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Mike Singletary One-on-One: The Determination That Inspired Him to Give God His Very Best [Hardcover]

By Mike Singletary (Author) & Jay Carty (Author)
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NFL legend Mike Singletary's skills and determination as a linebacker were second to none. Now readers can meet the man of faith behind those amazing tackles. The 60 heartfelt devotions will inspire and challenge readers to draw nearer to God while giving their all, no matter where the "playing field" is.

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Football fans will remember the penetrating gaze of the eyes beneath the helmet of the Chicago Bears #55 throughout the 1980s and into the 1990s. NFL legend Mike Singletary's skills and determination as a linebacker were second to none. Now readers can meet the man of faith behind those amazing tackles. Together with best-selling author Jay Carty, Mike Singletary lets you in behind the scenes of a career in which the term "Christian football player" seems like an oxymoron. Prepare yourself to learn life lessons from an athlete and man who in the midst of a competitive contact sport gave his all to the glory of God. In these 60 heartfelt devotions, Mike and Jay will inspire and challenge you to draw nearer to God while giving your all, no matter where your "playing field" is.

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  • Christian Advance - 09/01/2005 page 30

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Regal Books
Pages   169
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.52" Width: 6.36" Height: 0.72"
Weight:   0.92 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Sep 1, 2005
Series  One-on-One  
ISBN  0830737022  
ISBN13  9780830737024  

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More About Mike Singletary & Jay Carty

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! MIKE SINGLETARY is a college and NFL Hall of Fame member and a former All-Pro defensive captain of the Chicago Bears, from which he retired in 1992. Today he is a motivational speaker and corporate consultant, assistant head coach / linebackers for the San Francisco 49ers and devoted family man. His previous books include Singletary on Singletary, Calling the Shots and Daddy's Home at Last. Mike lives in Northern California with his wife, Kim, and seven children.

JAY CARTY has played for the Los Angeles Lakers, coached basketball at his alma mater, Oregon State, and been a part of John Wooden's UCLA coaching staff. After hanging up his basketball shoes, Carty entered ministry. He has been a traveling preacher and the author of many books, including Playing with Fire, and the coauthor of Coach Wooden One-on-One and Darrell Waltrip One-on-One. Jay and his wife, Mary, live in California.

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I'm no longer a gung-ho supporter of any professional football team. (Although I probably still lean a little toward the Miami Dolphins - my first gridiron love dating back to 1972 and their undefeated season.) But in 1984, I was a big fan of the Los Angeles Raiders (my hometown team) who were then the reigning Super Bowl champions, and I can still recall watching a game against the Chicago Bears on the lobotomizer (TV). To my utter amazement, four Raiders had to be assisted off the field that day. My jaw fell open! This was the sort of manhandling treatment that the OTHER teams customarily suffered when playing the men in (Silver And) Black. That was the day that I sat up and took notice of the new Monsters Of The Midway, and that wild-eyed linebacker wreaking havoc on everything over the middle - MIKE SINGLETARY.

To this day, Singletary (inducted into the Football Hall Of Fame in 1998) remains the best linebacker I've ever seen, and no football fan from my generation will ever forget those eyes under his helmet, wide open, huge, like two motherships scanning the terrain for something to zap into smithereens. And what an awesome force this man was on the field, flattening runningbacks and pulverizing quarterbacks and dealing similarly with any other fool who got in his way! Singletary was the indisputable leader of what came to be known as "The Junkyard Dog Defense." In this book, `MIKE SINGLETARY: ONE ON ONE', Jay Carty calls him "the most intense man I have ever met." Over two decades ago, a friend gave me the nickname, "Mister Intense", and although admittedly I have mellowed a little with age, I'm still occasionally called by that moniker. And it was Singletary's intensity and reputation as a good man that appealed to me even while I hated his '85 team - which I will confess is the greatest football team I've ever rooted against.....and better than any team I ever rooted for, too.

(Mike writes: "The huge amount of pressure was most intense on game day. I got really revved up. I would hyperventilate and build up a rapid heart rate. While everyone else listened to rock, rap and hip-hop to amp up, I would listen to Beethoven to try to calm down." Ha-Ha! Yeah, this dude was created for the game of football!)

