Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Tony Dungy - A Man Among Men

I just finished reading Tony Dungy's autobiography, "Quiet Strength". My bud Ultra-Runner Lloyd had this book on his recommended reading list, so I knew I wanted to read it. The other day Lisa and I went by the library and Tony's book was in the stacks. I quickly grabbed it and checked it out.

This book was completely inspirational on so many fronts. But let me digress. The title of this post includes a saying my dad passed on to me. Every now and then, especially if I'm going through something difficult, my dad will extol me to be "A Man Among Men". He got the saying from his mom, my grandmother, who was an amazing woman in her own right. I mean she came up during the depression, and in spite of many hardships, acquired property, raised a strong family, mostly by herself as a single mom. She would give this advice to my dad, who is one of my heroes and he in turn gave it to me. I interpret it as standing strong in spite of whatever else is going on around you.

Tony Dungy is a man who has stood strong even through trials that would decimate many people. His book, while fascinating in its own right about his journey in the NFL and leading men to victory, it is also a story of leading his family, his community, and basically being an example of how the power of Jesus Christ can manifested in a person.

The book chronicles his highs, lows, joys, and pains. Obviously one of the highest points in his journey was winning the Super Bowl, but also the lowest point was the loss of his beloved son. All the while, Tony never lost his faith in God. His book provides so many lessons and examples of holding onto faith in Jesus Christ, especially when life brings incredible disasters. His book has had such a positive impact on me. I'm sure it has touched many others as well. I'm glad Lloyd recommended this one. I'm a better man for having read it.



Lloyd said...

I'm glad you enjoyed it. Although it's only given a single chapter, his handling of his son's death is remarkable. It's testament to the power of a faith in Christ.

rob said...

Big L, thanks again for recommending Tony's book.