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Overview

When Coach John Wooden graduated from eighth grade his father gave him a handwritten card and said, "Son, try to live up to this." On the card, his father had written seven simple yet profound life principles:
  • Be true to yourself
  • Help others
  • Make friendship a fine art
  • Drink deeply from good books, especially the Bible
  • Make each day your masterpiece
  • Build a shelter against a rainy day by the life you live
  • Give thanks for your blessings and pray for guidance every day

These principles were the key to Coach Wooden's greatness--and his goodness. Through powerful stories and pithy advice, this book shares the wisdom that made Wooden happy and successful. This inspirational and conversational book will encourage, challenge, and motivate readers to build these principles into their own lives.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780800719975
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 2/1/2011
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Pat Williams is senior vice president of the NBA's Orlando Magic. He has more than forty years of professional sports experience, has written dozens of books, and is one of America's most sought-after motivational speakers. He lives in Florida.

Jim Denney is a full-time freelance writer with more than 80 published books to his credit. His collaborative titles include In the Trenches: the Autobiography with Super Bowl champion Reggie White; Undefeated, with father-son Super Bowl/Rose Bowl champs Bob and Brian Griese; A Model for a Better Future with Kim Alexis; and numerous books with Pat Williams, including Go For the Magic.

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Table of Contents

Foreword Tony Dungy 9

Acknowledgments 13

Introduction: Well Done, Coach 15

1 A Common Man, a Leader's Leader 25

2 Be True to Yourself 43

3 Help Others 63

4 Make Each Day Your Masterpiece 83

5 Drink Deeply from Good Books, Especially the Bible 99

6 Make Friendship a Fine Art 117

7 Build a Shelter against a Rainy Day by the Life You Live 131

8 Pray for Guidance and Counsel, and Give Thanks for Your Blessings Each Day 151

Epilogue 165

Appendix 1 Coach Wooden's Legendary Record 171

Appendix 2 Woodenisms 177

Notes 181

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2012

    Review of Coach Wooden

    Poorly written book. Hugh Wooden was a good person. I get it. No need to go on and on and on and on. 30 pages to know that is too many. I found this to be redundant. These facts could have been incorporated perhaps better as you learned more about John Wooden. The book just takes too long to get there.

    Thanks!

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  • Posted March 8, 2012

    Absolutely a must read.

    There have been many books written about Coach Wooden, and this one is certainly near the top of that list. It is a great book to give to a young person as a building block for their own life. It gave insight to many things in my life that I have changed for the better. Invest in yourself or someone you know and get this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 3, 2011

    Amazing!!!!

    My husband an I read the book and it has changed our lives! We have recommended it to everyone that want to read a good book or feels like they do not know what they are doing in life. My husband also coaches college athletes and we are thinking about giving them as gifts to his graduating seniors. Just an amazing book for anyone that wants to give their life more value and purpose.

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  • Posted October 19, 2011

    Amazing wisdom from a great teacher.

    This book is not about sports, it is about life. The story and creed of Wooden's life will touch you and change how you live.

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  • Posted April 10, 2011

    A Man Among Men

    There is no doubt that John Wooden left an indelible mark on the lives of those he coached. However, within the pages of Coach Wooden: The 7 Principles That Shaped His Life and Will Change Yours readers become privy to the wisdom that created his legacy. Author's Pat Williams and Jim Denney's presentation of Coach Wooden's background is inviting rather than being the typical impersonal litany of facts about a public figure. The choice to do so aligns with the personality of a man known for having an attitude of gratitude rather than one of self-absorption due to his notoriety.

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  • Posted April 10, 2011

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    Seven Principles That Will Impact Your Life

    Pat Williams in his new book, "Coach Wooden" published by Revell gives us a look into the life of John Wooden, Coach of the UCLA Bruins.

