Ride of Your Life, The: What I Learned about God, Love, and Adventure by Teaching My Son to Ride a Bike - eBook  -     By: Mike Howerton
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Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: Baker Books
Publication Date: 2014
ISBN: 9781441246561
ISBN-13: 9781441246561

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We can all remember the first time we learned to ride a bike. That terrible thrill when we first realized Dad had let go of the seat and we were on our own. That first crash and the skinned knees. The life of a Christian is a lot like that. We want to experience the freedom we're promised, so we take a risk, a leap of faith--and sometimes we fall. But just like Dad running alongside of us, God is always there, equipping us, encouraging us, and comforting us.

Through the powerful analogy of teaching his son to ride a bike, Mike Howerton lays out five essential life lessons that will help readers recapture a childlike faith and embrace a passionate, adventurous life full of possibilities and promise.

Author Bio

Mike Howerton is lead pastor of Overlake Christian Church in Redmond, Washington, and served for six years as the college pastor at Saddleback Church. He is a graduate of Pepperdine University and received his master's degree from Fuller Theological Seminary. Mike is the author of Glorious Mess and lives in Washington with his wife, Jodie, and their three children.

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  1. 2 Stars Out Of 5
    More experience than scripture
    October 26, 2014
    Burley Gwaltney
    The entire book is built around the analogy of five lessons learned from the author as he taught his son to ride a bike. The book is split into these five categories, and Howerton derives some spiritual lessons from each of them. My primary criticism of the book is that most of the spiritual lessons that Howerton suggest, seem to be derived from experience more from scripture itself. Overall this seems like nothing more than the typical Christian Inspirational reading being printed these days. I received a copy free from Baker Books.
  2. Seattle
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great read and ride!
    October 5, 2014
    sjsolberg
    Seattle
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Great read for anyone who has a kid or was a kid! The analogy Mike uses to teach his 5 life lessons, teaching his son to ride a bike, is applicable to everybody. And thank heaven it is not churchy.
  3. Midwest
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Clever concept...
    September 23, 2014
    Jen Pen
    Midwest
    Quality: 5
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    SUMMARY:

    Riding a bike can be scary yet rewarding all at the same time. With a dad at your side to encourage and catch you if you fall, the same analogy can be applied to faithfaith like a child. Through a set of five essential life lessons modeled after teaching his young son to ride a bike, Mike Howerton shows what life can be if we take the leap of faith

    A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:

    Through a clever comparison to learning to ride a bike, the author parallels child-like faith to a life of opportunities when we trust in God. Though not necessarily new ideas, the correlation was a helpful reminder of the important things in life as well as a refresher of the knowledge that our heavenly Father will not let us fall if we trust in Him completely (thus, with the faith of a child). With corresponding chapters to riding a bike (Slamming on the Brakes, Avoiding Obstacles, Get Back On and Get Moving), the theme was consistent and easy to follow. With lots of personal stories throughout, The Ride of Your Life would be a good devotional, a gift for a parent, encouragement for a new-believer or even a Bible Study.

    RATING:

    4 (out of 5) pennies

    *I received a complimentary copy of The Ride of Your Life from Baker Publishing for my honest review*
  4. Warren, Maine
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    There's More to this Book than Its Bright Orange Cover!
    August 30, 2014
    Michele Morin
    Warren, Maine
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    When I began hearing about The Ride of Your Life by Mike Howerton, I confess that it sounded like a guy-version of the mommy-blog: I was folding laundry this afternoon, when I just happened to think of I John 1:9 . . . Who knew that, without even straining the metaphor, there could be lessons about riding a bike that would apply to establishing margins in your life; overcoming fears that lead to regret; or even recognizing and then following your passion?

    By the end of Chapter Two, I had repented of my disdain and was skipping ahead to read all the well-chosen epigraphs at the beginning of each chapter. By the end of Chapter Six, I was beyond loving the book. I had come to love the author.

    Quietly, patiently, with the voice of a pastor and the heart of a dad, Mike reminds us that God holds us until we are strong (Lesson 1: No fear).

    He emphasizes the importance of pedaling hard, especially when the terrain is rough (Lesson 2: Balance).

    He warns that our focus will determine our ultimate destination (Lesson 3: Steering).

    He differentiates between slamming on the breaks and simply slowing down (Lesson 4: Braking).

    Then, most essentially, he helps the reader apply the first four lessons when, catastrophically, the wheels come off, the bike swerves madly, and we hit the ground hard (Lesson 5: Starting from a standstill).

    The Ride of Your Life is a vulnerable sharing of Mike Howertons own experience that, sometimes, even though we are pedaling our hearts out, even though we seem to be on course we wipe out. It is at this point that the simple lessons of learning to ride a bike take on special significance because, unless they have become second nature to us, its hard to remember them with blood on our faces and scrapes on our knees.

    Disclosure: I received this book free from Baker Books through the Baker Books Bloggers http://www.bakerbooks.com/bakerbooksbloggers program. The opinions I have expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html.
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