Living Life in the Zone: A 40-Day Spiritual Game Plan for Men  -     By: Kyle Rote Jr., Joe Pettigrew
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Living Life in the Zone: A 40-Day Spiritual Game Plan for Men

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Power. Grace. Strength. Fearlessness. That is Living Life in the Zone. For many men, there is nothing more exciting than seeing an athlete elevate his game to another realm. Quarterbacks thread passes through impossibly tight creases. Golfers sink pressure-packed putts. Sluggers park baseballs ten rows deep in the cheap seats. Everything came into focus. Against all reason, time slowed down.

If only we mortals were so lucky. Between the stresses of work and the pressures of parenthood and marriage, our time-our life-flies by faster than major league fastball. Can we hope to elevate our game and enter the zone?Living Life in the Zone is a 40-Day spiritual journey for discovering abundant life. Filled with inspirational Scriptures and real-life stories of playmakers such as Tony Dungy, Allan Houston, Kurt Warner, and John Wooden, this game plan will teach you what God has in store for men living in his Zooooooone

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 224
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2009
Dimensions: 8.38 X 5.44 (inches)
ISBN: 0849946522
ISBN-13: 9780849946523

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Publisher's Description

Why this book? Because many men still have the desire to have a real faith dialog, but much of today's current church literature and methodology doesn't appeal to them.

Living in the zone—that state of mind when almost everything seems to be working for you—is every man's desire. But how does a man live in the zone as a Christian?

This 40-day spiritual journey is a sports-filled prescription for today's busy man designed to help remove stress and give him confidence to embrace his daily adventure. Each chapter is:

  • Designed to strengthen both churched and unchurched men
  • Brief enough for men to enjoy but with spiritual depth
  • Filled with issues that are real but often not discussed in church
  • Concentrated on a daily spiritual to-do list
Divided into four sections: Marriage, Children, Work, and Faith, each daily reading includes:
  • thought of the day
  • words of wisdom on a particular subject
  • biblical perspective
  • insight for living it out
  • questions to ponder
  • today's call to action
  • prayer requests

Real life stories focusing on the faith journey of famous athletes, coaches, businessmen, and other public figures encourages men that they too can handle adversity, walk in faith, and live in the zone.

Includes input from celebrities such as Tony Dungy, Lee Corso, Chris Mortensen, Bobby Bowden and many more.

Author Bio

Joe Pettigrew, PhD, is an authority on the issues affecting senior executives. He is a highly distinguished leadership consultant, speaker, and founder of Leaderpoint. A former college dean, Pettigrew has consulted with more than half of the nation’s Fortune 500 corporations.

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  1. Washington
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    40 Helpful Bible Studies for Christian Men
    December 25, 2010
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 4
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    The authors, who are the co-founders of In the Zone Ministries, a sports-oriented men's Christian ministry, offer forty brief Bible lessons in a format that can be used for personal study and reflection or incorporated as study material for men's Bible classes or men's small group meetings. Each lessons follows the same format: Coach's Corner (a few paragraphs introducing each topic), Game Plan (a brief Bible study on the topic), Playmakers (illustrations using sports figures to apply the lesson from the Bible study), Time Out (questions for thought or discussion), Today's Assignment, and Home Field Advantage (blank lines for listing prayer points).

    The forty lessons are grouped into six primary areas: 1) "How Do You Know When You Are ‘Living Life in the Zone'?" 2) "Finding the Zone in Your Relationship with Your Wife," 3) "Finding the Zone in Your Relationship with Your Children," 4) Find the Zone in Your Relationships with Your Friends," 5) Finding the Zone in Your Relationships at Work," and "Finding the Zone as You Look to the Future."

    The need for such a book is obvious to anyone familiar with problems faced by males in modern American culture. Being a Christian does not mean necessarily that we will be experts in how men should function in these important relationships. This book is not intended to be an in depth all-purpose resource, but it presents basic advice to Christian men in an approach that is both useful and understanding.

