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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Multnomah Books (July 23, 2003)
  • ISBN-10: 1590521552
  • ASIN: B001O9CE7I
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,445,685 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Ken Abraham is a New York Times bestselling author, known worldwide for his collaborations with high-profile public figures. He has published forty books, and his collaborations have been featured on several major TV networks. Abraham lives in Tennessee and has two daughters, Ashleigh, 13, and Alyssa, 11.

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I wish I had read it years ago.
Stephanie Myers
I think this is a great quote from his kids "We are stewards of what God has given us.
Gina Hinds
Thank you for taking time to give Joe Gibbs an opportunity to share from his heart.
Ken Fairweather

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 16, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This book was a pleasant surprise. I expected football and Nascar. Instead I was drawn into Joe Gibbs life. Joe described all the feelings and emotions that go along with unbridaled success and unplanned, catastrophic failure. Through all the trials and tribulations, Joe constantly refers and depends on his faith in God and the place it holds in his day to day walk. I recommend this book to anyone interested in the behind the scenes action of Nascar, the business side of professional football or the day to day decisions and life choices that come with being a christian.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Michael on June 5, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Joe Gibbs is one of the most successful sports leaders of the past 30 years, having won championships in two different professional sports. This alone makes his story of overcoming mistakes very interesting. What I was not prepared for, however, was the Christian aspect of Gibbs' story. He credits all of his success to developing a full, unquestioning faith in God's plan for him. That is fine with me, but his focus on this message (witnessing, if you will) makes Gibbs' story different for readers used to your standard sports coach/leader biography/leadership module. If you want the story of a man's faith journey and his efforts in applying God's teachings to his own life, this will be a great book for you. If you are turned off by such messages, look elsewhere.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Funky D on July 23, 2003
Format: Hardcover
To reach the pinnacle of the ultra-competitive NFL (3 Super Bowl victories) is by itself a remarkable feat. To reach the pinnacle of the ultra-competitive NASCAR Winston Cup series (2 championships) is also remarkable.
To do both in the same career? That's unheard of, unless you are Joe Gibbs.
As a Pittsburgh Steelers fan, I was never followed the NFC too closely, but then when Tony Stewart joined Joe Gibbs Racing, I started looking at Joe Gibbs and his past accomplishments. What he has done in the sports world is truly remarkable.
"Racing to Win" is more about Joe's principles for life and success more than his life story per se, although he uses several incidents in his own life to illustrate his points (including a perilous brush with bankruptcy during his coaching career). Throughout it all, Gibbs doesn't really toot his own horn, describing himself as "just a P.E. major made good", but the fact his that success seems to stick to him like a magnet lends creedence to his principles.
Joe has outlined 6 fundamental prinicples that are necessary for a successful life that is also complete. Although one can have some success without all of them (and Joe presents his ex-boss, Jack Kent Cooke as an example), one will fall short of a full and complete life without all of them (career, finances, relationships, team-building, morality, health). These 6, applied with copious amounts of hard work, discipline and perseverence, are Gibbs's game plan of success.
As noted by other reviewers, Gibbs' Christianity has a prominent role in his book, but anyone remotely familiar with him should know that it has a prominent role in his life as well. To criticize him for nothing more than actually practicing that which he preaches is a bit unfair, IMO.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Ken Fairweather on July 3, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Joe Gibbs speaks from his heart. While there are many people who will claim to have their secrets to success, Joe is very clear that his secrets are found in God's Word. He is honest and transparent in sharing from his personal life; both the "ups" and the "downs."
By the way, he doesn't say that to have "success" is to necessarily be financially prosperous. Some have missed his point in thinking that this is what he's saying. He's not preaching "prosperity theology," "get God and get rich" or that kind of stuff. He's pointing out the things that really count in life and how these can be obtained. That's what takes 300 pages to get through our hard heads!
Don't discount the book because you think he's just repeating the fact that God needs to be brought into the picture to make your rich (financially). He does need to be brought into the picture for true success. He discusses the real purpose in life. Something people today are ignoring. Joe points our attention to eternity and the success that will make a difference long after the NFL and NASCAR are gone!
Take time, if you would, and look up the verse on the right tail light of Bobby Labonte's #18 Interstate Battery car. John 3:16 tells the real purpose in life and how to be successful.
Thank you for taking time to give Joe Gibbs an opportunity to share from his heart. His book has given me much to think about.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 18, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I can only remember finishing one book cover to cover in my lifetime......until this book. I love NASCAR and this book really inspired me to chase my dream and never ever give up. I can relate to some of the stories so maybe thats why I enjoyed it, but I have reccomended it to so many people. I was reading some of the other reviews and can't believe how people are downing Mr. Gibbs for being so religous in his writings. I dont know about you, but Im not perfect....and it never hurts to read an inspirational book like this to draw me closer to the kind of person I should be. Way to go Mr. Gibbs, A+ book!
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