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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan (August 24, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310329221
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310329220
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 6.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #256,181 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In bathtubs and highchairs across America, children are being held hostage by lunatic parents threatening to withhold sippy cups of chocolate milk unless their toddlers and tykes sing the War Eagle fight song. In this hilarious and soaring debut, storyteller Chad Gibbs tracks down the genome that causes parents throughout the SEC to terrorize their offspring in this manner. What’s next, Chad? Waterboarding infants?” ---Karen Spears Zacharias, author of Will Jesus Buy Me a Double-Wide? -- Karen Spears Zacharias

About the Author

Chad Gibbs, former baby, is the best-selling (Okay, regional best-selling) author of God & Football: Faith an Fanaticism in the SEC. He has written for CNN, The Washington Post, and RELEVANT Magazine, and has made multiple (Okay, three) appearances on ESPN. Gibbs and a fellow mammal reside in Alabama with their offspring and two canines that are not their offspring. Website: www.chadgibbs.com


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Chad Gibbs is the best-selling (Okay, regional best-selling) author of God & Football: Faith an Fanaticism in the SEC. He has written for CNN, The Washington Post, and RELEVANT Magazine, and has made numerous (Okay, three) appearances on ESPN. Gibbs and his wife currently reside in Alabama with their son and two dogs, Harper and Bob Vance.

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Chad Gibbs is funny, witty, and very REAL to the reader.
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I'm not going to write down any of the great one-liners that are in this book, because you should just read them for yourself.
Robert D. Stennett
If you live in the South.......if you are a football nut......if your team is in the SEC.....this is the book for you.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Robert D. Stennett on August 12, 2010
Format: Paperback
5 Reasons To Read God and Football

1) Your name is in the acknowledgments. These are the most epic acknowledgments I've ever seen in a book. If it takes a village to raise a child than it took the entire South Eastern portion of the Untied States to write Chad Gibbs' book.
2) It's about fans: There are lots of books written about the athleticism and commitment of football players. But I'm sure lacrosse and cricket also has dedicated athletes. The difference is football is made by the passion of fans--especially in the S.E.C. Gibbs knows this, he's a fan himself. The book is written from a fan's point of view, and that helped me discover insightful things about faith and football along with the author in every chapter.
3) It's about faith: Gibbs finds all sorts of insightful parallels between God and Football. He notes how churches would be a lot better if they were like one large tailgate party. What if churches welcomed and celebrated everyone that came in with freshly barbecued food? Or what if we could talk about our faith with the same enthusiasm and passion that we use to talk about our team? This is not browbeating. This is from an author who wonders at times if he's more passionate about Auburn football team than his own faith.
4) It's about football being the center of our lives: Lots of books have been written on people's addiction to food, drugs, etc... but few have been written about how important football has become in our lives. So many of us are addicted. I think I fall into the addicted category. Last year I tivoed an NFL replay of game that I watched two days before. But how does this affect our faith? Can we love God and Football? Again Chad Gibbs provides some insightful answers.
5) It's funny. If you don't know Chad Gibbs is very funny.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Barb Caffrey VINE VOICE on September 2, 2010
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Chad Gibbs came up with an excellent idea in his book "God and Football: Faith and Fanatacism in the SEC." To wit, college football fans are some of the most rabid in the world -- and they rely on faith as much as anything else to get them through the ups and downs of their chosen team's season. And more people spend time watching college football than they do in church, no matter how upright and Christian they may appear -- so aren't there lessons that can be learned from that?

This is an enjoyable romp through the SouthEast Conference (or SEC for short) with much witty commentary and byplay from long-time college football fan (and Auburn graduate) Chad Gibbs; the moral of the tale, that we tend to spend far too much time worrying about football, is sent up wittily, yet without irony, due to the fact of Gibbs' own football fanaticism, which he ruefully admits in his prologue.

I enjoyed this book, and have already re-read it for the language, for the descriptions of the various venues in and about the SEC, and for Gibbs' twin loves of faith and football. God doesn't have to "just" be in church, though the way God is often referenced at football games probably isn't the preferred way (as Gibbs points out); truly, if you live your faith, you should be able to find ways to enjoy your life and know God (or whatever form of the Deity you worship) and appreciate your relationship with the Higher Power no matter what you're doing.

Four stars, recommended for football fans, lovers of humor, and those seeking higher meaning but not wishing to come off as boring old sticks.

Barb Caffrey
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jimmy on August 17, 2010
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This is an excellent book. Incredibly funny. Like the other reviewers said, I found myself actually laughing out loud several times, which is pretty rare for me. Even if you aren't the most religious person in the world, you will still love this book. It isn't really a "preachy" book at all. It just chronicles one (very funny) man's evaluation of his own faith and the balance he struggles to strike between his worldly passion (college football fandom) and his devotion to God. And he doesn't claim to have found that perfect balance at all. Quite the opposite, in fact.

Reading the title, I thought it might be like a devotional book where he evaluates bible verses in connection with games he's attended or something like that, but it's really just a narrative of his travels to all 12 SEC campuses in one year, coupled with his own humorous observations about fans, himself, and life. I'd really recommend this book to anyone just looking to have a break from the everyday grind. It's a really easy read; it's fairly cheap; and I guarantee you that you'll be smiling while you read it. Just a fun book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. McPherson on August 23, 2010
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God...good! Football...good! SEC...good! Chad Gibbs...good! The perfect combination for a fabulous book. I was laughing out loud within the first 5 pages, crying by page 20, laughing again the next page, then sobbing by page 23! Thankfully, I was in the privacy of my hotel room for the page 23, but I did find myself trying not to laugh out loud on a crowded plane several times. Chad's witty sense of humor and his knowledge for all things God & Football make for a great read. I have a feeling all SEC schools will have required Freshman classes centered around this book in a few short years!
What's next, Chad?
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