4 out of 4 stars
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Secondary Break: An NBA Dad’s Story was authored by Marvin Gaye Williams Sr. It is a forthcoming memoir chronicling the journey of the writer from a dysfunctional family background to the basketball court. The book is approximately 140 pages long and comprises fourteen fascinating chapters. Its crux is life should consist of intentional decisions. All people should pursue their passions doggedly. This lesson is portrayed perfectly in the author’s life.
Marvin Williams was born in New York in 1964. They lived in Legion Street, and he vividly describes how life was back then. His parents adored him, but this love was not expressed openly. There were constant brawls between his father and mother, though, and would force him and his siblings to stay at his aunt’s place. Fortunately, he discovered his consuming passion for basketball and instantly put his all into the game. He was prepared to undertake whatever it took to improve his skills. This was clearly evident when he improvised bicycle rims to use as hoops at home. Further, he teamed up with friends and agreed to bear the cost of lighting the park, so they could play at night.
The author revealed not only his remarkable journey in the basketball courts but also his love and family life. I admired his straightforward honesty and vulnerability to share the lessons he had learned. He never neglected his family and was ready to sacrifice rare opportunities to be there with them. His story with his family demonstrates how parenting will inevitably affect how a child will later express love. What I liked most, however, is how he poured himself into his son. He carefully taught him what he had accumulated over the years and watched him as he developed his own wings and soared higher. Eventually, his son stepped into the Promised Land that he had seen from afar.
The author powerfully conveys an important and fundamental concept that our lives consist of the split-second decisions we make. Like a basketball game, that decision contains the ability to influence our lives and those around us. Another fundamental lesson that cannot be underrated is turning challenges into avenues for growth and forming formidable relationships. When the author was attempting to pass his swimming and flotation tests in the Navy, his teammates did not abandon him. In the same way, when the coach grew tough whenever they lost some matches, they capitalized on the opportunity to bond more while completing their assigned tasks.
There is nothing I disliked about the book. The PDF version I read contained editorial notes and comments. Most of the errors had been corrected and as follows I am certain the other versions have been professionally edited. As a result, I rate the book 4 out of 4 stars. It is a story of resilience and passion. All ardent readers of memoirs will enjoy poring over it.
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