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Coming Back Stronger: Unleashing the Hidden Power of Adversity

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When a potentially career-ending shoulder injury left quarterback Drew Brees without a team—and facing the daunting task of having to learn to throw a football all over again—coaches around the NFL wondered, Will he ever come back? After Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, leaving more than 80 percent of the city underwater, many wondered, Will the city ever come bac ...more
Hardcover, 303 pages
Published July 6th 2010 by Tyndale House Publishers
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Teresa
Jan 11, 2014 Teresa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I was a kid, I read (and reread) everything in the house, including my brother's books on sports. I particularly remember one he owned about the history of the NFL championships games and one that was actually mine (I still have it), Gale Sayers' I Am Third, which I'm sure I wanted to read after seeing the 1971 TV movie "Brian's Song," when I ended up caring more about Sayers than I did about Brian Piccolo.

Brees' book, even though I read a Kindle copy, reminds me of both of those. It's a mi
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Andrew Olsen
Jan 15, 2013 Andrew Olsen rated it it was amazing
I read Coming Back Stronger by Drew Brees. This autobiography about the famed quarterback of the New Orleans Saints is a must-read no matter what your views on sports or the Saints are. This book will capture your attention with stories of Drew, his storied career, and the city of New Orleans right after the decimating hurricane Katrina. While reading through book, you will see New Orleans through the eyes of a true Saint and a great man. When Drew arrives in New Orleans after many injuries, inc ...more
Steven
Sep 11, 2011 Steven rated it it was ok
Drew Brees throughout this book certainly explores deep, as deep as you can for a football player, about dealing with adversity. The examples of adversity in his life definitely fills the book, and the there is a wide range of adversity that Mr. Brees has dealt with in his life and football career. I enjoyed the Christian theology in the book, even though it was fairly weak. He mentions Jesus Christ maybe three times through the entire book. When he talks of to being saved, one only has to, "acc ...more
Joel
Oct 22, 2011 Joel rated it it was amazing
This book is one of several written in the past about the recent success of the New Orleans Saints in the years since the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina threatened to place the future of the team in doubt. Drew Brees chronicles his experiences so eloquently and attempts to maintain a positive attitude when setbacks occur. Brees himself was dealt a serious blow to his career almost simultaneous with the uncertain times the city of New Orleans (and the Saints) did in the first months after Katrina ...more
Turner Myers
Sep 12, 2014 Turner Myers rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Blake Carpender
Great book. Is about Drew Brees quarterback for the New Orleans Saints and he's road to New Orleans. First in his junior year of high school he tears his ACL and only 3 colleges offer him a scholarship Purdue, Kentucky, and, Brown. He Commits to Purdue but has to sit out till his sophomore season to get off the bench and play football. Also while he was at Purdue he met his now wife Brittany. When he first saw his wife he was nervous so he didn’t talk to her for a while. When he finally talked t ...more
Melody Raines
May 28, 2012 Melody Raines rated it really liked it
“In the aftermath of one of the most devastating natural disasters in U.S. history, the city of New Orleans needed a hero. WHAT THEY GOT WAS A SAINT.”

Wow! And that’s just the back cover.

The story of Drew Brees, the Saints and the city of New Orleans is inspiring. I wouldn’t be surprised if there’s a movie about this someday. I’m glad God chose Drew Brees to be a part of that story. He’s a good guy with a great heart.

Brees preaches that God uses adversity for our good. However, you don’t have t
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Rachel Swords
Aug 08, 2011 Rachel Swords rated it really liked it
If you're a diehard Saints fan, chances are you've already read this book, and therefore you can skip the rest of this review if you like. If you're a Saints fan who's just now getting around to reading this book (like me), or just a fan of football in general, you're in for an entertaining and insightful read. Drew takes his fans on a pretty good tour of his football career and personal life, leading up to the memorable Super Bowl win. He's always struck me as a pretty humble and grateful perso ...more
Karthik
Jan 14, 2013 Karthik rated it really liked it
Coming back Stronger
Drew Brees
Memoir NF
303 pages 2 books
1-4 to 1- 13

Drew Brees is a current quarterback for the New Orleans Saints who was born in 1979. He has faced adversity so many times in critical situations. From childhood to now, Drew grew up competing with his younger brother and also his best friend, Reid. He was from a very competitive family. At family reunions they played sports. At the age of seven his parents split and they were very possessive of the children. Reid and Drew would
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Aaron Sobel
Oct 04, 2012 Aaron Sobel rated it it was amazing
1. This book was a biography about Drew Brees football career. It gave the ups and downs of his career such as him getting injured in high school to winning a Superbowl. On his path to making it in the football world he learned hard work and found help from church.
2. I gave this book 5 stars because I like football. It also is a good story how he went to a town that was hit by disaster hurricane Katrina and won the people of the town a Superbowl.
3. "When I came to New Orleans in 2006, I saw a lo
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Teena Myers
Feb 10, 2013 Teena Myers rated it really liked it
I read Coming Back Stronger, because it was free, I live in New Orleans, and Drew Brees is a revered figure who I'd heard is a Christian. Football is not a major interest of mine beyond watching an occasional game but learning how others live out their faith is an interest. Bree's was open about his faith through out the book explaining how God moved in while he sat in a church service and how he believed coming to New Orleans was a calling.

