Faith in the Game: Lessons on Football, Work, and Life [Paperback]

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The fabled University of Nebraska coach shares his motivational story of faith and football, discussing the role God has played in his life and his gridiron success.

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As head coach of the University of Nebraska Cornhuskers for twenty-five years, Tom Osborne had one of the most impressive records in college football. Before retiring in 1997, he took his team to a bowl game every year, won three national championships in the last four years he coached, and ended his career boasting an almost unheard of 84 percent winning record. But while these numbers testify to an undeniable accomplishment, it has been another, more powerful force that has shaped Tom's life: his faith.
In "Faith in the Game," this legendary coach shares the philosophy he used to create not only a champion football team but also a meaningful life. Both a memoir of Osborne's career with the Cornhuskers and an inspirational guide to making the most out of life by cultivating core values like honesty, courage, and loyalty, Faith in the Game presents the traits Osborne helped to instill in his team--traits that helped the Cornhuskers achieve their spectacular level of success. Osborne focuses on the aspects of character that he has emphasized in his work on and off the field, illustrated with compelling behind-the-scenes stories of the Nebraska football team. Conveyed with his own captivating integrity, Osborne's message reveals the value of hard work, the importance of finding a balance between our professional and personal obligations, and, above all, the importance of bringing faith into our lives to help us through times of crisis.
Tom Osborne is beloved not only for his outstanding record but also for the commitment and dedication he has always shown to his players and coaching staff as a mentor, coach, and friend. His ability to motivate a team has come not with last-minute pep talks but through a focus on consistency and strength of character. "Winning," as he writes in Faith in the Game, "is a by-product of sound preparation."
For those seeking a spiritually centered approach to living and working, this candid account of Tom Osborne's faith and strength is a warm and authentic book from which all of us can learn.

Item Specifications...

Pages   176
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.04" Width: 5.01" Height: 0.47"
Weight:   0.43 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 26, 2000
Publisher   WaterBrook Press
ISBN  1578563925  
EAN  9781578563920  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Tom Osborne retired in 1997 after thirty-seven years of coaching the University of Nebraska Cornhuskers. Inducted into the National Football Foundation and the College Football Hall of Fame in 1998, he now regularly gives motivational talks to groups in the South, Midwest, and West Coast. Osborne, who holds a doctorate in educational psychology, is the author of two previous books: and On Solid Ground. A native Nebraskan, Osborne cofounded the Teammates Mentoring Program. He and his wife, Nancy, live in Lincoln."

Tom Osborne currently resides in Lincoln, in the state of Nebraska. Tom Osborne was born in 1937.

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FAITH IN THE GAME  Aug 24, 2009
Doctor/Coach Tom Osborne of Nebraska will never get his due as one of the greatest American leaders. This book gives you a taste of how he maintained a successful program and engineered one of the greatest finishes to a career in modern American history. It reveals his insights on human nature, pyschology of leadership, and basic human traits that build a successful organization. I've known and spoken with the man, and the only drawback is that his humility prevents him from too loudly tooting his own horn. If he were a prideful man, there might be even more insight into how he went about his business...but that's only a small drawback. Read everything you can get your hands on about and from Coach will be money well spent.
Ok read  Jan 3, 2007
Faith in the Game by Tom Osborne covers the coaching career of Tom Osborne. He does this with the perspective of a Christian, which I enjoyed. But, I found that the middle of the book became somewhat dry and repetitive when discussing the legal troubles of the players. But I thought the overall message of the book was good. In comparison to other books about coaching and mentoring such as "Season of Life" I found Faith in the Game to be average.
Outstanding book on goal setting and acheivement!  Oct 10, 2003
I bought this book because I wanted to find out more about how Dr. Osborne managed to win 3 National Championships in a four year period.

What surprised me was the incredible business value of the book, especially chapter 5 on Goal Setting. His process for setting and acheiving goals is simple, easy to implement and it works!
I keep buying it and sending it to managers and business executives I work with, it is a great foundation for anyone serious about growing their ability to be more productive and to acheive more.

Great book!

Old Values and Chronic Success  Aug 10, 2003
Tom Osborne is one of the most successful college football coaches in history. His book is a wonderful treatise on how coaches and people can improve their lives and chances of success by simply preaching and practicing the basic values of our society. This book is a breath of fresh air in an increasingly fragmented and confused society.

It is noteworthy that Tom Osborne's success is particularly remarkable because he never had the advantages of recruiting from a deep talent pool in Nebraska, and many of his players came from high school programs where 8 man football was common. Osborne overcame these obstacles with basic hard work, religious faith, and teamwork.

This is a great book for any coach, manager, or parent. Highly recommmended. The only reason I didn't give 5 stars is because the book is relatively short, and I would've loved to read on for several more chapters.

Okay, so the style isn't Nabokov. But it's sound stuff.  Dec 4, 2002
The premise of Faith In the Game is simple: It's a conservative primer for life.

Now, whether you agree with everything within or not is your call, but Osborne successfully states his cases while interweaving stories of his own football team over the years. His transition from society to football is pretty effortless, quite frankly, and the book serves as a nice, non-confrontational entry into conservative living and philosophy. For all those people out there who are fed up with the liberal world -- and I am not one of them, mind you -- I'd suggest this book a thousand times over before I'd let them within 20 miles of Ann Coulter's rants.

Unlike Coulter and other conservative zealots, Osborne starts at the ground level of living -- for the coach, it's character -- and builds from there. In other words, the book is more a plan than an argument. And plans are generally quite a bit more persuasive.

Osborne always worked in the here and now, so this is not much of a grand memoir. He's still into trying to turn it all around. Frankly, I think some of these societal problems are beyond his grasp -- Osborne is too kind and sympathetic to consider our society as anything more than a collection of misguided folks, it seems -- but you won't find a lot of sports coaches who have actually considered these issues the way Osborne has.

Faith in the Game is the work of a thoughtful man.


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