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Friday, October 22, 2010

Book Review: Living Life in the Zone

I was intrigued by this book as a former athlete (yes I said former) and football coach's wife. Even though this is written by men for men, I still was intrigued.

This devotional guide strikes a perfect balance between being too heady to process and too fluffy to want to read. Authors Kyle Rote Jr. and Dr. Joe Pettigrew worked very hard on each daily entry to develop it with relevant life examples, Biblical references, and thought provoking questions. Perhaps there is a lean in this focus towards the competitive mind, but I truly think anyone could draw life challenges for developing a deeper heart for God.

Because this book is written for men, I gave it to a few football coaches and players to glance at. I asked them to pick a few days to read, reflect on it, and tell me if it was "worth their time". Each person who handed this book back to me told me it was not only worth their time, but would be purchasing a copy for themselves so they could read all 40 days.
Life application is always a big deal for me as a reader. I do not like books that tell you how you should live but give no examples of how to apply it. This book gives you a "game plan" every day for applying what you are reading. References are drawn from coaches, athletes and fans of sports. Additionally, I thought that the authors did a great job of covering major areas and topics that men deal with. Home life, Family life, their own personal walk with God, it's all there. I would highly suggest this book. I also think this book is written in a way that high school students can learn a great deal, and yet it is also challenging enough for men well into their lives to learn from it. I give it 5 out of 5 stars.

In exchange for a free copy of this book I am writing a review for Tommy Nelson Publishers. My opinions are my own.

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