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On Track: Life Lessons from the Track & Field Paperback – April 17, 2014
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About the Author
Jon Stolpe is a blogger, engineer, runner, and author. Originally from the Philadelphia suburbs, Jon graduated from Grove City College with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He later went on to earn his MBA from Penn State University After graduating Grove City College, Jon has worked in the construction industry as an engineer, project manager, and operations manager for a building automation company in the Philadelphia area. He has a passion for family, leadership development, missions, and personal growth. Jon runs in the northwest suburbs of Philadelphia, and he can often be found hanging around the track or cross country course cheering on his kids. Jon writes about life’s stretch marks on his popular blog, Jon Stolpe Stretched. Visit with Jon at www.JonStolpe.com. Jon and his wife, Leanne, in the northwest suburbs of Philadelphia with their daughter and son.
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Top Customer Reviews
As a former hurdler and runner, I could especially identify with his stories and challenges and it took me back to my track days. On Track is a great book for anyone who wants to grow, be stretched, and be encouraged in their role at home, work, and in daily life. I highly recommend it. Great job Jon!
One sport I can attest to only a passing glance at is track. It never captured my fancy on any level, although I have attended plenty of track meets the young people in the church were/are involved in. Enter On Track-Life Lessons from the Track & Field by Jon “Stretched” Stolpe. Jon is one of my blogging buddies who also happens to live in the great state of Pennsylvania (I grew up near Pittsburgh). Tragically, Jon is from the other side of the state where that other Pennsylvania baseball team comes from. :) But I promise not to hold that against him in this review.
Three words came to mind as I read his book: Simple. Practical. Applicable. But don’t misunderstand the words.
Simple. Easily understood. Some write long tomes destined to confuse people. Not Jon. He writes simply. He interweaves Scriptural thoughts with life on the track. You don’t need a theological degree to understand it.
Practical. His book is divided into chapters which focus on different aspects of track & field. Not earth-shaking rocket science, but down-to-earth illustrations that even a novice to track & field can appreciate.
Applicable. This is where Jon shines. With chapter headings like Starting Blocks, Hurdles, Long Jump and more, Jon applies the events of a track meet with daily life lived as a follower of Christ…without being preachy.
I’d recommend this book to anyone who is interested in sports, but especially someone who is into Track & Field. There are a few young people I will be making sure get a copy of this book.
I downloaded a preview copy of the book but was not required to give a good or favorable review. I was glad to do so.
The beauty in this book is the way in which the author sees lessons in the little things, like the way sprinters set up their starting blocks. You do not need to be a fan of track and field to appreciate these observations. I believe that the author is more hoping to arm the reader with a few tools to look for lessons in their own everyday events that are relevant to their lives. Intentional or not, the book certainly did this for me. "On Track" then ties these observations back to recognizable verses of scripture. Much as the author hopes we'll draw on our own memorable stories in our lives, he provides these memorable scripture passages for us to draw on as well.
I wouldn't read this book expecting to learn much about track and field. That's not really the point. This is a great little book to have on hand for those times that you find life getting off track (pun very much intended). It is a quick read that I will be returning to from time to time to get back On Track.