Book Review: Jeremy Lin

Jeremy Lin: The Reason for Insanity is a book by Timothy Dalrymple.  With the success of Jeremy Lin in such an interesting way, everyone seems to have jumped on the Linsanity Bandwagon.  (And as you can tell by my posts today, many are writing books about him.)

Timothy tells the story of the games that started Linsanity with the history of Jeremy and his family intertwined, so the story is not in chronological order. (It is almost as if there are “flashbacks” to Jeremy’s earlier days, which is an interesting approach). Each chapter is based on a game that Jeremy played in, and then there is the flashback information as well.

This is a short book, easy to read, and tells the story of Jeremy growing up as well as his professional career with the Knicks and Linsanity.

I recieved a free e-copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley in order to write this review.

Harvard graduate Jeremy Lin recently became a New York Knicks phenomenon and he’s the NBA’s first American-born player of Taiwanese descent. The book will chronicle Lin’s high school, college and early career in the NBA with particular emphasis on the media explosion surrounding his success as starting point guard with the Knicks.  It will explore how Jeremy’s faith, family, education and cultural inheritance have contributed to his success.  The book will also include interviews with basketball experts on Jeremy’s future in the NBA.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR Timothy Dalrymple is Director of Content for  He earned his bachelor’s degree at Stanford University, a M.Div. at Princeton Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. at Harvard University.  A former elite gymnast whose career ended when he broke his neck in warm-ups for a competition, Dr. Dalrymple has written and spoken broadly on faith and sports issues.  His interviews with Jeremy Lin over the past two years, followed the basketball phenomenon even before his emergence on the world stage.

Book Review: Linspired

Mike Yorkey, who wrote Basketball with a Purpose, writes a biography about Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin and the evolution of “Linsanity”.  Unlike the other biography on Lin I read, this one focuses a bit more on Lin’s faith as well as his basketball career and how he keeps things balanced.

This book is in depth at 184 pages, and follows from Jeremy’s younger years and being taken out of games because he scored the maximum number of points allowed, to choosing a college and ultimately attending Harvard (he got an 800 on his SATs for Math when he was a FRESHMAN!) to play basketball for the Crimson, with his parents paying his tuition because they did not have athletic scholarships.

Drafted by the Warriors, he got cut a couple of times and was ultimately “riding the pine” for the Knicks until to coach decided to take a chance and put him in.  What happened next – was Linsanity – as you probably have already heard about.

While on the road, he has a lot more free time (unlike college when he had to do classes and school work on top of playing) and he finds that this time is best spent with God (and not getting tricked by girls who want his money).  He has a great support system around him who send him sermons and devitionals so that even if he can not attend church he can keep up his relationship with God in a way that works for him.  (There are church services held an hour before each NBA game – which the home and visiting teams are welcome to attend.  This happens before every game – regular season and post season but seems to be a fairly well kept secret to those not in the NBA)

Lin’s story is truly inspirational – he grew up wanting to play in the NBA and he made his dreams come true and is now enjoying a spectacular ride!

I received a free e-copy of this book to review from the publisher through NetGalley.

About the Book

Linspired, written by bestselling sports author and journalist Mike Yorkey, reveals the inside story of the remarkable and meteoric rise of Jeremy Lin, superstar of the New York Knicks and the first American-born player of Chinese/Taiwanese descent to play in the NBA. Containing eight pages of full-color photos, Linspired also features in-depth interviews with Jeremy Lin himself-the player behind “Linsanity.”

Book Review: Jeremy Lin

Those of you who follow Basketball or live in the New York Area might have heard about a little thing called “Linsanity” that has been taking over since February.  Point guard Jeremy Lin had a fantastic run for a few games – coming seemingly out of nowhere as the newest underdog that everyone loves.

Bill Davis does a great job giving the background on Jeremy Lin. How his parents met, how both of his parents supported him playing basketball growing up and his time in highschool in California.  It follows his career to Harvard and then getting chosen to play in the NBA – a dream of Jeremy’s since before he could remember.  He got traded from team to team before finally ending up as  a New York Knick and getting thrown in the game to see what would happen.  Each of the games that began the linsanity is recapped in this short 88 page biography.

Also touched on is Jeremy’s faith and how he remains the same guy and has not let the over night success story get to his head.  A great book for anyone looking to find out more about this underdog who is taking america by storm!

About the Book

This true story is truly “Lin-sane!”
The world is exposed to an individual like Jeremy Lin only once in a generation. His journey has taken him from practicing lay-ups on the court at the local YMCA to hitting last minute game-winners on the grand stage at Madison Square Garden. This book charts Jeremy’s life story, from the streets of Palo Alto to the dormitories of Harvard to the major arenas throughout the country. Through exclusive interviews, play-by-plays, and colorful recollections, we get an intimate look at Jeremy’s story. It is one of unyielding determination, true faith, and unimaginable success.
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