Coach Wooden: The 7 Principles That Shaped His Life and Will Change Yours

When Coach John Wooden graduated from eighth grade his father gave him a handwritten card and said, "Son, try to live up to this." On the card, his father had written seven simple yet profound life principles:


Be true to yourself
Help others
Make friendship a fine art
Drink deeply from good books, especially the Bible
Make each day your masterpiece
Build a shelter against a rainy day by the life you live
Give thanks for your blessings and pray for guidance every day


These principles were the key to Coach Wooden's greatness--and his goodness. Through powerful stories and pithy advice, this book shares the wisdom that made Wooden happy and successful. This inspirational and conversational book will encourage, challenge, and motivate readers to build these principles into their own lives.

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By Jeff (The United States) · ★★★★☆ · March 16, 2012
I really liked this book. This is another one I'm going to pay my kids to read. It discussed the 7-point creed John Wooden lived by. This creed was written down on a piece of paper by his father and given to Coach Wooden in the 8th grade. He kept the piece of paper all of his life. Here is the 7-... ...more
By Traci · ★★★★★ · March 13, 2011
Wednesday, April 6, 2011Book Review of Coach Wooden by Pat Williams


I must say this is one of the best books I have ever read, and I am humbled that there was ever a man who used Basketball to touch so many young men's lives, both on and off the court! A Christian man, father, coach, son, and hus... ...more
By Michelle (Thousand Oaks, CA) · ★★★★★ · April 27, 2011
Wisdom for the ages. Coach Wooden's father passed down to him a 7-point creed that had a tremendous impact on him. Coach has touched so many lives over the years. He was an amazing man. I love this book. ...more
By Victor (Irvine, CA) · ★★★★★ · April 10, 2011
Pat Williams in his new book, "Coach Wooden" published by Revell gives us a look into the life of John Wooden, Coach of the UCLA Bruins.

John Wooden was taught by his father seven principles to live his life by. Not only did he obey his father and live his life by these principles he also taught t... ...more
By Jackie · ★★★★☆ · March 21, 2014
Good book, great guy. The troubling part to me is what if this guy impacted all these lives for Christ? Wow, now that would be an impact. He is a good guy, not a god, and perhaps a good teacher. It was a good read and gives some insight of a basketball coach. What is basketball to eternity? Have... ...more
By Sacha (The United States) · ★★★★★ · October 30, 2012


Coach Wooden was a particularly interesting read for me because Coach grew up in a community near my home-Martinsville, Indiana. Joshua Wooden, John's father, was a self educated man and greatly influenced the lives of each of his four sons. Joshua was a student of the bible and based his princi... ...more
By Mark (Santa Clarita, CA) · ★★★★☆ · October 09, 2012
The book itself is just ok, but the principles themselves are pearls of wisdom. The fascinating part is that they came from Wooden's dad, not his own "pyramid of success." It's just beautiful that a hardworking man of modest education but incredible personal conviction jotted these words down on... ...more
By Richard · ★★★★★ · March 22, 2014
You will be a changed person after you read this exceedingly motivational book. It will enhance your faith, family, friendships and function in society. You can be blessed by this book even if you aren't a basketball fan. Yet, if you are, it's even more of a treasure. Enjoy! ...more
By Bobby (Auburn, AL) · ★★★☆☆ · August 06, 2013
Good book about the life of John Wooden, how his life was shaped by his father, Joshua Wooden and the seven-point creed given to him on his twelfth birthday. John Wooden went on to live out these seven principles for the rest of his life and passed them along to many along the way.

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By Tyler (Gillette, WY) · ★★★★★ · July 01, 2014
I had never heard of jus seven point creed before. While reading this book I discovered how truly important his creed is and should be known by all. ...more