Fight: Winning the Battles That Matter Most
It's time that men be men
Ã¢ÂÂGod created men to have the heart of a warrior, placing a desire within us to stand up and fight for whatÃ¢ÂÂs pure, for whatÃ¢ÂÂs true. A man has a warriorÃ¢ÂÂs heart (13).Ã¢ÂÂ In his book Fight, Craig Groeschel challenges men to be a warrior for God by Ã¢ÂÂknowing your weaknesses and turning to God to empower you to be the man he made you to be (27).Ã¢ÂÂ The point is that men turn first to God, gain their strength through the Holy Spirit, and they then live it out.
Fight is a quick and easy read, but just because itÃ¢ÂÂs an easy read doesnÃ¢ÂÂt mean that the material is easy to flesh out. Craig uses the example of the Old Testament character Samson to explain the areas in a manÃ¢ÂÂs life that we need to be on the lookout for. For example on page 60 Craig talks about how we must turn the I want Ã¢ÂÂitÃ¢ÂÂ in to I want Ã¢ÂÂGod.Ã¢ÂÂ When we begin to act and live in such a manor we will begin to be able to fight again sinful issues within our lives.
This book is a great read and one that every man young and old should check out. By being willing to stand up and fight we could see a generation of men who take the role given to us by God more seriously and the result could be a better world to live in.
September 16, 2013
Perfect for potty-page-turning
Craig Groeschel isn't funny. That's probably harsh to say about a guy I've never met, seeing as how reading such a comment written by someone else towards me would probably hurt my feelings. But I think he knows his jokes are bad--most preachers do. But they still spit punchlines like their paycheque depends on it.
What does that have to do with Groeschel's new book Fight? Well, if anyone has watched/listened to one of his sermons, you would recognize that he writes in a similar voice. Fight is posed as a book for men, and the general audience target seems to be men married with children--although the content is not exclusive. Groeschel's basic premise is that all men will have battles that they must fight in life, and God provides the strength we all need to fight like the "warrior" God has made us to be, using the story of Samson in the Bible as an example of everything men should NOT be like.
Maybe I'm simply not the intended target, but the macho, jock-talk, oh-I-wish-I-was-an-MMA-fighter talk just doesn't motivate me to pick up my rugged cross and run a hundred miles with it over my shoulder. The warrior-speak just doesn't do it for me. But I suppose for those men who are into jock-talk and oft picture themselves as Mel Gibson in Braveheart, being told you're a warrior is inspiring.
Something else I don't care for is the short 2-3 page "chapters". Where a "normal" book that I am used to reading has a handful of chapters with subheadings to break up the chapter a bit, Fight is organized in a way that those subsections are chapters unto themselves. I suppose again the target reader is someone that is labeled as having a short attention span? I don't know. I will say it makes for great a great potty-page-turner, where you can finish a chapter easily in a sitting.
In spite of how my analysis may sound, I actually very much enjoy Groeschel's writing, speaking, and all that has become under his LifeChurch.tv ministry. But I find this book to be quite shallow in life-changing content. It's as if Groeschel was under contract to right another book, and this is the best he could come up with.
Fact of the matter is, the book reads like a really long drawn out sermon. Groeschel is hosting a simulcast on October 26th focusing on the topic of Fight, promoted as a men's ministry event. I think if you register and listen in on the content of this event, you won't need to buy the book.
September 12, 2013
A very good resource for men
IÃ¢ÂÂve read a lot of books for men. How to be the spiritual leader of the home, how to be the man of the family, how to be a better father, etc. In his book, Fight: Winning the Battles that Matter Most, Craig Groeschel has written a book about how men were called to be warriors. HeÃ¢ÂÂs pretty clear that this is a book for men, and not for women. He even encourages women to put the book down. I didnÃ¢ÂÂt appreciate that, because if this book really applies to me, then it would be great for my wife to read this book.
In essence, Groeschel explains men are designed to by God to be holy warriors. I donÃ¢ÂÂt really disagree with that thesis, because most men do want to be the warrior and show their mate how they will fight for her. They (we) want to be the knight in shining armor to rescue our damsel, whoÃ¢ÂÂs in distress.
I was surprised Groeschel chose to be base the book on the life of Samson. While there are many positives we can take from SamsonÃ¢ÂÂs life, I find as many negatives and things I should not be doing. The purpose of choosing Samson is to teach what was right and what was wrong. Groeschel was able to help me learn more through his study, but I still felt Samson could have been one part of the picture, and he could have used other biblical characters to help bring home the point about what men should be like.
Groeschel pointed out how men usually show emotion by demonstrating anger as opposed to the many other emotions which are within us. He concludes or surmises that possibly that anger is really self-directed, or directed toward God, and others. Anger usually is what will drive a man to action. He also speaks about other issues such as greed, envy, and lust.
This is a pretty short and easy read. I think most men will see themselves at various points in the book. GroeschelÃ¢ÂÂs goal is for men to take over the spiritual leadership in their families and to move closer to holiness through self-discipline.
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August 27, 2013
A great read.
Fight: Winning the Battles That Matter Most by Craig Groeschel
Ã¢ÂÂÃ¢ÂÂ¦within every man, God has planted a divine desire to fight for righteousness.Ã¢ÂÂ Ã¢ÂÂ Fight, p.13
As king of the flannelgraph boards, the Biblical/historical figure of Sampson is one that many a young boy wishes to be. Set apart by God from birth, Sampson is the original superhero. Fight, by pastor Craig Groeschel, examines the life of Sampson in parallel to the modern Christian male. Both have been created by God in His image; both are prone to utter and complete failure. Groeschel goes out of his way to point out that SampsonÃ¢ÂÂs failures, like ours, are never due to one time events. Like the falling blocks in a game of Tetris, our decisions stack up and can eventually lead us down a road to ruin. However, like Sampson, we are never beyond GodÃ¢ÂÂs redemptive power.
Fight is organized into 3-4 page chapters. I enjoyed these easy to digest chunks of truth. My biggest and only complaint with the book was the unneeded machoism that permeates throughout. Much like John EldredgeÃ¢ÂÂs Wild at Heart, Groeschel felt the need to add blanket gender assumptions such as:
Ã¢ÂÂThink about it this way. There are two kinds of movies: chick flicks and, well, everything else. Do chick flicks inspire men? Do they make them want to be stronger, braver, better men?What about in Pride and Prejudice when Keira KnightleyÃ¢ÂÂs character says to her new husband, Ã¢ÂÂYou may only call me Ã¢ÂÂMrs. DarcyÃ¢ÂÂ when you are completely and perfectly and incandescently happy.Ã¢ÂÂ And he responds with, Ã¢ÂÂThen how are you this eveningÃ¢ÂÂ¦Mrs. Darcy?Ã¢ÂÂ and kisses her on the forehead. And then, Ã¢ÂÂMrs. Darcy,Ã¢ÂÂ as he kisses her on the cheek. And then, Ã¢ÂÂMrs. Darcy,Ã¢ÂÂ as he kisses her on the nose. Again, if youÃ¢ÂÂre a guy, you have no idea what IÃ¢ÂÂm talking about right? Or if you do know, youÃ¢ÂÂre trying hard to forget.Ã¢ÂÂ (page 14)
Despite comments such as the one found above, I enjoyed my time reading Fight. Craig does a fantastic job going beyond the Sampson depicted in Sunday school flannelgraphs and digs into the heart of what made him a man. I highly recommend this book.
I was given a copy of this book by BookSneeze. All opinions are my own. I was not required to write a positive review.
August 25, 2013