This book brings real conversation into real practical episodes for real men to make the real win. Colt McCoy, NFL quarterback and Matt Carter, Pastor of Austin Stone Community Church bring together the everyday life of men and bring it into a transparent and honest look at the life of men and their thoughts, struggles and victories.
Following Jesus Christ in the consistent theme that runs through the entire book bringing to light the faithfulness of God in every situation but this is not a ooey gooey book with sappy episodes, no a hard hitting, convicting book with stories of real life struggles that hit home more than once.
Several books sit on my library shelf designed for men but none spoke to me "right to the heart" as this book has. Matt and Colt both share within the pages of their struggles and their victories plus, the book included a bonus section on Mentoring plus a small group reading guide that fits perfectly in the hands of a man.
If you are looking for a Small Group Bible Study Guide for men - this is it. This book will be our next Men's Bible Study Guide for my men. There is a leader's DVD kit also available.
I received this book for free from Blogging for Books for this review.
The Real Win by Colt McCoy and Matt Carter is an excellent book for men of all walks of life. Young men could read this book to help them prepare for life. Adult men can find advice and help for every area and stage of their lives. The book covers topics that have to do with the home, the workplace, personal character, and leaving a worthy legacy behind. Any man seeking to better himself will find guidance through this book.
The beginning of the book introduces these two authors to us. Colt McCoy is currently the starting quarterback for the Cleveland Browns. Matt Carter is the pastor of Austin Stone Community Church. Both of these men offer wide perspectives from their very different lives. The premise of this book has to do with the fact that often we see men who are successful according to the world's standards, but then fail in areas of life that we all consider to be valuable: marriage, family, integrity, etc. The main source for these problems is one of idolatry.
The next section of the book deals with the home. The authors give eight sin traps that men are prone to fall into and how to avoid them. They proceed to show how the husband/wife relationship is second in importance to our relationships with our wives. Men must understand how to love their wives. Finally, the authors explain the father's role as spiritual leader within the home. The man must make sure his relationship with God is right, then lead his wife in her relationship to God, and finally see that his children have a right relationship to God.
The next section of the book explains the man's role in the workplace. The authors present several idols that many men place before God in their desire to be successful at work. They encourage men to follow the principles of God's Word in conducting business. This attitude starts when we realize that God has sovereignty placed us in our work, so He is our true "boss." We should work in an excellent way so as to please Him in all we do. This will also dictate our relationships with co-workers of the opposite sex.
The final section of the book centers on personal character. The authors explain why we face trials and what our attitude and outlook should be as we go through trials. They also demonstrate what it means to leave a legacy of whole-hearted service to the Lord. We can do this as we live a life that obviously shows what God is doing in our hearts, remaining faithful to our wives and families, and by being courageous to fulfill the calling that God has placed on each of our lives.
This book was wonderful and easy to read. The end of the book also includes a study guide that goes along with each chapter of the book. So, this book would be great for a person to read alone, or for a group of men to study and encourage each other together. (Critique by Bobby Lyles)
DISCLOSURE: A complimentary copy was provided in exchange for our honest review. No compensation was received for this review. Opinions expressed are solely those of the reviewer.
This is a very Biblical and practile book for men.It is well written and readable. I was impressed with the Biblical knowlege and practicle application from these young men. Young physically but mature spiritually. I was especially impressed with the chapter on temptation and chapter Six "What You Care About The Most".This chapter is well worth the price of the book and overall an interesting,life changing "Good read."
The Real Win, written by quarterback Colt McCoy and Matt Carter is a book written by men, for men! :) I got a chance to read and review this book and though I am not a man, I did enjoy it and recommend it to a male audience. My husband is already enjoying it, and he is not a big reader.
The book's authors focus on different topics of importance in a Christian man's life, such as your legacy, your role as spiritual leader in your home, being tempted, idolatry, trials, and others. They are topics that are relevant and important.
The way this book is written is using illustrations from the lives of the authors. They are little windows into their lives, which many people can identify with. They are not all illustrious, from little to large pictures of how we fail in our own strength, but how God can use us and grow us. There is Scripture and Scriptural principals used throughout the book, not just these men's ideas, but teaching from the Bible.
I think that one of the best aspects of this book, to me, is that it is very readable. What do I mean by that? It's not dry, trudge -through-it reading, but rather is written in an interesting fashion. This is a great way to teach. I would definitely recommend this book; it would also make a great gift for a man you know!
I received a copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of this review. I was not required to write a positive review.