Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Book Review: Living in the Zone

I received a review copy of Living Life in the Zone by Kyle Rote Jr., from BookSneeze.  The book is a devotional book for men based around sports and sports themes.  It calls itself 'a 40-day spiritual game plan for men.'

One thing I appreciate about the book is the effort to make spiritual truths accessible in a format that men will be interested in.  Of course not all men are sports guys, but a majority of my friends are, and I know this devotional guide will interest them.

The format of each day includes a thought of the day, along with Scripture, and then a 'game plan' section that walks you through some ways to apply the spiritual truth being presented.  The book is broken up into section involving your wife, your kids, your friends, your work, and your future.  These sections are called "zones" and the book is designed to help me live in the zone.  The idea of being in the zone as it relates to sports is the time when an athlete is focused, efficient, and successful.  Players who are in the zone seem to be playing at their best.

Living Life in the Zone is an attempt to help men get focused and achieve the life God's desires for them by offering practical spiritual truths in short, easy to read, fun to read, sports analogies and daily devotions.  I will be giving my review copy to a friend who is exploring God in the hopes that his interest in sports will intersect with the work the Holy Spirit is doing in his heart.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Charging Your Marriage Counseling On Mastercard: Priceless

Warren and his wife, Kay, say they know the danger of divorce all too well. Married more than three decades, with three children and four children, their own marriage had a very rocky start.

Rick Warren: We'd be divorced today if it weren't for Jesus Christ in our lives. The first two years of our marriage were hell on earth. And finally, we just humbled ourselves and said, "Let's go get a good Christian counselor to help us, a marriage counselor." And I racked up a $1,500 counseling bill on my Mastercard. I always thought, "Mastercard, a saved marriage? Priceless." (laughter) When people say, "I can't afford counseling," I say, "You can't afford not to get it." Thirty-three years later, my wife is my best friend.

C.S. Lewis on the Vulnerability of the Heart in Love

Great quote from C.S. Lewis shared by Justin Buzzard.
To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything, and your heart will certainly be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact, you must give your heart to no one, not even to an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements; lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket- safe, dark, motionless, airless–it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable.  - C.S. Lewis

Monday, August 29, 2011

A Few Vacation Memories

- bus ride out was a new experience, not quite what I expected but overall not a bad experience
- lots of swimming, can't believe how great my kids are at swimming and how much the love it
- the card game Canasta is fun, but it sets my emotions on an uncontrollable roller coaster that can't be healthy
- took Andrew on a riding lawnmower ride...I'd love to have my own riding lawnmower
- slept in a tent with my two boys, of course we ate smores around the campfire first
- Silver Beach Pizza and Lou Malnati's pizza is NEVER bad!!!!!
- love the feel of the Lake Michigan beach sand under my feet and watching the kids play in the waves
- honestly how many times can three kids ride around the Carousel?

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Fantasy Football Draft 2011

A long day of travel home from Michigan today.  So long that I didn't even have time to stop at home before my fantasy football draft party.  Despite the rush into town I had a great time, and I think I ended up with a pretty good team.

Tony Romo

Adrian Peterson - #1 pick overall
Ahmad Bradshaw
DeAngelo Williams
Knowshon Moreno
Mike Tolbert
Daniel Thomas

Calvin Johnson
Vincent Jackson
Steve Johnson
Plaxico Burress
A.J. Green

Rob Gronkowski

Stephen Gostkowski

Pittsburgh Steelers

Sunday, August 14, 2011

End of the Softball Season

Today was the end of the softball season.  It was a fantastic season!  My team went 9-2 in the regular season and won the #1 seed in the playoffs.  In our first playoff game we beat St. Dominic White, a rival team whom we have never beaten before.  We finally fell in the championship game. 

I had a fabulous time playing softball this year.  The team really bonded over the year and we had a lot of fun.  I can't wait for next year.

Saturday, August 06, 2011

Blogging Hiatus

I am in training all month for my new leadership position in the retail industry so my blogging this month will be very light.  The best way to stay up-to-date with me is to follow me on Twitter @brentonbalvin (or click the link to the left under my picture) or to subscribe to this blog through a blog reader like Google Reader.  Thanks for reading my blog.  I'll be back to regular blogging in September!