Quiet Strength : The Principles, Practices & Priorities of a Winning Life

by Tony Dungy

Other authorsNathan Whitaker
Paper Book, 2007

Status

Check shelf

Call number

J 92 Du

Publication

Carol Stream, Ill. : Tyndale House Publishers, 2007.

Description

2008 Retailer's Choice Award winner!Tony Dungy's words and example have intrigued millions of people, particularly following his victory in Super Bowl XLI, the first for an African American coach. How is it possible for a coach--especially a football coach--to win the respect of his players and lead them to the Super Bowl without the screaming histrionics, the profanities, and the demand that the sport come before anything else? How is it possible for anyone to be successful without compromising faith and family? In this inspiring and reflective memoir, now updated with a new chapter, Coach Dungy tells the story of a life lived for God and family--and challenges us all to redefine our ideas of what it means to succeed. The softcover edition of this #1 New York Timesbest-seller includes a new chapter! In it, Coach reflects on the 2007 football season and last year's successful hardcover release of Quiet Strength.Also features a foreword by Denzel Washington and a 16-page color-photo insert. Over 1 million in print!… (more)

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1705-117

User reviews

LibraryThing member PeaceUMC
Tony Dungy's words and example have intrigued millions of people, particularly following his victory in Super Bowl XLI, the first for an African American coach. How is it possible for a coach--especially a football coach--to win the respect of his players and lead them to the Super Bowl without the
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screaming histrionics, the profanities, the demand that the sport come before anything else? How is it possible for anyone to be successful without compromising faith and family? In this inspiring and reflective memoir, Coach Dungy tells the story of a life lived for God and family--and challenges us all to redefine our ideas of what it means to succeed. Includes a foreword by Denzel Washington and a 16-page color photo insert.
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LibraryThing member kristicw
Inspirational and very encouraging. Dungy is a great man of integrity and faith.

The writing was distracting for me at times in its simplicity. The change between paragraph thoughts caused whip-lash at least a few times ever chapter.
LibraryThing member sunshine608
Excellent book- Mr. Dungy is a great inspiration as a husband,friend,coach,christian,parent- you name it. Top Ten of 2007!
LibraryThing member wfzimmerman
I liked Dungy more after reading this than before. A good guy. One of the most amusing anecdotes concerns his Minnesota college team playing Ohio State in the '80s. OSU came out on the field for warmups and Dungy thought, "hey, they don't look so big." It turned out that those were just the skill
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position players, and the behemoths had not yet come on field.
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LibraryThing member lfamous
Excellent book written in a conversational style. Dungy is a great role model and his book is a true inspiration.
LibraryThing member 1ls04gro
it was about how it felt to win the super bowl and he was talking about his child hood and thing like that.
LibraryThing member Wiszard
This amazing book was read in one sitting, albeit on a flight from LA to Detroit. I'll admit that being a sports nut and a Pittsburgh Steeler's fan / fanatic helped me a lot in enjoying the book. My wife who is not a sports fan put it down after one chapter. This book is a must read for any person
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that struggles with the balance of religion and sports. Tony Dungy is a tremendous example of how to life life to its fullest in the sports world.
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LibraryThing member navets
What a great look inside the life of the Coach Dungy’s coaching principles and God-honoring lifestyle!

With the help of Nathan Whitaker - a personal friend of the Dungys, Coach Dungy has written an amazing account of his life up-through the Colts’ Super Bowl win last year! Reading through much
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of the history of this great NFL coach and seeing how God has continued to be his focus throughout his adult life, it is encouraging to cheer on Coach Dungy and “my” Indianapolis Colts.

The book is exciting for my football-loving mind, too, in that it reads occasionally like a play-by-play of some of the high-profile games I sat on the edge of my seat during. To read those same plays coming from the coach of the team I was cheering for brings a new angle and excitement.

I recommend this book to any Colts fan AND/OR to anyone looking to read about a person who puts his faith in Christ first before his career - and how that faith interweaves throughout his dealings in life!

