Finally Free: An Autobiography

Finally Free: An Autobiography


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Finally Free: An Autobiography by Michael Vick, Stephen Copeland

One of the most talented and polarizing athletes of our generation, Michael Vick’s stunning story has captured news headlines across the nation. From his poverty-stricken youth, to his success on the field in high school and college, to his rise to NFL stardom and his fall from grace, Finally Free shows how a gifted athlete's life spiraled out of control under the glare of money and fame, aided by his own poor choices. In his own words, Vick details his regrets, his search for forgiveness, the moments of unlikely grace—and the brokenness that brought his redemption on the way to a surprising, fairy-tale season with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2010.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781617950698
Publisher: Worthy Publishing
Publication date: 09/04/2012
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 195,385
Product dimensions: 8.90(w) x 6.20(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Michael Vick is the quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League. The 2010 season was the most prolific of his career, earning him a start in the Pro Bowl and cementing his comeback in football. Prior to spending the last two seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles, Michael played for the Atlanta Falcons (from 2001-2006), the team that originally chose him with the first overall pick in the 2001 NFL draft.

Brett Honeycutt is the managing editor of Sports Spectrum, a national Christian sports publication that has been around for more than twenty-eight years. Prior to taking his current position, he worked for The Charlotte Observer for 16 years (six years as a freelance writer and 10 years on staff). Brett is a graduate of Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia.

Stephen Copeland is the editor of Sports Spectrum's digital magazine and a columnist at Sports Spectrum magazine, a national faith-based sports publication that has been around for more than twenty-eight years. He recently co-authored "The Jersey Effect" with former Indianapolis Colts punter Hunter Smith. Stephen graduated from Grace College in Winona Lake, Indiana, and is from Plaineld, Indiana.

