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Defender of Faith: The Mike Fisher Story
Zondervan / 2011 / Paperback
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Mike Fisher knows the true meaning of a power play. As a veteran of the National Hockey League, Mike Fisher has a lot to be proud of. He plays for the Nashville Predators, was an alternate captain for the Ottawa Senators, has played in a Stanley Cup final, and has been nominated for the Selke Trophy as the best defensive forward in the league. But it's not just his guts, grits, and talent that have taken him to the top. His power comes from the top-he puts his faith in Christ first and has demonstrated his love for God both on and off the ice.
Kim Washburn began her career in Christian publishing with Focus on the Family. While she worked on their Clubhouse Jr. magazine, two of her original stories were recognized by the Evangelical Press Association, including first place in the fiction category in 2006. Currently Kim stays home---and stays on her toes---with her eleven-year-old daughter and nine-year-old twin sons. SPANISH BIO: Kim Washburn comenzo su carrera en el mundo editorial con Enfoque a la Familia. Despues de trabajar en el equipo de mercadeo para los libros de esa organizacion, se convirtio en editora asociada para su revista mensual. Desde 1997 estuvo a cargo de evaluar obras para jovenes, escribio textos originales y ayudo a crear una revista refinada, entretenida y edificante. Dios de sus historias fueron premiadas por la Asociacion Evangelica de Prensa, incluyendo un primer lugar en la categoria ficcion.
Kim Washburn's Defender of Faith: The Mike Fisher Story is summarized by Romans 12:12: "Be glad for all God is planning for you. Be patient in trouble, and always be prayerful." With this theme in mind, Washburn tells the story of Mike Fisher charging through hockey with both disappointment and success. She takes us from when Fisher was a child to present day to show how he grew in faith and in his love for hockey.
Washburn uses Fisher's story to set an example for readers, because Fisher places God above winning the Stanley Cup. She begins with a glimpse into his hockey career in 2006, and then backtracks to the 1980s to retell Fisher's life chronologically. Washburn has written for Clubhouse Jr. magazine, and had two stories recognized by the Evangelical Press Association.
The book opens with, "Hockey is many things. Wimpy is not one of them." Thinking of Mike Fisher as someone wimpy is the last thing on the readers' minds when they close the final page. He body checks anyone in his way, and is unafraid to throw the gloves. You cant help but cheer for Fisher. Washburn places quotes and stories from the past that help lead the reader to becoming an avid admirer of the athlete. Continually she reiterates Romans 12:12 and uses it to reveal Fishers attitude of faith as he faces trials of disappointment, injury, and even loss of loved ones.
This story is well written and encouraging for a Christian individual. In today's society where morals and biblical values are quickly shot out of the rink of life, it is inspiring to read of a man who is standing firm in his beliefsdespite the spotlight attention of the world.
At times, Washburn's terminology may be hard for children to understand, and the hockey game recaps will occasionally feel repetitive. However, this story is a great reminder that although we do not always know His plan, remaining faithful to God's playbook will ultimately lead to victory. I would highly recommend this book for any hockey lover or sports enthusiast. - Jeremy Paul, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
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