I remember well watching the film, “Rudy.” Even though it has been nearly twenty years, the spirit and inspiration that it incited can still be felt! So it was intriguing to see the book come out almost two decades later—the opposite of most processes.
The book was not a disappointment, because it added significant dimensions to “the story.” The story is told in the first person, and that connected well. I think Rudy is correct that “the story” became bigger than his life because of the principles that were engrained in the story. It is such a wonderful contrast to the deficiencies so prevalent in our current culture. It promotes the value of the large family (and I fully identify with that being the 13th of 15 children.) It presents the dogged determination of a charactered person and espouses values such as loyalty, persistence, self-control and responsibility. The book gives great details missing in the movie and helps us to see inside the heart and mind of Rudy.
Another connection for me was that my grandson was named Jeffrey Ruettiger, and is affectionately called “Rudy.” He already is a joy to the family showing traits of persistence and adventure. It certainly is my hope that he will emulate these positive qualities as he grows older and will accept the responsibility to pursue a God-given dream even when encountering giant obstacles. When you read the book, I hope you will discover the “message” for yourself, and write your own successful life story.