Beyond the Gold: What Every Church Needs to Know About Sports Ministry - Reviewed by Dr. Greg Linville
If you are only going to read one book about Sports Ministry this year, make it Beyond the Gold by Bryan Mason. Not only is this the best Sports Ministry Book of the year, it is in the top five of the last decade. What makes it required reading for all Sports Outreach Ministers is how relevant and practical it is. The people who have influenced Bryan, and whom he generously credits, reads like a who’s who of the Sports Outreach Era’s Leaders: Rodger Oswald, Steve Quatro, Steve Conner, Stuart Weir, Graham Daniels and many more. Mason insightfully weaves the best of what he has learned from others and from his own extensive international experiences into an easy to understand model for local church Sports Outreach.
By Josef Solc
Review by Kiristina Bolton
When Josef Solc left his home of Czechoslovakia in 1968 to pursue a life of a pastor over professional athlete status, he took with him a wealth of knowledge about the skeletal fundaments of sports and building upon them the body of Christ. Although widely known for his natural stardom in the arena of tennis and ice hockey, Solc gave up this path and picked up a new direction in the field of ministry. His calling to evangelism and life within the church was in direct contrast from the communist rule governing his country. In his book, Communication on the Playing Field, Solc recalls the process of laying down sports for himself and picking up sports for the sake of sharing the Gospel with others.
By Tim Conrad
Thistle Productions – 2010 – USA – ISBN: None
Reviewed by Dr. Greg Linville
Conrad “connects from long range” in his second Sapphire Lake Novel: Go the Distance. This delightfully written basketball novel is highly recommended….
“Go the Distance” is a sequel to the much heralded “Game Plan.” It reunites the hard luck Wyatt, and his emerging star and friend, Anthony with all their Sapphire Lake teammates on a road trip to compete in a national basketball tournament. “Go the Distance” combines an excitement and intrigue geared to pre-adolescents who will be riveted by the adventures and dilemmas of the young athletes who compete for coach Calhoun on the Sapphire Lake Tigers team. The fictional southern town of Sapphire Lake is where the Tigers hail from but the journey to Miami and the National Tourney is where most of the action takes place. Any kid who has played for a traveling team will identify with the twists and turns of a “road trip.” Themes of dealing with a grandparent’s death, injuries, the homeless and how to cope with referees, overzealous fans and “huge” opponents will resonate with the pre-high school crowd. Once again, Conrad superbly connects the “echo boomer” generation to issues of faith through a story based upon a sports experience. Once again, this Sapphire Lake story is geared for children (highly recommended for the 10-14 aged crowd), but may have more impact on the parents, coaches and league directors who will read it to their children or team.
Kneeling in the End Zone – Spiritual Lessons from the World of Sport - Reviewed by Dr. Greg Linville