Ray Lewis, legendary Baltimore Ravens linebacker and one of the greatest defensive players of his generation, holds nothing back on the state of football as well as his troubled childhood, his rise to athletic greatness, the storm that threatened to ruin his NFL career, and the devastating injury that nearly cost him a final moment of glory.
A lot of folks, they know my game, but they don't know my deal. This audiobook right here, it tells the story of my 17-year NFL career. It tells of my two Super Bowls, the mark I was blessed to be able to make on the game, on the city of Baltimore. But it also tells the story of how I grew up - abandoned by my no-account father, raised with my siblings by our God-fearing, hardworking single mother. It tells how I sometimes struggled off the field. It tells of the anguish and controversy that found me away from the game.
Mostly it tells how heartbreak can sometimes lift you to greatness and glory - if you find a way to put your focus on faith and faith in your focus.
When I left the game, confetti raining down on my teammates and me after winning the Super Bowl, I made a promise to myself to show how the game is really played at the highest level. That's what you'll find in this audio - a raw, honest look at the business of football and a look behind the scenes at some of the most torturous aspects of the game. The grind of the NFL - that's what shines through.
My deal? That grind is a given. Every player who wears an NFL uniform has to slog through the same battles just to get to the league. But it's how you prepare for those battles that defines you - and here I hope to show how an unwavering trust in God and an unbreakable sense of purpose can lift you from tragedy to triumph. From strength to strength, man - that's the deal.
©2015 Ray A. Lewis Jr. (P)2015 Simon & Schuster
the story, narrator and the pace of the book
jaw dropping truths
he trys to speak like Ray
An inspiring book that will make a difference in a society struggling with an identity crisis. Ray Lewis tells his story of never quiting on himself or his dreams. I highly recommend this book.
I think any fan of Ray Lewis will appreciate hearing his backstory, despite many of them not feeling complete or exaggerated.
Many of the stories aren't believable in my opinion, for example:
- "my high school wrestling coach asked me why do I practice so hard, and I said I'm chasing demons coach"
- "my dance came from one step to the left for The Father, one to the right for The son, and break through the middle for The Holy Spirit"
- "I heard the crowd yelling hateful, low down things, and I could only think of Psalms 23"
I enjoyed the reader, he does an amazing job.
None, it was just interesting.
Overall, the book is solid for Ray Lewis fans. For whatever reason, I just can't/couldn't get past the "inauthentic nature" (for a lack of better words) of his internal thoughts. It feels more like that's what he wished he thought at the time
Of course much of this book were story that I had no idea were a part of Ray Lewis' life. I feel like he covered the entire timeline covering why he is who he is today. I'm still amazed at the seeming huge size he personifies now even though he was considered too small by many at draft time. Really good read. I highly recommend this book.
Ray Lewis is an inspiration and phenomenal man! His story is filled with lessons and methods that we can all employ to do the impossible. The book was an insightful look into a life lived at the highest levels. His integrity and strength is a wonderful example for all to follow and admire!
You always know what you're getting when you read a bio. This is no different. Ray Lewis tells of his life and how overcame struggle. I think the story moved a little to fast for me. But overall it was great. I wish he would have slowed down on certain things that needed more detail. But again, great job.
Ray lewis is a symbol of perseverance and an example of an attitude of determination. This audio book is worth the time and money. It changes the way I view the wrongs that have been done to me, and the failures and setbacks I've faced.
This was a great book and gave you a behind the scenes look into Ray Lewis life story. I've been a fan for years and after reading this book in even more of a fan. I admire his passion, leadership, perseverance and faith. A true hero who finally had a chance to share his side of the story! Worth the read
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