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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Tremendous! 12 septembre 2012
Par Burgin Irondale - Publié sur
A great book by a man with a great smile! Having an acquaintance pay a minister $180K, then denying it, was a God thing!

I can't wait for the sequel -- "Where Do I Go From Here: Cam Isn't Coming Back" by Gene Chizik, with a foreword by Pat Dye and his whiskey soaked liver.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Wow - what a pleasant surprise 6 juillet 2011
Par Easyliven - Publié sur
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Let me start by saying i'm not an Auburn fan. Now that i got that out of the way, WOW, that was a great book. I saw an interview with Coach Chizik regarding the book, and needed something to read, so, voila! What i didn't expect was not being able to put it down and reading the entire thing in a day.

It was so inspirational and gets you in the mind of this great man.

Glad i read it.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Deeper and With More Substance Than Most Books of this Type... 5 juillet 2011
Par Big D - Publié sur
An exceptional book by an exceptional man whose team had an exceptional year...

We grew up on "rags-to-riches" stories, stories about the ugly duckling that turned into a beautiful swan, about "The Little Engine That Could" ("I think I can--I think I can--I think I can..) and about young Jack Armstrong who overcame all kind of obstacles and challenges to become the "All-American Boy..."

Gene Chizik and the 2010 Auburn football team are a combination of all those stories...

From a 5-19 coach who was jeered and booed at his hiring to, two years later, a White House National Championship. Quite a story, quite a run...

And, more importantly to the reader, this story is told with more depth and candor than most books of this genre...That's what gives this book its power, its charm and its value.

Much more than a story for Auburn fans and fans of SEC football, this book, this story, is a story of victory of the human spirit, the spirit that lies deep within us all if we only have the courage to look for it, find it and act upon it...

This book, this story, is proof that all those stories we were brought up on are true. If you work hard, beleive in yourself and in those around you, dreams can come true, come true to a degree that was, for most if not all, unimaginable. This is such a story.

This is a good story, not just for Auburn, but for all who beleive in the power if the human spirit. This is the story of how, in this one instance, everything we were taught came true.
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1.0 étoiles sur 5 Do you see the parallels 14 novembre 2012
Par K. L. Crow - Publié sur
This book was published just before the book with a similar title, "All In: The Education of General David Petraeus". Since the publication of both books, Auburn University has suffered the decline of their football program that will become the standard for organizational failure. Chizik... gone.

General Petraeus, too, has experienced a fall from grace that is becoming all too common in our leadership today.

Coincidence? I'll never use the words "All In" in my battle cry. Too many stars appear to be aligning against them.
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1.0 étoiles sur 5 Fact-checking Chizik's Book 6 janvier 2013
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Gene Chizik's All In:What it Takes to be the Best is a very self-serving and self-promotional vehicle that sometimes has problems with the truth.

I say so because I was a participant in some of the events he describes. How Chizik reports those events is distorted and misleading, to phrase it charitably.

The section of which I speak is titled, "Our First Controversy" (pages 25-27). Generally, it summarizes Chizik's efforts to introduce a "chaplain" into his football team at Iowa State University. His intention was announced in Iowa on April 29, 2007 at a regional annual banquet for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

When Iowa State University faculty learned of this effort, Chizik's plan was opposed by a petition of some 130 faculty members, including one eventual Nobel Prize winner.

These faculty did not think that a government entity should be in the business of preferring one religion over another or that a government entity should prefer religion over non-religion.

In June of 2007, Dr. Gregory Geoffroy, then president of Iowa State University, issued some very restrictive guidelines for Chizik's chaplain, who was given a new title of "life skills assistant."

In any case, when referring to the faculty who opposed the chaplain, Chizik's book (p. 25) states: "They also asserted that our chaplain would favor Christianity over other faiths...What made things especially frustrating for me was that the objections against the plan were unfounded."

But the objections were not unfounded at all. The fact is that Kevin Lykins, who was hired as the life skills assistant, was being funded, at least in part, by the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

Chizik himself admits this on p. 26: "We were even setting up the position to be funded through private donations with support from the Fellowship of Christian Athletes."

The name, "Fellowship of Christian Athletes," itself tells you that there was a preference for Christianity.

And one only has to go to the official website of the FCA to see its intentions:

"Since 1954, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes has been challenging coaches and athletes on the professional, college, high school, junior high and youth levels to use the powerful medium of athletics to impact the world for Jesus Christ. FCA is the largest Christian sports organization in America. FCA focuses on serving local communities by equipping, empowering and encouraging people to make a difference for Christ."

