Book Review: Robert Griffin III, Athlete, Leader, Believer, by Ted Kluck

In this biography, Ted Kluck compiles statistics from many years of football’s running quarterbacks and compares those against Robert Griffin III as a rookie, trying to lead a struggling franchise to a winning season. He includes the NFL scouting and draft process, as well as a look at how the business of advertising endorsements influences a player’s popularity. As for telling the story of how Robert Griffin III became a talented standout among high school and college athletes, well, there is a lot to be desired.

I can sum up this review in one word: disappointment. I chose to read this book based on the title: Robert Griffin III, Athlete, Leader, Believer. I wanted to get to know the athlete. I wanted to read about strength, both physical and spiritual. I wanted to know what it takes to become a Heisman Trophy winner, and how RG3, as he’s become known, managed the pressure of being a stand out rookie and bringing the Washington Redskins a winning season.

Instead, what I read was a review of statistics on how the odds are stacked against Griffin because of his running ability as a quarterback. Most of the first 60 pages are dedicated to players who washed out before their prime. It seems Mr. Kluck’s purpose for writing this book was to speculate on whether or not Robert Griffin would make it past his rookie year, especially since Griffin ended the season with a knee injury.

For those football fans looking to compare player statistics, you’ll probably love this book. When not comparing quarterbacks, Kluck gives play by play recounts of the Redskins 2012 season and two appendices of other football jargon. If you’re looking for a biography of Robert Griffin III, you need to look elsewhere.

I received this book for free from in exchange for my honest review.


Book Review: Biff and Becka’s Stupendous Vacation, by Elaine Beachy

A lesson in learning to make the best of a bad situation, based on religious teachings.

Who knew a “staycation” could pack more adventure than going to the beach. Biff and Becka, brother and sister rabbits, learn to apply biblical teachings and appreciate the resources in their own neighborhood when Father breaks the news that their vacation plans have to change due to a pay cut.

Disappointed by this announcement, Biff is sure that he will be miserable. He is afraid the other kids in the neighborhood are going to tease him when they find out. He even made a promise to Clancy to bring him a souvenir from the beach.

This story is full of opportunities for parents to teach their children about compromise, honesty, and respect. Lessons from the Bible are intertwined with lessons on personal growth in a charming tale. The equal mixture of reality and fantasy makes for an enjoyable read. Even adults can learn new ways of helping their children deal with difficult situations that may arise in life.

Children from ages 7 – 10 are sure to be enthralled by the escapades of Biff, Becka, and their cousins Alfie and Alice. I feel confident that Biff and Becka’s Stupendous Vacation is going to be a huge success.

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Book Review: Anomaly, by Krista McGee

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