Wednesday, January 25, 2012

"The One Year Uncommon Life Daily Challenge" Blog Tour & Giveaway

About the Book:

Strengthen the core of your life and faith on a year-long journey with beloved Super Bowl–winning former head coach Tony Dungy! The One Year Uncommon Life Daily Challenge contains 365 reflections from the #1 New York Times bestselling author on living an “uncommon life” of integrity, honoring your family and friends, creating a life of real significance and impact, and walking with the Lord. This year, step up to the challenge—and dare to be uncommon every day.

Go to for more information about this book and others from Tyndale.

About the Authors: 
Tony Dungy
Tony Dungy is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Quiet StrengthUncommon, and The Mentor Leader. He led the Indianapolis Colts to Super Bowl victory on February 4, 2007, the first such win for an African American head coach. Dungy established another NFL first by becoming the first head coach to lead his teams to the playoffs for ten consecutive years.

Dungy joined the Colts in 2002 after serving as the most successful head coach in Tampa Bay Buccaneers' history. He has also held assistant coaching positions with the University of Minnesota, Pittsburgh Steelers, Kansas City Chiefs, and Minnesota Vikings. Before becoming a coach, Dungy played three seasons in the NFL.

Dungy has been involved in a wide variety of charitable organizations, including All Pro Dad, Abe Brown Ministries, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Athletes in Action, Mentors for Life, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and Boys & Girls Clubs. He also works with Basket of Hope, Impact for Living, the Black Coaches Association National Convention, Indiana Black Expo, the United Way of Central Indiana, and the American Diabetes Association.

He retired from coaching in 2009 and now serves as a studio analyst for NBC's Football Night in America. He and his wife, Lauren, are the parents of seven children.
For more about Tony Dungy and the "Uncommon Life Challenge," visit
Nathan Whitaker
Nathan Whitaker is an attorney who lives in Florida with his wife and two daughters. He graduated from Harvard Law School and has worked in football administration for the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. His firm currently represents NFL and college coaches.

My Take:
Since this devotional book is geared towards men, I had my husband read this one, too, and he is the one providing the content for this review. 
This book is a one year devotional book by Super Bowl winning head coach Tony Dungy.  It focuses on seven principles: Core, Family, Friends, Potential, Mission, Influence, and Faith.  Each day of the week is devoted to one principle.  Each week, the cycle repeats.  Each devotional starts with a verse, has a page of personal insight from Tony Dungy, and ends with a statement to carry with you for the rest of the day.
As far as a daily devotional goes, this one is pretty good.  Tony has some interesting insights and great stories to use as examples to illustrate biblical principles.  The lessons taught (and hopefully learned) are excellent for the daily Christian life, and an excellent way to lead “an uncommon life”.
Having said that, I would offer a brief word of caution.  This book relies heavily on Tony’s life for examples.  Not surprising, many of his stories are sports related.  That shouldn’t come as a surprise, but if you are not into sports, perhaps you should find a different book.  Also, I found that reading a different topic each day was a bit distracting for me.  I personally would have preferred to have one topic for a week, with a seven week cycle instead of a seven day cycle.  This would have allowed me to focus on one topic for a week rather than just for a day.  But, this is a daily devotional and is what many people prefer.
Overall, this was a good book and one that I would recommend for those looking for a daily devotional and don’t mind (or are even looking for) a sports lean. 

The Giveaway:  I have a certificate to give away for a free copy of this book! Please fill out the form below for a chance to win. The contest begins now and will run through Tuesday, January 31st. I will announce the winner on Wednesday, February 1st. Good luck!
Congratulations to the winner of "The One Year Uncommon Life Daily Challenge" book ...

Mary S.

I will send an email to the winner with instructions on how to claim your prize.

Thansk to everyone who entered!

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