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“If you or someone you love is suffering from the tricky obsession targeted in Man on the Run, you will find that the author is sympathetic (he’s been cured), knowledgeable (he’s an experienced counselor) and practical (no hocus-pocus here). He also has a hair-trigger sense of humor that puts the spoonful of sugar into the right medicine. I highly recommend this book, not only to all who are afflicted with hyper-hobby syndrome, but also to those who want to help them.” (Warren W. Wiersbe, author and former pastor of Moody Church, Chicago, IL)

“Because far too many men have allowed their passion for the outdoors to cause them to miss the target when it comes to hitting the all-important mark of being a good husband and father, a book like Man on the Run is a must resource. The good news about this book is that it is written in a language that sportsmen and men of all types will readily relate to and clearly understand. This vital feature of the text is true because Zeke Pipher has been there. He has made the painful misses, but he’s also successfully dialed in his sights and now enjoys the fruit of change. His longing to help his fellow men know that success is as strong as the guidance he has written into this book." (Steve Chapman, author of A Look at Life from a Deer Stand)

“Man on the Run contains some insights that are very important to most men. All of us at times let our occupation or our hobbies consume us to a degree that is unhealthy in terms of maintaining balance in our lives, particularly as it relates to our families. Zeke Pipher writes informatively about a way to keep things in perspective and to maintain a healthy relationship with our wives and our children. I recommend it highly.” (Tom Osborne, athletic director and former head football coach, University of Nebraska, Lincoln)

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Zeke Pipher is the senior pastor of Heartland Evangelical Free Church in central Nebraska. His sermons are broadcast each week throughout central Nebraska, northern Kansas, southern South Dakota, and western Iowa. His articles and photos appear regularly in several national sports magazines, including Deer and Deer Hunting, Bow & Arrow Hunting, and Petersen’s Bowhunting. He holds a Master of Divinity degree from Talbot School of Theology and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He speaks regularly to men on issues such as marriage, friendship, parenting, and the life of the sportsman.

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Howard Books; Original edition (March 6, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451617216
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451617214
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #648,348 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Michael Duenes on March 6, 2012
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With great interest I secured a copy of this book. Zeke is a friend of mine from seminary days, and is certainly qualified to speak to men with godly wisdom on any topic, but the reader quickly finds that he is very helpful in addressing the ways in which hobbies, avocations, and ambitions - even good ones - consume the lives of men and often overtake godly priorities. Not only is Zeke a pastor, but he's also an avid bow-hunter, fisherman, baseball coach, runner, outdoor writer and photographer, while being a husband and father of three. Throughout, the book he offers practical wisdom and encouraging stories of how men can pursue the passion and interests that God has designed them for, while not losing sight of the things that are of eternal significance while doing so.

I found the book to be very accessible. While Pipher's hobbies have a bit of a provincial flavor - hunting, fishing, hiking, camping and the like - and not every man may track with his love for the outdoors, yet most men share Zeke's overall experience of trying to succeed at work, at being a husband and father, and at hobbies all at the same time. Something usually has to give, and we men have a tough time figuring out what it should be, often sacrificing key relationships and commitments in the process. I don't know any man who wants to come to the end of his life and say, "Wow, I really kicked butt at my hobbies, and so what if I had to short-change my wife and kids in the process?" Yet men need encouragement and wisdom, particularly the kind born of experience, and this book provides that.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By David Kenney on March 8, 2012
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Genesis 1:27 (CEB) God created humanity in God's own image, in the divine image God created them.

What does it mean to be "created in the image of God?" Surely this is a question that has had the minds of theologians racing since it first was read. Right before this action, God says to himself, "Let us make humanity in our image to resemble us.."

Us? Who is God talking to? Well, he is talking to himself, God by nature is relationship.

"The relational nature of God is a deep and mysterious doctrine," writes Zeke Pipher. "And we experience it when we are enjoying the rightness of relationships well lived."

Man on the Run is a book about relationships well lived.

Zeke is an author, freelance outdoor writer, and pastor. His first book, Man on the Run: Helping Hyper-Hobbied Men Recognize The Best Things in life is on sale now from Howard books. Zeke is a regular contributor to several national outdoor magazines, including Field & Stream. He also writes on other topics like marriage, parenting, and balancing priorities. Zeke is the senior pastor at Heartland Evangelical Free Church in Central City, Nebraska.

Man on the Run is a book that speaks to helping "hyper hobbied" men find balance in their life. Zeke writes, "As a pastor, I spend several hours a week counseling pursuit-driven, ambitious men" Zeke remembers a time in his life when he had as many as 34 different interests all pulling him in different directions.

Each chapter in man on the run is an upbeat essay on a different aspect of a man's life; marriage, fatherhood, loneliness, being strong, ambition, competition etc.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bill Serjak on September 3, 2012
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In some parts of today's culture men are encouraged to lead by becoming self-serving autocrats. Other parts of the culture encourage men to back away from taking any leadership in their homes or churches. In this carefully thought out and well written book, Zeke Pipher strikes a good balance of how men need to follow the biblical way of loving leadership. It is one of the best books I've read recently.
Rev. Bill Serjak
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I had the privilege of serving on the Board of Director's for our denominations Midwest District during the time that Zeke Pipher was the chairman of that board. I remember at the time thinking that he was a very articulate and insightful young man, yes young, because frankly I was starting to feel old :)

This book reminds me of how much I believed Zeke understood God, understood men and understood how difficult it is to be a Pastor, Husband, Father, Friend and Confidant. Zeke is a passionate driven individual. He would be what I would call a "Man's" man. What do I mean by that. Well, he is a leader, he is loyal, he is caring, he is compassionate and he is the outdoorsman that every man would like to be. He has never met a hunting trip, fishing trip or outdoor adventure that couldn't be conquered. I mean, what do you think about a guy that gets excited about taking his boat out on the lake, getting the Carp to jump up in the air so that he can shoot at them with his bow and arrow? Wouldn't it just be enough to throw in a fishing line and catch them? No, it has to be extreme! Go Zeke Go! That is what his church parishioner's must chant every chance they get.

But is that what life is all about?

In this book Zeke will point out to men that it is OK to be passionate about something. It is OK to have a hobby. It is OK to enjoy the great out of doors. BUT, and this is a big BUT. You need to be careful that you don't go overboard.

Zeke's writing is from personal experience. I mean, who wouldn't call it passionate when you realize he is headed out the door for the fourth time in a week to go deer hunting?

But Zeke goes on to say that while this adventure side is ingrained in men it is also the side that can cause them to sin the most.
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