Catch a Star: Shining through Adversity to Become a Champion

Catch a Star: Shining through Adversity to Become a Champion


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ISBN-13: 9780800723958
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/01/2017
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 456,298
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Tamika Catchings of the Indiana Fever was the WNBA's 2011 MVP. A four-time Olympic gold medalist and ten-time WNBA All-Star, Catchings was a four-time All-American and a member of the National Champion University of Tennessee Lady Vols under legendary coach Pat Summitt. Catchings's story of overcoming adversity, growing in faith, and achieving success despite the many challenges she's faced inspires the boys and girls served by her foundation, Catch the Stars, in Indianapolis.

Ken Petersen is a veteran in the book publishing industry. He has written numerous books in the categories of memoir, motivation, self-help, and theology, and he's coached a number of authors in writing and publishing. He lives with his wife, Rita, in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Table of Contents

Foreword Tony Dungy 5

Part 1 Silence

1 Play 11

2 Different 15

3 Lost 23

4 Pressure 39

Part 2 Noise

5 Split 51

6 Texas 67

7 Chosen 85

8 Tennessee 95

Part 3 Music

9 Perfect 115

10 Champions 137

11 God 153

Part 4 Voices

12 Fever 175

13 Building 185

14 Relationships 197

Part 5 Harmony

15 Winning 219

16 Life 235

17 Transition 245

18 Looking Back, Looking Forward 249

Acknowledgments 259

Notes 260

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Catch a Star: Shining through Adversity to Become a Champion 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
bigmama5413 More than 1 year ago
Catch a star by Tamika Catchings I had not heard of Tamika Catchings even though I live in Indianapolis. I am not a sports fan. It is inspirational what this young woman has done and overcame. She shows that if you want something bad enough and are willing to work hard for it, it is possible. As she said in the book, "God took my mess and made it into a miracle." She had to overcome obstacles such as a hearing problem, low self-esteem, bullying and struggling to find her place. In the book she talks about relationships in her life. She states that family don't choose you, you are born into it. Your brothers and sisters can invite you into their lives or not. They can live in ways that make you important to them or not. They can choose you or not. She had the support of her family which helped her and of course, the love of God. She suffered injuries and still pushed on. This is a very powerful book from a powerful woman. Pick up a copy today and travel along with Tamika as she grows into the woman she is today. I received a complimentary copy for this review.
LannieM More than 1 year ago
I recently had the chance to read Catch a Star by Tamika Catchings with Ken Petersen. This book is definitely an interesting one, and Tamika's story is inspiring. However, this is not a book for someone who has little to no interest in basketball, as the majority of this book is focused around the sport. I personally enjoyed reading about Tamika's childhood and upbringing, but I felt a little lost when basketball started to become the focus. It was such a central theme to the point that I felt overwhelmed at my lack of knowledge and interest in the sport, and was compelled to set the book aside. That being said, if you are an avid basketball fan or a fan of Tamika Catchings, then definitely pick up this book. Tamika has a way with words and is very relatable. If, however, you--like me-- have very little interest or knowledge of the sport, then this book may not be for you. I received this book from the publisher in exchange for my fair and honest review.
readerscozycorner More than 1 year ago
I have always enjoyed biographical type books. I am also a big fan of sports. So this book was perfect for me. I remember watch Tamika play when I was a kid. Tennessee Women's basketball has always been a thing of beauty and getting to read about one of those awesome players was a lot of fun. What I liked about Tamika's story was the fact that she never blamed anyone else for her problems big or small. She made it her mission to work twice as hard as everyone else. Now even though this was to keep others from making fun of her disability, she learned that it helped her to be the best ball player she could be. It gave her an edge that many others didn't have. I also enjoy reading about people who put God first and live their faith. I think this book would be great for pre-teens and teens who are struggling to fit in or are picked on or bullied, because she shows you, you don't have to listen to them. You can be anything you want to be and it doesn't matter what others think. I have enjoyed reading this book very much and I can't wait to let my daughters read it. Thank you to Revell for the opportunity to review this book. A positive review was not required.
AngelN1 More than 1 year ago
Catch a Star, by Tamika Catchings, is a brief autobiography of the Indiana Fever basketball star. Tamika seems like the kind of person you would want as a friend: kind, hardworking, honest, and dedicated. Her stories about growing up with hearing loss and bullying strike a chord, and the sincerity of her story is evident. This book would not appeal very much to non-sports fans, though. It is mostly about her basketball career, and how basketball and God helped her through tough times. Fans and players of any sport will understand the role of basketball in Tamika's life, and her dedication to it. It did seem like, as the story progressed to more recent years, that Tamika is much more willing to share her feelings on the court rather than real details of her life. I enjoyed this book, but Tamika herself did seem to remain slightly out of reach. That said, this book is a good read, and the message is a great one for teenagers, so I would really recommend this book for anyone with a teen who likes sports. I also find that I suddenly would like to see an Indiana Fever game, after reading this! (I've never been to any type of professional sporting event, just college ones.) I received this book from publisher Revell for the purpose of writing a review, but all opinions are my own.
JViola79 More than 1 year ago
Life is full of difficulties and adversities, all of which play critical roles in our lives. Some people allow their hardships to embitter or bring them down. Others use those very adversities to cause them to become stronger and rise above. I recently had the pleasure of reading Catch A Star by Tamika Catchings, a three time Gold Medalist and WNBA All-Star. To be honest, it wasn't her accolades which brought admiration as much as her character and ability to overcome in spite of all she faced. As a young girl growing up, she struggled with hearing loss having to wear hearing aids, which brought much teasing from other kids. Embarrassment and bullying were a regular part of her school days to the point she often wished she did not have to attend. Then there was the anguish of her parents' divorce which brought separation not only from a parent but divided her and her siblings. Tamika shares with an honesty which reveals her struggles while still honoring and respecting everyone. Her strength and character as a young woman is a shining testament to who she as a person. Tamika includes quotes from basketball coaches and players which enrich the experience of reading the book. One comes to quickly recognize the names and realize, life for Tamika was lived among those who played the best and also, expected the best from her. Tamika tells of her experiences both on and off the court which is sure to inspire basketball fans or not. Throughout the book, she shares of important lessons learned along the way: "We are each gifted in a special way. God made us with some aspect of his own image, and we are, in our own unique way, God's work of art." "God was there, answering my prayers. I realized that, in fact, it wasn't basketball that got me through.." "I think God dares us to step our on our own in life. He's saying, "Trust me, I've got you." As you do so, yes, there can be doubt (sure was for me), but you find out God has given you what you need to succeed. Not just in basketball but also in life." "The toughest thing for a player is to miss shots ... practice the discipline of doing it the right way, using the right form, following the sequence of shooting that ultimately works best." "God's way of living life is what best for us.But sometimes we have to go through his discipline to get there. We have to relearn how tolive, get away from bad habits, and practice the life he has for us." "This has been a journey like no other." This is an enjoyable memoir sure to motivate any reader to reach for their own dream, no matter the obstacles.