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God and Football: Faith and Fanaticism in the SEC Paperback – August 24, 2010
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“As a die-hard Alabama fan, I approach books about football authored by Auburn fans with a healthy amount of skepticism. But God and Football had me laughing out loud, nodding my head, pausing to think, and cheering along. Gibbs so perfectly captures the essence of SEC football, it’s as though each page is alive with the collective tension and excitement of game day down South. This book is at its heart a celebration---of football, fandom, family, and faith---and Gibbs is a brilliant writer . . . for an Auburn fan, of course.” ---Rachel Held Evans, author of Evolving in Monkey Town -- Rachel Held Evans, , Author
“Gibbs gets it right and tells it well! The connection between the rituals practiced in the South during the fall on Saturdays and Sundays is frequently misunderstood. Gibbs’ insights regarding the relationship between God and football are not only humorous and honest, but frequently holy. This book will help you understand why you like SEC football and why you should love God.” ---Gary Fenton, senior pastor, Dawson Family of Faith, Birmingham, Alabama -- Gary Fenton, , Senior Pastor
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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.Read more ›
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.
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.
Chad did do an excellent job of making the book interesting. He had some great experiences and met some good people. I'm glad that he stepped out of his comfort zone and visited churches of different denominations.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great read if you like SEC football a little too much. Very funny... War Eagle!Published 14 months ago by Will Christopher
As one that struggles with my own priorities in all things SEC and my faith, I particularly enjoyed this book. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Jeffery Snyder
Wonderful book that strikes close to home with its humourous approach to the love of football and God in the American south. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Alley Vance
Chad expresses well the angst of being a devoted follower of Christ who struggles with the letting his being a devoted follower of his football team take first place. Read morePublished 22 months ago by William D Johnston
For someone like me who is an avid SEC football fan this book was just a lot of fun. The author has a great sense of humor, and I frequently found myself laughing. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Aubbet
What a fun read! A lady was reading it on a plane sitting next to me and was laughing, so I asked her about her book. She loved it, so I downloaded it and saw what she meant. Read morePublished on November 6, 2013 by Pattie Woods
As a girl I loved all the humor in this book. Well written and great read. Now am reading this author's next wonderful book.Published on October 19, 2013 by donnie hornbuckle
I have a world of respect for the author fir taking on such a challenging topic but this book was poorly written. It felt a bit "anecdote"-like and a bit clichéd.Published on October 2, 2013 by Brian