Monday, April 4, 2011

Blog Tour: Coach Wooden (Review)

Legends aren't born. They're made.

When John Wooden graduated from eighth grade his father gave him a handwritten card and said, "Son, try to live up to this." 

On the card, his father had written seven simple yet profound life principles:
    Be true to yourself
    Help others
    Make friendship a fine art
    Drink deeply from good books, especially the Bible
    Make each day your masterpiece
    Build a shelter against a rainy day by the life you live
    Give thanks for your blessings and pray for guidance every day

These principles were the key to Coach Wooden's greatness--and his goodness. Through powerful stories and advice, this book shares the wisdom that made Wooden happy and successful, not just in his career but in life. 

This inspirational and conversational book will encourage, challenge, and motivate you to build these principles into your own life so that you can impact the lives of others.

What I Thought
 OK, I'll admit it. I didn't know who Coach Wooden was when I agreed to read and review this book.At least two guy friends saw me reading it and were like "wow, the most winning-ist coach in history."

So, you could say, that I didn't have much sports knowledge going into this book. But to my surprise, this book is more than a memoir focusing on a retired collegiate coach.

Rather, it's a book that is quite straight forward and focuses on seven life-lessons which can be applied in everyone's life.

Through stories from Wooden (the book was finished before he died in 2010), and from people impacted by the coach, Williams has crafted a book that takes the seven lessons Wooden used to shape his life and turned them into a book which is both easy to read and also enjoyable.

Seven simple, easy to follow lessons. Wooden used these tenants to shape the lives of the students who he came into contact with.

This book, and the lessons within, may ultimately change your life. I'm glad I took time to read it, and look forward to recommending it to others.

More About The Authors
Pat Williams is senior vice president of the NBA's Orlando Magic. He has more than forty years of professional sports experience, has written dozens of books, and is one of America's most sought-after motivational speakers. He lives in Florida.

You can find more about Williams here:

Jim Denney is a full-time freelance writer with more than 80 published books to his credit. His collaborative titles include In the Trenches: the Autobiography with Super Bowl champion Reggie White; Undefeated, with father-son Super Bowl/Rose Bowl champs Bob and Brian Griese; A Model for a Better Future with Kim Alexis; and numerous books with Pat Williams, including Go For the Magic.

Online Resources

Read an excerpt from Coach Wooden online
Purchase Coach Wooden at Amazon

About Revell, The Publisher
Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, offers practical books that bring the Christian faith to everyday life.  They publish resources from a variety of well-known brands and authors, including their partnership with MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) and Hungry Planet. For more information, visit

Note: As a freelance journalist, I was provided a copy of this book by Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group. This review was not influenced by a free book - just in case you (or the FTC) were worried about this detail.

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