Item description for Champions of Faith: Catholic Sports Heroes Tell Their Stories by Thomas O'Toole...
Overview Through the words of such Catholic athletes as Sammy Sosa, Tara Lipinski, and Dave Wannstedt, this book reveals that heroes still exist. It also reveals that for many of those who take their role-model status seriously, faith plays a major part in their success and their witness.
Publishers Description Are there heroes anymore? What role, if any, does faith play in the life of high-paid, famous athletes? Through the words of a wide range of popular athletes, Champions of Faith reveals that heroes still exist and that for many of those who take their role-model status seriously, faith plays a major part in their success and their witness. Over a period of two years, author Tom OToole, a devout Catholic and seasoned journalist, interviewed Catholic sports heroes such as Sammy Sosa, Lou Holtz, Mike Ditka, Dave Wannstedt, Suzie McConnell-Serio, Lenny Wilkens, Rudy Ruettiger, Alberto Salazar, Bobby Allison, Danny Abramowicz, Tara Lipinski, Ray Meyers, Fr. John Smyth, and Cammi Granto.
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More About Thomas O'Toole
Thomas A. O Toole, an avid sports fan and devout Catholic, earned a B.A. from the University of Notre Dame."
Reviews - What do customers think about Champions of Faith: Catholic Sports Heroes Tell Their Stories?
The Role Models We Need Jun 14, 2007
Getting committed Catholics to share their faith is tougher than getting a Trappist to do a monologue. O'Toole manages to get these champions to share the meaningful role of their faith in their lives and their successes.
I never knew this side of Lenny Wilkins whom I have always admired as a class guy. Ditka is a boyhood hero since my dad got him to speak to our parish Holy Name Society in about 1963. Lou Holtz is a blast.
When I was a boy, reading the stories of sports heroes was inspiring to me. This book will do the same for today's kids. Buy it and give it to your children, and grandchildren. My God son loved it!
Nice Chicago Sports centered book on the Faith May 31, 2002
Not the smoothest of writing styles, but a great subject and intense attitude of the Catholic faith. Written in interview style this book does not flow as it could. The sports stars are interesting and the faith spoken by most of them is clear and powerful but the "too live" interview style weakened the message for me. I was hoping to get some intense Catholic sound bites from great sports heroes but I came away feeling that it could have been stronger and easier to read. It does feature quite a few Chicago area sports people so it gets my Chicago thumbs up. But sports and faith should be stronger than this book gives off.
Read Me Dec 19, 2001
If you are a Christian and are interested in athletics at any level, this is a book you should read. Or buy it for a special friend. O'Toole explores the connection to Faith for some names you will recognise. Yes, there are still heroes and they will not be drawn in by the dark forces that assail those who strive for greatness. O'Toole's combination of Christionaity and journalism makes for a very readable narative. I heartily recommend it.
It is about time... Jul 11, 2001
Finally, someone has written about the persistent connection between athletics and christianity without excerpting the Fellowship of Christian Athletes playbook. The author manages to get hard cases like Mike Ditka to speak openly about their faith; not an easy task as Catholic athletes (unlike their born-again christain cousins) seem reluctant to share such intimate stories. Or perhaps no one besides this author has bothered to ask. I keep thinking that these athletes and coaches would be great models to Catholic kids, if only they knew the stories.
I particularly liked the Lenny Wilkens interview, the rare combination of Catholic-African-American athlete.
Only one question: where is the Bill Bradley interview? I learned during the recent presidential campaign that Bradley is a Catholic convert. I'll wait for the sequel.
Honest, funny, and holy. May 27, 2001
Enjoyed the book. Liked the way many of the athletes covered tied into one another. They knew each other, worked together, spoke of each other, etc. Was as honest portrayal of those featured without unnecessary dialogue. Great intellectual writer who writes from the heart and pays attention to details. Buy one ... buy three ... and give them as gifts.