The authors don't break much new ground, however, they communicate in a way that many men will understand and find relevant. Things are stated in a simple, straightforward manner. The author's are both willing to give examples from their lives of times they failed and the impact those failures had on them and those around them. They also share how the relationships they strained were able to be restored and the changes they made in their life through God's leading.
The book contains several key points. One assertion the author's make is that the biggest trap many men face is idolatry - trying to find success, satisfaction and achievement through what they are able to do or accomplish; whether it is through achievements in sports, business, the church, or one's community. Unfortunately, the only thing that can ultimately satisfy is God's love, and the things we pursue on our own, even if they are good, will only distract us from the best.
The study guide at the end is an added bonus that individuals or groups can use to discuss the book even further. I would recommend this book to men.
I received this book from Waterbrook Multnomah through their Blogging for Books Program in exchange for a fair and honest review.
This book speaks to men about being men. Inbred in all men is a desire to win. Maybe not all of us are as competitive as the next man, but all men have a born desire to accomplish something worth accomplishing. But the problem for many men is that they seek and oftentimes achieve accomplishments that do not satisfy. They pursue the wrong things. The Real Win speaks truth in the dark places of a man's soul. Using sports as a platform to share the gospel to men, these two authors pack a punch to the gut of every man through football analogies and an easy-to-read style.
Not being much of a sports fan, I was a bit skeptical about reading this book. But after reading it, I would definitely recommend it to any man, especially those who love sports. Off the top of my head, I can think of a handful of friends and family that would benefit from this book. The material in the book is nothing new or profound, but it is timeless. It transcends all ages and time periods. I received this book free from the publisher as part of a blogging program and was not obligated to write a positive review.