Role of a Lifetime: Reflections on Faith, Family, and Significant Living

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FaithWords, Sep 24, 2009 - Sports & Recreation - 224 pages
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We live in a world that all too often operates under the overriding template of self-promotion, embracing a "hooray for me" attitude, and which measures success in increasingly small timeframes dotted with markers of temporal value.

Millions of viewers know James Brown as a sports commentator and former athlete. With ROLE OF A LIFETIME, James reveals a different side of his character. Brown rose from a middle-class home to earn a scholarship to Harvard and a chance at a professional sports career before moving on to broadcast journalism. Part memoir and part self-help, this book draws on James's lessons from his faith and life experiences to guide readers to find fulfillment and significance. He offers values and encouragement to others of all generations, assisting them in their search for meaning in navigating a world that increasingly promotes transient values, if any at all. His message that shortcuts and gimmicks are counterproductive to a person's success provides hope that there is a God who cares about them and their futures.

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James Brown grew up in Washington, D.C. He attended DeMatha Catholic High School and later Harvard University where he earned a degree in American Government. Brown was also a three time All Ivy ... Read full review




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Jim Brown has volunteered his time coach of the St Raphael Varsity football team for 40 years and has been president of the St Raphael Football Program for 30 years. The Program recently won the 2008 Honoring the Game award from the Positive Coaching Alliance. This is a national award has been given to an exceptional youth sports program each year for the past eight years. The Positive Coaching Alliance has conducted over 6000 live sessions nationwide to over 300,000 coaches and parents to promote positive coaching environments.

Coach Brown graduated from Northwestern with an engineering degree and an MBA from the Kellogg School of business. He worked for Lucent technologies for 34 years and has been retired At Lucent Technologies, his last assignment was to change the culture and operational approach within the 135,000 employee firm to create and develop high performing teams and a coaching style of leadership.

Tim Tebow is an NFL quarterback, who was a first-round draft pick in 2010. He was the first-ever sophomore to win the Heisman Trophy and won the NCAA National Football Championships twice with the University of Florida Gators. His charitable organization, the Tim Tebow Foundation, was established in 2010 to bring faith, hope, and love to those in need.

Nathan Whitakeris the coauthor of three New York Times bestsellers including Quiet Strength, which he co-wrote with Tony Dungy. He lives in Florida.

Former professional football player and National Football League coach Anthony Kevin "Tony" Dungy was born in Jackson, Michigan on October 6, 1955. While a high school basketball and football player, he was featured in the Faces in the Crowd section of a 1970 Sports Illustrated issue. Dungy worked for a number of NFL teams before being hired as the head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1996. Following his successes there, he held the head coach position for the Indianapolis Colts from 2002 to 2008, becoming in 2007 the first African-American head coach to win a Super Bowl. Dungy was also the youngest assistant coach and coordinator for the NFL and the first head coach to defeat every team. He is one of the few individuals to have won a Super Bowl as both a player and a head coach. Dungy has written several bestselling books, including the memoir Quiet Strength: The Principles, Practices, and Priorities of a Winning Life, the picture book You Can Do It, and Uncommon Marriage: Learning about Lasting Love and Overcoming Life's Obstacles Together. He has been involved in a number of charities, including the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Athletes in Action, Mentors for Life, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Boys & Girls Clubs, the Prison Crusade Ministry, and All Pro Dad. He also assists Basket of Hope, the Black Coaches Association National Convention, Indiana Black Expo, the United Way of Central Indiana, and the American Diabetes Association. In 2007, Dungy was appointed to the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation, and in 2009 President Barack Obama asked him to join the Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.

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