Jan 15, 2013

Men of Sunday-A Great Book for Football Fans

I think it's almost required by law to like football if you're from Texas so when I saw that Men of Sunday by Curtis Eichelberger was available to review, I thought it would be a book that I would enjoy. I manged to marry a football nut so we watch football every Sunday, Monday, and sometimes Thursday and Saturday. And while he's not a a big reader, he will read a book about football so I though he would enjoy the book as well.

Men of Sunday

Men of Sunday explores the growing acceptance of Christianity in the NFL. Interviews with dozens of NFL players look at how faith plays a role not only in football but in the player’s everyday life as well.

Before I read this book, I didn't know that many coaches and owners viewed Christian players as weak. There has been so much attention in the media about NFL members' faith in the last few years that I thought it was always something that was accepted. It does show a major shift when it was something that was once looked upon as a character flaw and now is more accepted.

The one thing that I loved about this book was that it showed NFL players in a positive light. So many stories are all hype or very negative and don't real life of the player. It was nice to read that there are some really stand up guys in the NFL since you mostly hear about the players whose personal lives are a mess.

My favorite part of the book dealt with family and temptation. I never thought about how difficult it would be to be married to a NFL player when women are throwing themselves at your husband right in front of you. And while any man can cheat on their spouse, women are not constantly throwing them self at my husband making temptation and jealousy that much worse. The book looked at this from the players' and wives' perspectives.

One thing that I didn't like about this book was that you couldn't skip to read what your favorite coach or player had to say in their interview. The book is compiled into chapters by topic, not by the interview. I would have liked to read certain players and coaches’ interviews first and then gone back and read the book.

I recommend this book to any Christian who loves football. I think it would be a great gift for Father's Day or as a birthday present.

Disclaimer-I received this book as a Book Sneeze blogger. All opinions are mine and no further compensation was provided.


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