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Start With Your Gift: Understand And Monetize It While Serving Others With It Paperback – September 26, 2017
"Warlight" by Michael Ondaatje
A dramatic coming-of-age story set in the decade after World War II, "Warlight" is the mesmerizing new novel from the best-selling author of "The English Patient." Pre-order today
About the Author
You've seen Dr. Fred Opie on Independent Lens on PBS, The History Channel, heard him on NPR, and read about me in The New York Times, O Magazine, and Lacrosse Magazine. Opie played lacrosse at Syracuse University and on a U.S. men’s national team. He is a Babson College Professor and host of the Fred Opie Show Podcast
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My husband and I have spent our entire careers working as educators and coaches. We have coached, taught, and shepherded youth and young adults in the classroom, on the field, and off the field, for a combined 38+ years. I found this book to be honest, heart-felt, direct, and easy to read. I feel this book will be as insightful for my two children (13 and 11) and even the college students I work with who feel uncertain of their direction, as it has been for me, personally.
Upon finishing the book, I lamented not having had this book in my hands earlier in life. I am eager to share this book and am so grateful for Dr. Opie's courage to share his personal struggles as a young student and an athlete seeking a greater purpose, as an academic who has had to work hard to achieve his goals, and as a husband and father who has had to learn from his mistakes in making certain career and financial choices. Dr. Opie offers a unique perspective on recognizing gifts, finding mentors, being intentional about career paths and appropriate training, being responsible with resources, and living/giving in a way that furthers God's kingdom and brings Him glory. This unique perspective comes from his ability to draw from his own direct experiences, conversations and relationships with many in the world of academia and sports, research into these topics (something you can tell he is passionate about), his interactions with students, players, and mentees, and his observations and reflections on the institutions he is a part of.
One final thing, Dr. Opie is not shy to talk about his faith and the role his faith plays in shaping his life. I find this aspect appealing and helpful, but realize that not all folks may share this view. It was really thoughtful of Dr. Opie to address this directly in the book's Introduction, as he points out that the book can still be of value to those who do not share his faith and encourages those readers to use the sections of the book that most speak to them, skipping other sections that do not. I truly appreciated his recognition of this.