In response to my solicitation of materials a couple of weeks ago, I have two books to recommend.
The first is by the chaplain for Auburn University Football, Chette Williams. "Hard Fighting Soldier"
Publisher - Looking Glass Books ISBN # 978-1-929619-31-3 Available at www.chettewilliamsministries.com, local bookstores and Books-A-Million.
The second is a collection of illustrations and chapel talks condensed into a daily devotional book. Things that Ben Johnson of FCA in Waco Texas has used with many pro, college, and high school teams. The title is, “Tools of the Trade: Competing on God's Team.” This book and many other good resources are at www.crosstrainingpublishing.com.
Thursday, September 20, 2007
My mentor in ministry, Fred Bishop of No Greater Love Ministries, simply says, “Our witness is a shadow of our relationship with Christ.” On the days when my relationship with Jesus is strong, I cast a strong shadow in sharing my faith with others. When I’m not doing so well, neither is my expression of Christ’s love. As we love God and those He’s given us, our lives become conduits for the expression of God’s love and compassion for those on and around the team.
Thursday, September 13, 2007
Notice the books and authors on the shelves of your coaches and read them – Look to see who his/her favorite author is. What sorts of books do they read? Ask to borrow a book from his/her shelf. Buy that book to study for yourself. The point here is that if you read what they read you stand to understand them better and that frame of reference will aid your understanding and will fuel discussion on matters of greatest interest to the coach.
Thursday, September 6, 2007
Read, suggest and buy books with relevance to your coaches and athletes – You can be a valuable resource to your coaches especially. If they will read, feed their minds with materials that will feed their souls as well as their minds. Visit Christian bookstores and scan the shelves for these sorts of books: Leadership principles, sport devotional books, biographies of faithful people of sport or books on issues related to their sport.