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Oxygen for the Swimmer [Paperback]

Alexandria Mangas , Janet Hommel Mangas

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Book Description

April 1 2009
Oxygen for the Swimmer provides that extra breath of encouragement to head you back to the lane for one more lap. Whether you are a breaststroker, backstroker, freestyler, or butterflyer, and whether you are 6 or 106, you'll find the stories in this book insightful and inspiring.

"Oxygen for the Swimmer is definitely a breath of encouragement." ~Sheila Taormina, Olympic Gold Medalist in swimming, World Champion in the triathlon, and World Cup Standings leader in the pentathlon.

"Oxygen for the Swimmer is full of life stories that talk about victories, struggles, defeats, relationships, values, lessons learned, and how your faith grows through these experiences. Swimming is a reflection of life in many ways. You learn who you are, you learn what is important, and you learn that you are never really alone. I recommend this book to everyone. You will find it both entertaining and uplifting." ~Kurt Hass, Franklin College Swim and Dive Team Coach, seven-time winner of the Indiana High School Coach of the Year.

"Oxygen for the swimmer reminded me why I swim - to give glory to God! It was a great encouragement." ~Melody White, collegiate swimmer at California Polytechnic State University

Product Details

  • Paperback: 132 pages
  • Publisher: Xulon Pr (April 1 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1607916037
  • ISBN-13: 978-1607916031
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 14 x 0.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 159 g

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Amazon.com: 3.7 out of 5 stars  3 reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars From the perspective of a non-swimmer June 28 2009
By Michelle R. Wright - Published on Amazon.com
A fantastic and inspiring book! I am not a swimmer, but found encouragement on every page for navigating life's calm and tumultuous waters. I laughed and cried my way through this page-turning collection of stories told from below the surface of the pool to the deck to the stands. I was especially moved by the narratives of those who had overcome great obstacles, whether physical or mental, to rise above, meet their challenges head-on and give glory to God for His faithfulness and deliverance.

Some of my favorite moments:

"And when I begin to struggle I remember: Use what I have, not that which I have missing." (p. 30)

"Phoebe had learned the lesson we must all learn. Whether you finish first or last - always, always, always finish strong." (p. 59)

"Perhaps God's telling me it's enough to help others learn how to get to the other side of the pool." (p. 83)

"Actually, I've come to realize life's pain has driven me to a lifesaving dependence on God, my Maker." (p.108)
5.0 out of 5 stars Oxygen For The Swimmer June 16 2009
By Brian Pastor - Published on Amazon.com
Oxygen For The Swimmer is a delightful compilation of inspiring stories written by youthful beginners to Olympic champions. Not only is it a wonderful read for the water logged but also for we land lovers. God's presence can be felt within all 130 pages. A mother - daughter masterpiece. Five stars in my book.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Lack's Substance Oct. 26 2009
By L. Holter - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I'm a masters swimmer. I have two kids that are age group swimmers. I'm also a Christian who is heavily involved in my church. When I ordered this book, I thought it was going to be perfect for me. Instead, I found the stories flat and lifeless. It was as if the author held an essay contest and then didn't get the number of entries she had hoped...and published the best of what she did receive.

Highly disappointed in this book. I think I could probably write something better.

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