Brown, Jason. Centered. with Paul Asay. New York: Waterbrook, 2021.
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The riveting story of a top-earning NFL center and his family who walked away from it all to follow God’s call to alleviate hunger as farmers—a life they knew absolutely nothing about
NFL lineman Jason Brown had everything he could ever want. He was the highest-paid center in the game, lived a life of luxury, and was cheered on by millions of people every week. Then, in 2012, Jason heard a call from God that changed everything. Jason turned his back on an incredibly successful career in football to pursue a new dream: ending hunger. But through third-party mismanagement and bad luck, Jason lost most of his savings from the NFL–the same money he’d planned to use to start his new career. He desperately needed the miracle that soon came.
Today, Jason and his family run First Fruits Farms in Louisburg, North Carolina, a state where one in four children don’t know where their next meal will come from. Since 2014, the Browns have donated more than 1.6 million servings of fresh produce to their community. Their motto: Never stop giving. Never stop loving. Never stop growing.
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While I am not a sports fan, I am a big fan of Christian athletes who live out their faith. Jason Brown is just such a man. After being dazzled by all that the NFL had to offer, he realized he was losing his family and not living out his faith. God gave him a vision which he and his wife now live out – feeding the poor. Centered is his story.
Jason Brown, with the help of Paul Asay, tells his story. There are times when readers may say “really? God actually told you that?” I found it inspiring, that someone with Jason’s background would follow God’s calling in his life. Reading how God works in the lives of His people leaves me in awe. I enjoyed Centered and recommend it to anyone who enjoys stories of God working in the lives of His people.
Centered would make a great addition to a K-12 Christian school library. It is appropriate for older elementary and up. Boys of this age idolize athletes. Jason Brown gives them a godly example to follow. If teachers give a Christian biography assignment – Centered is a good choice.I received a complimentary copy of Centered. This is my honest review.
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