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The Making Of A Man Hardcover – May 13 2014
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About the Author
Tim Brown is one of the greatest wide receivers to ever play in the National Football League. Notre Dame's Heisman Trophy winner in 1987, and inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2015, Tim played sixteen seasons for the Los Angeles and Oakland Raiders, earning nine Pro Bowl selections and setting numerous team and league records. He has served as a television analyst for Fox Sports, NBC, ESPN, and Sirius XM Satellite radio, and devotes his time and efforts to numerous charitable causes.
James (Jim) Lund is an award-winning collaborator, editor, and author. He has worked with bestselling authors, public figures, and ministry leaders including Max Lucado, Jim Daly, Randy Alcorn, Dr. James & Shirley Dobson, Dennis & Barbara Rainey, George Foreman, Tim Brown, Kathy Ireland, Jim Caviezel, Kim Meeder, Steve Farrar, and Shaunti Feldhahn. Three have earned the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association Gold Medallion Award.
Top Customer Reviews
Heisman Trophy Winner, 9 time Pro Bowl player, a record holder of numerous NFL receiving yards, and many more athletic accomplishments decorates the resume of this book's author, Tim Brown.
The Making of A Man is not just another NFL player's memoir.
While Brown does talk about his journey into football, through college and into the NFL, he shares more than just the facts and stats. He instructs through his life what is of true value: living a life of integrity and honoring God in everything you do.
I must confess that I did not know who Tim Brown was when I picked up this book. But I do now, and how important his faith is to him, how it has informed and shaped his life.
While the theologian in me wishes that Brown did more to expand on the things that a man of integrity and honor does, the athlete in me completely understood. With all of his life examples, the principles that are needed for a man to grow up are all explained. All in a way that every athlete, football player or not, and every Christian will know how life should be.
That's...what a man does. He's consistent. He protects and takes care of his family.
Despite my not being a big football fan, Tim Brown has written a wonderful book. Walking the thin line between memoir and spiritual instruction, Brown has given a much needed book to the world of athletes.
I would give this book a rating for 4 out of 5 stars.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
Each chapter in the book covers a portion of Tim Brown's life, with the lion's share obviously going to his football career as a Heisman Trophy winning player at Notre Dame and NFL All-Pro for the Oakland Raiders. Brown relates all this in a very conversational style, like he was sitting in your living room talking to you. However, each chapter of his life serves to highlight one of the ideals Brown values in becoming a man. These include such ideas as: Manhood Starts with Dad, A Man Uses His Skills, A Man Takes Responsibility, A Man Overcomes Temptation, Faith is for Life, A Man Romances a Woman's Heart, Respect Must Be Earned, A Father Leads His Children, and others.
In each chapter in the book, Brown relates a portion of his life. For example, in Respect Must Be Earned, he relates his 2001 season with the Raiders. Following this, he then explains how each idea is important to being a man. He then connects the two using scripture from the Bible.
Brown never hides his purpose, putting God's word front and center, weaving it throughout his personal story. And it does get personal; Brown is open and apologetic about his faults (including his past sexual relationships), constantly referring to God's grace and salvation in delivering him from his sins. It's a refreshing and honest approach to the typical athlete's autobiography.
Brown does an eloquent job of relating his life story for the purpose of teaching and encouraging men to become who God made them to be. The two-pronged approach is an effective way to blend two very interesting ideas into one coherent book.
I highly recommend this book to sports fans and men everywhere.
I received a preview copy of this book from BookSneeze in exchange for an honest review.
Wrapped in the cocoon of a close-knit, God-fearing family, Brown comes to know the Lord at an early age. As he enters his teen years, he falls prey to the temptation of peer pressure and girls and his focus shifts from God to all the world has to offer.
After a bumpy but successful college career, Brown enters the world of the NFL with all its trappings: money, fame, party-scene, and women. A lifestyle that requires pumping up your ability to fight temptation, if one has a mind to do so, which Brown did not. As he dabbled into all life as an NFL star has to offer, God's voice continues to beckon him and he remembers the Scripture: "...But when you are tempted, he also will provide a way out so that you stand up under it (1 Corinthians 10:13).
He becomes ashamed of the way he has lived his life. He becomes keenly aware of God's presence in his life and the responsibility he had to honor God, himself, his family, and humanity. Brown returns to the Godly foundation his mother, a woman of faith, had instilled in him as well as many others. Most notably, his pastor, whose advice he ignores during the early years of his career. He commits to living his life for God and heeding the words of his pastor: to use his celebrity status to lead people to God.
I received The Making of a Man by Tim Brown free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers book review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
Brown views life as an evolution, with each chapter highlighting a lesson learned on the journey. He covers mentors who have influenced him, the importance of his family support system, his business dealings, his struggles with women. On going themes are his relationship with God, his dynamic definition of what it means to be a man and how football has served a greater purpose in his life.
The final chapter is titled "Your Legacy Matters" ties together everyting in his life that has gone before. He is a remarkable man. In one chapter he tells us how his older brother used to throw hard passes to him when he was only an 8 year old "until I was finally able to catch them easily." This early lesson became important after he discovered in middle school he was faster than other boys. When he was surprised when Notre Dame came calling in high school, his family supported that choice although a non-Catholic family.
I recommend the book. While Brown emphasizes his relationship with God throughout, I think the lesson to be learned is the importance of his supportive extended family. The importance of family he has grown to accept as a first principle of his life with his own wife and children.
As Brown recounts his story he is remarkably honest. With humility and integrity he explains his successes as a professional and the mistakes he made he made in his personal life.
Each chapter either recounts a period of Tim Brown's life or explains one of the keys he's found to become a man who honors God with his life.
As a football fan who admired the football skills of Tim Brown, I had no idea of the depth of Brown's early shortcomings nor the depth of his subsequent relationship with God.
The following are a few of the book's highlights.
Men Need Mentors
Lou Holtz said, "If you continually ask yourself 'What's important now?' you won't waste time on the trivial."
Lou Holtz was there ... Even now, I don't have the words to express the impact he had on my life. Before he came to Notre Dame, I'd never even thought about playing football professionally. When a man comes into your life and shows you something about yourself that you didn't know was in you, it's remarkable. The apostle Paul did that for Timothy, encouraging him to preach and teach and reminding him, "Do not neglect your gift" (1 Tim. 4:14). Paul was a mentor to Timothy, ready to point out the gifts of his protégé and willing to help develop those gifts and pass on his knowledge.
Lou Holtz did the same for me, as well as for a whole lot of other guys. That's what a mentor does. I'll always be grateful that he inspired me to believe in myself.
A Man Takes Responsibility
"A man must be big enough to admit his mistakes, smart enough to profit from them, and strong enough to correct them." - John C. Maxwell
When you make a mistake, you have to deal with the fallout. That means confessing to what you've done, doing what you can to repair it, and accepting the result. It doesn't mean making excuses, getting angry, or pointing fingers at someone else. The problem isn't the person you're pointing at, but the person you see when you look in the mirror.
I recommend this book for men, young and old, who desire to honor God with his life; especially if they are football fans.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."