Title: Living Life in the Zone
Author: Kyle Rote Jr. and Dr. Joe Pettigrew
Reason for Reading: This book was provided to me free of charge by Thomas Nelson, Inc. through the BookSneeze program in exchange for preparing a book review and posting it to this blog. The content of this review is solely my own words and not influenced by receiving the book as compensation.
Summary: The book is a 40-day study for men. The book provides a short chapter for each of the 40 days. Each chapter includes citations of relevant bible verses, a profile of a sports or business figure and how they have applied that life principle in their life, three self-assessment questions, and an assignment to put the lesson into practice that day.
The subjects discussed include a man’s relationship to God, improving your relationship with your wife, being a more effective father, you role as friend to your fellow man, and being a Christian man in your workplace.
Review: The lives up to its description as a spiritual game plan for men. While many self-improvement books provide only limited spiritual content, Living Life in the Zone is replete with spiritual discussions and biblical references. The book describes “the zone” it is teaching men to live in as not just a period of higher productivity, but higher effectiveness. It encourages self-examination to help men redefine their role as husband, father, friend, employee, manager, and spiritual leader.
The part of the book I found most helpful is the biographical sketch included in each day’s reading. Under the subtitle Playmaker, this section uses a notable man’s real life experience to illustrate the spiritual principle being at work in real life. Most of the men profiled are notable in the world of sports, like Tom Landry or Kurt Warner. Some of them are notable from the world of business, like David Green of Hobby Lobby or Mike Glenn of FedEx. Not all the examples are those of men who used the spiritual principle to succeed, nor are any of the stories too Pollyanna or unrealistic. Even though I was familiar with many of the men profiled, I learn something new from each Playmaker section. The authors have described their lives with details not covered in typical media coverage of athletes and coaches.
If you want to know more about these notable men from sports and business, something that reflects how their spirit and their relationship with God affected their lives, this book is a must read. You want to explore how you can have a deeper understanding of spiritual issues, if you are looking for a guide familiar with sports, business, and politics in the modern world, this book will deliver. This book is a fun read while providing a meaningful message. It is enjoyable and educational. I highly recommend this book for any man with a wife, a child, a job, and a relationship with God.
Other resources: http://www.inthezone.org