Book Review – Life Promises For Success by Jim Tressel

13 04 2012

Life Promises For Success

By Jim Tressel

Tyndale House

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This book is a bit of a departure for me, in several ways. First of all, I usually review fiction. And secondly, I am a huge Michigan fan. For those of you who don’t know, the author of this book, Jim Tressel, is the former head coach of Michigan’s biggest rival, the Ohio State University.

“Life Promises For Success” was published before the 2011 scandal that forced Tressel to resign from OSU. In spite of that ignominious ending, it is hard to argue with the success Tressel achieved during his tenure in Columbus – seven bowl appearances, including five BCS bowl games; five 10-win seasons; four Big 10 titles; and one national title. His overall coaching record is 208-72-2. All those numbers add up to one big fact: He is suited to write a book about finding success in life.

In “Life Promises For Success,” Tressel shares a collection of inspirational essays and Bible verses designed to encourage those working to succeed in every area of their lives. The book is broken down into three parts: the essence of success, the elements of success, and the epitome of success.

I enjoyed the essays and reading how Tressel felt each scripture tied into the concept of success. However, given the fact that Tressel was forced to step down as coach just months after this book was published somewhat tarnished my ability to feel truly inspired or get any kind of spiritual message from the essays. Kind of like reading a book about how to have a successful marriage by Newt Gingrich.

However, if you can overlook that, it is an enjoyable read that would be perfect for the sport fan in your life.

This book was provided for review at no cost by Tyndale House Publishing.

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