When Bree's retires from football he would make a grea
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Cage
Sep 06, 2016 Cage rated it it was amazing
It was my favorite book. Anybody Who's a Saints Fan should read this book. Anybody looking for a good sports read, should read this too. It's about Drew Brees coming back stronger from a shoulder injury, going through hard times in his career, such as his shoulder injury and his mom dying.
It tells about his childhood through High school. Off of every thing that happened, he comes back stronger and leads to him into something more than the playoffs or a win!
Bethany
Feb 02, 2016 Bethany rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! I am not what most would consider a religious person. Thankfully, even though Brees is what he calls a "man of faith", this book is not preachy. There is so much that can be taken away from his story. None of us are perfect. Most of us face adversity (of various degrees) every day of our lives. My favorite idea that he brings up several times is that we can't win every game. I tell our boys this constantly. What Brees adds to this statement, I often fail to mention. It is okay ...more
Isaac
Feb 11, 2013 Isaac rated it it was amazing
I rated this book because i thought that there was a great flow of words and context in the book. With telling about Drew Brees's younger life i thought there was a lot of the questions that were answered that i asked myself before i even read it. If you are going to read this you have to like sports novels with a little bit of drama or in words "adversity" with Drew Brees and his football career.

My favorite part of the book was when Drew won the Championship and he had his boy in his hands. I j
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Dru
Sep 15, 2010 Dru rated it really liked it
When I first opened the book, I was unsure of what to expect. With the first few chapters, I was able to settle in the couch, thinking that it was just like any other autobiography- it was still interesting though! But it was about a football player growing up wanting to play baseball. I already knew the outcome; he would go on and lead his team to win the Superbowl. Little did I know Drew Brees would start discussing his faith with passion, sharing who was ultimately responsible for his success ...more
Sarah
Aug 04, 2016 Sarah rated it liked it
This is a memoir of the experiences Drew Brees had leading up to the Saints' Superbowl win and what motivates him as a quarterback. I enjoyed the parts where Drew described his motivation prep as leader of the football team; how he met his wife and what they have experienced as a family; what he went through when his shoulder was injured and the recovery process; his move to New Orleans. What I didn't enjoy were the descriptions of the football games. I'm not much of a football fan, don't really ...more
Dana
Dec 21, 2011 Dana rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
snoozefest.
interesting when he talks about his family and childhood, but only a few short bits with few explanations. the first chapter about his childhood and the chapter about meeting his wife were good.
he repeats himself a lot and finds 10 ways to say the same thing in the same paragraph. and i get it that you should "find the negative into a positive" and that "God has a course for him" but hearing those phrases over and over in the previously mentioned form was annoying. i got it!
if you lov
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Liz Desormeaux
Dec 29, 2014 Liz Desormeaux rated it it was amazing
Wow, have had this on my kindle for over a year, finally read thanks to a great friend, for recommending me to read it.

What is amazing is when you read a book at the
Right time in your life.

Highly recommend it!
Claudia
This book showed how an injury can change someone's life overnight. Drew Brees nearly lost his chance to ever play football again due to a shoulder injury. Drew Brees dealt with adversity, needing to find a team he could carry to the NFL. After a devastating hurricane hit New Orleans, the Saints football team was in need of a new stadium as well as a new team. After learning to throw a football again, Drew Brees came back from his injury and led his team to a super bowl championship. After his i ...more
Angela Holland
Nov 05, 2015 Angela Holland rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This will be the first time that I am writing a review for an audio book. I have listened to quite a few of them but do not usually do reviews so now I am going to start. Although I am a Green Bay Packers fan I still enjoy reading/listening to books by other teams' players and coaches if the book sounds good to me. I have seen Drew Brees on a number of interviews and such while watching football games and always thought he seemed like a good guy and I do not hate the Saints so I thought why not ...more
Jared Ferguson
May 20, 2015 Jared Ferguson rated it it was amazing
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what i think of this book is that it was a great book it not only told a tale of a broken city after Hurricane Katrina completely destroyed New Oreleans in 2005, but also told a tale of their beloved star and starting Quarterback Drew Brees. st setback in his life came when his parents were divorced when he was only seven years old. after Surviving that he got the opportunity to play football in high school. After sitting on the bench for mostly all of games and thinking he was destined to remai ...more
Troyhester
Feb 19, 2015 Troyhester marked it as to-read

coming back stronger is not your typical sport book. drew expresses things in the book that you would have never known about him. he tells about his struggles and the things he believe in and what got him to were he is now. drew did not always have such a good life like everyone thinks he did.

