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Jake's journey to the NFL is the backdrop for this collection of inspiring devotions based on nearly a hundred football terms. Jake takes you to the weight room, practice field, and even across the goal line. You'll feel as if you're lined up next to him, facing a big guy on defense you're about to take down. These quick daily readings feature Scripture reference and can be used for devotional use. Recommended for ages 13 to 17.
Number of Pages: 176
Vendor: Harvest House Publishers
Publication Date: 2015
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)|
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Jake Byrne dreamed of playing professional football. He had the size, the talent, the drive...but at age 14, he found out he also had type 1 diabetes.
Still, Jake was determined to reach his goal. And God was determined to guide and empower him all along the way.
Jake's journey to the NFL is the backdrop for this collection of inspiring devotions based on nearly a hundred football terms. Jake takes you to the weight room, practice field, and even across the goal line. You'll feel as if you're lined up next to him, facing a very large defender you're about to take down. He also includes Scripture and then ties up each story in a way that feels real and encouraging. You'll discover...
- what to do when God calls an audible in your life
- how to respond when God puts you on special teams
- why prayer is never an incomplete pass
These quick daily readings will help you press through your own difficulties and experience God's dream for you.
Jake Byrne has battled with type 1 diabetes since a young teen and has since been proactive combating the disease and mentoring diabetic youth. He played football for the University of Wisconsin as a tight end and went on to compete in the NFL. Originally with the New Orleans Saints in 2012, Jake has also been a Houston Texan, Kansas City Chief, and San Diego Charger.
"As a football fan, I thoroughly enjoyed reading Jake's behind-the-scenes look at life in the NFL. But even better, I think First and Goal: What Football Taught Me about Never Giving Up will be a helpful devotional for all teens, showing them how to integrate faith and life, and inspiring them to persevere through all of life's challenges."
Josh Kelley, pastor and author of Radically Normal
"As the mother of a high school receiver, I'm thrilled to have found this perfect blend of faith and football targeted to reach the heart of my son. The readings are short enough to keep his attention while still giving him plenty to think about as he heads out the door to practice. Jake Byrne's honesty about his personal struggles balancing life, football, and diabetes give hope to others navigating the rough waters of life. While we can all learn from the lessons Jake shares, First and Goal is the perfect inspiration for teenaged boys like mine."
"The book is so inspirational to my son who has type 1 diabetes, like Jake. Even for someone without type 1 diabetes, the book is great and the stories are so enjoyable."
Carrie5 Stars Out Of 5Great devotionalMarch 9, 2017CarrieQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5First and Goal is a devotional written by Jake Byrne, college and NFL football player. Jake has Type 1 diabetes but hasn't let that stop him from reaching his goals. In this devotional he shares his ups and downs in a way that is encouraging and inspirational. Each devotional is written in a conversational tone as if you are sitting one on one. They are titled with football terms which will appeal to young boys. They are a quick read, yet thought-provoking. I have already recommended this book to friends. I also use it with my own two boys.
I received a copy of this book by the publisher. I was not required to hive a positive review and these opinions are my own.
AnnelrBrighton, MIAge: Over 65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Staying In the ZoneJune 21, 2016AnnelrBrighton, MIAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5First and Goal by Jake Byrne is a captivating devotional. Byrne writes from his experience as a professional football player and a person who has dealt with type 1 diabetes since he was a young teen. He gives readers 90 inspiring devotionals which he relates to football jargon. Each devotional begins with the definition of a term, has a related scripture passage within and ends with a paragraph that has questions for the reader to be able to personalize the daily reading to his own life. These short, sometimes humorous, anecdotal writings give encouragement, remind readers they are not alone in their struggles and inspire a deeper relationship with God. First and Goal is not just for teens...adults can learn and be encouraged as well.
I received a copy of this book through The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest review.
Melissa4 Stars Out Of 5A great way to connect in a new wayJune 15, 2016MelissaQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4This is a great devotional, especially if you have a man in your life who likes football. I think they could really get into this. I know it's always hard to find good devotionals that men might enjoy but I think this is one my husband would even like.
Honestly, because I am married to a football coach and my son plays I really enjoyed it as well, and I even learned a bit more about terms used in football.
I love the way Jake defined the term and then related it to life and also wove in scripture. Overall, this is a great book for anyone looking for a new way to go deeper into the word.
A copy of this book was given to be through The Book Club Network Inc. in exchange for an honest review.
Penny M5 Stars Out Of 5InspirationalJune 8, 2016Penny MQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5An incredible and uplifting devotional. First and Goal is geared toward teen boys to show how to overcome adversity. But I enjoyed learning a lot of the terms of football and how he relates them spirituality.
We have three boys each that played football. I would have loved to have had this book as a devotional for them through their teen years. Jake Byrne is truly an inspiration to all. At the age of 14 life as he knew it stopped. He was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. He thought that this would destroy his dream of becoming a high school football player as well as an NFL player. He was determined not to be sidelined and fight. This book shows how God empowered him and was right by his side throughout it all.
I recieved this book from The BookClub Network for an honest review.
bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: 55-65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Spiritual lessons from footballJune 6, 2016bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4Can there be spiritual lessons in football? Byrne shares what he has learned from his experience in the NFL and his struggle with diabetes.
The format is an A to Z collection of a football term, definition, then devotional. The devotionals are spiritual truths related to experiences he has had on the field and off.
For example: a blitz in football is when the opposing team sends more than the usual defensive linemen after the quarterback. Byrne experienced a blitz when he was diagnosed with diabetes. He had to learn to control his diet to keep his system regulated during practice and games. He felt overwhelmed on occasion and found his strength in the Lord.
This book is a good one for people who enjoy football and need to be reminded (or informed) of the meaning of football specific terms.
It is also a good book for any young athlete struggling with a medical issue. Byrne gives lots of encouragement for facing challenges like getting knocked down unexpectedly. He also spurs readers on to being a cheerleader for someone else, being reliable, recovering from a fumble, busting out of your comfort zone, and much more. He also gives good information on diabetes such as the difference between the two types.
Food for thought: The NFL determines your worth as a player, but only God knows your true worth. (45)
I received a complimentary copy of this book through The Book Club Network for the purpose of an independent and honest review.