Athletic excellence is achieved only through constant training and discipline, and no athlete will do well unless he is willing to do the work that is necessary to develop his or her skills. It is no different in Christian life, but instead of physical training, the Christian needs biblical training. 1 Timothy 4:7 tells us to "exercise ourselves to godliness" through the reading and obeying of God's Word, and this book is designed to aid young Christians as they begin the lifelong process of "training" to be all that God wants them to be. Michael Washer is the founder and director of National Hoops Ministries, an evangelistic outreach designed to reach the teenagers of America and around the world with the Gospel. Mike received his training at Bob Jones University, graduating in 1999 with a BA in Teaching Bible. Before surrendering to full time evangelism, Mike served as a youth pastor at Westgate Baptist Church in Spartanburg, SC for 6 years. His heartbeat is to reach the lost teens of the world, and to see them live the full, victorious life that God intended through His Spirit. Mike, his wife Nikki, and their 3 boys live in Greer, SC.