If you ask legendary football coach Lou Holtz about his greatest accomplishment, he doesn’t talk about winning a national championship at the University of Notre Dame. Instead, he’s most proud of his fifty-nine-year marriage to Beth and raising their four successful children together.
In A Lifetime of Love, Holtz offers couples young and old practical advice on marriage and parenting gleaned from his fifty-nine year marriage. He shares stories from he and Beth’s life away from the football field that reveal the couple’s deep faith in God and commitment to each other and their children.
The Holtzes faced many challenges throughout their marriage: Lou’s coaching jobs meant he was often away from home and caused their family to move multiple times. Beth suffered a long battle with illness. Through it all their marriage—and family—remained strong because of the practical lessons they learned as they rode the ups and downs of life.
In this inspiring story, you’ll find Lou and Beth’s powerful examples for successful marriage and parenting, including:
- Find ways to connect daily.
- Make sure your children feel loved and appreciated.
- Be intentional about time together.
- Learn from each other and accommodate one another’s needs.
- Prioritize faith and prayer.
The Holtzes intended to write this book together, but after Beth’s death Lou decided to celebrate his wife’s memory by completing the story of their life together. Their children—Luanne, Skip, Kevin, Elizabeth, and their spouses—also share memories of growing up in the Holtz family, adding their voices to the story of their parents’ love.
Trim size: 5 x 7 inches
Imprint: Ave Maria Press
“Honest insight and timeless wisdom.”
“This book offers a deeper, softer, and more-transparent look into the sacrament behind the man. Filled with sincere and honest insight and timeless wisdom, Holtz draws on a life well-lived and properly focused, giving all married couples (and couples-to-be) an invaluable guide to marital success. With his trademark wit and soul-rattling counsel, Coach Holtz has once again reveals what made him so successful on the field . . . namely, his faith, focus, and family. This book is a winner and the couples who take it to heart will assuredly be victorious too!”
Executive vice president of Life Teen International
“One heck of a playbook for marriage and family life!”
“After twenty-five years of marriage and six kids, you start to think you know it all when it comes to life and kids, and then we read Lou Holtz's book! That kind of wisdom comes from a life well lived and lessons hard won. Readers will love his parenting honesty, be touched by his love for his late wife, Beth, and be inspired to ‘recruit’ (non-football types may call it ‘court’) their own spouses. A Lifetime of Love is one heck of a playbook for marriage and family life!”
Scott and Kathryn Whitaker
“Inspiring! It is obvious that Coach Holtz and his lovely wife, Beth, approached their marriage and raising their children with the same devotion, passion, and preparation that Coach utilized to lead us as head coach for the Notre Dame football team. This book is a testament to the Holtz's gift to rally and motivate people to approach marriage with trust, love, and commitment.”
Shawn and Marcia Wooden
Former football player at the University of Notre Dame, Miami Dolphins, and Chicago Bears
“Coach Holtz has written a very personal and uplifting book about mutual love between husband and wife, their faith-life journey, and the raising of their family together. It contains insights and lessons to draw upon whether you are single, newly married, or married for decades. This helpful and inspiring book could be subtitled, 'How to succeed in marriage (and in life) by really trying.'”
Fr. E. William Beauchamp, CSC
Congregation of Holy Cross, United States Province of Priests and Brothers
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