Always Fall Forward
I love to watch a great game, especially if a team I favor is winning against a superior opponent. Tell me who the under-dog is, and I’ll cheer them on like the most ardent alumni. Even so, I’ve never really understood why anyone would want to play high school or collegiate football. If I’m going to work that hard and give up that much time for something, I want to get paid for it. I also want to come home with my bones intact.
Todd Gerelds knows why so many young men play football. It’s love. Some guys were simply born to play the game. The same applies to great coaches. In his new book, Always Fall Forward (Tyndale, $17.99), Gerelds offers fifty-two life lessons he learned from his father, Coach Tandy Gerelds. Todd Gerelds first wrote about his dad in his book, Woodlawn, which became a major motion picture recounting the events he witnessed as the son of the longtime Woodlawn High School coach.
Always Fall Forward combines scriptural principles with lessons he learned from his dad. These “coachisms” include concepts such as- pay attention to what’s around you, always speak the truth, give your best effort in whatever task you’re presented with, and always show honor and respect to others.
Football has the potential to build fortitude, responsibility, and discipline. These are virtues which can serve our faith as we endeavor to run the race set before us. One day we will come to the end of our last quarter and we will give an account for our life. When it comes to our faith, let’s leave it all on the field.
-Darrel Holcombe, Owner
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