A concise audio encouraging Christian athletes to see sports as a true gift from God, created for his glory.
"Why is it that sports seem to bring out the best and the worst in us?" asks author C. J. Mahaney. "Sports are a gift from God. But as soon as you introduce the human heart, things get complicated." For the Christian athlete, sports are one of the key battlegrounds in which pride and self-glory are regular temptations. If sports are indeed a gift from God, why are playing fields and courts so often arenas for our egos? How are we to enjoy sports in a godly way?
Self-described "pastor athlete" C. J. Mahaney looks to Scripture for principles that speak to the role of sports in our lives. This booklet outlines how Christian athletes are to play for the glory of God and model gratitude, humility, and service. With candor and humor, Mahaney recounts his own story with sports and through illustrations and practical applications exhorts athletes not to waste their sports.
- Good perspective
Good perspective on our gifts from God.
- Great book - applies biblical principles to the sports arena
As usual C.J. Mahaney presents the gospel to us in an easy-to-understand and applicable way that in no way reduces the gospel, but shows us how to practically apply it to different areas of our lives - in this case sports/fitness training and the like. Actually you could replace the work "Sports" with anything, "job", "sickness", "travel", "shopping" and so on, and the message will still fit because the underlying principles are Biblical and therefore universal.
A very short book - but it says it all - I listened to the entire audiobook in one gym session!
This would also make a good discussion series for small groups and the like.
- Good For Athletes and Non-Athletes
Don't Waste Your Sports was a short book. Some of the chapters were only about 6 minutes long in the audio version. The whole book took less than an hour to listen to. That was OK though, the book was very to the point. And, quite frankly, it is about sports, with the hope that athletes will read it. So, not trying to be mean, but a short book might have been the best choice.
I really enjoyed this book. I am not a huge sports fan, so I have always been keenly aware of some of the negative aspects of sports. Not being a good athlete myself, has also increased my sensitivity to the pride that reigns supreme in many good athletes. It was refreshing to hear many of those issues addressed directly in this book.
I have to add, though, that because of my negative attitude, it has caused me to miss some of the more positive aspects of sports. This book was very helpful in assisting me in seeing the redeemable points in sports, thinking ultimately about the Glory of God in the midst of sports.
If you are an athlete (or not) or a coach or an athletic director or a parent, I would like to recommend this book.
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- Something is missing....
An authentic life is needed for a book to really make an impact. Looking at the authors life and choices, not just one little book.
"But if the work is burned up, the builder will suffer great loss. The builder will be saved, but like someone barely escaping through a wall of flames."
- Not terribly impressed
This audio is pretty short and to the point, but it's a point that has been made many times and often better. It was a free download though, and worth every penny.
I think it's great to honor God instead of oneself when accomplishing a goal, whether in sports or elsewhere, but there's a line where it becomes more "look at me BECAUSE it looks like i'm honoring God" than it is "look at God, not me". This audio book seemed to me to lean more toward the former than the latter.