Sunday, January 31, 2010

A Book Review

Living Life In The Zone
by Kyle Rote Jr. and Dr. Joe Pettigrew

Here am I, a female, daring to review a book for the fellas. Not just any book either-a Bible study for small groups of men. I'll admit it, I have no frame of reference. HOWEVER, this IS a Bible study I would benefit from my hubby participating in. I especially like the section on Finding the zone in your relationship with your wife. There is a set of bullets that feature what Satan wants you to believe VERSUS What God wants you to know. I particularly LOVE this one:

  • "What Satan wants you to believe: What I think doesn't matter as long as I don't act on it.
  • What God wants you to know: Our thoughts often become our actions."

Those are direct quotes from a book for men written by two men, but I gotta say, that one applies to all of us! It is straight from the word too, Proverbs 23:7 "For as he thinks in his heart, so is he." Granted, it is a bit out of context, but the gist is the same. In this scripture, a selfish man is giving a meal to someone and since he is selfish all he is thinking about is how much the meal he is giving costs. So, since all he thinks on is costs, there is nothing true about his generosity. Same is true with lots of other things, like porn. In this day and age, it's everywhere. If someone keeps their head filled up with images of other women(as a man thinketh in his heart), the marriage bed is also tainted with those thoughts(so is he). Very challenging!

Back to the book. It is a 40 day study. Each day starts with a thought and some coaching. Then a game plan is mapped out. Next, examples using mostly sports guys, are given of people who accomplish the plan. Time out is called-to reflect on some deeply personal questions and then you move on to today's assignment. The last section is a spot to record praises and prayers.

The topics run the gamut, just like life. The main topics: one on one time with God, loving your kids, loving your wife, loving your wife's family, stress, creating a legacy, being a good friend, setting priorities, success. At the end, the goal is to make the decision to be a better man AND then BE A BETTER MAN.

I can't say enough good things about this book and I wish every man I know (but especially one)would delve right into it. And Ladies? We could benefit by putting a lot of it into practice as well.

1 comment:

~Stephanie said...

Joe was my high school band director, my friend, and one of my favorite people ever!