Friday, December 28, 2018

The Biggest Win



THE BIGGEST WIN: PRO FOOTBALL PLAYERS TACKLE FAITH
Joshua Cooley
ISBN:978-1-948130-02-8
Religion / Christian Life / Inspirational
New Growth Press
160 pages

The Biggest Win gives athletes and sports fans of all ages a unique, insider's look into the lives and faith of six Christian NFL players from the 2017 Philadelphia Eagles Super Bowl team Carson Wentz, Nick Foles, Zach Ertz, Trey Burton, Jordan Hicks, and Chris Maragos. Through the ups and downs of their experiences, author Joshua Cooley shows how these high-profile athletes remain committed to God's Word, genuine Christian discipleship, and sharing their faith. Using their voices and stories, The Biggest Win gives sports-minded readers hope and direction for living out their faith while competing.

The Biggest Win is ideal for pastors, youth, and college leaders to use as a small group resource with students interested in sports. Questions at the end of every chapter will spark helpful conversations about living by faith as an athlete and fan. It is a MUST for coaches to use with every Christian youth sports and school teams. See your youth athletes' faith grow as they hear and learn from the amazing stories of these Super Bowl Champions. Also a perfect book to use in men's church groups.

The Biggest Win combines biblical truths with practical direction on issues that every Christian faces including dealing with adversity, competition, change, success, failure, and how to thrive by faith in a pressurized world. Encouraging male and female athletes in any sport, The Biggest Win guides them in finding their ultimate identity in Christ, not their athletic achievements, and assures them that their greatest prize is eternal life.
 

Atheletes . . . especially professional atheletes . . . and uniquely, professional football players. . . they live in a world all their own.  If you aren’t one . . . there’s no way that you can even begin to comprehend the lifestyle, the persona, the unbelievable highs – and the inconceivable lows – that are part and parcel of their everyday lives. 

Joshua Cooley interviewed professional football players Carson Wentz, Nick Foles, Zach Ertz, Trey Burton, Jordan Hicks, and Chris Maragos for this book.  In a combined foreword to the book, these men declared, “The pinnacle of life is not winning, it’s living for God through all of the big and small moments of life.  We hope that as you read this book, you too will get to know Jesus and his love for you that stays the same through all the seasons of life.  That would be the biggest win for you . . .”

Dealing with such issues as fame, glory, courage, commitment, pride and humility, THE BIGGEST WIN lifts the curtain and allows those of us who are not professional football players a glimpse of what it’s all about . . . and what it’s not all about, as well.  Underneath the image, the flash, the cash, and the uniform, these men want you to know that there beats a heart that is just as prone to wander as every other one.  Sin gives no quarter, and Satan is no respecter of persons, either.  And the words of Christ are never more appropos:
“For everyone to whom much is given, from him much will be required; and to whom much has been committed, of him they will ask the more.”
Luke 12:48 (NKJV)

Carson Wentz is currently working under a 4-year contract worth over $26 million dollars.  Nick Foles, 2 years at $11 million.  Zach Ertz, 4 years and $42.5 million.  Jordan Hicks, 2 years at $2.9 million.  Chris Maragos, 3 years and $6 million.  Trey Burton, 4 years at $32 million.

A combined salary package (excluding all the perks, endorsements, etc) of over $117 million dollars . . . and these guys just want you to come to Christ.  That, for them, is The Biggest Win.

I received this book free in exchange for my honest review.

5 stars for a transparent revelation of faith inside the NFL


Reviewed by Steve




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