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in our church library, hoping that our teen agers and young adults can benefit from it. I have enjoyed the short 1 and 2
page stories that take only a minute or two to read and the scriptures that each one includes.
I had Josh come and speak to my youth group one time, and I can testify to two things: he truly loves the Lord, and he knows how to speak about his experience in such a way that he motivates others to seek the best in their lives, especially as Christians. If you ever get a chance to hear him speak or to have him speak at your church - do it!
Naturally, I like a book that has life lessons written by three of my all-time favorite athletes: Josh Davis, Jim Ryun, and David Robinson. I used to want to be the next Jim Ryun, who held the world's record in the mile when I was a kid. I remember drawing a picture in 1972 of him being tripped in an Olympic preliminary heat. Jim was the favorite to win the gold medal for the 1500 meters that year, and I was crushed that he didn't even get a chance to run in the finals. That moment led him into depression, which led him in turn back to the Lord. And David Robinson was not only one of the few clear Christians in the NBA in recent years but also was very bright, loved to read, and played classical piano. All three of these men - Davis, Ryun, and Robinson - share some life lessons in this book.
Other athletes who have written stories for this book include: Eric Liddell, John Naber, Laura Wilkinson, and several others. The best part of the stories is that they are genuine and come from athletes who are committed Christians who experience the same difficulties and heartaches that we all experience.
The inspirational stories in "The Goal and the Glory" are divided up into three categories: Goals, Guts, and Glory. The book is sure to be fruitful for many people who would benefit from the collective wisdom of world-class athletes who happen to be Christians. The stories and lessons are all short, and so this book makes ideal reading for reluctant readers or young readers.
Personally, I would have liked to have seen more spiritual lessons drawn out in the stories. Each writer is a Christian, and each selection ends with a Bible verse, but sometimes the lessons are more about achieving goals in a generic way, and there's not necessarily a lot of meat in the stories.
Having said this, I recommend this book to anyone who likes inspirational stories or wants advice from those who could serve as mentors or heroes in life.