Synopses & Reviews
andldquo;Tell them who you are!andrdquo; This is the immediate request from child advocate John Croyle to any one of the Big Oak kids when they are introduced to someone. Itandrsquo;s a declaration that who they are carries value. Value that is not defined by the circumstances that led them to be in at the Big Oak Ranch.and#160;Value that is also not defined by what you believe God can or canandrsquo;t do through you.and#160;
This is a lesson that John Croyle, his family, and the team of Big Oak Ranch have learned well. Faced with one of the most important decisions of his life andmdash; whether to play professional football or to start a childrenandrsquo;s home andmdash; John followed the Lordandrsquo;s leadership. In the decades since that decision, theyandrsquo;ve seen his dream of helping hurting kids grow into a ministry that has shaped the lives of more than 2,000 children.
Surely we, too, would be changed to experience a ministry with this kind of legacy. This isnand#39;t a dream and a hope or the seed of a ministry. This is well scarred, deep rooted ministry that grows strong, oak tree kind of faith. Itand#39;s faith-building for the kids reached through the ministry and now for those of us who can hear the story of it.
Who You Are tells this story of the life shaping, Kingdom transforming ministry that God used one man to begin. Yet, the bigger story is in who you are and what God can do to use you in the lives of others. Come along for one incredible and improbable story of how God has worked and in doing so, truly discover how He can work through you.
“Since 2007, my wife and I have been supporting the children of Big Oak Ranch through Nick's Kids Fund. We believe that this proven game plan for raising sons will help us all be better parents. We encourage you to add this book to your reading list … it works!” Nick Saban
Head Football Coach, The University of Alabama “I have met many of the children at Big Oak Ranch and this game plan for raising sons really works. This book, The-Two Minute Drill to Manhood
, will help all of us be better parents as we strive to build our sons into great men.” Bo Jackson
Heisman Trophy winner 1985 and former NFL and MLB Legend "Having been personally involved with Big Oak Ranch for nearly 30 years, I have seen first-hand the fruit of changed lives of young people who live there. This Two-Minute Drill to Manhood
is a must-read for every parent raising a son." Bobby Allison
NASCAR Hall of Fame Inductee “There is no doubt that one of the biggest voids in today’s culture is the lack of a Godly influence in the family as parents raise their sons. The Two-Minute Drill to Manhood
by John Croyle addresses this issue in a very practical way. A must-read for all Moms and Dads.” Tommy Bowden
ESPN Analyst and college football coach for 32 years “Our country is so desperate for Godly men. Men for the most part have no plan and have never been taught or are able to teach their own sons what a Godly man really looks like. The Two-Minute Drill
is a powerful tool that should be added to every man’s arsenal and then teach what every man should know about what’s important in life.” Rick Burgess
Co-host of the Rick and Bubba Show “It's so refreshing to step back and take a look at why things are heading in the wrong way. So many people like to ask "why"? John has laid out a game plan in The Two Minute Drill
for raising up boys to be real Godly men... something we desperately need!” Bubba Bussey
Co-host of the Rick and Bubba Show “John Croyle’s hands-on parenting experience at Big Oak Ranch and his wonderful ability to tell stories really drew me in. Every parent of a young boy needs to be reading The Two-Minute Drill to Manhood
.” Mike Yorkey
Co-author of the Every Man’s Battle
A former All-American and one of today's most respected child advocates likens the final years of raising teenage boys to the two-minute drill in football -- a crucial win-or-lose point where a focused game plan is needed.
If you are the parent of a teenager, you are coming down to what former All-American and one of today's most respected child advocates John Croyle calls the two-minute drill. In football the last two minutes are crucial; the whole game builds to those moments that can determine the final outcome.
The Two-Minute Drill to Manhood is John's game plan that will help moms and dads make sure their sons are ready for authentic manhood. Based on Croyle's life and experience parenting more than 1,800 abused and neglected children on the Big Oak Ranch for Boys and Girls, as well as parenting his two biological children, he drills down into seven actionable life principles drawn from the word "manhood" itself:
M – Master
A – Ask and Listen
N – Never Compromise
H – Handle Responsibility
O – One Purpose
O – One Body
D – Don’t Ever, Ever, Ever Give Up
andquot;Tell them who you are.andquot;and#160;
This is the immediate request from child advocate John Croyle to any one of the kids living at Big Oak Ranch when they are introduced to someone new. It stands as a declaration that who they are carries value -- value that is not defined by the circumstances that first led them to the ranch.and#160;This story about the difficult decision one man made that led to the life-changing, Kingdom transforming ministry that has rescued over 2,000 children, will challenge readers with a similar request -- who are you? And how is God working in your life?
About the Author
John Croyle rose to recognition as an All-American defensive end at the University of Alabama during head coach Paul "Bear" Bryant's legendary tenure. Faced with the decision to play professional football or to start a home for abused and neglected children, John established Big Oak Boys' Ranch in 1974. Today the outreach has grown to three branches with the addition of a girls ranch and a Christian school. John, his wife Tee, and the Big Oak organization have raised more than 1,800 kids to date.