1. Centered: Trading Your Plans for a Life That Matters
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    Jason Brown, Paul Asay
    Waterbrook Press / 2021 / Hardcover
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  1. Creative2xmom
    California
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Testimony of vision, humility, and faith
    March 3, 2021
    Creative2xmom
    California
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Former NFL lineman Jason Brown quickly turned heads when in 2012 he walked away from his career to become a farmer... yes, a farmer! Then twenty-seven year old Brown seemed to have it all... a beautiful wife, a young family, and a contract with the Baltimore Ravens that provided a lavish lifestyle.

    But Brown says it was all an illusion as he found himself drifting further and further from the truth. Until one day he heard the Lord and decided to walk away. Hesitant to tell his wife, but desperate to save their future, he finally confesses what he's heard and the two embark on the crazy adventure of starting a farm to feed the hungry. And not just feed the hungry, but donate everything they raise to North Carolina food banks.

    This is an honest account of Brown's growing up years, his commitment to Christ, and his conviction to risk it all when he hears from the Lord. Not only is it Brown's story, but it is his testimony... a legacy of vision, humility, and faith. He admits that through a series of financial misfortunes, he and his wife still struggle to keep the farm afloat, but even in their most challenging moments, they fix their eyes on the Lord and wait for his working. Centered takes the reader not only through the timeline of the Browns story, but often times Jason Brown's voice is heard clearly... recounting the many miracles he's experienced through both the best and worst moments of this journey. He can't seem to help himself as he moves in and out of sharing how great God is in both his life and the world. His resounding theme seems to be "God is sooo good."

    This book was honestly more than I expected. I went into it thinking it would be focused on how football was his life... how this was a 180 from where he was headed... and in someways, I suppose that's all still true. But Centered is more than that. It's the story of a man who was willing to "walk away from it all" only to find that he was walking into the most precious gift from the giver of good things. Challenging, heartwarming, and convicting... all rolled into one. If you have a sports lover in your life... or are just curious why someone would walk away from a lucrative career in the NFL, this book just might be what you're looking for.

    *Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions are my own.
  2. Faye
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Inspiring
    February 21, 2021
    Faye
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I am not a football fan by any stretch of the imagination, but I do remember a few years back seeing a feature about Jason Brown during Sunday afternoon football, and the story intrigued me. So when I heard about this book I jumped at the chance to read Mr. Brown's story.

    Jason Brown tells of his humble, hardworking roots, getting bullied in school, and having a strong focus on academics, with football only crossing his mind as an afterthought. An engaging read, it takes the reader through the highs and lows of his life, as Mr. Brown shares the lessons he learned not always the easy way. He shares of his faith in God, strong family values, and how it wasn't always that way. His love for God, love for his family, and powerful faith shine through every page of this book. I admired, and was inspired by how he turned his back on the riches that the world had to offer in order to follow God, even when the sun wasn't always shining, and to be the husband and father his family needed.

    Overall, this is a highly inspiring story of trusting and obeying God. I loved how he speaks so passionately about his faith, with such loving pride for his family. Even if you are like me and don't care much for football, or if you follow the spot closely this is a powerful, inspiring and uplifting book that you won't want to miss!

    I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
  3. Laura
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Amazing Story of Following God's Will
    February 10, 2021
    Laura
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Jason Brown is a brave man, not many men could do and make the choices that he did in his life. Thankfully, he shares his life journey with his readers in his book, "Centered: Trading Your Plans for a Life that Matters." I received a free digital copy of his book from the publisher, Waterbrook & Multnomah, as part of their launch team for an honest review.

    Brown grew up in Henderson, North Carolina, and attended the University of North Carolina where he played football. Brown followed his college football career by being drafted into the NFL by the Baltimore Ravens in 2005. Later he became a free agent and was signed to the Las Angeles Rams for 37.5 million dollars. Brown was the highest-paid center in the league in 2009. Three years after this amazing feat, he turned his back on his NFL career and purchased a huge thousand-acre farm in North Carolina. His farm became a success and he donates almost all that he grows to those in need.

    What would possess a man who has a dream career in the NFL to give it all up to return to his family's roots and farm the land? Two words...God and prayer. He named his farm "First Fruits", the term from the bible that refers to what the people in the bible were to give to God, the first fruits of their labors. He and his wife Tay intended to give away the "first fruits" of their labors to people in need.

    Throughout the novel, the reader walks the path with Brown as he tells his family's story. He begins with his grandparent's lives, living in the south, and progresses to his own upbringing and schooling. He explains his passage into the NFL and his exodus into the life of a farmer. All interwoven with his faith and assurance that in all his endeavors he was following God's will.

    I strongly recommend reading Brown's book, Centered. I sincerely enjoyed it and will definitely share it with others!
  4. TammyK
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Think you can't help others, think again!
    February 9, 2021
    TammyK
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I was thrilled when chosen to be on the Launch Team for this book, Centered, by former NFL Center, Jason Brown. I'd heard a bit of the backstory and was intrigued. To give up your salary as one of the highest paid centers in the NFL at the time to farm without any experience to do so. And then to give all the food you grow away, I couldn't imagine!

    The book is very inspiring. What they went through as they trusted their nudge from God was amazing.

    Then a cool thing happened the other day as I was near the end of reading it - Jason and his family were on the Today show! Like putting skin on the story - seeing them together on their farm.

    Think there's nothing you can do to help others, well, think again. Get this book and let the Brown family show you a great play or two out of their play book.

    Disclaimer: I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher, Waterbrook Multnomah, with no expectation in return. The words and opinions above are my own and I chose to share them.
  5. bookwomanjoan
    Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Inspiring and well written memoir
    February 7, 2021
    bookwomanjoan
    Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 5
    An NFL player giving up a lucrative career to become a farmer? That's exactly what Brown did. His path, he says, was from a big fat kid to an NFL starter to a clueless farmer. "God was plotting my path one strange step at a time." (124/2759)

    Brown's is an amazing story. It is well written and inspiring. He heard God call him and he responded. The lessons he learned along the way were painful. He learned the difference between merely being a church going Christian and having a life giving relationship with God. He learned how to trust God, really trust Him when the millions he had in stocks and investments evaporated. He learned the lesson of humility, again and again. He learned what real contentment is.

    I love how Brown is so honest. He tells many stories of when he believed God for something, such as a tractor, and God came through miraculously. But he also shares those times when he believed God and got badly rained out. "I wasn't called to be successful," he writes. "I was called to be faithful." (2127/2759)

    This is a great memoir of one man who had it all, money and a successful NFL career, yet gave it up to obey God. Through his First Fruits Farm, he and his family have given over a million pounds of food to the poor. In reading this book you'll learn much about the pressures on faith and family an NFL player experiences. You'll be encouraged by the acts of one man obedient to God's call. And you'll be challenged to reevaluate what you think about money and stuff.

    I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the Publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.
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