Book Excerpt: 'Quiet Strength'

This year Tony Dungy experienced many firsts.

He was part of the first Super Bowl that featured a black head coach. His opponent had a black coach, too, making it the first time two black coaches went head to head in the game. When he won the big game, it was not only his first win, but the first for any black coach in the game's history.

In "Quiet Strength," Dungy goes beyond his major victory and even the game of football to discuss his faith and overcoming the tragic death of his son, James, who committed suicide in 2005.

With a foreword by Denzel Washington, Dungy's first book may prove inspirational to many readers.

You can read an excerpt of his book below.

Foreword

We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; Perplexed, but not in despair; Persecuted, but not destroyed. We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus' sake, so that His life may be revealed in our mortal body.

2 Corinthians 4:8-11

We are blessed and privileged to write the foreword to a book that truly represents the power of God and the rewards of obedience to God's Word. On February 4, 2007, millions of people witnessed Coach Tony dungy confirm his faith after winning the greatest award in football, the super bowl Championship. Coach Dungy made history as the first African American coach to win the Super bowl.although that is significant,it is only a small part of his journey toward fulfilling his life's purpose.

It has been said that we get good at whatever we practice. Coach Dungy practices proactive faith. This faith is not a gimmick or magic or the will of a strong mind. It is not a short-order request to receive what we want when we want it. Proactive faith is receiving everything that has been promised to us by God's Word for His purpose and in His timing. Because of his proactive faith, Tony Dungy has been able to climb many mountains. Great achievements require great effort, and Coach Dungy's greatest accomplishment is that through it all, he has stayed obedient to God's will.

Coach Dungy's life displays his steadfast belief in God and his submission to God's Word. His story is a guide for basic living and a confession of his belief in Jesus Christ, the Son of God. This account is proof that Coach Dungy's beliefs have sustained him consistently throughout his life. To follow Coach Dungy's life from his beginnings to the present is most inspiring. For him to have been rejected, ignored, praised, and denied -- yet still maintain dignity, strength, and hope -- is a testament to his unwavering faith. At times his choices have not been popular, but he has stood his ground. He has remained commited to the will of God. The payoff of such faith is far better than anything the material world can offer. In this world, one can never be satisfied. The reward of remaining patient and obedient to the will of God is that life becomes fulfilling and satisfying . . .complete.

Hebrews 11:6 says, "Without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him." We see a beautiful testimony of such faith in this man of courage. Pauletta and Denzel Washington

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