Here's what one reader wrote about John Powless: A Life Well Played.
I started to read your new book last night and could NOT put it down! I read it completely, from cover to cover, and want to congratulate you -- it is a success on so many levels! It is beautifully told, heartwarming, and genuine. The family stories and photographs weave an adventurous tale of your youth in Flora, and the strength and devotion of your loving, guiding family makes me proud of the solid Midwestern values that so many of us were blessed to grow up with.
Your years of coaching are endlessly impressive, and Dan Smith has done an outstanding job of chronicling the history, the stats, and the shining stars you mentored along the way. In addition, the book delivers important social and history lessons throughout each chapter. A Life Well Played is a wonderful tribute to all that you have achieved and continue to achieve. It is an inspiring story that proves how beautiful a life can be when it aims to mentor others with the kind of compassion and character that you bring to everything you do.
The book is a treasure, and will stand for generations as an important part of the legacy of a man who cared deeply about helping others become the best they could be, through respect, honor, integrity, hard work, camaraderie, sportsmanship, family, and values.
Congrats, and may you continue sharing your love of tennis with people around the globe for many years to come!