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"A new, eye-opening look into sports and the gifts from God that sports really are."
Steve Bosdosh, PGA golf instructor; contributor, Golf Magazine and Sports Illustrated

"A wonderful and refreshing take on sports that brings God to the position where he should be: Head Coach, Manager, Commissioner! This book is a blessing for anyone who has or needs perspective."
David Stein, Talk Radio Host, A Celebration of Life Through Sports

"Game Day and the Glory of God brings a gospel-centered voice to one of America's biggest idols. A practical guide to many aspects of ministry."
Gary Shavey, Pastor, Mars Hill Church; Chaplain for the Seattle Mariners

"This book will help parents, coaches, and young athletes form a biblical perspective on the games they play."
Ted Kluck, author, Robert Griffin III: Athlete, Leader, Believer; coauthor, Why We Love the Church: In Praise of Institutions and Organized Religion

"A biblical and insightful playbook for anyone who loves to play or watch sports."
C. J. Mahaney, Senior Pastor, Sovereign Grace Church of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky

About the Author

Stephen Altrogge is a pastor at Sovereign Grace Church of Indiana, Pennsylvania, where he leads worship, preaches, and works with youth. He has written several worship songs for musical projects produced by Sovereign Grace Ministries and is the author of Game Day for the Glory of God and The Greener Grass Conspiracy.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Crossway (August 21, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1433501392
  • ISBN-13: 978-1433501395
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.3 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #477,498 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

STEPHEN ALTROGGE writes a lot of stuff. He is married to Jen and has three little girls. He also is a ninja. And a Jedi. And a motivational speaker who lives in a van down by the river.

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For people living in a society so obsessed with sports and so given over to them, I'm not sure that enough Christians have paused to consider what they think about sports in a way that is firmly biblical. I can think of only a small handful of books that have considered sports in light of Scripture and that have offered truly Christian ways of thinking about them. Into this void steps Stephen Altrogge with his newly published Game Day for the Glory of God.

In this book Altrogge seeks to encourage Christians to enjoy the gift of sports and to seize the opportunities sports give us to bring glory to God. He wants to see Christians understand sports as a means of growing in godliness. Thus he grounds the book in the gospel and dedicates the first chapter to an explanation of the gospel message. In the second chapter he shows that God is the source of all talent and that our right response is to thank him, rather than glorify ourselves, for any of our athletic accomplishments. He turns next to the joy of sports, teaching that the joy of winning, the exhilaration of victory, is a reflection of God's excellence. In pursuing victory, we are mimicking the God of victory. The fourth chapter deals with "Game Day Priorities," pointing to humility, passion, self-control, trust and dependence as the character traits that should define those who wish to play sports to the glory of God. Chapter five looks at winning and losing, warning against temptations that may befall those who are driven to win, but (thankfully) not suggesting that winning is meaningless as long as we all have fun. The last chapter encourages parents to help their children understand the proper place of sports and the proper attitude with which to approach them. Appended to the book is an essay from C.J.
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As a Christian who is also a Dad and a sports fan I often think about how to baptize my passion for sports so that it abounds in my greatest passion, the glory of Christ. I often find myself preaching mini sermons to myself as well as my kids about how these `little' things truly are opportunities to make much of Christ. Therefore, I am truly excited about my friend Stephen Altrogge's project to serve people like me by providing a comprehensive handbook guiding folks to think and act biblically with regard to sports.

Stephen is qualified to write this book not just because he has been involved in playing and watching athletics his entire life, but because he is now consumed with making much of Christ with his entire life.

It is often the trend in books like this to take verses or concepts from Scripture and repackage them with a sports look. In this, authors unwittingly twist verses from their context and intended meaning. Their points are often clever and motivating, but I fear not biblically faithful. In this book Altrogge avoids this type of thing by focusing on the priority of a comprehensive worldview that exalts Christ in and through the gospel.

The book is intentionally broad but helpfully simple. It applies to both the 11 year old playing little league, the college football player, or the retiree on the golf course. The principles in the book are applicable as long as athletic competition is occurring and Christ is to be worshiped.

One prevailing theme in this book that makes it very helpful is the emphasis upon the glory of God. Altrogge is determined that folks are motivated to recognize the greatness of God when we witness athletic talent. Stephen recognizes that the sports world is a hotbed for idolatry.
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With my increased role in coaching this past year, I decided to read Stephen Altrogge's Game Day For the Glory of God. Stephen Altrogge blogs at The Blazing Center, a blog I frequent from time to time, and is author of several books including Create and My Friend, My Hero, My Dad.

I enjoyed Game Day For the Glory of God more than Create (4.5/5 stars - 66 Amazon reviews), and I found it to be solid and making me smile at times, much like Altrogge's blog. Game Day For the Glory of God is 128 pages and is divided into the following seven chapters:

1. A Life for the Glory of God
2. The Source of All Talent
3. The Joy of Sports
4. Game Day Priorities
5. Winners and Losers
6. Parents, Children, and the Glory of God
7. Tying It All Together

The book was published in 2008 and Altrogge is from Pennsylvania so you may not recognize all of the sport references if you are young and from a country outside the States. Regardless of that, I recommend the book to any Christian who desires to have a biblical understanding of watching, playing, or coaching sports. Game Day For the Glory of God is a theological sound and enjoyable read that is sure to bless many coaches, athletes, and sports fans.
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I especially enjoyed the tie between these lessons and scripture. Understanding the roll of sport in life and aging and the lessons to be taken from participation in sport as only a very small percentage of athletes become college and professional players. Great guide to help parents and coaches ensure the correct lessons are being taught. Also provides good comfort in the knowledge of winning and losing being in God's control for the greater good of the individual.
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