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Books by
Tony Dungy


UNCOMMON:
Finding Your Path to Significance


QUIET STRENGTH


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UNCOMMON: Finding Your Path to Significance
Tony Dungy with Nathan Whitaker
Tyndale
Self-Help
ISBN: 9781414326818

Football enthusiasts recognize Tony Dungy's success as the coach of the Indianapolis Colts, winner of Super Bowl XLI. But many of Dungy's fans don't realize that the man himself counts many other "successes" in his life as the most valuable. Dungy, whose book QUIET STRENGTH was a New York Times bestseller, now writes about achieving a life of real significance. The path to this "uncommon" yet deeply satisfying life is discovered as men learn to evaluate and then channel their attitudes, ambitions and allegiances rightly.

In this seven-part text, readers will appreciate Dungy’s wide sweep of general topics, which include developing your core, loving your family, lifting your friends and others, living your full potential, establishing a mission that matters, choosing influence over image, and living out your faith. Each section opens with anecdotal stories of football, life and other pertinent lessons specific to each topic. At the close of every section, Dungy lists a recapping of main points for a punctuated "take-away" plan of execution. Written in a no-nonsense style, readers will find his arguments persuasive and the text easy to comprehend and simple to start carrying out into day-to-day life.

One of the finest sections and most noteworthy for today's men (and those young men who are floundering in fatherless homes) is Dungy's treatise on Establishing a Mission that Matters. Here, men will find detailed resources on developing a life of substance (rather than style), setting God-honoring priorities (and keeping them), being the right man (versus merely doing), following dreams (despite disappointment and discouragement) and balancing life (making sure each part of your life gets enough time and attention).

Dungy has done an excellent job of living out the faith he espouses, and certainly this is evident by the manner in which this football legend has used his platform to benefit others. As he writes, men have multiple platforms from which to make a difference in the lives of those around them. Yet, all too often, busy men will use the excuse of "later" when things settle down, when life isn't so stressful, when the kids are older, etc. When in fact, when later arrives, the opportunity to invest in someone is long gone. As Dungy reminds men, "We all have opportunities to be either ‘takers’ or ‘givers.’”

Recounting a time when he was called upon to console a young man whose fiancée had just died, Dungy understood that horrific loss personally, from having lost his own son. So, he was able to give comfort and come alongside another man who felt hopeless. Dungy tells men that you don't need to be an expert, but you have to care enough to get involved and make a difference.

Readers of Dungy's underspoken yet power-packing style will learn how this exceptional man makes his mark on individuals on and off the football field. Being a football fan is not required for reading and appreciating this excellent text.

    --- Reviewed by Michele Howe

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