God and Football: Faith and Fanaticism in the SECcomment (0)
December 22, 2011
By Martine Bates Sharp, Ed.D.
Chad Gibbs. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Zondervan, 2010. 240 pp. (Paperback).
How long since you read a book that compelled you to stop reading every few minutes and say, “Hey! Listen to this!”?
How long since you read a book on Southeastern Conference (SEC) football that had that effect?
OK, you die-hard SEC fans. Maybe it hasn’t been that long for you, but for those of us who are more casual fans, this book is an unexpected treat — entertaining, convicting and hilariously funny at the same time.
Author Chad Gibbs “found football at the age of eight, found God one year later and spent the rest of his life worshipping one of the two.”
I’ll give you a hint: while a rabid football fan, Gibbs has his priorities straight.
“God and Football” grew out of Gibbs’ desire to find balance in his life between loving football and making God the focus of his life.
He spent the 2009 season traveling to SEC games and interviewing Christians who professed to be serious fans — or serious fans who professed to be Christians. The book is the result of that season. Whether you are a football fan or not, the book is a great read.