Coach Dungy is a hero in my book - even before reading his book!
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LibraryThing member lifespringworc
NFL football coach Tony Dungy reflects on his personal and professional life; discussing his childhood, family, religious beliefs, coaching practices, Super Bowl victory, and more. Includes photographs.
LibraryThing member GlennBell
This is a biography of Tony Dungy with specific emphasis on his NFL coaching career. Tony is a religious man who was a mediocre football player, mediocre coach, and lost his son due to suicide. I did not find his story inspiring. He gives God the credit for some of the game victories. It reminds me
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of two sides in a war with each claiming that God is on their side. It is unclear why his son committed suicide, but Tony admits that he did not spend the quality time with his family that his father did with him. I find it interesting that the Buccaneers went to the super bowl after Tony was fired and a new coach took control of the team. He was fortunate to have a talented team in Indianapolis. I wonder if that had anything to do with the Colts going to the super bowl. Hmmm. I suspect Tony is a decent guy, but he doesn't seem particularly special or inspiring to me. I will take Lance Armstrong over this guy any day of the week.
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LibraryThing member SteveRambach
I was on vacation and saw someone reading Quiet Strength. It looked interesting in spite of the fact that I could care less about football. It was. Tony Dingy is a top notch person and football is more than the hit-em, score em game. It was well worth the read.
LibraryThing member dannywahlquist
This was my favorite biography this year. Lots of fascinating sports trivia, but the examples of struggling through difficult times and learning to depend more fully on Jesus Christ were inspiring. Some of my favorites quotes:
“If you're going to be a good teacher, you can't just teach the A
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students. A good teacher is the one who helps everyone earn an A.” Tony’s dad, Dr. Wilbur Dungy
“What’s important is not the accolades and memories of success but the way you respond when opportunities are denied.”
“I need to treat everybody fairly, but fair doesn’t always mean equal.”
“The truth is that most people have a better chance to be uncommon by effort than by natural gifts.”
“Despite all the good things that occurred that year, I can still look back and say that 1978 was the first season in my life in which sports weren’t the most important thing to me. I finally realized that how I lived on earth was just as important as my salvation. God had me here for a reason, and it wasn’t just to play ball. It was then that the words of Matthew 16:26 really started to sink in: ‘And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul?’"
“most of the failings of biblical leaders were spiritual rather than tactical. I needed to be prepared as much spiritually as I was in the Xs and Os.”
“Pain can be a highly effective instructor”
“When you can do the common things of life in an uncommon way, you will command the attention of the world.” George Washington Carver
“He didn't call me to be successful in the world's eyes; He called me to be faithful.”
“I coach football, But the good I can do to glorify God along the way is my real purpose.”
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LibraryThing member Antbe
Quiet Strength by Tony Dungy is a book about the career of the author Tony Dungy. It follows him from a Super Bowl winning player to Super Bowl winning coach. As a player he won with the Steelers in the ’70’s and as a head coach in 2006 with the Indianapolis Colts.
I thought the book was good
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because it gave you a behind the scenes look at what goes into playing on Sundays. It also gave an inside look on how teams build their rosters. I thought that was pretty cool. I’d recommend the book to any sports fan.
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LibraryThing member dannywahlquist
This was my favorite biography this year. Lots of fascinating sports trivia, but the examples of struggling through difficult times and learning to depend more fully on Jesus Christ were inspiring. Some of my favorites quotes:
“If you're going to be a good teacher, you can't just teach the A
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students. A good teacher is the one who helps everyone earn an A.” Tony’s dad, Dr. Wilbur Dungy
“What’s important is not the accolades and memories of success but the way you respond when opportunities are denied.”
“I need to treat everybody fairly, but fair doesn’t always mean equal.”
“The truth is that most people have a better chance to be uncommon by effort than by natural gifts.”
“Despite all the good things that occurred that year, I can still look back and say that 1978 was the first season in my life in which sports weren’t the most important thing to me. I finally realized that how I lived on earth was just as important as my salvation. God had me here for a reason, and it wasn’t just to play ball. It was then that the words of Matthew 16:26 really started to sink in: ‘And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul?’"
“most of the failings of biblical leaders were spiritual rather than tactical. I needed to be prepared as much spiritually as I was in the Xs and Os.”
“Pain can be a highly effective instructor”
“When you can do the common things of life in an uncommon way, you will command the attention of the world.” George Washington Carver
“He didn't call me to be successful in the world's eyes; He called me to be faithful.”
“I coach football, But the good I can do to glorify God along the way is my real purpose.”
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LibraryThing member br14seha
Quiet Strength by Tony Dungy and Nathan Whitaker is a very interesting memoir of Tony’s journey to the NFL. It starts with his childhood just like most memoirs, but ends with his Super Bowl winning team. Tony Dungy started as one of the few black quarterbacks in college. As he entered the NFL, he
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was hoping to be a quarterback. He never got one offer for his position, instead he would get many offers for different ones. His coaching career took off when the Buccaneers hired him as their head coach.
Read this book to see the astonishing journey of the first African-American head coach to win a Super Bowl. It is quite amazing. I recommend this book to anybody familiar with Tony Dungy and to all football fans.
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LibraryThing member pennsylady
4.5
"Tony Dungy led the Indianapolis Colts to Super Bowl victory on February 4, 2007, the first time an African American coach won the Super Bowl.
He also is known as one of the NFL's best coaches.
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A well told, inspirational story of success without compromise to family and faith.

