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Strength of a Champion: Finding Faith and Fortitude Through Adversity
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on October 27, 2013
Strength of a Champion is a wonderfully-written book that eloquently shares O.J. Brigance's life story.

His life story is truly inspiring. Along his journey, he is faced with what most people would call challenges, but he views them as opportunities. He explains how, with his faith in God, support from his wife, Chanda, and love from his family, friends and colleagues, he is able to overcome adversity and persevere.

O.J.'s behind-the-scenes look at how he makes it to the NFL shows a man that was not willing to give up; to him, nothing is impossible. His passion and drive are motivational. The process from being undrafted out of college to being a star in the CFL and ultimately the NFL was not an easy one for O.J., but along the way, you will find yourself rooting for this underdog. His stories and personal relationships with his teammates, were both interesting and insightful to what it means to being a professional football player. O.J. also weaves in his sense of humor - like after a tough August practice he is a dime short for a can of coke and asks teammates if they can spare a dime - only to realize that you get free sodas when you are in the NFL.

His battle with ALS and how he deals with this dreadful disease will give you perspective in your own life. We all face challenges in life, and sometimes they may be daunting, but how we deal with them could make the difference between seeing the challenge as an obstacle or opportunity. This book will not only help you appreciate your own life but also the understand meaning of love, and the importance of family and friends.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on November 7, 2013
I do not know O.J. Brigance and yet I found his story to be inspiring. He has handled adversity with such spirit and grace. I have Multiple Sclerosis and could identify with some of the adversity and challenges O.J. faced and found the book and O.J.'s approach to facing adversity truly inspirational. Thanks for writing it O.J.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on November 5, 2013
Such an inspirational man----great read. I have seen this man smile....and his faith, as well as Chanda's is truly an inspiration. Great Christmas gift!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on October 31, 2013
Fantastic read. Great insight and inspiration. God bless OJ and his family. I'm proud to be a ravens fan. I could not put this book down. I would give it 10 stars
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on October 28, 2013
Great book...I am in awe with O.J. Brigance's story and his tremendous attitude on life. Everyone who reads this should find it inspiring.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 7, 2014
Strength of a Champion, the O.J. Brigance story, is one of the most uplifting and inspirational books I've ever read. O.J. and his wife, Chanda, demonstrate incredible strength, love, and respect for one another. Their outlook on life, based on their faithfulness to God, is truly awe-inspiring. Having lost my father in May 2013 to ALS made this a difficult read at times, but I was also touched by O.J.'s determination to always keep fighting. Prayer, a fighting spirit, and love and support are so essential to patients, families, and friends who have to take on the everyday challenges of ALS. My mother was the cornerstone when it came to caring for my Dad. She was persistent when seeking a diagnosis, and then even more persistent in searching out resources for making my Dad's remaining time on Earth as comfortable as possible. I recommend this book for everyone.
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I happen to know OJ. He was my next door neighbor for a couple of years, so I was well acquainted with his story. It was a great read, learning a lot of the background to the stories and seeing how many people were touched.

Knowing OJ, he is one of the people I most look up to and hold in high regard. He is the man portrayed in the book. I have often shared with others about how he is one of the most Godly men that I have ever met. His smile lights up a room, his faith is rock solid, and he is the prime example of how a man should treat and cherish his wife. Those who have had the opportunity to spend any time with OJ have been blessed for it.

If you don't get the privilege of spending time with him, then reading his book will give you a glimpse into the man he is. You'll be better for having read the book.
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on February 26, 2014
By far the most inspirational book I have ever read. The true Strength of a Champion. Makes you look at your own life a little bit and wonder what else you could be doing. Not only was O.J.'s story truly touching, but the thing I liked most about the story was how everyone around treated him. Whether your a football fan or not, religious or not, this book is for you. You won't be able to put it down.
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on December 15, 2013
I've known about OJ Brigance as a football fan but I didn't know his story. It's worth reading and well told. I couldn't put it down even though I knew where it was going. I believe it is story that should be required reading for any athlete, young or old. Thanks for sharing it OJ.
Would recommend to others and have lent it to others who loved it also.
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on January 17, 2015
Excellent story about the path of a good high school football player that just wanted a chance to play in the NFL. A true story that will keep you interested until the end. O.J. Brigance is the epitome of his own Willowridge High School's motto "Class and Character". Go Eagles, Owls, and Ravens!!! Coach Covington Willowridge Football Program.
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