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on June 15, 2011
I honestly would not have picked up this book if I were not a huge Colts fan. Tony Dungy is very reserved, so I was expecting Quiet Strength to be dry and boring. However, it was the exact opposite. The book was inspirational, with unexpected bits of humor here and there.
Dungy takes us through his childhood, spends the majority of the chapters reminiscing about his time with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and finishes the book with the Colts and their Super Bowl win. The book is not a book about football, but since football is a large part of Dungy's life, it is hard to imagine him writing a book about life's principles and practices when they are so tied to his life as a football player and coach. However, you don't have to know anything about football to enjoy this book.
I am not a religious person, but Dungy obviously is. Throughout the book, he quotes scriptures from which he has learned or applied lessons. Dungy talks about praying before making decisions and about living life to serve Him. However, none of it came across as pushy. I am an atheist, but this book made me interested in reading the Bible for educational purposes.
From this book, you get the feeling that Tony Dungy a real person with real highs and lows in his life. And yet through it all, he remains humble and strong. He truly cares and truly has a good heart. He is an excellent role model for people of all walks of life.
When I finished this book, it made me want to be a better person. It made me want to arrange my priorities in life so that the most important things are placed first. You know, stop and smell the flowers. And for that, I thank Dungy and Whitaker for their message and hard work.
On a side note, if you were expecting Dungy to talk a lot about his relationship with Peyton Manning, prepare to be disappointed. He talks about the Bucs more than the Colts. He mentions a few things in there about #18, but nothing that fans of Manning wouldn't already know.
Overall, a good and easy read.