    The book is intended to deal with practical issues men face in everyday life so it does not have a strong doctrinal emphasis. Nevertheless, readers should evaluate doctrinal teaching in light of what the Bible actually says.

    Overall, this is a most worthwhile book.

    A free copy was provided by the publisher for review purposes.
  2. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    The product has great sports stories!
    December 20, 2010
    Cory McCaig
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Living Life in the Zone by Kyle Rote Jr. and Joe Pettigrew is a forty-day spiritual devotional guide for men. It is infused with sports terminology and stories from such sports figures as Larry Bird, Joe Namath, and Orel Hershiser, to spark the interest of the sports loving fan, but at the same start them on a road of spiritual growth. The purpose of this book is to help men discover the abundant life that Jesus promises. The book covers six major themes: knowing that your life is in the zone, your wife, your children, your friends, your work, and your future.

    Overall, I found this book to be quite interesting. Being a sports fan myself, I found the stories from some of the sports world's greatest athletes, to be very inspiring. Each section will challenge the reader and make them think about the personal walk with the Lord. This is a very good attempt to attract the attention of the hearts of men, through the use of what men would like and the straight forward approach in which it is written. Each day God's truth is presented in a fresh and challenging way that men really need. I defiantly recommend this book to any sports loving, but spiritually hungry man out there!

    Disclosure: I did receive a free review copy of this book from Thomas Nelson Publishers, but was not required to write a positive review.
  3. Tauranga, New Zealand
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Excellent Guide for all Males
    December 18, 2010
    The Phantom Paragrapher
    Tauranga, New Zealand
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Review : Living Life in the Zone - Kyle Rote Jr. and Dr. Joe Pettigrew - December 2009

    For all those Christian Males out there of all ages , this is the book for you. As a fellow Christian , I know that we are always trying to find ways to get closer to God and build a strong relationship with him and open our hearts and lives to him. As females, we are pretty open and easy to building relationships as females tend to be more emotional, Whereas Males tend to be more physical in their doings. When you think of sport , games like rugby or depending where in the world you live -football -what gender comes to mind ? Males. That is why authors Kyle Rote Jr. and Dr. Joe Pettigrew have developed a devotional guide in the form of a 40 day Spiritual Game Plan - Each day has a different topic and includes 6 sections - the first is the thought of the day , a little quote to get you into the mood of the devotion, the second is called "The Coach's Corner" - a bit like the inspirational speeches the coaches give before the team heads onto the game field , the third is "The Game Plan" - not named after the movie starring The Rock but a Game Plan is the way the team is going to play and includes their tactics, strategies etc , the fourth part is "Playmakers" - these are the people who are the most important people in the game e.g in Basketball everybody is has their own positions and are the playmakers for that game. The fifth part is "Time Out" - in a game, this tends to be about halfway through a time for the team to recap and get ready for the final half. In Living Life in the Zone, the "Time Out" is a time for you to reflect on a couple questions that have to do with that day's devotional and finally the last part is "Home Field-Advantage: - this tends to signify a win in the game and the end of the game - in Living Life in the Zone, the Home field advantage is the crucial part in the devotional where you let God into what you are feeling and pass all your problems, concerns, questions to him .

    A guide that no matter whether you are an old christian or a new christian or even slightly interested in getting to know God and you are a Male - Living Life in the Zone by Kyle Rote Jr and Dr. Joe Pettigrew is the perfect bedside companion next to your bible.
  4. San Angelo, Tx
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    This product is a helpful life tool
    December 7, 2010
    San Angelo, Tx
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I was really impressed with this book-it definitely delivered what it promised. It's a 40 day spiritual game plan for men, in language they can relate to, with inspiring real life stories of other men who they respect. I would definitely give this to the men in my life and recommend it to others. I feel like all of the tools needed for a closer walk with God and better relationships with others are n this book.
  5. Altus, OK
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: male
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    A great devotional for men
    December 1, 2010
    Altus, OK
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: male
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    This is a 40-day devotional geared towards men and the stresses and difficulties they endure on a daily basis.

