I recently finished reading my first ever sports book! Though I tend to read novels, thrillers and Christian help books, I wanted to challenge myself to read something outside of my normal scope, and I was pleasantly surprised at this easy read.
The Matheny Manifesto was the name of a letter that Mike Matheny wrote to parents of a group of Little Leaguers that he was coaching in 2008. He read it out loud to them during a meeting, and though it was met with resistance at first, it proved to be beneficial for all of the children, parents and himself. It became a code for life that he lived by.
This book is peppered with eight keys to success: leadership, confidence, teamwork, faith, class, character, toughness and humility. Mike uses stories of baseball greats that he has encountered, or admired over the years and built a framework for life from their examples. He brought their ideas and lessons learned to each baseball practice and helped to build stronger players as a result. His own career is also highlighted in the book, along with some mishaps and disagreements, but both are necessary to show how he dealt with these instances.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who is seeking how to help raise children in our time, since the truths of this book are still applicable to today. These truths don’t just apply to baseball. The mindset learned by these characteristics affect our life choices, how we interact with those in authority and how we perceive disaster. Mike points to his Christianity in times of trials, and that is always the best direction to go. If you love baseball, you’re in for an extra treat, as you journey with Mike. And remember, “Nothing worth doing right is easy.”
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