Item description for Champions for Life: The Power of a Father's Blessing by Bill Glass & Terry Pluto...
Overview Through his ministry, Champions for Life, Bill Glass teaches the healing power of a father's blessing in cities, congregations, prisons and schools across America. His message is simple: a father's blessing can give a child the inspiration, reassurance and confidence to live life to its fullest potential. Glass defines a blessing as a gentle touch, a loving hug and a powerful verbal message of unconditional love. Nothing is more rewarding to the giver and the receiver than the amazing, affirming results of a blessing. Glass encourages fathers to reach out to their families, sons and daughters with expressions of love and support. In giving a blessing, we are guided toward our destiny and are able to support our children in living theirs.
Retired NFL player, founder of Champions for Life and one of the most respected ministers in the country, shares his story.
"I believe Champions for Life is doing very effective work bringing the Good News of Jesus Christ to many lost men and women throughout America." - Billy Graham
Bill Glass, founder of Champions for Life, one of the most respected ministries in the country, shares the powerful message he has been preaching for decades: the most important thing a father can do is to bless his child. Through his personal stories and teachings, Glass shows all parents how a blessing can give children the inspiration, reassurance and confidence to live life to their fullest potential. Bestowing a blessing requires simply a gentle touch, a loving hug and/or a powerful verbal message of unconditional love.
Glass has learned through the work of his ministry that we live in a time when the youth of America suffer from a lack of positive mentors - the result is broken families, divorce at epidemic rates, rampant drug and alcohol abuse, overfilled jails and prisons, and thousands of at-risk youth. In Champions for Life, readers will learn the solution to many of these problems begins in the home and is the cornerstone to our children's development and strength of character for our future leaders. The most basic family building block is a parent's ability to give a blessing and Glass shows readers how doing this will change the lives of their children, as well as their own.
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Studio: Faith Communications
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.49" Width: 5.56" Height: 0.51" Weight: 0.66 lbs.
Release Date Apr 1, 2005
Publisher HEALTH COMMUNICATIONS #647
ISBN 0757302505 ISBN13 9780757302503
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More About Bill Glass & Terry Pluto
Bill Glass, a former starter for the Cleveland Browns, helped lead his team to three division titles between 1965 and 1968. He was named Consensus All-American during his college years and was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. Today Glass is a highly sought-after minister and motivator, with a packed schedule including speaking engagements around the country and overseas.
Reviews - What do customers think about Champions For Life?
Great, Experience-Based Advice from a Prison Missionary and Retired NFL Player! Mar 6, 2006
This book points out the extreme importance of having a father bless his children throughout their entire lives.
This may seem to be an alien concept in our secular culture, where too often people reject a father figure and act like fathers are optional. It is too "cool" and "trendy" these days to know single mothers who never married the father of their child, but the reality is that it devastates the self-image of the fatherless child.
Bill points out from experience that at all the prisons he witnesses at, it is always very hard, even impossible, to find an inmate who has a good relationship with their real father--they usually curse their father for not being there for them while they were growing up; which is the breeding ground for criminal activities and gang membership which becomes the surrogate family, and blesses the individual for doing criminal acts, instead.
I am a big fan of professional athletes who preach the Gospel, so I am very happy with this great book from Bill Glass!
Bill Glass is a retired NFL football player from the 1960's, who has been heavily involved with his own prison ministry for decades, Champions for Life.
This book is basically Bill Glass writing about the importance of a Father's Blessing in the life of everybody, not just prisoners--everybody needs that affirmation and encouragement from their father (or father figure)!
Not only is the blessing important, but the curse is also discussed. What parents say negatively to or about their kids has a major effect. Bill discusses his personal, accidentally inflicted curse, when he overheard his mother telling someone that Bill was not good looking at all. No parents are perfect, and his mother never even knew that he overheard that remark, but it haunts Bill over 60 years later, throughout his entire life. What your parents say about you really DOES matter, though, hurt people try to shrug it off.
Bill discusses that, too. If a parent refuses to bless, or has died, then you must forgive the parent and seek the blessing from another father figure.
The blessing must always be unconditional. Bill uses his sports experience to contrast between unconditional blessing versus coaching. Coaches are never satisfied, always push for more, and their blessing is dependent upon performance, because the coaches job is on the line, and so is the athlete's job, if winning is not achieved. Coaching is performance based. Parenting and blessing is unconditional, NOT dependent upon a child's performance or achievements. We have to bless our kids just because they are our kids, NOT because they first had to achieve a goal, like a good report card. Belonging to the family is unconditional, but remaining on a sports team is achievement dependent.
Bill is helped by pro sports writer Terry Pluto, but this is essentially the thoughts of Bill Glass, relating anecdotes from his own life, prisoners he has met, and Bible passages. Terry and Bill have been great friends since 1996, when Terry got Saved, after obseving one of Bill's Prison sessions for a writing assignment.
I like this book because you learn a lot about Bill's own life, his football career, and how Bill's parents raised him in a Christian manner. Bill Glass was a player on the championship Cleveland Browns, one season before the first Super Bowl. If the annual Super Bowls has started one year earlier, Bill would have been a winner of the first Super Bowl.
This book is very personable, not technical or clinical. Reading it is like hanging out with a really great, caring Christian fellow who wants to help people by learning from the mistakes of others. This book is full of common sense advice, which is actually not commonly practiced, these days.
Another good book by a Christian and former NFL player is IN THE TRENCHES by Reggie White, an NFL Football Hall of Famer. There is something about being a huge, macho football player that seems to make these Christian athletes more daring and unashamed to use their sports fame to push the message of the Gospel. I love reading books by these pro athlete Christians.