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From junior high football games to the Sugar Bowl with a national championship up for grabs, Mike Liner has seen it all in football. President and CEO of a bank by day, Liner has been a Texas football official on Fridays and Saturdays for the past 35 years. It’s Not All Black and White offers a view of college football seen through a different set of eyes, the eyes of an official. Liner takes readers through the story of his ascension up the officiating hierarchy and describes the bumps in the road he encountered along the way. In doing do, he puts a human face on an aspect of football that all too often is dehumanized -- the officiating of the game.
With a foreword by SEC Coordinator of Football Officials Rogers Reding and an afterword by Tim Millis, Executive Director, NFL Referees Association, It’s Not All Black and White lifts the curtain on big-time college football, revealing what Liner saw as he observed it and why the game means so much to him. Liner also recounts important lessons he learned through football about life as a business leader, as a family man and as someone whose faith has grown through the years.
Ostensibly meant to offer life lessons for horse owners, this book delivers, instead, a rather New Age blend of personal experiences and observations from Pike (Pathway to a Radiant Soul), life coach and founder of the "Mind Body Method." Though the title might lead readers to expect lively and varied stories of human/horse interaction, Pike offers tediously similar tales of deep connection and understanding between horse and rider, including how to achieve a respectful relationship with a fierce-spirited mustang. Readers learn that horses are sentient beings, capable of diagnosing emotional and physical illness, and choosing their own partners for lessons. Horses can also influence chakras and communicate telepathically. In the last pages, Pike gets to the instructions, too little, too late.