Season of Life: A Football Star, a Boy, a Journey to Manhood
  • Season of Life: A Football Star, a Boy, a Journey to Manhood
  • Season of Life: A Football Star, a Boy, a Journey to Manhood
  • Season of Life: A Football Star, a Boy, a Journey to Manhood
ISBN: 0743269748
EAN13: 9780743269742
Language: English
Release Date: Sep 1, 2004
Pages: 192
Dimensions: 0.9" H x 8.5" L x 5.5" W
Weight: 0.55 lbs.
Format: Hardcover

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The bestselling inspirational book in which the author reunites with a childhood football hero, now a minister and coach, and witnesses a revelatory demonstration of the true meaning of manhood--Season of Life is a book that should be required reading for every high school student in America and every parent as well (Carl Lewis, Olympic champion).

Joe Ehrmann, a former NFL football star and volunteer coach for the Gilman high school football team, teaches his players the keys to successful defense: penetrate, pursue, punish, love. Love? A former captain of the Baltimore Colts and now an ordained minister, Ehrmann is serious about the game of football but even more serious about the purpose of life. Season of Life is his inspirational story as told by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jeffrey Marx, who was a ballboy for the Colts when he first met Ehrmann.

Ehrmann now devotes his life to teaching young men a whole new meaning of masculinity. He teaches the boys at Gilman the precepts of his Building Men for Others program: Being a man means emphasizing relationships and having a cause bigger than yourself. It means accepting responsibility and leading courageously. It means that empathy, integrity, and living a life of service to others are more important than points on a scoreboard.

Decades after he first met Ehrmann, Jeffrey Marx renewed Read More chevron_right

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   A Must Read for Young Men, Especially if they Love Football!
This is an outstanding book, so my daughter and I are going to have a book discussion group with my two teen grandssons, with the book as the focus. My younger high school grandson is passionate about football and plays on his teen team. In fact, it was the senior coach at his high school who recommended this book. But the book is more than football ; it is about building character in young men. This is why both boys need to absorb the lessons, this book teaches. That exemplifies the quality of the books. The lessons taught, however, are like a secular Sunday school without being preachy. It is all about learning what is true manhood, building up real character and integrity.
 
5
   becoming more like what we truly are
This is a very thought provoking project that Joe E. has undertaken, and one that could dramatically change the world if more people were to see how important it is. What he is doing is apparently Bible based, but to my understanding it is more a translation of the very heart of the Bhagavad Gita and the six workhorse principles that are the core of the Gita, which is all about change, being and becoming in the direction of our reality, our self or spirit, i.e. More like what we are truly Spirit, Satchitananda, Self, with a capital S, and away from self, small s, the ego self, the unreal ghost with which we mistakenly identify. The change initiated by Paster Joe E. in the hopes that these football players, the recipients of coaching, will be changed and make a better world. It is a wonderful project and a book about this project.
 
3
   Psycholgy more than football
I also do not believe that you can win with the concept every season. In all, it was a little disappointing.
 
5
   Inspirational
This is an inspirational story that should be read by every coach, business leader or anyone who has the opportunity to train and mentor.
 
4
   great book for all men
Great principles, great institutions. This one is a new dads, this one is a great dad-primer.
 
4
   Inspiring and challenging!
A treasure for a library! Such a convincing true story that challenged me to evaluate my own motivations for coaching. This book has inspired me to not only be a better coach, but also to become a better father and mentor for others. I have given copies to other buses that I have thanked and been changed by it, as I was.
 
5
   makes you look twice at life
I fell in love with this book completely ''. Makes you look at life in a completely new light and your life in general. 2 thumbs up way up.
 
5
   Inspiring
I bought 10 copies as gifts. A book that should be read by all the tough guys is a book. I recieved a continuousl thanks from the recipiants.
 
5
   Required reading
This is required reading for my son as a freshmen in the high school. Teenager life lessons for good boys.
 
5
   Superb
I recommend Season of Life to anyone, but it is particularly relevant to fathers and sons. If you take the time to read it, you will understand.
 
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