The Walk: Clear Direction and Spiritual Power for Your Life  -     By: Shaun Alexander
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Walking with God gets you from where you are to where God wants you to be.

Standing still is not an option in your relationship with God. Growing in Christ means you're on the move; it is a process of learning to walk into greater spiritual maturity.

God is inviting you to get in step with what he is doing in the world. When you walk with him, you allow him to set the pace for every aspect of your life. And as you walk through the five stages of spiritual growth, you will be transformed by biblical wisdom and God's direction, by the challenge of investing in others, and by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Let Shaun Alexander show you how to embark on the greatest adventure of your life. When you start walking through life with God, you will have an unprecedented impact on others.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 240
Vendor: WaterBrook Press
Publication Date: 2011
Dimensions: 8.00 X 5.19 (inches)
ISBN: 0307730255
ISBN-13: 9780307730251
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Publisher's Description

Walking with God gets you from where you are to where God wants you to be.

Standing still is not an option in your relationship with God. Growing in Christ means you’re on the move; it is a process of learning to walk into greater spiritual maturity.

God is inviting you to get in step with what he is doing in the world. When you walk with him, you allow him to set the pace for every aspect of your life. And as you walk through the five stages of spiritual growth, you will be transformed by biblical wisdom and God’s direction, by the challenge of investing in others, and by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Let Shaun Alexander show you how to embark on the greatest adventure of your life. When you start walking through life with God, you will have an unprecedented impact on others.

 

Author Bio

Shaun Alexander travels the country speaking to business and military audiences, at sports camps, and at churches and Christian conferences. He is a gifted Bible teacher who points listeners toward exceptional achievement by aligning their lives with God’s will. Alexander was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks after a standout career at the University of Alabama. A three-time Pro Bowl selection, in 2005 he set an NFL record by scoring twenty-eight touchdowns. In the same season, he set a team record by gaining 1,880 rushing yards and leading his team to the Super Bowl.

Editorial Reviews

"I have profound respect for people who are better in person than they are in public. That is Shaun Alexander. He doesn’t just talk the talk; he walks the walk. And that is what this book is all about."
—Mark Batterson, best-selling author of In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day

"Shaun Alexander is an inspiration to those going through the ’walk’ that we call our daily lives. His insight and wisdom will cause readers to look deep inside and seek after God. His candor and spiritual maturity teach us how to live happier, more purpose-filled lives. Once you start reading this book, you won’t be able to put it down."
—Matthew Barnett, senior pastor of the Dream Center

"The Walk is a must-read for anyone who has questions about faith or who wonders what it would be like to have a more tangible relationship with God. It presents a picture of God we can connect with every day. From math tests to touchdowns, Shaun’s incredible insights and personal stories will give you the practical tools you need to navigate through life’s biggest challenges."
—Erica Greve, minister and conference speaker

"Shaun Alexander has been a model and a blessing to countless young people in the Communities In Schools program, offering students hope for a future. When Shaun writes about those who are Examples—’people who actually live what they claim to believe’—I see his face and hear his voice."
—Bill Milliken, founder and vice-chairman of Communities In Schools Inc. and author of The Last Dropout and Tough Love

"Ever since I first met Shaun at the Senior Bowl, I have been impressed by his consistency, his humility, and his teachable spirit. I have watched him mature as he has learned to live out his faith. This book will take you through some of the same steps he took in that growth process, and I know you will be challenged and blessed."
—Carey Casey, CEO of the National Center for Fathering and author of Championship Fathering

"Shaun lives with integrity and honor in the public eye. But it’s the life he lives when no one is watching that amazes us. His relationship with God and intimate knowledge of the Scriptures have given him a strong foundation for his entire life. With The Walk, Shaun makes these insights available to people of all walks of life in order to deepen their walk with God."
—John and Lisa Bevere, authors, international speakers, and cofounders of Messenger International

"The greatness of Shaun Alexander running downfield with a football is but a glimpse of the greatness he walks in without a football. This man of God has written a phenomenal book that can spark the greatness in all of us. The Walk will allow us to start our walk toward a much better world, right from where we are."
—Michael Jr., Christian comedian



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  1. St. Paul, MN
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Inspiration for young men
    January 23, 2012
    KimO
    St. Paul, MN
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 3
    Value: 2
    Meets Expectations: 2
    Although I didn't find what I was expecting, I was impressed with the very strong and outspoken faith of Shaun, a professional athlete. Our high school and college students need role models to look up to and help them stand boldly in their faith.

    Shaun tells his own story and shares much of his journey from his own formative years, through his NFL career, and beyond. His conclusions of what a "walk with Christ" looks like is his own story and experience. But I would be hesitant to say it is THE walk or formula prescribed in Scripture. He is right in stating that all of us should be on an intentional path of discipleship and growth. We should have goals, next steps, and progress in our faith, but there are many different theories, programs, diagrams, and vocabulary used by various authors to describe what that looks like.

    I wouldn't use this book as a guide for spiritual growth in general, but it could be a great read for a young athlete, particularly male, trying to decide how he should live his faith in the real world.

    Note: there are very obvious charismatic leanings in the second half of the book.