the things i liked about this book is the realness and honesty in the book. i like the fact that nothing was held back. i like the heart he had to put certain things in the book cause some people would
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Chase Green
Feb 06, 2015 Chase Green rated it really liked it
I picked this book because I really enjoy watching football and playing it. No one recommended this book to me I was just looking for a sports book in the library. This book talks about all of drew's struggles and how he got past them and did his best to win a title. The author wrote this book to show that you can do anything as long as you keep trying. I think anyone would enjoy this book but mostly sports fans would like it and football fans in general. I never knew that Drew Brees had a birth ...more
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Feb 19, 2016 Watoshiwa Moultry rated it really liked it
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Kabiyan Newton
Nov 19, 2015 Kabiyan Newton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When a potentially career-ending shoulder left quarterback Drew Brees without a team and facing a horrifying task to learn hot to throw a football all over again. Coaches around the NFL wondered " Will he ever come back? ". After Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, leaving more than 80% of the city underwater, many wondered " Will the city ever come back? ". With their stadium destroyed they played their whole entire 2005 season on the road. With that people question
" Will the Saints ever
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Wendy Kendall
Nov 02, 2014 Wendy Kendall rated it it was amazing
In the final game of 2005 San Diego Charger Quarterback, Drew Brees seriously injured his throwing shoulder. Very likely it would be a career-ending injury. His personal journey back, and beyond, to the Super Bowl victory in 2010 includes a team, and a city. His book is not just his story, and it’s not just a football story. Although, football fans eagerly anticipating the start of the preseason will appreciate the football details.

You have to take action, that’s the only way you’ll see change.
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Kurtis T.
May 21, 2014 Kurtis T. rated it it was amazing
Drew Brees is a future Hall of Famer quarterback, who went through ups and downs during his career. The former second round pick coming out of Purdue University had a rough start for the San Diego Chargers. His best season was in 2004, but in 2005 he suffered a career ending injury. During Hurricane Katrina, Brees was fighting for his life to become 100 percent again. After he was released from the Chargers, he found a new home in New Orleans. Brees lead the Saints through harsh disasters and ro ...more
Justin Manoj
May 17, 2016 Justin Manoj rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anybody
The book Coming Back Stronger was an amazing book. It is about Drew Brees, at Quarterback for the NFL who now plays for the New Orleans Saints. Also, we see how the year of 2005 was very tough for Drew Brees (QB, for San Diego Chargers) and for the people in New Orleans. For example, 2005 was the last year for Drew Brees in that Chargers uniform. Unfortunately, before his career with the chargers ended, we see that during the game against the Denver Broncos on December 31,2005, Drew comes down w ...more
Tina
Jan 23, 2011 Tina rated it liked it
I love Drew Brees; he's my #1. His framed front-page from SB44 is on my mantle, his SI Man of the Year on my coffee table. I love the Saints. And I loved that season and it was great remembering everything that had happened since 2006. All those games that I was with them every pass, every rush. Wish the writing was a little stronger or it had been in 3rd person. Some parts were just a bit hard to get through due to the "eh" writing, but a nice read. Who Dat!
Ttully
Apr 08, 2016 Ttully rated it really liked it
Drew Brees has been on a long journey rising to the top, facing many obstacles along the way. Growing up in Texas, Drew inherited a love for Football, eventually attending the University of Purdue to play Division 1 Football. While attending Purdue, Drew meets the love of his life and future wife, Brittany. However, she does not immediately fall for him, and the recent split of his parents makes matters worse. After graduating from Purdue, Drew decides to take his talents to the NFL. Despite bei ...more
Julian Morris
May 20, 2015 Julian Morris rated it it was amazing
This book was about The Saints and the city of New Orleans and how they would come back after being hit with Hurricane Katrina back in 2005. They needed something to give them life again and help believe again. That's when Drew Brees came along. He came and willed the Saints to win a Super Bowl. He was a true inspiration for the city.

What I didn't like about the book was that it was 17 chapters long. the book felt as though it was being dragged out instead of getting straight to the point like m
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Drew Brees is the 2009 Super Bowl MVP winning quarterback for the New Orleans Saints. A 2001 graduate of Purdue University, Drew was a two time Heisman finalist and led the Boilermakers to a Big Ten championship and a Rose Bowl appearance during the 2000 season.

In Drew's five years with the San Diego Chargers and four years with the New Orleans Saints, he has been elected to four Pro Bowls while b

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