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December 4, 2014

Sidelined {Chuck Pagano} PLUS Family Christian Giveaway

I received a copy of this book from Family Christian in exchange for my honest review. No other compensation was received. Family Christian is also the sponsor of this giveaway.

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Chuck Pagano, head coach of the Indianapolis Colts, has become one of the most inspiring, intriguing personalities in the game of football. Only three games into his rookie season in 2012, Pagano was diagnosed with leukemia, sidelined by the side effects chemotherapy and months of recovery.

Undeterred, Pagano didn’t let the confines of his hospital bed keep him from coaching: texts, calls, and emails kept him in constant contact with players, staff, and assistants. Motivated to be just as strong and determined as their ailing coach the team started winning game after game, compiling an impressive 11-5 record.

The players weren’t the only ones touched by Pagano’s hope and strength of character. Inspired by the tenacity and toughness of their beloved coach, a newcomer to town, thousands of fans united to form Chuckstrong, a movement that soon raised millions to help beat cancer. Pagano, fueled by his faith, his family, and his love of football, returned to lead the Colts to another winning season and the divisional playoffs in 2013.

In this book, Coach Pagano begins with Spring Training in 2012 and takes us through the entire season. He talks about his family, the first signs of illness, and the journey of his illness and healing during that season.

Throughout this book, Pagano recounts conversations with players and other coaches, stories told to him from those people, and messages he received from others in the field. It is apparent that his faith and the encouragement from those around him are what got him through that time in his life.

Coach Pagano has a strong faith and it shines through in this book.

I'm also an avid football fan, so reading Coach Pagano's accounts of each game that he watched from his hospital bed is fascinating to me. I loved the inside look at football from the coach's perspective and what it takes for an entire family to be in the game of football.

I enjoyed this book quite a bit, and read it in one sitting. I would recommend it to football fans, as well as those looking for a story of faith and encouragement.

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