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Belmont Abbey College President’s New Book Teaches Virtue in Athletics, Life

bookIn today’s culture, education, career and athletics are often seen at odds with each other—and all have been uprooted from their traditional foundations of virtue and faith. But Dr. Bill Thierfelder, the president of Belmont Abbey College, has written a new book called Less Than a Minute to Go: The Secret to World-Class Performance in Sport, Business and Everyday Life, which ties together education, spirituality and athleticism.

Thierfelder was a high jump national champion at the University of Maryland, earned a doctorate in sports psychology and served as a private coach and mentor to top athletes.

With a foreword by Duke basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski, Thierfelder shares his techniques to call out the best in his readers for use in sports and in life. He discusses why sports are worthy of our attention and time, how sports engage our highest nature, and how sports prepare us for life.

“While sport can be a great way to grow in virtue, the culture surrounding sport can often make cultivating some of the virtues—like temperance, modesty, and humility—extremely difficult,” wrote Thierfelder in his introduction. “You don’t have to choose between being a world-class athlete and a saint. You can be—and hopefully desire to be—both. In fact, if you’re striving to be a top athlete and a good person, you’re already cultivating many virtues, like discipline, fortitude, prudence, and courage, among others.” 

Everyone faces crises in their lifetime. Just like athletes who face a tie game with the clock running down, there are situations when so much is on the line and one must act quickly. Thierfelder calls out the best in his readers when everything is on the line and there’s less than a minute to go.

The book will be available in September but can be pre-ordered on Amazon.

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