`MIKE SINGLETARY: ONE ON ONE' is a book containing 60 Christian lessons (broken up into daily study) which ex-L.A. Laker and current minister, Jay Carty, based upon the reminiscences of Mike's playing days. On the left-hand page is a brief football-related story by Mike, and on the right-hand page is the Christian (usually Bible-based) insight that Jay associates with the story. Following his text, Carty includes a little prayer related to the theme and then gives some Bible passages for the reader to explore the idea more fully.

I found Carty's original prayers (and commentary) to be rather silly at times (and really, with the exception of a few Holy Spirit-filled prayers that one should memorize, effective prayer really needs to be spontaneous and come from the individual's heart - not from someone else's heart), and in a few of the lessons, I felt that Carty was really reaching to find a spiritual message based on what Singletary had to say. Even so, I found myself highlighting as much of Carty's text as Singletary's, and there is no question that Jay is a very sincere man who desires to live a Christ-like life.

There were less than flattering comments made about a couple of other players (e.g., Day 20, in which Singletary discusses William "The Refrigerator" Perry's lack of commitment and self-discipline) that probably weren't necessary, and probably don't belong in a book of this nature. But they were made more palatable by the honesty of both writers who did not shy away from pointing out times in their own lives when they too had gotten off the track.

`ONE ON ONE' contained many interesting stories: you'll learn who Singletary ranks as the best quarterbacks he ever played against and which two linemen hit him as hard as he hit others; you'll learn what qualities Mike and Jay believe constitutes a "real man"; and you'll learn about the "miraculous moment" when Singletary is sure that God intervened on his behalf, saving him from a possible career ending injury.

The book is informative, easy reading, and according to my own understanding, mostly Biblically sound. Also, I feel that God actually delivered a personal message to me through the lesson for Day 21 - what more could one ask for? `MIKE SINGLETARY: ONE ON ONE' would make an especially excellent gift for a young man who is involved in athletics and needs to see how a very motivated, competitive player can also be a good man and what being a good man really entails.

Mike Singletary is one of my all-time favorite athletes. His Mother believed that we must "let God be God." And for that reason, she ignored the advice of her doctors when they recommended that she have an abortion. Mike was born as a result of her letting God be God. I'm glad she did!
Mike Singletary- One On One  Feb 5, 2006
Having read several of Jay Carty's books now I have to say he is an incredibly inspiring writer and person to say the least. I am so excited each month as I check for new "stuff" from Jay Carty as it is always refreshing and different yet always connected to God with a three stranded cord. If you haven't been a reader of his books for long there are many to choose from and this writer never stops searching for Gods will in his daily efforts to continue to provide hearty reading material for all groups and all stages from salvation, and growth to a mature level of one's spiritual walk. I highly recommend anything he puts his hands on because I know the hand of God is on him. Some of what I have read and or listened to on tape are:"Discovering your natural talents", "Counter Attack: taking back ground lost to sin", "Playing with fire", "Something's fishy Getting rid of the carp in your life","Coach Wooden One on One", "Coach Wooden's Piramid of success", Darrell Waltrip - One on One, "Mike Singletary- One on One" all keeping me captivated from cover to cover!

Dora Wolfe - CA
A Dance with Faith and Football  Dec 31, 2005
Whoever Jay Carty is - He's on to something special. This book is the second one I read. First John Wooden, now Mike Singletary. I loved UCLA basketball and I loved the '85 Bears. This book gives you tastes of both again, along with some nice balance to other things in life. Great read!
Highly recommended   Dec 12, 2005
As a life long Packer fan I must admit there were times when I didn't appreciate Mike Singletary's prowess on the gridiron. However, I have a new respect and admiration of him today. Having read other Jay Carty books, I knew I had to read this one and I was not disappointed. This is the sort of inspirational book that one can cycle through over and over and never cease to be inspired.
A definate must read.  Nov 29, 2005
It is nice to read good things about professional athletes. Mike and Jay have done a wonderful job on this book; very inspiring. Check out Jay's other One-on-One books.

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