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Book Review: Living Life in The Zone

March 6, 2010

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Being a big tough man might be the single biggest call to action from our peers growing up. It is painful to think what irreversible damage has been done in marriages, friendships and fatherhood by the macho attitudes. The inability to overcome this worldview could be a major roadblock to achieving excellence in life.

What if we told these young men that in order to be a real man, one has but to turn to God’s word and see the plan He has laid out for us? How many would respond positively and turn their lives around in the next few weeks because they sat down with a Bible and learned the truth? All things considered, I would guess the response to be limited to the very exceptional few.

We need a plan then. We need people that men can trust and look up to, to tell their stories. We need to build some new habits.

Living Life in the Zone takes this approach with a forty day exploration into the issues men face. Lots of sports lingo and an informal tone gives the book warmth that feels just right for a men’s devotional group. The layout is structured and easy to follow whether reading alone or in group study. Each day the same structure mostly repeats itself, so we have an easy to follow plan.

The Zone sets the tone for each day’s lesson by following a respected sportsman’s life through a difficult journey or situation and allows the reader to see how they allowed God to take them through the test. Emphasis is placed on consulting God first in difficult times, not as a last resort. Getting a glimpse of some of these men’s lives gives us the examples we need of trusted men.

The Zone uses forty days as its timeframe for change. When God took forty days to do something, it was important and changes of great magnitude happened, and the forty day schedule in this book pays tribute to that. Forty days is a reasonable time to devote to an effort to improve ourselves.

The Zone references lots of Bible passages in the New King James Version and each day points out Scripture that relates to the day’s topic in the form of “God wants you to…” The most excellent part of this book is that it doesn’t attempt to replace the Bible in the reader’s new daily devotional habit but points him towards it to verify what God says. I did not find any out of context use of Scripture. The Scriptures referenced were easily verified to mean what the Bible intended them to mean.

Overall this was an excellent book and I highly recommend its use for new Christians and mature ones alike as a means of centering their lives, developing devotional habits and growing their spirit.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze.com <http://BookSneeze.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255

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