This is a wonderful book that reads like a memoir about a great hockey player: Gordie Howe.
Murray was like a lot of sons of great hockey players or leaders in any human field of endeavour, he wanted to be like his father. But his father, Gordie Howe, wasn’t easily to copy. He was truly one of a kind man, as was Murray, his son!
This book underlines the importance of believing that we each are unique and have unique gifts to give the world. We just have to stop trying to emulate others. We could use they to inspire us to be better. But becoming exactly like they are is probably a waste of time and talent.
Gordie Howe was the greatest player in the history of hockey. However, his greatness was never defined by goals or assists in the Howe household. Greatness means being the best person you could be, not the best player on the ice. What a wonderful legacy to leave your children!
Unlike his two brothers, Murray Howe failed in his attempt to follow in his father’s footsteps to become a professional athlete. Yet his failure brought him to the realization that his dream wasn’t really to be a pro hockey player. His dream was to be his father.
To be great at something, but humble and gracious, that was what Murray wanted. He wanted to be courageous and stand up for the little guy. He wanted to be a hero. But Murray realized that you don’t have to be a hockey player to do that. What he learned was that it is a waste of time wishing your were like someone else.
When Gordie Howe passed away in 2016, it was Murray who was asked to deliver the eulogy. This book takes the reader through the hours Murray spent writing the words that would give shape to his father’s legacy–the hours immediately after his hero’s death, as he gathers his thoughts and memories, and makes sense of what his remarkable father meant to him.
The result is nine pieces of wisdom that are built out of hundreds of stories, that show us the man behind the legend and give us a glimpse of what we can learn from this incredible life.
I loved this book from start to finish. I just love book that encourage you to be the person who you are and not keep wanting to be anyone else.
Rating: 5 stars