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Brian Catanella is a youth football coach, author, and investment consultant with a passion to teach leadership principles through his writing, coaching, volunteering, and professional life. By sharing some of his real-life experiences through this sports fable, he hopes to encourage young people to reach for the stars, and help coaches, leaders, and others appreciate the value they offer to society through mentoring. A volunteer with UrbanPromise Ministries, Brian and his family attend First Presbyterian Church of Moorestown, New Jersey.
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The Gift
by Brian Catanella

Overview


While Marcus is a talented basketball player and the team's leading scorer as a junior, three-pointers and flashy ball-handling skills can't compensate for the out-of-control emotions and tantrums that erupt whenever he faces pressure. That's why the guidance he receives from a series of mentors—lessons that help Marcus learn to serve others before himself—become a gift that revolutionizes his life. The Gift is a leadership fable that uses the narrative of a young man whose primary problem is rooted in the absence of his father. This reality leaves a gaping hole in his heart and sparks the anger and frustration that threaten to derail his athletic career. Although this story is all too common in daily life, the people who help guide Marcus back onto the right path also demonstrate the incredible value of a listening ear, wise instruction, and caring role models, who can counteract the world's negative influences. Based on the real-life experiences of author Brian Catanella, this novella teaches about the importance of faith and giving in a world that puts a premium on trophies and self-glory. Its realistic, fast-paced action, and heart-touching encounters will help readers to appreciate the treasures of service and mentoring to a life well-lived.
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Marcus is a talented basketball player and his team's leading scorer as a junior. But three-pointers and flashy ball-handling can't compensate for his out-of-control emotions and temper tantrums. They cost Rockville dearly in a crucial showdown with its leading rival, Lincoln Prep. He obviously needs a course correction, which comes when his coach steers Marcus onto a new path by introducing him to a series of mentors. These caring teachers and role models come from all walks of life. They're the counselors and guides who turn Marcus from a selfish, me-first player into a teammate valued by everyone on the court. In shining a light on their positive contributions to Marcus's life, The Gift: A Leadership Fable on Growing through Adversity, relates a story of hope, inspiration, and possibilities. Based on the experiences of author Brian Catanella, this novella emphasizes life lessons that will stick with readers long after they finish reading. It will especially help them to remember the joys of giving and blessing others—and put them into practice. Says bestselling author Jon Gordon: "Brian shares a practical, fascinating story of how we can learn to face adversity and honor God in the process." Pick up The Gift and you won't be able to put it down.
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Overview


While Marcus is a talented basketball player and the team's leading scorer as a junior, three-pointers and flashy ball-handling skills can't compensate for the out-of-control emotions and tantrums that erupt whenever he faces pressure. That's why the guidance he receives from a series of mentors—lessons that help Marcus learn to serve others before himself—become a gift that revolutionizes his life. The Gift is a leadership fable that uses the narrative of a young man whose primary problem is rooted in the absence of his father. This reality leaves a gaping hole in his heart and sparks the anger and frustration that threaten to derail his athletic career. Although this story is all too common in daily life, the people who help guide Marcus back onto the right path also demonstrate the incredible value of a listening ear, wise instruction, and caring role models, who can counteract the world's negative influences. Based on the real-life experiences of author Brian Catanella, this novella teaches about the importance of faith and giving in a world that puts a premium on trophies and self-glory. Its realistic, fast-paced action, and heart-touching encounters will help readers to appreciate the treasures of service and mentoring to a life well-lived.

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Description


Marcus is a talented basketball player and his team's leading scorer as a junior. But three-pointers and flashy ball-handling can't compensate for his out-of-control emotions and temper tantrums. They cost Rockville dearly in a crucial showdown with its leading rival, Lincoln Prep. He obviously needs a course correction, which comes when his coach steers Marcus onto a new path by introducing him to a series of mentors. These caring teachers and role models come from all walks of life. They're the counselors and guides who turn Marcus from a selfish, me-first player into a teammate valued by everyone on the court. In shining a light on their positive contributions to Marcus's life, The Gift: A Leadership Fable on Growing through Adversity, relates a story of hope, inspiration, and possibilities. Based on the experiences of author Brian Catanella, this novella emphasizes life lessons that will stick with readers long after they finish reading. It will especially help them to remember the joys of giving and blessing others—and put them into practice. Says bestselling author Jon Gordon: "Brian shares a practical, fascinating story of how we can learn to face adversity and honor God in the process." Pick up The Gift and you won't be able to put it down.

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Book details

Genre:FICTION

Subgenre:Sports

Language:English

Pages:130

Format:Paperback

eBook ISBN:9781098388898

Paperback ISBN:9781098388881


Overview


While Marcus is a talented basketball player and the team's leading scorer as a junior, three-pointers and flashy ball-handling skills can't compensate for the out-of-control emotions and tantrums that erupt whenever he faces pressure. That's why the guidance he receives from a series of mentors—lessons that help Marcus learn to serve others before himself—become a gift that revolutionizes his life. The Gift is a leadership fable that uses the narrative of a young man whose primary problem is rooted in the absence of his father. This reality leaves a gaping hole in his heart and sparks the anger and frustration that threaten to derail his athletic career. Although this story is all too common in daily life, the people who help guide Marcus back onto the right path also demonstrate the incredible value of a listening ear, wise instruction, and caring role models, who can counteract the world's negative influences. Based on the real-life experiences of author Brian Catanella, this novella teaches about the importance of faith and giving in a world that puts a premium on trophies and self-glory. Its realistic, fast-paced action, and heart-touching encounters will help readers to appreciate the treasures of service and mentoring to a life well-lived.

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Description


Marcus is a talented basketball player and his team's leading scorer as a junior. But three-pointers and flashy ball-handling can't compensate for his out-of-control emotions and temper tantrums. They cost Rockville dearly in a crucial showdown with its leading rival, Lincoln Prep. He obviously needs a course correction, which comes when his coach steers Marcus onto a new path by introducing him to a series of mentors. These caring teachers and role models come from all walks of life. They're the counselors and guides who turn Marcus from a selfish, me-first player into a teammate valued by everyone on the court. In shining a light on their positive contributions to Marcus's life, The Gift: A Leadership Fable on Growing through Adversity, relates a story of hope, inspiration, and possibilities. Based on the experiences of author Brian Catanella, this novella emphasizes life lessons that will stick with readers long after they finish reading. It will especially help them to remember the joys of giving and blessing others—and put them into practice. Says bestselling author Jon Gordon: "Brian shares a practical, fascinating story of how we can learn to face adversity and honor God in the process." Pick up The Gift and you won't be able to put it down.

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About the author


Brian Catanella is a youth football coach, author, and investment consultant with a passion to teach leadership principles through his writing, coaching, volunteering, and professional life. By sharing some of his real-life experiences through this sports fable, he hopes to encourage young people to reach for the stars, and help coaches, leaders, and others appreciate the value they offer to society through mentoring. A volunteer with UrbanPromise Ministries, Brian and his family attend First Presbyterian Church of Moorestown, New Jersey.

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