Simply stated: This is the best sports related devotional that I have read!
The Sporting Guide to Eternity devotional is written by a man who is a "two world walker:" a) he is well acquainted with sport (Collegiate and Professional American Football player); and b) he is well versed and trained in Biblical theology. In other words...he "gets it." He gets what it means to be passionate about sport and Jesus. He also gets how to communicate faith through sport as well as sport through faith, and because he has walked in both worlds, he is able to communicate in ways truly understood by athletes and coaches.
The writing style is engaging, insightful, encouraging and informative, but most of all spiritually challenging. What is really impressive, is how Dr. Conner has crafted his devotional to be relevant for those who would describe themselves as "non" religious; those who are mildly religious; and yet also, those who would say they have a deep faith!
The devotional has over 70 daily entries, each with a Bible verse, brief meditation, reflection question, prayer and related quote. The reader's interaction with the devotional can be brief (each entry can be read in just a few minutes) or provide fodder for a more lengthy time of contemplation for personal application. I recommend starting your day with its content and yet contemplating its relevance as you go about your day.
The book itself just feels good to hold as the solid hardback edition is pleasing to the eye and to the touch and comes with a self marking ribbon so as to keep your place from day to day. It contents include topics such as: anxiety, beauty, competition and prayer. Perhaps Dr. Jerry Root said it best: "I recommend it to everyone who wants to connect love of sport with a life of faith." In fact the author himself says of the devotional: "Christianity can have a transforming effect on the life of sports-minded men and women of every discipline."
How the book can be used.
1. As a personal devotional for either considering the claims of Jesus Christ or to deepen one's faith in Him
2. As a basis for an athletic team's "huddles" - small group discussion / accountability groups
3. As a gift for an individual sports person
4. As a gift for your coaches and/or other volunteers in your ministry
This devotional is a must for any "sporting person" who is considering a life of faith or is already a few more steps down the journey of faith.