Y’all he’s friends with Denzel Washington. What more do I need to say? The fact that Denzel (and his wife) wrote the forward to Tony Dungy’s Quiet Strength: The Principles, Practices, and Priorities of a Winning Life meant it was going to be awesome (and it was). But I mean seriously, they’re friends??? Two of my favorite celebrities…how do I get into that friendship circle??
This book’s definitely one I’m going to buy (along with all his other books). Dungy’s life is encouraging and inspiring on every level. He’s honest about his mistakes, his hard times, his joys and what it all comes down to – living a life for Christ. And when did I start getting teary-eyed? In the forward, page x.
His story is also such a great reminder of the power and influence we can have in people, like our youth today. I laughed a lot too, especially the way he told the story of how him and his wife, Lauren, met and dated. They truly are an amazing couple. Just when I thought they couldn’t impress me more, I turn to page 180 and learn about their adoptions. If this doesn’t provide further proof that we are meant to be friends (I have always had a heart for adoption), then I don’t know what does.
And if that wasn’t enough to make me cry, talking about his son Jamie (who took his own life a few years ago) was heartbreaking, yet profound. I cannot fathom their grief, but their response and unwavering faith through the circumstance impacted me greatly (and I know so many others).
Dungy’s life reminds me while the journey of life is full of twists, turns, valleys, hilltops and often not quite what we thought it would be, when we trust and follow the Lord, we’re exactly where we need to be.
Have I mentioned I want to be his friend?