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Life Promises for Success: Promises from God on Achieving Your Best Hardcover – March 1, 2011
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“If you’re struggling with your place in the world, if things have become difficult and you feel like giving up, this little book will encourage you, lift you up when you’re wrestling with life, push you forward, and motivate you to be a better person―and a more vital part of whatever team you serve.”
Head football coach, Ohio State
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So I follow (very loosely) the Ohio State Buckeyes, and head coach Jim Tressel is one of Columbus' favorite celebrities. He is down to earth, generous and most of all, behaves in a manner which elicits respect. So, I was intrigued to see a book written by him, as I did not realize he was a published author (let alone a New York Times Bestseller).
Tressel explains that we must separate who we are from what we do, and that success in what we "do" does not define who we are. Each set of pages focuses on one aspect of success, goals and defining self. A few paragraphs of text offer motivation and a few passages of related Scripture are on the opposite page.
This would make a really nice gift for a high school student or college student or recent graduate (as well as any Buckeye fans who want to know more about the esteemed coach).
The reader could go all the way straight through the book, but I think reading one set per day or before each game or stressful event might be a better way to read through this book.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a copy of this book free from Tyndale Media's Bloggers Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
"Life Promises for Success" is a collection of one page motivational stories, quotes and applications that will inspire you. The book is divided in to three main categories - "The Essence of Success", "The Elements of Success" and "The Epitome of Success". Under each category are short stories and scriptures which look deeper into each topic. The stories come, not only from Jim Tressel's experience but from others as well. Each page is supporting scripture verses on the opposite page as well.
When I was in college, I read "How To Win Friends and Influence People" by Dale Carnegie. It was honestly one of the most influential books on shaping me at a very critical time. Filled with life principles, "How To Win Friends" challenged and inspired me. I mention that here because "Life Promises For Success" is that kind of collection. I highly recommend it as a gift for graduates, husbands and wives. As I read through the quotes and stories, I was inspired to push through adversity and aim to achieve more.
I give "Life Promises For Success" by Jim Tressel a 5 out of 5
Disclosure of Material Connection: Tyndale House Publisers sent me a free copy of this book as part of their bloggers book review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
Life promises for success is a short book made up of three sections; The Essence of success, The Elements of Success, and The Epitome of Success. In each section, New York Times best seller and Ohio State Buckeyes football coach Jim Tressel, breaks the subject down into more detailed readings. Each reading is no more than two pages long and addresses such themes as attitude, focus, integrity, and persistence. Included in each reading are several bible verses which he calls life promises.
I initially bought this book for my husband, thinking the sports angle would interest him. I was pleased when he continued to read after the first two pages. Then it was time for me to read so that I could write my review. What I found blew me out of the water. This book is not just for sports fans, but for everyone young and old, male and female. It is rare to find such a book. Each page is short, perfect for daily reading and meditation. That being said, I do not think it would make a great choice if you are looking for a book to sit down and read all at once.
Mr. Tressel also does a wonderful job of sharing his faith throughout the book. Although he does not directly address God in each commentary, there are also several bible verses on the second page that relate to the theme of the day. Along with this, Godly character traits are instilled in each reading, making it a great book for teenagers and young adults. I plan on reading this book regularly with my preteen son as another way to instill such values in him. Overall, this is a great book and I would recommend it for all readers.
To comply with new regulations introduced by the Federal Trade Commission, I must mention that Tyndale House Publishers has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book. It in no way influenced my review of the book.