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Through The Eyes of a Champion [Kindle Edition]

Jeff Kinley
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Book Description

An inspiring biography of a young man of integrity who achieved many things and excelled at life because of his love for Christ and humanity

• An excellent book to inspire the athlete in your family
• Great reading for all ages, but especially teens
• "We had team. We had unity. We had Brandon Burlsworth. He had a total commitment to be the best?" Houston Nutt, Head Football Coach at University Of Arkansas.
• Brandon Burlsworth could have been just another statistic of a young man who tragically lost his life in a 1999 car crash?

Just one of the many who was here and now is gone, only to be remembered by family and close friends. But Brandon Burlsworth is remembered by thousands as a Christian who lived as close to the mark as possible while excelling academically (Academic All-American), (All SEC, All-American guard for the Arkansas Razorbacks, selected in the draft to play for the Indianapolis Colts). Most importantly, Brandon Burlsworth excelled at life. A man of character and integrity, he left indelible marks on the lives of countless friends, acquaintances, and even those who only knew him as a player. This is a biography of an influential young man whose memory will live on through the many people who knew him and loved him.

Editorial Reviews


We are excited about this biography. It will change the way you think about everything in life. --Roger Howerton, Aquisitions Editor, New Leaf Press

About the Author

Jeff Kinley is the president of Main Thing Ministries, a non-profit organization designed to equip and encourage young people. He has written ten books; he travels nationwide, speaking at camps, retreats, and rallies sharing his passion for the relevancy of Christianity to this generation.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2250 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Publisher: New Leaf Press (August 1, 2001)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005E1OVIC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #734,121 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
I am fortunate to have gone to school with Brandon Burlsworth for 4 years. Although, I was never a close friend, I watched all the Razorback football games his senior year, just to see him. We were all fascinated watching him play. I wanted to ask him for an autograph, but always thought he might think it was stupid for a classmate to ask for one. After reading this wonderfully written book about his life, I realize, it was me who lost out never going up to talk to him. I cannot say enough good things about this book and how it just grabbed my heart and kept me reading. After reading this, it may change your life and your thoughts.. Brandon was so well loved around here in Harrison, and around the world. We know he is in Heaven looking down on us. Everyone should have this book to read when they are down. Brandon brought meaning to life... and you will see that in this book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational, touching story January 6, 2002
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This book is a very touching story of a young man who showed that anything can be acheived with hard work and determination, even for those who dont necessarily "fit-in" with the popular crowd. And it also shows how fragile and how quickly life can be taken away from us. Also, for anyone who is familiar with Arkansas Razorback football, it would be an especially good read.
Brandon Burlsworth came from humble beginnings, born and raised by his mother in the small town of Harrison, Arkansas. A shy, quirky, kid who wasn't the most coordinated nor the most popular boy in school, Brandon relied on his faith and determination to prove everyone wrong. He worked his way into becoming an All-State high-school football player. Wanting to become a Razorback all his life but not getting a scholarship, Brandon refused other offers and walked-on at the University of Arkansas, later earning himself a starting role for 3 years. At the end of his collegiate carrer, Brandon became an All-American lineman and the only football player in Arkansas history to earn a Bachelors and Masters degrees before they finished playing football. Being drafted by the Indianapolis Colts of the NFL, Brandon was tragically killed in an auto accident on his way to church, just a few days after being drafted.
It does have many Christian references and messages as well.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
"Through the Eyes of a Champion" is a must read for all who were fortunate enough to watch Burls play football. It is such an inspiring biography, though, that it is a wonderful book for anyone to read. I was barely able to put the book down once I started reading it, and I finished reading it in a couple of days. Just be sure you have a box of tissues handy if you are the least bit prone to tears.
Like Brandon, one of my sons will be an invited walk on to the Razorback football team this fall. If he works 75% as hard and accomplishes half as much, I will be the proudest Mom in the world! The book clearly demonstrates how far a person can go with the right attitude, total commitment and the hard work it takes to accomplish your goal.
The world, and especially the state of Arkansas, are better because of this young man who set a an impressive example that each of us can aspire to follow.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This Story Walks Way Beyond the Arkansas Border February 16, 2002
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Don't think this is a book for Arkansas Razorback fans alone. This story walks way beyond the Arkansas border and outside the sports arena into the worlds of mass appeal. Sports lovers, not known for being your more veracious readers, will be surprised when the book's end comes easily and quickly. Young people will be inspired by the story of hard work and dedication. Mothers and grandmothers will be touched by the family relationships portrayed so well. No one will close the final chapter without a box of kleenex handy.
Read this book. As you see life through the eyes of a champion, life will never look the same again!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful story October 21, 2012
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This is a great story about an ordinary guy who achieved excellence through his work ethic and faith in God. This would be an excellent read for young people as an illustration of how they can reach their goals through dedication and hard work.
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More About the Author

Jeff Kinley is an Author and Speaker who has spent more than 30 years connecting people to vintage truth. He is Founder and President of Main Thing Ministries , an organization whose mission is to equip others to become life-long followers of Jesus Christ. Jeff is the author of 20 books and speaks around the country.

He is a graduate of the University of Arkansas (BA) and Dallas Theological Seminary (ThM). He has been speaking professionally for 3 decades. More about Jeff at

He lives in Little Rock, Arkansas. He and wife Beverly, have three grown sons.


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