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Finally Free: An Autobiography 2.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 79 reviews.
Copmom More than 1 year ago
I will respect the opinions of people supporting this man if they have also read "The Lost Dogs" and have personally seen the victims of any dog fighting ring. If you can hold a dog in your lap that has been severely injured both physically and mentally by being forced to fight by a bunch of mean, ignorant people or witness the corpse of a dog that was murdered by these people because it didn't "perform" up to their standards and still respect this man then you are a far different person than I am. Even if he deserves a second chance, he should never be held up to the standards of a "hero" or someone children should look up to.
Scholar-Advocate More than 1 year ago
So we have come to a point in our society where one can be the monster that Michael Vick is and still get support and affirmations by just writing abook about it. The title of his book is Finally Free. Can the dogs he tortured and killed say that?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Rather than line Vick's pockets with any more $$ when it comes to the suffering of those animals, why not buy a book that tells of the SURVIVAL of the pups that were owned by this monster!   Jim Gorant's book: The Lost Dogs: Michael Vick's Dogs and Their Tale of Rescue and Redemption
MaryMS More than 1 year ago
If anyone wishes to read a true autobiography of Michael Vick, then they should pick up The Lost Dogs by Jim Gorant. This book? Nothing more than a cobbled together version of the man Vick WISHES he was, but never will be. Vile and contemptible. This is not a role model for anyone to vilify.
stefryan7 More than 1 year ago
first of all, to the anonymous sept. 5 poster who said that this is not a forum for personal views but for book may have had a point except, where exactly is YOUR book review? your post is the exact same as every other post that is not a book review. second of all, i want to echo every negative review posted here. michael vick is scum. no, i have not read this book and i never will. clearly anyone willing to read, and more importantly pay for, this book does not understand or care to understand the crimes he committed against dogs and humanity. i suggest that if you are going to sing michael vick's praises as a "changed man," you should read "the lost dogs" and see if you still feel that way. you will never convince me that someone who is capable of committing those kinds of acts against animals is a good person. every person deserves a second chance, i truly believe that, even in michael vick's case. but his second chance is not one of learning from his mistakes and gaining perspective -- instead he is back living the high life, repairing his image, and now apparently profiting off this horrible situation. and no, michael vick has NOT duly paid for his crimes -- he has done the bare minimum required for getting caught and lying about it. if he had never got caught, every single one of those dogs and countless others would be suffering a horrible existence and dying at his hands. it's completely DISGUSTING. shame on ANYONE who makes excuses for that! i want to leave everyone with this quote: "the greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated." --ghandi
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I will not be reading or buying this book. Vick is only sorry he got caught. I will give him credit for opening my eyes to the horrors of dog fighting, bait dogs and the like. How anyone could do this to an animal is beyond my understanding. Understand he killed dogs with his bare hands. I will not in anyway support this kind of person.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This sociopath tortured and murdered dogs for fun and profit, and has shown no remorse. When the Humane Society of the United States raided his property, the inner perimeter of the electrified pool into which he threw live dogs, was deeply scarred with scratch marks as the dogs tried to claw their way out of the pool. Why would anyone care what this sadistic monster has to say? And spend money for it? I don't think so. It won't be long before the NFL kicks him to the curb like so much trash.
jeanpennie More than 1 year ago
A better read would be "The Lost Dogs" where the sociopath vick's crimes against innocent animals are described.  This cretin should not be glorified by ANY individual and he certainly is no different today than he was then, he's just got more lawyers and publicists covering his butt.  B&N lost my business.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I will not buy this book and I will be cancelling my Barnes & Noble account.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago this his story of how to run a dog fighting ring? His story isn't worth putting on paper! Burn every copy of this damn book. No apologies will be accepted for what he did to those innocent dogs!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Of course the HSUS would have something positive to say about this evil dog murderer. They were given $50,000 by the Philadelphia Eagles to take him under their wing and say nice things about them. I don't believe anything that is said by an organization which mis-manages money. This book just reminds people of Vick and all his lies and excuses. He got a high out of fighting then killing dogs. That kind of behavior doesn't stop just because you got caught. He has said in the past he wouldn't change anything about his life. I bet his murdered and abused dogs would disagree.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Unlike many people who posted, I actually read this book and enjoyed it very much.  I finished it in two days.  It really helps you to understand his background and his struggles and how his downfall really humbled him and caused him to be a better person.  I really don't understand the hatred and animosity towards someone who has admitted his wrong, served his time and has mended his ways and is now giving back to society.  I don't think I've seen this type of dislike for some of the vilest of criminals.  If you are truly interested in his story, this book is a great read.
NotJoshua More than 1 year ago
First off I'm leaving a three start because I don't want to ruin the reviews anymore than people have with their emotional reaction to what Vick has done.  I have followed this story very closely and will be reading the book.  However I've followed from the eyes and voiced opinions of people who are actually around Vick (such as: sports casters, teammates, and so forth).  Vick did his time.  Vick did his punishment.  Vick hasn't stopped their.  People judge him from his first step.  Yes, what Michael Vick did was outrageously horrid!  Yet, he doesn't shy from the question when asked about it.  He takes on questions and concerns.  Is he a rolemodel? Yes.  Does he now act like it yes.  Does he deserve to be announced as a good man? No.  Does he deserve to be hosed for the rest of his life? Yes.  Does he deserve to be judged by his actions? Yes.  Does he deserve to right his wrong? Yes.  Has he? No.  He never will right his wrong, and that's what he said himself.  Does he deserve the credit for attempting to do so? YES!  A book to explain what he has done.  A book to explain his emotion and his true feelings.  Perfect!  If he just came out during a new conference and said he was sorry and tried to explain his story everyone would assume he was just trying to one up us and he was reading a script from his agent.  So... a book.   Good for him trying to express his true side and a reclaimed side in a professional and very under the radar manner.  This book will be bought by "villians" who have dog fighting rinks everywhere.  If this book makes those guys feel emotion and his story and how hard it took a toll on him and his family to make them shut their rink down.  What then?  He still a "villian"? Yes.  Yes he his.  But he's a villian who's now attempting to right his wrong in a very well put manner.  I applaud his attempts and wish him the best.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book in a day, it was very sad to read at times, but it came from the heart Mr. Vick, we learn from him, but never repeat the bad things that were done to those dogs, we never to forget what took place, but we learn from it, and to do what is right in life no matter what, overall this was a good book to read, through out your life, but very forget. That is the key.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I agree give it a rest and allow this man live his life without the hatred. People and babies are getting killed everyday but people are giving Michael Vick more static and it's ridiculous. I personally thinks its racial but of course no one will admit to it. He has done his time and asked for forgiveness. For the people that is passing judgement , CHECK YOUR OWN CLOSET FOR SKELETONS BEFORE JUDGING SOMEONE ELSE.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
All of you judging this man for his sins..which has to be forgiven only by GOD!! Now, I'm not sure if you people are believers in the Bible, but all of you Judging Vick which we as Christians are told not to do!! Everyone has done something that was wrong and not Christian-like and we ask to be forgiven! What he did was wrong and unacceptable. But he does deserve the chance to correct his mistakes! You all have the right to your opinions which is great but to come on the forum and Be-little someone and call them out of their names is not right either!! No Sin is Greater then another,and the last time I check their was only one person that was without Sin and its NONE of you that are posting negative comments about Vick. If we were to do a background check on your LIFE I'm pretty sure we would find some RED FLAGS as well. The difference is your life in not made available for the world to see like Michael Vick's Life was and still is. The book is good!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One star is too good for this "man". He never apologized for what he and his cohorts did to the dogs.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book. I am now a bigger fan of a Mike Vick.
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jbm More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed Michael Vick's honesty in the book. He stood up to his wrong doings, turned his life back to the Lord Jesus.  I am a dog lover, but believe in forgiveness when someone truly repents, and this man has done that.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Moses killed someone and he is a prophet. But you stupid people arent forgiving a great NFL quarterback and a man who gives to charity for killing pouches. Jesus would be disapponit.
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