"Coach
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Dungy tells the story of a life lived for God and family—and challenges us all to redefine our ideas of what it means to succeed. "
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LibraryThing member bpeters65
A testament to strength and endurance...and I don't mean in the football sense.
LibraryThing member DougBaker
Tony Dungy is a rather unique and inspiring person. Tony Dungy has been in the National Football League as a coach for many years. As a head coach he lead the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to the brink of a championship before being let go. He finally got over the hump by winning Super Bowl XLI over the
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Chicago Bears behind Peyton Manning and the feisty play of strong safety Bob Sanders.

This memoir is about how Coach Dungy applies his Christian faith to not only his coaching in professional football, but to his life off the field as well. His approach to coaching football is certainly unique. He is no Bill Parcel’s who often demeans his players, sometimes in public, to motivate them. He is also not the stereotypical coach who screams, yells, and cusses at his players when they make mistakes or in an attempt to fire them up or get the best out them. His style, by all accounts, is a quiet, understated approach that has certainly worked well for him. He rebuilt the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from a lousy team to a championship caliber team but could never quite get the wins in the playoffs to reach the Super Bowl. He was, most would say, unfairly fired by the Buccaneers as they seemed to feel he was not going to get them past the playoffs and to the Super Bowl. One year after he was let go buy the Bucs, the team won Super Bowl XXXVII over the Oakland Raiders with Jon Gruden as head coach.

After being hired as head coach by the Indianapolis Colts, Dungy quietly built up the defensive side of the ball. The defensive unit had often let the team down and was clearly a weak link. While the Colts defense never became quite as good as his Buccaneers teams, it was just good enough to get a Super Bowl win.

Beyond talking about applying his faith to his role as head coach, Dungy talks about the importance of his family and his community and how he has striven to give all he can to each. And through this memoir, the reader learns a lot about Dungy’s career in the NFL and his teams, so there is plenty of football talk in the book to please fans of the game. He also talks about how his faith helped him cope with the inexplicable suicide of his teenage son.

Overall, this is an excellent book if you are a fan of football or you just want to hear the story of a devoutly religious man and how he applies his faith to everyday life.
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LibraryThing member Kristelh
Reason read: TIOLI, a autobiography of someone born in the same decade as myself. Tony Dungy was born in 1955 and he also played football for the Minnesota Gophers, coached for Vikings and that would be about all we share except religion. Tony believes that a winning life is one led for the Lord. I
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would say that Tony Dungy had a hard life with many job changes, and the death of his son. He never complains but always sees that God is in control of everything.
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Physical description

xvi, 301 p.; 24 cm

ISBN

9781414318011
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