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Playing with Purpose: Inside the Lives and Faith of the NFL's Top New Quarterbacks -- Sam Bradford, Colt McCoy, and Tim Tebow Hardcover – September 1, 2010


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Barbour Books (September 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616262893
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616262891
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 6.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #714,985 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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With the pre-game prayer, Christianity and football aren't complete strangers to one another. Playing with Purpose looks at three new figures in the National Football League, hailed as both good Christians and good role models.  An analysis of how faith will stack up on the field, Sam Bradford, Colt McCoy, and Tim Tebow are discussed as both players and people, and provides an intriguing debate for Christian NFL fans. Playing with Purpose is a strong pick for any analytical football collection and for Christian studies collections.
(The Bookwatch Midwest Book Review 2010-09-01)

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Playing with Purpose chronicles the lives of three quarterbacks who recently dominated the college game while standing strong for their Christian faith. Veteran author Mike Yorkey introduces readers to Sam Bradford, Colt McCoy, and Tim Tebow, athletes at the top of their game who also speak publicly and convincingly of their Christian beliefs.


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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Pringle on October 6, 2010
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This is a refreshing look at the life of three young men, who have their priorities in order. In a world full of darkness they provide a light at the end of the tunnel, their love of God and the Christian way of life is not overshadowed by the fame and celebrity status they have obtained. This is a fill good book that gives parents a role model for their children and hope for the future.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on October 14, 2010
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With the pre-game prayer, Christianity and football aren't complete strangers to one another. "Playing with Purpose: Inside the Lives and Faith of the NFL's Top New Quarterbacks" looks at three new figures in the National Football League, hailed as both good Christians and good role models. An analysis of how faith will stack up on the field, Sam Bradford, Colt McCoy, and Tim Tebow are discussed as both players and people, and provides an intriguing debate for Christian NFL fans. "Playing with Purpose" is a strong pick for any analytical football collection and for Christian studies collections.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Linda on September 12, 2011
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You can understand why these players are so fantastic when
you learn how they were raised. Great book. It makes you
appreciate their football skills even more.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on January 30, 2011
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Playing with Purpose by Mike Yorkey was very informative. The book compares three Christian athletes who struggle's to get into the college football league and the NFL. Sam Bradford was born into a sport life right off the bat. His room was literally filled with sports equipment like baseball bats, mitts, Sooners footballs helmets, and even soccer balls. He later played high school football, college football and professional football. Colt McCoy and Tim Tebow's journeys are also in the book; they are good stories too. I loved this book because it tells the life stories of all the three of the QB's. It has very good descriptive language and has 9 pictures of the three QB's in there games. I would recommend this book for sport players and sport lovers.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Big T on June 22, 2011
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Tebow, Bradford, McCoy are good players and are very strong about faith and you can read that in this book.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By ashertopia TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 29, 2011
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Sam Bradford, Colt McCoy and Tim Tebow are last years rookie quarterback phenoms in the NFL. That isn't the only thing they have in common though: they share the same faith in Jesus Christ as their saviors. This book sheds light on how these three friends came to have that faith and how they grew up and ultimately became the NFL stars that they are.

Each of the sections in the book are dedicated to one of the players and delves into their childhood, their careers in high school and college, how they came to faith and how their faith informs their playing. Each section is filled with information that NFL and NCAA fans would find interesting but the book shines when it comes to the players' faith and how it impacts them on and off the field.

Since there are no first hand interviews in this book, the author relies on previous interviews, quoted liberally, and news clippings. Yorkey does a good job piecing together the biographical information on each of the three quarterbacks for the reader. This is however the biggest failing of the book: this information isn't new; if Mike Yorkey can find the info we can too.

Another problem that I had with the book was that it seems at times to be so uncritical as to be almost a puff piece on the players. Almost a Saturday Morning special of sappy, happiness.

That said, this book does a very good job at what it says it will do and doesn't go any further. An introduction to three of the rising stars in the NFL and their common faith. As such, Yorkey delivers an easy to read, entertaining account of the players that I enjoyed.

Originally published at BookGateway. com. This book was provided by the publisher as a review copy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kat on January 24, 2012
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I enjoyed reading this book. The families of these three outstanding quaterbacks gave them a great Christian upbringing which is living proof of their current life style. This book is very inspirational as a guidance to parents to teach their children the importance of loving God, respecting others and working hard to accomplish your dreams.
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