An inside look in the life of a proffesional athlete in a raw un altered way, it invites the reader in to experience what comes with all the glitz and glamour of the NBA, and how any one can use there suggestions on how to keep their own marriage or relationship strong. ... Read more
Customer Reviews (10)
After reading this book I felt like I didn't really get the true story about their relationship. My book club members also felt the same. I was just not impressed reading about them both defending their relationship. I do feel they are a great couple and role model for young couples as they do demonstrate love and togetherness, but I think I was expecting a different read.
Not at all what I expected
Since the Christie's are so family oriented I expected the book to be more about their family, relationship, infinite love and so on.The book focused more on rumors, Doug's basketball career and injury and then a little thrownin about their relationship.
~ALL IS FAIR IN LOVE & BASKETBALL~
All is fair in LOVE & Basketball
No Ordinary Love is a fascinating and victorious story about love and basketball, well of course! Jackie and Doug allowed us into their world prior to Doug being drafted into the NBA as well as allowed us to ride along for the rest of the journey. The true story behind their public love affair is extremely simple, Infinite Love, which is what they have politely named their bond to one another and their family. In purchasing the book I wasn't real sure what to expect, however I had an open mind, despite the harsh and cruel way the media had portrayed the celebrity couple. Being an author of an Urban Fiction book dealing with the NBA and Mistresses I felt I absolutely had to at least read the book. I too have had very unique experiences in and around the NBA, with my stepbrother playing in the NBA over a decade and befriending just a few for over a decade as well.
After reading the book I felt compelled to fall in love and try my hand at love again. I had stepped away and bowed out gracefully from the dating games most men play and decided to focus on God, my family, teaching within the urban community, writing, and publishing. The story was exceptionally inspiring and I truly commend the NBA couple for speaking out and sharing the intimacies of such a wonderful friendship as well as defining Infinite Love. The approach of the book, was a surprise, which added a neat and fabulous aspect and spin to the book. It's not too often that a book is presented in dialogue; however it was appropriate and very fitting. This is a great read for married couples as well as the unmarried who may have lost hope on what true love is. Reading this book will define and allow you a courtside seat into loving another. Thank you both for sharing your world with us and much success and happiness to you both! Let's toast to Infinite Love! Congrats and I will be waiting on part 2.
~The Urban Fiction Lounge~
NO ORDINARY LOVE shares an up-close and personal, real-life love story of a couple that seemingly defies the odds; African-American, celebrities, faithful to each other, and loving their marriage.After many challenging confrontations, with the media and basketball personalities, they talk about how they learned to navigate through the fickle highway of fame.They've carved a meaningful life together in spite of their humble beginnings and the pitfalls of stardom, with love, faith and determination.They have kept their relationship fresh and true.
This magnanimous couple is professional NBA star, Doug Christie and his runway model wife, Jackie.The book has the feel of sitting in their living room, listening to them talk.They briefly touch on their respective backgrounds, but over seventy-five percent of the book centers on their life as a high profile couple during Doug's career.
Doug possesses the audacity to love his wife, and the strength to express his feelings publicly. For that, he has been called a lot of things, some not mentionable, by a lot of people, including Bryant Gumbel, who once labeled Doug whipped on national television.Jackie supports Doug in all his decisions and is able to let negativity roll off her back.Doug shares how some teams have very specific rules governing family association.Also, many of the 'groupies' are actual employees of the teams.He once refused a job because he would not agree that Jackie could not travel, even at her own expense, with the team.
NO ORDINARY LOVE is not Doug and Jackie's attempt to be role models for young married couples, or anyone searching for the true meaning of love and commitment, but a testament to what can happen when your goal is infinite love.
Reviewed by aNN
of The RAWSISTAZ Reviewers
THIS REVEIW ISFROM THICKONLINE.COM (MAGAZINE)
No Ordinary Love
Monday, October 8, 2007print | email
First things first, two things I think I know about Doug Christie: 1) lock down defender; 2) his name is synomous with being pussy-whipped! I really enjoyed this story of love, life and basketball that dispelled a lot of the ideas about the Christies that I had from the negative publicity that I've been exposed to as a basketball fan. No Ordinary Love is an autobiographical, love, sports and marriage story. Doug and Jackie Christie narrate their personal histories, intertwining thier stories like their shared life. The interesting/infamous tale of the Christie's public love being attacked, how the attacks start, build, and are widespread...even eventually becoming a contract issue with a woefully bad Sonics team that finished the season with less than 35 wins. The story exposed the links between the management/ownership and media, with the players culture of womanizing and infidelity, showing how teams even facilitate this mysoginist culture (look at what Stephon Marbury said at the Isiah trial). Doug Christie is very mature in expressing his emotions and growth as person. In re-telling his basketball career he even glosses over his big scoring years as a Raptor, focusing most specifically on his time with the Kings. It's interesting Christie doesn't seem fixated on the emotion of the past, instead remembering his friendships with C-Webb, Vlade Divac, Bobby Jackson, Hedo Turloglu, Peja, Mike Bibby, even the boyz from Team Dime, and the style and passion of basketball as the best part of his NBA experience. The message of the Christies is about being committed to the idea of family first, and experiencing Infinite Love. I think the Christies have a positive message to share with all of consumer culture, Jackie said it best: ''Stay committed to the commitment." Teaching by example, they've shown the world their love.
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