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Man on the Run: Helping Hyper-Hobbied Men Recognize the Best Things in Life Paperback – Bargain Price, March 6, 2012
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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)
About the Author
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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Turns out I'm a "woman on the run"--a woman with multiple children (3 boys on the run) and multiple interests. We're all trying to strike the balance between making the most of opportunities and remaining focused on what matters most. Zeke Pipher offers counsel in pursuing and prioritizing both small and large dreams. With wit and wisdom he'll help you regain your bearings if you've been teetering.
My favorite chapter was entitled "The Cheering Voice." Zeke tells the story of his swim coach--"The Screamer." Though Zeke finished his senior swim season he wrote this about his coach: "What he didn't know is that I would have swum twice as hard for him had he cheered me on. A few "attaboys," and I would have swum the Atlantic Ocean for him."
In teaching and in parenting I've found this principle true and effective--at least on the occasions when I've applied it well.
"Man on the Run" is filled with moving true stories as well as some aptly spoken words from the author's wife and children. Without scorning "hobbies" and "pursuits" (he has many!) he kindly points the reader, man or woman, toward healthy prioritization.
Closing the final pages of Zeke's book made this memory come crashing back into my mind, not because it was a another hobby I needed to release, but, because of the similar feelings that were evoked when holding that gun and reading Zeke's words: AWE of the incredible witty prose and wisdom beyond his years; POWER that he uncovers in the life of any father who willingly, or unwillingly, will either build up or tear down those closest to him, namely his wife, children and friends; and HUMBLE awareness in not making me feel the guilt and shame which often result after reading a highly-respected Christian author, realizing I still have so much to learn.
Zeke hits the nail on the head in Chapter 5 as he delves into the "Performance Story" most men try to live out. I was raised by a coach and a school teacher. Everything could be measured from grades to tackles; my self-worth was based on how high they were. Something (or someone ie. the Holy Spirit) about Zeke's confessions stirred in me a tidal wave of emotions. Most of the emotions had a putrid smell to them..."If men choose to live by the salty "Performance Story", they must be willing to die by it. And this way of life SLAYS everyone." pg 69
This book needs to be read by men in small groups, on hunting-trips, and in the bedroom with their wives. Men who know Zeke realize that he is gifted beyond most of our dreams in his agile use of words, and his ability to
communicate truth. I dropped this book on my bed last night and said "Honey, you always ask me what I'm thinking, right? Read this book and you will better understand me."
As I retire tonight, tired from the treadmill of life, the hope of living the Grace Story gives me a glimmer of peace. I hope you find the same conviction and encouragement in "Man on the Run" as I did. I heartily recommend this book and must say with all sincerity,..."ATTA BOY, Zeke!!!"
This book was a surprise in many ways:
*Zeke is an extremely tender and vulnerable writer. Through his description and storytelling abilities I feel like I experienced his life, his family, his struggles, and his accomplishments. There were several stories in the book that brought me to tears.
*Even though I've been married (to a man) for 25 years, there was still so much Zeke taught me about what lies in a man's heart. My husband is over-committed to his work and doesn't pour enough time into hobbies. Zeke showed me how passionate a man is to experience and conquer his world.
*As several reviewers have already said, this book is not about telling men to limit themselves and their pursuits. Instead, it is a caution for them to examine many good choices and to commit to the best.
I don't think you will be dissapointed by this book. As a doctor of ministry, a pastor, a son, a husband, a parent, a sportsman, friend, photographer, and writer Zeke gives both men and women much to consider when it comes to living a life without regret.