    I received this book free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group as part of their book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
  2. Middleburg, FL
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: male
    2 Stars Out Of 5
    The Walk
    December 29, 2011
    Rick
    Middleburg, FL
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: male
    Quality: 2
    Value: 2
    Meets Expectations: 2
    Having been a huge Shaun Alexander fan, especially playing in the Super Bowl, I was excited to be able to read this book. It wasn't long, though, that my excitement turned to dismay as I read a book that seemed to come from thought and personal opinion rather than from research. Shaun outlines 5 steps to "Clear Direction and Spiritual Power" in your life. While the first couple of these steps are basic for all of us, the 3 remaining seem contrite. I would have loved to see more scripture included to support his opinions and statements, but they just weren't there.

    I received this book free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group as part of their book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
  3. 2 Stars Out Of 5
    "The Walk" lacks adequate biblical foundation
    July 27, 2011
    Scotty
    Quality: 2
    Value: 2
    Meets Expectations: 2
    While reading "The Walk" by former pro football player Shaun Alexander (published by WaterBrook Press), I kept wondering why this book had been written and published.

    The subtitle of this book claims the contents provide "Clear Direction and Spiritual Power for Your Life" and it defines how a person walks with God. In that case, the book misses its mark.

    In order to provide to countless readers a definition for what it means to walk with God, and how to go about doing that correctly, a writer would have to rely entirely on scripture in order to be accurate about such a significant topic. What troubled me was Alexander stretching scripture by creating his own structure for walking with God --- a structure he insists must be followed in the specific order outlined to successfully walk with God.

    I don't know Shaun Alexander. From his writing, I would easily give him the benefit of the doubt his intentions were sincere. Nevertheless, in "The Walk" he lays out five stages of spiritual maturity that have some elements of truth to them, but are elements that can be as wrong for some as they are right for others.

    First, Alexander claims we start as either Wanderers or Wonderers and in order to walk with God we must follow the stages of Unbeliever, Believer, Example, Teacher, and Imparter, in that order. Of course we all start as Unbelievers, and if we're going to walk with God, we must become Believers. Scripture teaches that all Christians are to be examples, but not all are to be teachers. And Alexander's view of an "Imparter" is one who has special power from the Holy Spirit, a view many would disagree with from a biblical basis.

    In addition to the structure he provides as a path for spiritual maturity, Alexander also claims each maturing stage has its own specific "Traps, Trials, and Victories" which he describes. However, these are just his opinion, based on what he has observed. Again, these observations are given as specifics, rather than as generalities that are not universal truths for everyone.

    Additionally, Alexander supposedly is drawing on the life of Peter as a primary example for his content, yet he is inconsistent in using Peter's example throughout the book.

    The problem with "The Walk" is that Alexander draws on scripture to create a structure that scripture doesn't itself provide. Instead of creating a formula for spiritual maturity, it is imperative that Christians actually heed what scripture does say, rather than randomly placing together scripture to create your own guide. The outcome is what you have in "The Walk": the occasionally accurate and insightful information for walking with God, as well as plenty of information that is interesting to ponder but not necessarily biblically accurate.

    As a result, I could only come to one conclusion why this book was written and published. The information given about the author only refers to his professional football career, and the fact that he now travels the country speaking to thousands of people. Such speakers almost always have a book to sell. Alexander has already published one book of a more personal nature; it appears (emphasis on "appear") that this book was written as a tool to compliment his speaking tours.

    Unfortunately, it's not a wholly reliable guide to turn to when you want to better understand what is needed to walk with God.

    I received this book free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group as part of their book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
  4. West Point, UT
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    A review of Shaun Alexander’s “The Walk”
    April 19, 2011
    pastor2519
    West Point, UT
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 3
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 3
    I'm not a sports fan and had no idea who Shaun Alexander was prior to reading THE WALK, but I am interested in making discipleship work as an ongoing process rather than a program, so based on the limited information available, this book looked like something that would be of interest.

    On the cover, perhaps as a subtitle, are the words "clear direction and spiritual power for your life." unfortunately I didn't find much about this book to be ‘clear'. Solid biblical principles and teaching are present, but it didn't seem too clear or coherent. The examples provided didn't always do enough to demonstrate his point, and there were other places where it seemed that relating a personal experience would have furthered the discussion.

    I did like how Alexander has identified the individual stages that an individual goes through on the Walk, but it felt like he was stretching when he used Peter to prove his points. A big problem that many Christians have is trying to force God, Jesus, and in this case the Apostle Peter, to fit into the man sized boxes that we create for them.

    This was one of those books that I kept reading hoping to get excited about. Sadly, that never happened.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
  5. Washington, DC
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    The Walk by Shaun Alexander
    March 8, 2011
    mandygirlie238
    Washington, DC
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 3
    I have been a huge Seattle Seahawks fan all my life. When I saw that Shaun Alexander had a book about his Christian beliefs as well, I couldn't wait to read it.

    There were many great every day applications about Christian living. God takes us through baby steps from an Unbeliever to Believer to Example to Teacher to Imparter. We need to walk not behind or ahead of God but WITH God.

    While I didn't agree with every part of his thinking, I enjoyed reading it and could see by how he handled himself on and off the field that he walked "The Walk".
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