As the coach of one of high school basketball’s greatest programs, Coach Dru Joyce has been mentor and motivator to some of the nation’s best young players, including basketball legend LeBron James. With insight and grit earned from his years on and off the court, Co... Read More
Far more than a sports book, Beyond Championships is a blueprint for anyone looking to make better choices, reach their full potential, and become winners in all areas of life, through his nine principles that he instills in his players, as well as in his own life.
As you assess your chosen path in life and look for ways to embark on a more inspiring and rewarding journey, Coach Dru offers an accessible and relatable roadmap for personal evolution.
- Product type: Book
- Format: Hardcover
- Release Date: Mar 10, 2015
- UPC: 9780310340522
- Volumes/Discs: 1
- Pages: 224
- Publish Date: Mar 10, 2015
- Language: English
- Audience Age Maximum: 0
- Audience Age Minimum: 0
- BISAC: "BIO016000"
- ISBN: 0310340527
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- Proven, Practical Choices for Victorious Living! by Jeanae on 5/13/2015
I am neither a major fan nor historian of sports; however, I love stories of perseverance, personal triumph, and the practical application of successful, proven methods. This book is precisely that, and much more.
Dru Joyce is known by sports fans as the coach and mentor of many basketball notables, and the book touches on many of his triumphs. If you are a sports enthusiast, then these stories will be more than enough to hold your interest. However, what truly makes this book fabulous is the up close and personal look into his real life. He doesn't just share what he has learned while grooming athletes, but he gives an honest account of his walk as a man of faith.
I shared my thoughts on this book with one of my favorite coaches, and after reading it for himself, he purchased copies for all of the young men on his team. This book will have a great impact upon the lives of men of all ages, as well as those who love great stories of faith, trial, and triumph.
Note: I received this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own, and are not influenced by any other factors.
- Make Wish Decisions! by Andrew on 4/7/2015
I’m a member of the Family Christian Bloggers and they provided me with a free copy of Life Is_____ for this review.
In Beyond Champions, Coach Dru II shared ten powerful principles he learned in his life and how they have influenced him as a coach. Some of these included, “The Beauty of Rock Bottom”, “The Power of Words”, “Dare to Dream”, “Take Charge of Your Mind”, and much more. He began the book about how decisions create the environment in which we are living in and they have an impact on the rest of our lives. He worked for a business corporation, ConAgra for 25 years and he was making a good living. He eventually discovered he wanted more and he wanted to follow his true passion, coaching basketball, and working with the young. Leaving his good paying job and changing careers was a tough decision but he realized this choice changed his entire life. He strongly believes in teaching his players the importance of making right decisions and asking themselves where they want to be in the next few years and making sure they plan for their futures.
One of my favorite chapters was, “Use the Game; Don’t Let the Game Use You” because this one he opened up about his son, Dru and how he encouraged his son to press on even when it looks impossible. Dru had a dream of playing basketball but he is only five foot two and he struggled with insecurity. People would constantly criticize him for being short and they thought he wouldn’t be able to effectively play basketball. In the Divison III state championship game, when Dru was a freshman, his coach decided to send Dru out into the game. His team was three points down and Dru shocked the audience when he scored seven three pointers and won the game with 21 points. He now plays professional basketball in Germany. He didn’t let people stop him and tell him he couldn’t do it, he pushed on to accomplish his dreams.
I would recommend this prevailing book to anyone who enjoys sports and reading a book that has a potent faith built message. I liked how Coach Dru shared personal stories ranging from his past relationships, to meeting his wife, raising a family, business field, and coaching. He was very transparent throughout the book about his disappointments, mistakes, and triumphs and what he learned through the ups and downs. This book taught me the importance of planning for the future and making wise decisions because they affect my life and others. This book would make a great gift to any youth sports fan as well as adults.