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Season of Life: A Football Star, a Boy, a Journey to Manhood

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The bestselling inspirational book in which the author reunites with a childhood football hero, now a minister and coach, and witnesses a revelatory demonstration of the true meaning of manhood.

Joe Ehrmann, a former NFL football star and volunteer coach for the Gilman high school football team, teaches his players the keys to successful defense: penetrate, pursue, punish,
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published September 1st 2004 by Simon Schuster (first published August 24th 2004)
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Jun 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
There is generally a theme or a good story I get from every good book. Here's my favorite line from this book, spoken after a mother asked the coach how good this year's team was going to be. "Won't know for twenty years," the coach responded. "That's when we'll know what kind of husbands and fathers they'll be. That's when we know what kind of men they'll be."

Boy, I love that.

I love it when sports books transcend the facts and figures and final scores and goes into what life is all about.

This i
John Kelley
Dec 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Purported to be a book about a relationship with a father, and it loomed in the background, but wasn't really there until the end. More about men being able to express express love as seen through the lens of sport and football. The coaching philosophy may seem corny to some, and certainly you're never going to get along with everyone, but I'd rather I play for (or my kids play for) this type of coach. You can be hardnosed and demand excellence, but it doesn't have to be demeaning. You see too m ...more
Anita Pomerantz
May 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book probably should be handed out to new fathers when their babies are born in the hospital. Not kidding. It's really a philosophy book disguised as a book about a high school football team. The coach, a former player for Baltimore Colts (now the Indianapolis Colts) ended up coaching this team, and he brought a unique perspective on masculinity to his coaching style. He points out that boys are constantly measured - - first by their athletic prowess, then by the number (and hotness) of gir ...more
Philip Meinel
Dec 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fathers
Shelves: family
This book gives good examples of teaching life lessons through sports, specifically to boys. The purpose is about replacing false masculinity: athletic ability, sexual conquest, and economic success; with true masculinity: strong relationships, a transcendent cause, and a code of conduct.

The main thing I learned and immediately started to implement with my children is teaching them empathy.

I need to reevaluate what I want for my children, and methods to achieve these goals. I have a few principl
Robert Ellington
Really enjoyed this. If I ever get back to coaching, this will be a book that I reference frequently.
May 27, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: coaching
Season of Life, by Jeffrey Marx, is about ex-NFL player and current minister, speaker, workshop-leader, and part-time HS football coach Joe Ehrmann. Season of Life offers Marx's mini-biography of Joe Ehrmann, as well as an explication of Ehrmann's philosophy of 'strategic masculinity' and developing character in student-athletes through sports.

The PE staff, coaches, students and parents with whom I have met in recent years to discuss Ehrmann's 'code of conduct' have found many themes in Season o
Travis Hamilton
Dec 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: coaches, scout leaders, anyone working with young men
Recommended to Travis by: Joe Claunch
A great read. This book was referred to me by my friend Coach Joe Claunch. The book teaches the higher lessons of life that can be taught through sports, and specifically football in this book.

My mind has been expanded on how to lead young men into manhood. I recommend to all working with young boys to young men and who can see the deeper meaning of such work.
Mar 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed the first 2/3 of this book. It was filled with insight, emotion, and experience. The final 1/3 was a bit repetitive, but the message was still good. Quick read. Overall, a good read. Recommend for anyone working with young men - or young women, for that matter.
Wesley Coburn
Sep 30, 2017 rated it it was ok
Decent writing quality, mechanics-wise, but the tone was far too sentimental and disconnected. If Hallmark decided to make a knockoff of Friday Night Lights. this would be the source material.
Brian O'Leary
Oct 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
One of the 10 best books ever written. Should be mandatory reading for all high school coaches.
Aug 30, 2017 rated it it was ok
The story felt a bit contrived and forced.
Aug 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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Karen & Gerard
Season Of Life by Jeffrey Marx is a inspirational book that I highly recommend to any man, teen boy, parent, coach or teacher. It does not read like a text book at all. I really enjoyed following the High School Football team through the eyes of the author. Joe Erhmann is an example of a Godly man putting God’s Word into practice. Season of Life is all about teaching boys to become men. The author learns to improve his relationship with his father through watching Joe Erhmann model the basic str ...more
Apr 28, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed-books
Season of Life is a tale about an ex-NFL player and his impact in a sports writer's life. The author, Jeffery Marx, gets back in touch with an old friend from years ago. This friend, whom he met while working with the Baltimore Colts as a teen, goes by the name of Joe Ehrmann. Now a high school coach, Ehrmann uses events of his past to shape the boys on his team into true men, not the men that most of society tell them to be. Going much deeper than actions on the gridiron, this story touches on ...more
Joe Hunsaker
May 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Season of Life was a non-fiction book written Jeffery Marx and published by Simon & Chuster in New York. Jeffery marx was a very young but established writer. He won the Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting at age 23 which mean that he was the youngest person to have ever won that prize. There no other books truly like this one, it is a one of a kind. This book was about a life changing experience that Jeffery went through while following an ex professional football player, Joe Ehrmann ...more
Apr 25, 2009 rated it liked it
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Season of Life tells the true story of a high school football team's season, but more prevalent is the lessons on life and truly becoming a man told by the coaches of the team. Jeffrey Marx, a sports writer, follows a high school team coached by Joe Ehrmann - a former NFL player who Marx met as a ball-boy. Ehrmann used to be a wild football player and partier. But after his younger brother died, he changed his ways and became a man of faith. Now, Ehrmann teaches his players how to be true men by ...more
Aug 12, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Here lies the story of Joe Ehrmann, a former college and NFL All-Star for the Baltimore Colts. And Jeffrey Marx, a former ballboy for the Colts tells the story through a slight haze of boyhood idolatry. It works though....bear with him.

