Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Facing the Blitz

I am pleased to be a book reviewer for Bethany House.  Each month I am provided with a book free of charge in exchange for my honest review.  

The book I am reviewing this month is Facing the Blitz by Jeff Kemp.  I must admit that I was a bit put off when I saw the cover.  I am not a football fan.  However, I found that I enjoyed the book very much & gleaned a lot of wisdom from it.

Jeff Kemp is a former NFL quarterback.  He explains blitzes in football & how they can be compared with the trials we are faced with in life, & he candidly shares personal examples from his own life.  I really appreciate when an author is not afraid to talk about his or her own struggles & how they overcame them.  It helps me to see that they really understand what I might be going through.

I believe that Mr. Beck's purpose for writing this book was to get our eyes off ourselves & to put them on Jesus.  No matter what trials we face in this life ... illness, unfairness, the death of loved ones, & a multitude of others ... these trials are only temporary bumps in the road to heaven. Yes, they hurt.  Yes, they are difficult.  But if we focus on where we are going, not where we are or where we have been, we can face these things with strength & courage.  

I have several pages in the book bookmarked with sticky notes.  I believe the wisdom that Mr. Beck imparts on these pages is worth embedding in my brain.  

For a book that I didn't think I would like, it has turned out to be one of favorites.  It just so happened that I started reading this book a few days after Sophie passed away & after I had received a devastating diagnosis from my doctor. The book has helped me to deal with them & to "see the big picture."  I recommend it highly.   


Ann at Beadlework. said...

Sounds good Shirlee, how often we set out to read or do something with our own idea of what it's going to be like and then it turns out totally different. I'm glad it helped you.

Robin said...

I am glad you enjoyed the book! How is your eye doing today, Shirlee?

Robin in Virginia

Kaisievic said...

Thanks for the book review, Shirlee, that is often the way, isn't it? Sometimes books you think won't be much chop turn out to be a great read.

Julie said...

Book covers can be so misleading sometimes. I'm glad you enjoyed the book in the end and found words to stimulate your brain and get your thinking.
There is a saying in our library "reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body"