Coach Chizik wrote the book not so much about how Auburn won the championship in 2010, but rather about his faith and how it carried him from the lowest of low's (5-19 record in his first ever head coaching gig at Iowa St.) to the highest of high's at the undefeated SEC and NCAA football champions with Auburn.
Coach Chizik wrote about the importance of family, but especially faith. He talks about his Catholic upbringing and his wife's Methodist upbringing and how they both decided upon being married to throw it away and cement their spiritual walk with God together in a new church. It is through this pursuit that Coach says he found Victory World Prayer Center and Pastor Mike Wright (now at Gateway Community Church). It was here Chizik said he began to grow deeper in his relationship with Christ until it completely consumed everything he did, especially his coaching. Chizik is very adamant about his faith to his players and is one of the few college programs to employ a Team Chaplain. He preaches Biblical principles to his team such as loving one another, fighting for one another, being accountable to one another and leadership, sacrificing and serving for the good of one another, the university, their family and community, and treating one another with respect. Among his greatest achievements, Coach Chizik states the spiritual transformation that he has seen take place in the lives of many of his players is the greatest.
Coach Chizik talked about the idea of "imposters" and not allowing them in your inner circle. He said he carefully monitors the team and their attitude toward the press they receive. Coach Chizik reminds them that they are never as good as the media or fans tell them they are and they are never as bad as the media and fans tell them they are. Chizik preaches being defined by God and those in authority, especially righteous authority over our lives. Chizik speaks of how important it is not to allow individuals to speak into your life or even to you and have influence with you who have demonstrated a lack of respect for your time, opinion, or ideas. To put it simple, Coach Chizik teaches his players to never be identified by those who are not in their inner circle. The people who love you can instruct and lead you. I couldn't agree more. As a pastor, I get labeled a lot of things. I'll be the greatest thing in the world one minute and as soon as I don't do just as someone wants, I'm the scum of the earth. If I'm not careful, those opinions could destroy me and attempt to get me out of alignment with God's will, destiny, and definition of who I am and why He chose me. We all have "imposters" in our lives filling our head with the good we want to hear and especially those filling our lives with the things they want us to hear which are usually stemming for a jealous and self-absorbed spirit. It's time to dismiss the "imposters" and do what you were made to do.
Coach talks about his relationship with all of his players and of course Cam Newton. His portrayal and the other teammates' portrayal of Cam Newton was that of a strong, young, Christian man trying to stay focused in the midst of turmoil and trouble he didn't ask for. Chizik said it wasn't until the season was almost over that he found out that Newton had been volunteering his time at day cares and kids' centers on a regular basis. Coach Chizik said that was who Newton. He wasn't in it for the fame and the attention actually made him uncomfortable. He declined to be captain at the National Championship Game stating that a senior should be the captain because they had earned it.
The book was great, especially if you are an Auburn fan. It's pretty good if you're just an SEC fan. It's amazing if you're a Christian. Coach Chizik does a good job of spelling out how God can take a 5-19 situation (his record at Iowa St.) and turn it into something beautiful. He encourages the reader not to give up on God and His promises. His favorite scripture he and his wife preached to one another was Psalm 33:9-12. God can take the impossible and make it possible.
Oh and . . . WAR EAGLE!!!!