Waterbrook Press – 2010 – ISBN-13: 978-0307459510
I have something to admit. I am a band nerd at heart. I do not normally associate with athletes and jocks. As such, I have a bias that books written by athletes will follow a certain formula. However, this book blows that notion right out of the water.
I found Shaun Alexander to have a deep and abiding faith that allowed him to be a Christian who just happened to play football. In other words, while some people may need his credentials as a football player to read this book, I needed his credentials as God’s man and found them.
I believe in process. I believe in order in that process. Shaun Alexander lays out an order of process for spiritual growth in this book. Immediately, I found evidence of his spiritual life and knowledge of Scripture. I kept thinking to myself where did he find time to learn God’s word so in-depth. He has spent the better part of his life learning to read playbooks, plays, etc. His knowledge of the ultimate playbook excited me to no end.
I want to give you a look at the process. Shaun states that he believes that God loves order. So a progression of stages exists in our growth from not knowing God to knowing God to being an example to becoming a teacher. Most people believe that Spiritual Growth ends with being a teacher. However, Shaun takes the concept a step further and explains that we impart into others this faith that we have struggled and fought diligently to possess. Then we must walk the walk.
On a side note: I found myself dealing with some of Alexander’s use of spiritual gifts. I grew up Pentecostal but have found myself serving in a baptist church. To a certain extent, I have seen abuses that have led me to walk away from some of the gifts. Alexander challenges some of my notions and really causes me to consider what Scripture says about the Gifts and how people use them.
Hopefully, this review will intrigue you enough to read this book. I think The Walk serves to challenge every believer to stop letting apathy rule our lives. Shaun Alexander speaks as a pastor/teacher to help us grow beyond who we are and challenges us to dream about tomorrow.
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