I’ve been trying to read Living Life In The Zone by Kyle Rote and Joe Pettigrew for over a year now. I received a complementary copy through Thomas Nelson’s reviewer program before Lent 2010 with the intention of using this 40-day male spirituality program as part of my Lenten journey.
It didn’t happen for Lent 2010, nor anytime else in 2010, nor Lent 2011. I was seeking for a deep set of spiritual reflections and, in my opinion, couldn’t find it in my multiple attempts through the book. I didn’t find any objectionable about the reflections, just not what I was seeking to fill my spiritual need. The reflection questions at the end of each day were interesting, but would be most effective in a group setting. In such a setting, the questions can lead to thought-provoking conversations.
On the positive side, the book’s use of sport metaphors is well done. The text does a great job as coming across as a coach working to get the most out of his players. I found that entertaining and enjoyable. For an group of men involved with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes or active/interested in sports, this book could be a very fruitful tool.
In short, if you are looking for a tool to use with your men’s group or in a group of friends, order a copy and check it out. If you’re looking for something to use individually, take stock in what you’re really trying to achieve. If you’re attempting to restart a dormant faith life or starting fresh, this could be great for you. If you’re already in the habit, this might not serve you as well.
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