Book review of Uncommon
Super Bowl winning coach and author Tony Dungy reflects on what it takes to achieve significance in life in his book titled Uncommon. He is looked to by many as the epitome of the success and significance that is highly valued in our culture from the dominance of athleticism in society. In his book he gives examples of young men who are trying to achieve significance through football and all that goes with a professional athletic career, such as money, power, and a celebrity status. Tony Dungy has had all of that, but he passionately believes that there is a different path to significance, a path characterized by attitudes, ambitions, and loyalties that is rewarding in the end. Uncommon reveals lessons on achieving a meaning in life that the coach has learned from his parents, his athletic and coaching career, his mentors, and his experiences with God. A big focus of Dungy’s book tells what it means to be a man in a culture that is losing chivalry and respect towards others.
The book is filled with references from Scripture on many of its pages, and also includes quotes from authors and famous figures. As you read you can tell that Dungy tries to use his fame to communicate about life and how to live it. He tells stories without sounding as if he is preaching to his readers. Its tone is gentle, and reads much like a conversation with a friend. The primary audience of these messages is men, especially young men and young fathers. Dungy focuses on a wide variety of topics including subjects not talked about very often. In it, he talks about some of his most painful tragedies and greatest victories. With chapters on failure, sex, the treatment of women, and respecting others, Uncommon has little in common with most football books. There are many interesting insights into various events in the last several years for football fans. He talks about the hiring of Mike Tomlin, and the role Dungy played in Tomlin's hiring in Pittsburgh. Tony...
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