Thursday, August 8, 2013

The Real Win. What a good book!

The Real Win: A Man's Quest for Authentic Success

I have to use the cliched phrase: This is not a book to set aside lightly.

The Real Win by Matt Carter and Colt McCoy is a book that is direct and grace-filled at the same time, conversational and yet deep, filled with examples that may make you laugh (such as when they suggest that Adam could have lovingly told Eve that they *were* going to follow God's command, then he could have thrown the fruit away, and then he could have beat the serpent with a stick.) The examples always make you think, and point you straight to solid theology (It really was Adam's responsibility to lead and protect Eve. Making pulp out of the snake wouldn't have been a bad start.)
The two co-authors own life stories re-assure young men that these principles can be lived out day to day, and that such a life is the best life, the one where, like the title says, you really win.

Why Ladies Should Read This:
First let me say that I read this book and I was blessed by it.
I would certainly give this one to my young male cousins and I would recommend it to their sisters. The truth in this book applies to both men and women, and this study of the way a Godly man will live before his Lord should be essential reading for young women who will one day be courting and marrying.

Why Men Should Read This Book:
Because it strikes to the heart of the fact that men are designed to live with purpose, to fight to succeed, to win. Men are true men when they seek and serve God, when they win His way, and when they succeed according to His definition of success.
As The Real Win reminds us, any other win is really idolatry.
Colt McCoy and Matt Carter continually remind us that we don't life live God's way ever by our own willpower alone, but by through the strength of Christ in us.

Just a few examples of the wealth of wisdom in this book:
There is a portion dedicated to loving and cherishing your wife {something we cannot begin teaching boys too young.}
There is a portion that speaks very soberly and very seriously about sanctification {That is an excellent chapter!}
There is a hard-hitting chapter about knocking down idols.
There is an essential chapter about men working at their employment in a way that pleases the Lord, doing all things before His eyes and seeing the inherent dignity in working at something, whatever honest, gainful work it is.
There is a section on what single men need to look for in a wife, summed up in this fabulous quote: *Men, set your eyes on Jesus and run for Him with everything you've got. Then, every once in while, look to your right or left, and if somebody's running with you, grab her and run together.*

These are a tiny bit of what this book covers, and it covers a lot in a healthy 224 pages.
Thank you for writing this book and thank you to Waterbrook Multnomah for sending me an ecopy to review through Reader's Favorite!

COLT MCCOY is an NFL quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers. As a college student, he was the winningest quarterback in the history of NCAA football and led his University of Texas team to the 2010 BCS national championship game. During his senior year, Colt won thirteen of the top fi fteen major college player awards, including quarterback of the year, offensive player of the year, and outstanding football player of the year. The 2008 Heisman trophy runner-up, Colt is involved in several ministries around the world. Colt and his wife, Rachel, live in Austin, Texas.

MATT CARTER is founding pastor of the eightthousand-member Austin Stone Community Church. He champions the For the City Network, which helps churches partner with social service agencies to meet local needs. Matt is the author of several books and he speaks at conferences nationwide. He holds a master of divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and is pursuing a doctorate of ministry from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Jennifer, have three children.

MARCUS BROTHERTON is the author or co-author of more than twenty-fi ve books, including the New York Times bestsellerWe Who Are Alive and Remain, about surviving members of the Band of Brothers. He lives with his family in Washington state.

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