved with, or soon to be involved with, professional football. It reads almost like a blueprint or workshop wherein the role of faith in all aspects of NFL life is described. Eichelberger interviewed hundreds of current and former players, coaches, and the wives of players.

Chapters include discussions about how a Christian can play such a violent game; how players (and their wives) use faith as a guard against groupies and other poor lifestyle choices; how wives use Bible studies to strengthen their families; the role faith plays in the transition from player to civilian; and how faith helps players deal with unexpected tragedy in their lives.

I found myself liking some of the chapters more than others, simply because of my interest level in the topics discussed. One highlight for me was reading about Ray Lewis's view on servant leadership. Also, Trent Dilfer's heartbreaking story about the loss of his son is worth the price of the book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sheri Newton on November 13, 2012
Format: Paperback
Men of Sunday by Curtis Eichelberger is a real look at football and faith in the NFL. It focuses on the how the coaches, players, and families involved in it deal with the temptations that the NFL brings with it, and faith.

Men of Sunday isn't a simple book about football and faith. It does obviously focus on how the people involved within the NFL use faith as a tool to keep them grounded and away from temptations thrown at them, but it also shows how faith can help people involved in any professional sport to stay grounded.

Football is a violent sport, and many people wonder how someone with such faith could be in such a sport. This book takes a look at that, in a way you may not expect. The players become celebrities and role models, even though they are just playing a game that they love. Often players that don't have faith or ones that are too tempted by groupies, riches, and drugs, stray very far off of their moral path along the way. Faith can be intercepted back into their lives though, and make for some amazing last-minute touchdown transformations.

There are inspiring and uplifting stories in the book, and also heartbreaking ones. Each story featured in the book is worth reading and will give you a new outlook on the NFL. I highly recommend this book for fans of the NFL.

* Thank you to the publisher of Men of Sunday, Thomas Nelson, for providing me with a copy of this book for review as part of their Book Sneeze program. All opinions expressed are my own.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S.C. Jeges on September 1, 2012
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I've enjoyed Curtis Eichelberger's sports writing for all of his years with Bloomberg. As a result, I was really looking forward to reading his first book. I was not disappointed! Men of Sunday is well written and very interesting. It is a must read for football fans and/or for those who are interested in how the faith of the players and coaches in the NFL impact their lives and the game they love. In particular, I really enjoyed the author's ability to convey the challenges and tribulations faced by the players in their quest to perform at their best in an incredibly high stress and violent game, all while simultaneously dealing with the mundane family challenges that plague us all.

In my opinion, this book is long overdue. For years, football fans have continued to see an ever increasing amount of faith based statements by players and coaches in the media, but, until now, no one has examined the attitudes and life styles underlying these statements. This book takes an honest, behind the scenes look at how faith has impacted the lives of some of the most successful and well loved NFL personalities. I thoroughly enjoyed it and highly recommend it.

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I really enjoyed reading this book because as a Christian who goes to Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California, i liked reading about the players, coaches and wives faith. I am a big fan of both college and pro football. The book was very well written.
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By Wendy on December 21, 2013
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Perfect for any man who wants to read about football players that are true role models. We don't hear about these men, because bad behavior- even, illegal behavior- is the only news published about athletes. Here's reason to believe that football is the All-American sport!
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This book was not really what I expected it would be, but that is not necessarily a bad thing. I expected it to be more like a Chicken Soup for the Soul for Football Fans. A small insight into their Christian lives, and it is, but it is so much more.

Not only do we get to read about some of their personal walks with God, we also get a feeling of what it is like for them on the field. How some of them struggle with how to be a Christian while playing a pretty brutal game, and how they work through it all.

As a Christian football fan, I was anxious to learn about my fellow Christians and stars of the NFL world. I was pleased to read about the team pastors, coaches, and wives. I was sucked into their world for just a few minutes while I read their stories. My heart broke as they dealt with horrible loss, and at the same time rejoiced for them when God answered their prayers.

I don't typically re-read books, but this is one that I know I will read again. It is a great book, and you would be crazy not to pick one up for yourself.

I received a free copy of this book via BookSneeze in exchange for my honest review. Thank you, BookSneeze.
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