Tyndale – 2011 – ISBN: 978-1-4143-4812-4
Today’s Book Review is a special guest post by my wife, Michelle. She runs. She would understand this book better than I would.
I (Michelle) am one of those people who had running a marathon on my bucket list. I thought that this goal seemed so big and wondered if I would be able to achieve such a huge physical challenge. The marathon is 26.2 miles and the most I ran before I began training was 3 miles. With the help and encouragement of my wonderful husband, I committed to train for my first marathon. I can tell you that it was a huge challenge, but with every mile added to my training I grew in confidence and the understanding that so much of running long distances was mental stubbornness and significant preparation. I can tell you that I did complete my goal of running a marathon, not with a record breaking finish time, but sweet victory nonetheless.
This was several years ago and since then I have competed in other half marathons and smaller races, but have not been able to get the same fire back as the first time I trained for such a big milestone. So, I was excited to review the Runner’s devotional. I really loved how the authors of the devotional tied the physicality of running and the practice of spiritual discipline together. The devotional is for an entire year and gives the reader two options, read the devotional in one sitting or break it up into a full week of devotions. They also give you several training plans depending on race length and skill level and include a running log to track your progress. (I can tell you I love these training plans because Saturday long runs always worked better for me) Each week you are challenged to both strive toward your next physical goal and grow deeper spiritually.
This devotional is both informative and inspiring. Whether you are a beginner or a more experienced runner, you can absolutely benefit from this read.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the Tyndale Blog Network book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”