From the ZonderKids Biography Series, Defender of the Faith:
The Mike Fisher Story is a refreshingly positive story
about a young boy who worked hard, stuck to his faith, and became
one of the NHL's best players. Aimed at 9-12 year olds, this
exciting 115-page biography tells the story of Mike Fisher, from
his childhood in Ontario, to his becoming a Christian, to his
passion for hockey and other extreme adventures. His physical
and spiritual challenges and successes are detailed in ways that 'tweens
can relate to and his mission-minded activities are inspirational
For some young readers, especially boys, finding positive books
that they are willing to read can be a challenge. Defender
of the Faith: The Mike Fisher Story fits the bill and more.
Mike Fisher has played in the Stanley Cup finals, served as co-captain
for the Ottawa Senators, and now plays for the NHL's Nashville
Predators. He is certainly a "cool" hockey player, but an even
cooler Christian. His faith is real and tangible enough for kids
to latch onto.
This book can be used as a read aloud or as a read alone. It could
be used for casual reading or as part of a language arts or character/Bible
study curriculum. It is appropriate for one student or a class
full of students.
While some students may only know Mike Fisher as Carrie Underwood's
husband, this book will quickly show them that he is a Christian
worth knowing in his own right, and that his motivation is to please
God first, both on and off the ice. Right or wrong, celebrities
have a way of influencing kids. However, in the case of Mike Fisher,
it's not such a bad thing!