WHEATON, ILL. – In October 2011, Tyndale House Publishers launched a previously self-published book by Todd Gongwer, a South Bend, Ind.-based author titled LEAD…for God’s Sake! The book, which had already received glowing endorsements from such individuals as former Notre Dame head coach Lou Holtz, now has more than 100,000 copies in print, which does not included the copies that the book sold prior to be acquired by Tyndale. The book is available in hardcover, softcover, and e-book formats.
While already a very steady seller, the book received national attention late in the fall of 2014 when The Ohio State University head football coach Urban Meyer, who wrote a foreword for the book, talked openly about the impact that the book has had in an attempt to find balance in his life.
Said Meyer in an interview with ESPN, “This is the most profound book I’ve ever read.”
In the novel, Gongwer tells the fictional story of the winningest high school basketball coach in Kentucky, a man enveloped by success. When his program collapses and his team can’t win, the man asks himself, “Why do I coach?”
The book currently has 342 reviews on Amazon and averages 4.8 (out of 5) stars.
Tyndale House Publishers, founded in 1962, is the world’s largest privately held Christian publisher of books, Bibles, and digital media. Tyndale has published many New York Times bestsellers. The largest portion of its profit goes to the nonprofit Tyndale House Foundation, which makes grants to help meet the physical and spiritual needs of people around the world. Tyndale was founded to publish Living Letters, which later comprised part of The Living Bible, a contemporary paraphrase of the Bible that became a global publishing phenomenon. Tyndale now publishes the Holy Bible, New Living Translation (NLT), the translation of choice for millions of people.