    John Wooden was taught by his father seven principles to live his life by. Not only did he obey his father and live his life by these principles he also taught them to those he coached. The seven principles are: "Be True To Yourself", "Help Others", "Make Each Day Your Masterpiece", " Drink Deeply From Good Books, Especially The Bible", "Make Friendship A Fine Art", "Build Shelter Against A Rainy Day By The Life You Live", "Pray For Guidance and Counsel, and Give Thanks For Your Blessings Each Day".

    I am not a big sports fan and, honestly, had never heard of Coach Wooden until I heard about this book. I was very interested in the seven principles and wanted to know what they were. However, this book is life-changing. Not only did these seven principles change the coach's life, he lived them out in front of the men he coached and passed them on to them, changing their lives as well. This book is full of stories from the men Coach Wooden's life impacted and, I can almost guarantee, that once you have read this book your life will be impacted by this man as well.

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    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Revell Publishers. 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."

    Available February 2011 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

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  • Posted April 8, 2011

    A Heart Warming Tribute to an amazing man (and coach)!

    Not only did I learn a lot about the principles of Coach Wooden's all-around success (The 7 Principles that shaped his life and will change yours), but I was inspired by the MAN/FATHER/LEADER he was. I also learned what an amazing basketball coach he was (for those who don't follow college basketball, he coached the UCLA Bruins for twelve years - ten of which ended as NCAA National Champions-a record unmatched by any other coach in history! He was selected number one on the Sporting News "Fifty greatest coaches of all time in all sports") and the numerous men he influenced!

    Without giving away his "principles", I thought I would provide some quotes from the book that stood out to me.

    Tony Dungy states:
    "He didn't just coach teamwork and preparation and strategy. He coached character and attitude and ideals."

    A poem that Coach Wooden popularized:
    "Talent is God-given: be humble. Fame is man-given: be thankful. Conceit is self-given: be careful."

    "Coach Wooden didn't just teach basketball-he taught life. He taught the fundamentals of good character, integrity, a strong work ethic, and teamwork-all the qualities necessary to success in life."

    "Though he was demanding and put his players through rigorous workouts, he was never personally demeaning, he never disciplined in anger, and he never used profane language."

    Pat Williams (the author) states:
    As one of Coach's former student managers told me, "Here's the deal with John Wooden: There was only one of him. The John Wooden on the practice floor was the same John Wooden in the locker room. The John Wooden in the locker room was the same John Wooden on the campus. And the John Wooden on the campus was the same John Wooden at home."

    "After spending time with Coach Wooden, I always wanted to take my "game" to the next level. After being with him, I always wanted to ratchet up my faith, my prayer life, my integrity, and my wisdom. I wanted to be more like Coach. I wanted him to be proud of me. I wanted him to know how much he meant to me and how much he had impacted my life."

    And finally, what Coach John Wooden wrote about his father, Joshua Hugh Wooden (the man who made a huge impact on his life!):
    "His priorities were different. Material things and public notice meant little. Education was important. Family was important. Outscoring someone in a basketball game, even for a national championship, had much less significance. Dad lived long enough to see me accomplish what was important to him. Nevertheless, he was responsible for the things that happened to me as a coach. Therefore, it surprises people that I received hardly any basketball instruction from Dad-no tips on jump shots, free throws, or anything else. He seldom attended games and was only slightly interested in results. His concern and guidance were deeper."

    I thought I would list a couple of my favorite Woodenisms:

    Character - Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.

    Praise and Criticism - You can't let praises or criticism get to you. It's a weakness to get caught up in either one.

    In closing, Coach would provide his principles to others - especially the youth he encountered. I think I am going to do the same thing! Watch out America-Coach Wooden LIVES ON!

    Available February 2011 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Ba

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  • Posted March 4, 2011

    Inspiring Book

    Pat Williams is a prolific writer and is widely read for a reason...he is a terrific writer and his books never disappoint. This one is no different. In Coach Wooden, Williams not only shares Coach Wooden's stories, but also the principles that he applied to his life that helped to make him the great man that he was. You will find many great lessons to take away with you when you are done with this book. Applied to your own life, I fully believe you will become the person you want to be.

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