Monday, February 1, 2010

Living Life in the Zone - Book Review

Living Life in the Zone by Kyle Rote, Jr. and Dr. Joe Pettigrew

Living Life in the Zone is described as a 40-day spiritual game plan for men.  It follows the same template throughout the entire 40 days, beginning each day with a “thought of the day” and moving through discussions of the day’s topic, a real life example from the sports world, questions and actions to ponder, ending with prayer.  Topics include Living Life in the Zone, Your Relationships with your Wife, Children, Friends, Work, and Looking to the Future.

Even though I am a female, I chose to review this book to see how a “male-oriented” approach would be presented.  I found the thought of the day and the scripture references to be relevant to anyone, male or female.  For the first several days, the book was interesting and did provide food for thought.  However, after about a week, the repetitive format started to grate on me.  I asked my husband to read and offer his opinion – he agreed that the format got stale quickly and offered that the sports metaphors that are an emphasis of the book often seemed to be a stretch.  The authors also used figures as examples of strong Christians who have since been involved in less than Christian activities (Carrie Prejean and her erotic video, for one).

The book has many worthwhile points and is appropriate for those perhaps beginning their walk with Christ.  However, those who are interested in searching deeper, this is not the book for you.  It is too simple and tries too hard to bring sports into the picture, even when the relevance is questionable.

(I received a copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review on my site.)