Book Review: The Long Snapper

Hardcover: 256 pages
Publisher: HarperOne; First edition/first printing edition (August 18, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0061691399
ISBN-13: 978-0061691393
Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.7 x 1 inches

A Cinderella story to be sure. From 7th grade Bible Teacher to World Champion that is the story of Long Snapper Brian Kinchen.

After years in the NFL and being cut by his last team Brian thought his career in the NFL was over. But one day, while teaching a Bible Class his cell phone rang and that call changed his life. He was on his way back in the NFL with the New England Patriots.

The story is not just a football story, although there are many behind the scenes football stories in the book, it is a story of faith. The faith of one man and his desire to do what God wanted him to do not for his own glory but for the glory of God.

Written by the Pulitzer Prize winner Jeffrey Marx this is a story for all to read even if you don’t like football you will be able to identify with the struggle of this man as he came from no where to the top of his profession. A very humble family man he did what he does best, serve his God.

I will share one quote from the book that I believe stands out from all the rest:

Forty-eight days earlier, Brian had been minding his own business with a collection of seventh graders in the comfortable seclusion of a small classroom in Louisiana. The next day, after his tryout with the Patriots, he had stood in the team cafeteria at Gillette Stadium and told Bill Belichich: “… who ever you choose will probably have the team’s entire season in his hands at some point.” Sure enough, that moment was about to come.

And come it did. I highly recommend this book as a story of faith and inspiration.

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