January 8, 2012

Book Review and Giveaway - One Year Uncommon Life Daily Challenge

The One Year Uncommon Life Daily Challenge
by Tony Dungy and Nathan Whitaker

I have always viewed Tony Dungy, former coach of the Indianapolis Colts, as a man of integrity and faith and that is surely confirmed in this, his newest book.  The Uncommon Life Daily Challenge is a series of 365 devotions, all dated with month and day, but not year, so that they can be reread over many years.  The concept of this type of book grew from Coach Dungy's own Bible study group.  Each member would read the same devotion and then they could discuss it on the day indicated - if not in person, than via phone or some other device. 

The devotions follow a seven day rotation focusing on these themes: Core, Family, Friends, Potential, Mission, Influence and Faith.  One can start reading on any day.  When I started reading on December 13th, the theme was Potential and the devotion centered around knowing that God is a safe place to hide in any storms of life, when "conditions begin to deteriorate and everything seems to be spinning out of control."  We've probably all experienced that feeling.  Each devotion is based on a Scripture reading, in this case, Psalm 46:10, "Be still, and know that I am God."  And best of all, each reading has an Uncommon Key, an application to our own lives.  On December 13th, we are reminded to quiet our hearts and let God show us how mighty He can be. 

I found the devotions to be very conversational, scripture-based, and full of true story examples from Dungy's life experiences as a coach and a father to seven children. His faith surely shines through every page.  It is a perfect book for informal groups or friends to share.
Listen as Tony Dungy explains his Uncommon Life Daily Challenge.

One might think that these writings would only be directed to and interesting only for men, but that is not true.  The topics are not gender-specific, and the applications can surely be used by anyone.

Read more about Tony Dungy and his Uncommon
Life Daily Challenge at

***Now, listen up, Tyndale Publishing
has provided a FREE copy
of The One Year Uncommon Life
Daily Challenge by Tony Dungy
to give away.  Just post a brief comment
and I'll draw for a winner two weeks from
today on January 22!  Make sure you note
a name or email, so I can name a winner!

*This book was provided to me by Tyndale Publishing for my review.  The opinions expressed, however, are my own and were not influenced by the publisher.


  1. Oh I can definetly comment, I loved Coach Dungy.

  2. Not sure if you wanted us to comment here on your blog or on FB to qualify for the book. Just to be sure I am posting on both places. :)
    Thanks for sharing this devotional.

  3. TD...a very special man and wonderful example in his faith and courage. Count me in for that drawing!

  4. Sounds GREAT...enjoyed the video. You might enjoy a book on my niece's Blog, "Ten" or "10" - I will try to send it to you.

    THANKS, Tommie Sampson (Facebook)

  5. I would love to read it! Throw my name in the hat! :)