The Matheny Manifesto

The Matheny Manifesto

Mike Matheny was just forty-one, without professional managerial experience and looking for a next step after a successful career as a Major League catcher, when he succeeded the legendary Tony La Russa as manager of the St. Louis Cardinals in 2012. While Matheny has enjoyed immediate success, leading the Cards to the postseason three times in his first three years, people have noticed something else about his life, something not measured in day-to-day results. Instead, it’s based on a frankly worded letter he wrote to the parents of a Little League team he coached, a cry for change that became an Internet sensation and eventually a “manifesto.”

The tough-love philosophy Matheny expressed in the letter contained his throwback beliefs that authority should be respected, discipline and hard work rewarded, spiritual faith cultivated, family made a priority, and humility considered a virtue. In The Matheny Manifesto, he builds on his original letter by first diagnosing the problem at the heart of youth sports−hint: it starts with parents and coaches−and then by offering a hopeful path forward. Along the way, he uses stories from his small-town childhood as well as his career as a player, coach, and manager to explore eight keys to success: leadership, confidence, teamwork, faith, class, character, toughness, and humility.

From “The Coach Is Always Right, Even When He’s Wrong” to “Let Your Catcher Call the Game,” Matheny’s old-school advice might not always be popular or politically correct, but it works. His entertaining and deeply inspirational book will not only resonate with parents, coaches, and athletes, it will also be a powerful reminder, from one of the most successful new managers in the game, of what sports can teach us all about winning on the field and in life.

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Game Plan for Life

Game Plan for Life (with Joe Gibbs)

Written with the sports fan in mind, Game Plan for Life is an “average Joe’s” guide to what the Bible has to say about such topics as relationships; finances; physical, emotional, and spiritual health; finding the right vocation; living a life of purpose; and overcoming sin and addiction. Written by 3-time Super Bowl and NASCAR championship winning coach/owner Joe Gibbs, edited by Jerry Jenkins, and featuring contributions from Randy Alcorn, Ravi Zacharias, John Lennox, Tony Evans, Chuck Colson, Josh McDowell, Don Meredith, Walt Larimore, Ron Blue, Ken Boa, and Os Guinness, the New York Timesbest-selling Game Plan for Life shows readers how to live a balanced, God-centered, purpose-filled life, using examples from Coach Gibbs’ own storied championship careers as a backdrop. This book is a perfect blend of sports and basic theology, designed to bring God’s Word home to sports fans of all generations.

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Verbal Judo

Verbal Judo (with George Thompson)

“When you react, the event controls you. When you respond, you’re in control.”

Verbal Judo is the classic guide to the martial art of the mind and mouth that can help you defuse confrontations and generate cooperation, whether you’re talking to a boss, a spouse, or even a teenager. For more than a generation, Dr. George J. Thompson’s essential handbook has taught people how to communicate more confidently and persuasively in any situation. Verbal Judo shows you how to listen and speak more effectively, engage others through empathy (the most powerful word in the English language), avoid the most common conversational disasters, and use proven strategies to successfully express your point of view—and take the lead in most disputes.

This updated edition includes a new foreword and a chapter featuring Dr. Thompson’s five universal truths of “human interaction”:

  1. People feel the need to be respected
  2. People would rather be asked than be told
  3. People have a desire to know why
  4. People prefer to have options over threats
  5. People want to have a second chance

Stop being frustrated and misunderstood. Stop finding yourself on the losing end of an argument. WithVerbal Judo you’ll be able to have your say—and say what you mean.

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Winning At Losing


 

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The Power Within You (with Pat Williams)


 

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Writing for the Soul by Jerry Jenkins

Writing for the Soul

In Writing for the Soul, best-selling author Jerry B. Jenkins takes you on a personal and inspiring journey, imparting experience and wisdom gained from his impressive writing career. Unknown in his early days, Jenkins persisted in his passion to write, and his story reveals the rewards that can come to writers who put in the hard work and keep their priorities straight. Jenkins shares the honest and straightforward truth about how to find writing success and why the journey is a continuous one. With heartfelt advice and intimate anecdotes that will satisfy writers and fans, Jenkins discusses: the skills and abilities required to build an exciting career, breaking into the industry through reporting and writing for small markets, establishing and maintaining a professional image, and how even experienced writers should continue to learn and grow. Writing for the Soul is filled with Jenkins’ autobiographical stories–including many of the famous people he’s written about–and the lessons he’s learned from his decades of experience in the writing and publishing world.