The story seems like your typical "guy grows up & becomes big star athlete, then learns what's really important." except it's not. Admittedly Ehrmann loved the party & nightlife & chasing women. Then....his brother Billy died to leukemia. The same brot
Kevin Johnson
May 30, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Season of Life by Jeffrey Marx was a great book. It tells the story from the author’s perspective. As a young child, Jeffrey became acquainted with the NFL’s Baltimore Colts superstar Joe Ehrmann. Marx was a ball boy for the team, and Ehrmann had the party hard type of mindset, and nothing seemed to slow him down. Ehrmann seemed to be on top of the world until a tragic family event, the loss of his 20 year old brother, sent Ehrmann into a downward spiral. Marx became a journalist, and was writin ...more
Sep 17, 2012 rated it liked it
Jeffrey Marx, a journalist, who spent part of his youth as a ball boy for the Baltimore Colts decides to visit and write about the players he knew as a boy when he learns that their old stadium is about to be torn down.

He discovers that one of the most prominent players from that team of his childhood, Joe Erdman, has become a minister with a mission: to change common beliefs as to what it means to be a man.

In his view, conventional male success means being a good athlete, popular with woman an
Mar 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Jeffery Marx writes this non-fiction book called Season of Life. Simon & Schuster is the publisher; this book is historical and travels with a man’s daily walks through life. This is the first book of its kind and is the authors 4th. He has written, “It Gets Dark Sometimes”, “One More Victory Lap” and “Inside Track”. This book follows the Gilman High school football team and their coach’s uniqu
Jun 21, 2009 rated it it was amazing
A sports psychology professor handed me this book to read, and it was certainly worth my while. It was one of the first sports-related books I read not pertaining to my senior thesis about women in sports, but unbeknownst to my professor, perhaps, it takes a hard look at the gender stereotypes often found in sports, especially one as hard-hitting and masculine as football. While the author, journalist Jeffrey Marx, doesn't specifically mention "gender" and "gendering" as issues, they read clearl ...more
Zack Smith
Apr 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
At Gilman High School, a practice discussion of your 4-3 defense might entail a review of Galatians and Ephesians. A pregame speech might bring you to tears, while still giving you enough motivation to uphold your reputation as one of the best teams in New England. But if by the end of your high school, you don't know what true masculinity is, none of it was worth it.

In a Season of Life by Jeffrey Marx, Joe Erhmann, an ex-NFL defensive end and turned minister and his best friend, head coach Bif
Nov 03, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: The newly literate
The cover lauds the author as a winner of the Pulitzer prize. I quickly developed the theory that it had to be in sports writing as this book reads like an extended version of what you'd find on a regional paper's Sunday sports page. I was right.

This book starts hokey and it ends hokey. In between are numerous examples of the kind of writing you were warned about in freshman composition: rampant, awful clichés and foreshadowing about as subtle as a lead pipe to the head. Upon finishing it I amu
Jennifer Fraser
Dec 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Season of Life by Pulitzer Prize winning investigative journalist, Jeffrey Marx, about Joe Ehrmann and the potential he has to transform society.

This book is one of those rare life changing books whereby a highly informed and educated man delivers the simple sermon that if we educate young people, specifically athletes, to be leaders in empathy, integrity and service and they harness that power for positive social change...we would live in a very different world.

Marx's story is emotionally grip
Jul 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
In many ways this is a book that might change your world and redefine your perception of what it takes to be a man; which isn't about how much money, power or success you have. Instead the underlying theme here is that you should be a man built for other people; you should put aside your selfish personal desires and look outside yourself to family, friends and society. It's a compelling argument and I've found myself agreeing that a goal is required in life to be successful outside the narrow de ...more
Tom Gase
Dec 09, 2009 rated it liked it
I thought this was an average book at best, although the message sent about what makes a man a man was great. The reason why I didn't like this book, which won the Pulitzer and was the reason I picked it up, was because I KNEW this message already. I guess I'm just fortunate to have good parents and friends, so I didn't really learn anything new. Be a good person every day, help others out, don't pick on nerds (how could I, I was one) show good sportsmanship, yada yada yada.

Also, a lot of this
Feb 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Think "Double Goal Coach" with more of a personal story behind it. The book is about the deeper gifts of a team sport than just winning, and the importance of focusing on those gifts versus coaching with and ends justify the means type of mindset. Mr. Marx, weaves his own life into this tale about a former Baltimore Colt turned preacher and football coach that focuses on the life lessons of team sports. The coach, Joe Ehrmann, coined the phrase, Men Built for Others, and built up a whole communi ...more
Dec 03, 2010 rated it really liked it
There were plainty of things about his boook that I loved, a lit more than what I disliked. This book gave me a lot of ways to think about life, but there was one I liked most of all.
"The only thing that is ever really going to matter is the relationships that you had in life" page 36. This is my favorite line of the book mainly because of the line before it,"False masculinity: athletic ability, sexual conquest, and economic success." I highlighted a lot of lines in this book mainly because th
Jared kunz
I really liked this Book Because it kinda reminded me of how I wanted to grow up. The season of life by Jeffrey Marx made me feel better about my self because a lot of players on the Gilman football team made bad choices in their life and learned from their mistakes and I have done the same thing. A character that meant a lot to me was Biff because he was born with a mental problem but tried anything and everything to be an assistant coach for the team and try to help them win the championship t ...more
Oct 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
In the Season of Life written by Jeffery Marx who is a touching author who crate a meaningful and emotional story that reaches the reader in an emotional way. Jeffery Marx has created a marvelous book to add to the non fiction genre and contribute a great book to literature. The books title is very fitting to its title during this marvelous season the boys are taught a new form of masculinity by being good people and caring for others. The author really show that there is a new form of masculin ...more
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