TBP Reads! New Year…New Sports Parent Book Club. Check Out January’s Selection


Happy New Year, travel ball moms and dads! Have you remembered to start writing 2018 yet? Oh well, it’s only Day 2. You’ve got a few more weeks of it being acceptable to cross out 2017.

One of the cool, new things we’re starting this year is a book club for sports parents. If you’re anything like me, you overhear friends talking about various inspiring books that they’re reading and think, “Hmm. I should check that out.”

But then somehow between work, taxiing the kids all over creation, helping with two hours of homework and then spending the last hour of the night brainlessly staring at the TV, there’s not much time for good reading. I know for myself, if there’s a goal or expectation attached, I’ll get it done. Otherwise, it falls to #793 on the to-do list.

So, this book club I’ve named TBP Reads for lack of anything more creative, will be my motivation to read the books I’ve been interested in but couldn’t muster the energy. I’d love to take credit for it, but actually my friend Rich Prado of Play In School approached me with the idea. So I gladly joined forces with him.

Our selections are a mixture of sports parenting books such as The Arm, by Jeff Passan and inspirational reads offering great perspectives on whatever obstacles are in front of you.

At the beginning of each month, we’ll announce the new selection. I promise, none are terribly long. No War and Peace here.

January’s selection, The Obstacle Is the Way isn’t a sports book per se, but it was a cult favorite of pro athletes, coaches and GM’s just a few years back. I’ve read the first chapters and already I’ll never look at life’s frustrations and obstacles the same way again. It’s not preachy, doesn’t tell you to pretend things don’t suck when they do, isn’t “New Agey.” But it’s kind of amazing in how it teaches you to view those “boulders in your path.” I won’t give away anymore. Read it and tell us what you think. 

At the end of each month, Rich and I will host a live book review via Facebook where we discuss the highlights and how we can apply its message in our own lives. Of course, we’d love to hear your insights as well. So please share your thoughts in the comments of our broadcast so we can share them on the air. 

Below, I’m including links to The Obstacle Is the Way in different apps since I know we don’t all use the same one. Of course you can always visit the good old library and check it out there. 

Look for the announcement of our FB Live book review coming up on Travel Ball Parents FB page. 

Until then, happy reading, everyone!

Amazon: The Obstacle Is the Way

Google Books: The Obstacle Is the Way 

iBooks: The Obstacle Is the Way

Nook: The Obstacle Is the Way 


Angela Weight

Founder and publisher of Travel Ball Parents.com, Angela Weight is still a little shocked to be running one of the most popular youth sports parenting sites on the web. Click the ABOUT US tab to read her story.

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