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Game Day for the Glory of God: A Guide for Athletes, Fans, and Wannabes Paperback – August 21, 2008
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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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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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 loved this book. To be reminded of the dangers of & be convicted over my sports fanaticism is a gift. To be able to have this gift be used by HIM in my sanctification is needed. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Dale Myers
Great read for every young athlete who wants to know more about how he can glorify God through the abilities God gave him. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Sascha Gremmelspacher
I believe this book is a must read for all athletes and sports lovers. If we are to do EVERYTHING for the glory of God, according to Scripture, how does sports fit into that? Read morePublished on March 31, 2013 by PJ
Game Day for the Glory of God: A Guide for Athletes, Fans, and Wannabes was an amazing book. Written by Stephen Altrogge, this book is for all people who watch sports, participate... Read morePublished on March 20, 2012 by BattleBornNV
I'm only at page 30 of 111 total text (excluding index, etc.). So feel free to decide I'm a jerk... Read morePublished on August 13, 2009 by Mr. Scott T. Allen