    The general theme for this book is sports and how we can apply "sports" themes and ideas into our mindset to conquer each day ahead of us. Being an avid sports fan, I found the subject matters to hit home and convey new ideas for coping with life. There are ample resources cited throughout the book, including inspirational quotes and Bible references.

    I would also be quick to point out...this is intended for a male audience. That said, there are elements of this book that can apply to both genders. Overall, "Living Life in the Zone" is an excellent devotional guide that inspires the reader to be a better person, to strive for our goals in life, and you can truly make a difference in the world you live in.

    Overall, "Living Life in the Zone" is a great devotional book that I would recommend ALL men to read and grow from. It is short enough to fit your daily readings comfortably into any schedule, and the difference you will see in your life and those around you will amaze you!
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Author: Joe Pettigrew
Located in: Memphis, Tennessee
Submitted: November 11, 2009

    Tell us a little about yourself.  Joe received his undergraduate degree at the University of Tennessee, his Master’s degree at Murray State University and his Doctoral degree from the University of Memphis. Joe has served on the faculty at several prestigious institutions and was a University Dean for over 10 years.

Today, Dr. Pettigrew is a leading authority on leadership and management issues affecting the world’s senior executives. He is a highly distinguished executive coach, professional speaker, author, and founder of Leaderpoint Consulting Group, an international leadership-coaching firm with offices in Memphis, Dallas and Houston. Joe’s experiences represent 25 years of exceptional hands-on senior leadership and management success. He is among a very elite group of individuals worldwide to hold a Doctorate in the field of Leadership. His consulting and speaking clients include more than half of America’s Fortune 500 Companies and many large not-for-profit organizations such as United Way, Habit for Humanity and the American Red Cross. He has worked with international leaders, and organizations as diverse as the National Basketball Association and the National Football League. His daily experience in the education and corporate world, keeps him up to date with the current trends and issues facing today’s senior executives.

Joe has participated and taught at many of the country’s leading training schools for leaders. A prominent, sought-after speaker, and business consultant, Dr. Pettigrew is universally characterized by his colleagues, and clients as an insightful, powerful, and compassionate teacher. Joe is respected for his years of research and coaching many of the country’s most influential leaders. He has taught for the Harvard Business School and the Center for Creative Leadership. His work has been quoted in USA Today, CNN, NBC News and Fox News.

Joe is a committed Christian.

    What was your motivation behind this project?  The book, divided into four sections—Marriage, Children, Work, and Faith—calls upon the experiences celebrity sports figures such as Tony Dungy, Lee Corso, Chris Mortensen, Bobby Bowden, and more. Living Life in the Zone helps men to have a real faith dialog, even when much of today's current church literature and methodology doesn't appeal to them. “ Admittedly, we are fellow strugglers in this life. However, we have found that God’s Word taken in its proper context speaks to every core issue a man can face. And when God speaks, He doesn’t stutter,” writes Rote and Pettigrew. “In addition, we recognize that many men tend to compartmentalize their lives—so we have chosen to focus on what our research has told us are the most stressful compartments—faith, fatherhood, marriage, work, and friendships.”

    What do you hope folks will gain from this project?  We hope men will see that they are living in one of the most stressful times in our country's history. They are being pulled in every direction. They want to be a great husband, father, employee and disciple. Men will hear stories from many of the most successful sports and business men in the world about how they deal with these issues and still keep their eyes focused on Jesus.

    How were you personally impacted by working on this project?  The book was a year long daily project with my friend Kyle Rote, Jr. While we both have grown children, we have a special place in our heart for young men trying to balance work, marriage, fatherhood and their faith. As we listened to the many stories that we wrote about, we often stooped and prayed that this book would speak to men the way the stories spoke to us.

    Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists?  Our main inspiration is Jesus Christ. As far as earthly sources of inspiration, Tony Dungy, John Wooden,Chris Mortensen, Gene Stallings and Larry Payton were key influences.

    Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know:  We believe this is an important read for men battling to be a super dad, super husband, super breadwinner and follower of Christ. We support the local church and only desire to help get more men in or back in the local church


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