I bought this to listen to while driving. First of all, the author's southern accent is nerve wracking. Second of all he keeps telling you to read bible scriptures, instead of reading them himself. This was not a pleasant driving experience at all. I could have dealt with the Alabama accent, but every time he instructed me to READ scripture such and such, and he does it several hundred times, I kept screaming "I'm driving here!" The overall message was good, but I won't be listening to it again to get the scriptures that I missed. It is just easier to read the entire bible.
“Outwork your opponent.” “Your stance is critical.” “Leave it all on the field.” “A proper handshake.” These principles and 48 others are among the 52 life lessons described by Todd Gerelds in his devotional book, Always Fall Forward: Life lessons I’ll never forget from “The Coach.”
The author has penned a 52-week devotional book using key lessons he learned from his father, the head football coach at Woodlawn High School in Birmingham, Alabama. Each devotional thought is based on a verse of Scripture. The author begins with a story from his high school playing days, a principle that his father employed in coaching, or an account from personal experience. He then weaves a biblical principle into the story and follows it with another illustration from business or family life. Each devotional thought concludes with another Scripture passage and a few questions to think about during the following week.
The book is aimed at encouraging men to live the way Coach Gerelds lived—grounded in faith and willing to stand up for what he believed—no matter the cost.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the Tyndale Blog Network book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
Devotional books are a dime a dozen these days and their themes range from the easiest of subjects to life's toughest challenges. Unfortunately, there is a vast array of devotional books written by people who have little experience in what they write about.
However, there are some available that are written not by an author's pen, but by their life.
In this new book, based on the film, Woodlawn, which is based on a true story, the author provides daily/weekly devotional thoughts that are directly from his own father's legacy as a coach. It is clear that his father coached football as a platform to coach and mentor young men in life and their character development.
If you are a football fan, a coach, or striving to be a coach, of any sport, this is a book you may want to simmer in. It contains 52 life lessons for the reader to explore and apply to their own life.
This book differs from other devotionals because of how personal it is and that it comes from someone's life experience and legacy.
Thank you to Tyndale House Publishers for providing me with a complimentary copy of this book for the purpose of review.
In the book, Always Fall Forward: Life lessons I'll never forget from "The Coach", Todd Gerelds has written a very personal devotional. This book comes from the true story which was made into a film, called "Woodlawn." The story focuses on his father, Tandy, a football coach.
There are 52 weekly devotions based on what Todd learned from the football field and from his father. Each devotion has a unique title and is about 3-4 pages long, and ends with ways the reader can attempt to go deeper in their relationship with God. There are suggested scripture readings and questions to consider.
If you are a sports fan, especially a football fan, or even a coach who is looking for some inspirational stories to talk to your team about, then this book would be a great addition to your library.
Each devotion is easy to read and many of them can be challenging as well.
Overall, I would recommend this book.
I received this book from Tyndale Press in exchange for an honest review.