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God and Football: Faith and Fanaticism in the SEC Paperback – August 24, 2010
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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
“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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In 2008 over six million people attended an SEC football game. They spent thousands on season tickets, donated millions to athletic departments, and for three months a year ordered their entire lives around the schedule of their favorite team. As a Christian, Gibbs knows he cannot serve two masters, but at times his faith is overwhelmed by his fanaticism. He is not alone.Gibbs and his six million friends do not live in a spiritually void land where such borderline idol worship would normally be accepted. They live in the American South, where according to the 2008 American Religious Identification Survey, 84 percent identify themselves as Christians. This apparent contradiction that Gibbs sees in his own life, and in millions of others', has led him to journey to each of the twelve schools to spend time with rabid Christian fans of various ages and denominations. Through his journey, he learns how others are able to balance their passion for their team with their devotion to God.
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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.
This book will open your eyes to Saturdays in "The South" if you are not from here. This is a hilarious journey of Chadd Gibbs through a season of football in the Southeastern Conference.
Chad Gibbs is funny, witty, and very REAL to the reader. He tells us out loud just what is going on in his heart and in his mind in a way which we can all relate.
It's amazing how this book can convey so many (somewhat pathetic) truths about ourselves and our love for football in a way that made me laugh out loud. My mother is sure it (the book) was sent to me from God to teach me to cool down. It was a fantastic book and I look forward to reading it again.
This is a MUST READ for every SEC fan. This is a great read for ANY College Football fan and ANY Christian.
What's next, Chad?