- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Thomas Nelson (August 18, 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0849937760
- ISBN-13: 978-0849937767
- Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,293,316 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Even in the world of athletic superstars, Sanders (aka "Neon Deion" and "Prime Time") is exceptional, supremely gifted in two sports: he is, for instance, the only man ever to hit a home run in the National League and score an NFL touchdown in the same week. His autobiography find a sympathetic audience not only among sports fans, however, but among conservative Christians who can't tell a punt from a bunt. Religion has played a large role in Sanders's life recently. He plans to enter the ministry after his sports career, and his faith has enabled him to express affection for his father, a drug addict who deserted the family when Sanders was seven and living in Fort Myers, Fla., and for his stepfather, an alcoholic. Readers may feel less inclined to forgive, but all will agree that his mother was a tower of strength. Sanders was a sports star in high school and college before turning pro. His success quickly brought the eponymous power, money and sex, but Deion found life empty, and his marriage a failure. He was saved?in the religious sense?by the efforts of two clergymen, including Bishop Jakes of Dallas, and now feels that his life is fulfilling. Sanders stumbles when expounding on his religious notions, which are sprinkled with awkward homilies ("the devil don't waste time offering you stuff you don't want"). They also reflect conservative principles that some readers won't share. It's Sanders's fast-paced account of his struggle to navigate the hazards of a life in the limelight, not his prosyletizing, that give this book the indelible stamp of Neon Deion.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Sanders is the flamboyant Dallas Cowboy defensive back who also had a successful major-league baseball career. Ultimately dissatisfied with his fast-track life, Sanders writes about his pain and the relief he subsequently found when he accepted Christ. Other Christians will recognize Sanders' personal crises as a common precursor to religious conversion and will strongly identify with him. For readers looking for more than an account of personal spiritual redemption, Sanders supplies plenty of details about his upbringing and his career as one of the most recognizable and successful athletes of his time. The book might reach wider audience if it were less segmented. As it is, the first half is about Sanders' sports career, the second about his faith and the comfort it has brought him. Sports fans may abandon the book when the message arrives; nonfans may give up before they get there. On balance, Sanders does a surprisingly low-key job in presenting his life and faith, despite an admittedly misleading, bait-and-switch title. Wes Lukowsky --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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It is a book about a man seeking the redemption of his soul. Sanders was a great athlete, star of the NFL and Baseball at the same time, he had loads of money, women, fame and possessions.
Yet he was not a happy man, he admits that he was missing something that would make him whole. After a near death experience, that something turned out to be religion.
Sanders writes about the joy and fulfilment that religion has given him over the years and tells a story to make us think. I must admit that I had been hoping for some stories about his games, the teams he played in and the players that he played with but in the end, this is his biography and he can write it the way he wants to.
however take avway the missionary and it might open your eyes to
what stardom can be.
I wish there was more sports stuff, from one of the greatest in Baseball & Football.