Generally speaking, when people think of bookish people, they probably don’t think of them as sports fans as well. Well, I am happy to buck that stereotype and say that I am both a bookish girlie and a sports fan. So when the opportunity came up to receive an ARC of Chris Paul’s memoir Sixty-One: Life Lessons from Papa, On and Off the Court, I jumped on it quickly.

Chris Paul is widely regarded as one of the greatest point guards to have ever played the game, winning awards and recognition throughout his illustrious (and still ongoing) career. In this memoir, he details the journey it took for him to get to this point and the legacy he hopes to leave behind.

Filled with anecdotes and stories of his life growing up in North Carolina, we learn about the work ethic that was instilled in him at a young age that gave him the drive and determination to get to where he wanted to be. Surrounded by hard-working family members, he always had good examples around him of what needed to be done in order to reach for your goals.

A deeply personal memoir that captures the essence of the grandfather he loved, this book is a reminder to us all that our actions are always seen by the younger generation. Paul is able to show how his grandfather shaped him and how that legacy is one that he hopes to pass on to his children - as well as the young athletes that he works with through his charitable foundation.

Whether you’re a fan of basketball or not, this memoir will tug at your heartstrings and remind you of what matters most in life. Though the public persona on the basketball court is what we normally see from Chris Paul, this book gives us a deeper look inside the man himself.

And yes, there were several times throughout the book that I was in tears. Paul writes from the heart and it shows.

Sixty-One: Life Lessons from Papa, On and Off the Court by Chris Paul is available now and you can pick up a copy for yourself here.

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