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These will not be Left Behind by Jerry Jenkins

These Will Not Be Left Behind (with Norman Rohrer)

While the characters in the Left Behind series of books are fiction, the people in this book are real. And the effect the series has had on their lives is just as real. With over two dozen real-life stories of Left Behind series readers, this book chronicles the miraculous ways that God has used the series to change their lives. Readers of this collection of stories will experience the many ways that God is using the series to draw people closer to him. This book will encourage readers and fans of the series to use it as a witnessing tool.

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Are We Living In The End Times? by Jerry Jenkins

Are We Living in the End Times? (with Tim LaHaye)

In the updated and expanded edition of this classic title, noted scholar Dr. Tim LaHaye gives reasons for believing that the Rapture and the Tribulation could occur during our generation. Ours is the first generation that has the technology and opportunity to fulfill many of the prophecies of Revelation.

Understanding prophecy can be difficult and confusing. This book takes away all of the mystery—and the intimidation. It is user-friendly for the layperson, yet remarkably complete for the scholar.

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Homecoming by Bill Gaither with Jerry Jenkins

Homecoming (with Bill Gaither)

At last, here is a book to capture the legend and the lore of Southern Gospel music, with story and photos, based on the best-selling “Homecoming” videos.

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Lessons Learned Early by Jerry Jenkins

Lessons Learned Early

Selections of Jerry Jenkins “For Starters” column in Moody Monthly make up this volume of stories from life that pack a punch of insight, humor, and emotion.

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Life Flies When You're Having Fun by Jerry Jenkins

Life Flies When You're Having Fun

“It seems like only yesterday…” Filling Photo albums, dresser tops, attic boxes, and our own minds, memories can keep us young at heart as the years pass by. Jerry Jenkins has been chronicling his most cherished moments much of his adult life. In this collection of memories from grammar school to the present, you’ll relive occasions both hilarious and heartwarming and meet people who touch and shape the soul. Anticipating a new bicycle. A run-in with the school bully. Growing times in the faith. Marriage vows. The joys of raising children. A bittersweet visit with an aging grandparent. And much more. Join Jerry in his reminiscences. And let him encourage you to rekindle your own, as well as to make wonderful future memories by living your life and cultivating your relationships with new vitality.

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And then came you by Jerry Jenkins

And Then Came You: The Hopes and Dreams of Loving Parents

Before you were born, it was hard to believe you’d actually be with us one day. But then you arrive. And as we held you in our arms, and looked into your eyes, we couldn’t imagine life without you! You’ve made our lives far richer than we ever dreamed possible.

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Still the One by Jerry Jenkins

Still the One: Loving Thoughts From a Loving Spouse

When as a child I had daydreamed of a lifelong mate, my young heart was filled with love–toward whom? When I read stories and imagined myself married, who was the object of my budding adoration? It was you. I didn’t even know you, but it had been you all along.

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As You Leave Home by Jerry Jenkins

As You Leave Home: Parting Thoughts From a Loving Parent

I want you to know and believe that you are loved more than anything on earth. No matter what you do or don’t do, say or don’t say, start or don’t start, finish or don’t finish, accomplish or don’t accomplish, you will still be my child. I will still love you.

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12 Things I Want My Kids to Remember by Jerry Jenkins

12 Things I Want My Kids to Remember Forever

Does it sometimes seem like you tell your kids hundreds of things every day? What percentage of those things are important truths, life-long memories that will really affect the kind of person your child becomes? And what about the images your children absorb–many times unknowingly–that are the direct results of your behavior and interaction with them? With extraordinary transparency and spiritual sensitivity, Jerry Jenkins establishes twelve key precepts that he hopes his own children will cling to always. Among them: we don’t quit, life isn’t fair, work before you play-but play, women work harder than men, play to your strengths, some things are black and white.

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Hedges by Jerry Jenkins

Hedges: Loving Your Marriage Enough to Protect It

Plant Hedges

With the divorce rate steadily climbing and infidelity creeping into even the happiest marriages, in a society that trivializes adultery and its devastating effects, with temptation and opportunity coming at you from all directions-how can you keep your marriage from becoming a statistic?

The advice from best-selling author Jerry B. Jenkins is this: plant preventative hedges around your marriage. These hedges are practical ways to avoid compromising situations and giving temptation a foothold in your life.

Jenkins’s real-life stories of how temptation can slip in undetected and, in a dizzying whirl of deception and betrayal, cause a marriage to crumble are a wake-up call for all married couples. He openly shares insights from his own marriage as well as the hedges he has been using for years.

In this newly revised and updated edition with a DVD message from the author and a new study guide for group and personal use, Hedges is more helpful than ever.

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Rekindled (with Pat and Jill Williams)


 

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