Clearly, any FCA chaplain is going to try to use athletics to promote Christianity, not Islam, Wicca, Hiduism, or Buddhism.

So, Chizik is either being untruthful about the goals of FCA chaplains or Lykins intended to disregard the very objectives of the FCA while getting paid by the FCA. Chizik was disingenuous and foolish to think that faculty would not know that the FCA uses athletic fields as mission fields for Christianity.

On pp. 25-26, Chizik states: "From my perspective, the chaplain would be a spiritual resource, much as student-athletes are provided tutors for their coursework or mentors for their transition into college life."

This again shows that Chizik does not understand the diversity of religion in America. What does a "spiritual resource" mean?

The very assumption that students need a "spiritual resource" already shows that Chizik was preferring religious methods to deal with students over the non-religious methods that are already available, and included psychologists on the ISU staff.

And how would that "spiritual resource" deal with issues of homosexuality or how to cure any "spiritual" problem? Would the Christian chaplain really advise the student to try praying to Allah or to undertake a pilgrimage to Mecca?

The fact is that you cannot have a "spiritual resource" without privileging one religious view over another. No matter what one Christian chaplain may advise, any Muslim, Jewish , or even another Christian chaplain, might advise something opposite.

After all, not everyone thinks that Christianity solves anything or is even a good religion in the first place. Others think that religion, regardless of its type, does more harm than good. Some Christians probably would not think that a Muslim chaplain would be a good spiritual adviser either.

Furthermore, Chizik's plan actually deprived football team members of choice, as they could only go to the chaplain that he chose for the team. His opponents wanted students who felt they needed spiritual counseling to go to the religious counselor of their choice in the community, which has Christian, Jewish, and Muslim congregations, among others.

Another misleading passage in Chizik's book relates to whether his chaplain really did function as initially intended. Chizik tells us on p. 27: "The life skills assistant was everything we had intended the chaplain to be. It's just that title chaplain had, for some reason, given opponents an unrealistic idea about what that person would be and do for our team. The title changed from the original plan, but the job description and the reason for it never did."

According to Merriam-Webster Dictionary, a chaplain is "a clergyman officially attached to a branch of the military, to an institution, or to a family or court." So, how different and unrealistic an idea did the faculty have of Chizik's chaplain given this defintion and the FCA's stated objectives?

In reality, the opposing faculty members were very effective in neutralizing the chaplain.

The directives issued by Dr. Geoffroy in June of 2007 included the following: "The person holding this position is explicitly prohibited from acting as an agent to promote a particular religion or religious viewpoint..."

So, how would this allow the intended function of an FCA chaplain to "use the powerful medium of athletics to impact the world for Jesus Christ"?

Initially, the chaplain was supposed to be a point of pride and something to be celebrated. But the fact is that Kevin Lykins, in a videotape that surfaced in 2011, admitted how restricted he felt.

Lykins, for example, said: "I told Ron Brown of Nebraska. We love to pray to God in Jesus' name, but we can't. It's too sensitive of an issue."

As opposed to the initial intention to have a chaplain as a point of pride, Lykins admitted "You won't find my face on a website. You won't find my face in a newspaper or in a media guide."

Indeed, the whole time Lykins was here, he was hidden. He would not give interviews, and no one in the broader campus community seemed to know where he was.

So, the fact that the chaplain went from something of which to be proud to something that had to be hidden is itself a victory for his opposition.

On p. 27, Chizik boasts about the retention of Lykins even after Chizik's own controversial departure from Iowa State. He remarks:

"I am happy to report that he is still a volunteer staff member at Iowa State and FCA's representative on campus. My dream of having a chaplain for the team required a more intense battle than I'd anticipated, but I was glad to have Kevin there to fill that role. Iowa State now had its own Chette Williams."

In reality, Lykins left Iowa State by summer of the year that Chizik's book was published. I know of no plans to replace him, unless it is being done secretly. Chizik's triumphalism again proves to be nothing but empty rhetoric.

At Iowa State University, Chizik's chaplain believed that hiding the truth and not being transparent about what he did is what a good role model does.

Finally, Chizik's whole idea that a chaplain helps a team was proven wrong by the very scandals with which his teams have been tainted. If reports in USA Today are to be believed, Chizik poorly managed his athletes' behavior and discipline at Auburn.

A chaplain did not help Chizik maintain a successful career at either Iowa State or at Auburn.

Instead of its title, All In: What it Takes to be the Best, a revised and updated book could be more accurately titled: The Big Down and Out: What it Takes to Go from Best to Worst.
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