You Might Be Interested In . . . The Race: Run Like A Champion

17 Jun

There are two types of books I review:  1) books that are from my personal library — bought or received as a gift and 2) those I request from publishers, publicity groups, etc.

Sometimes I receive books out of the blue  — a publisher will send me a book hoping I will get my book club to read it or will feature it on this blog.  I have been putting those books aside, hoping one day to get caught up on my required reading so I can get to these unsolicited books.  Well, my TBR pile is teetering towards the ceiling, overflowing shelves and flat surfaces in my home.  So I have decided to feature (without a review) the books that mysteriously appear in my mailbox.  Check out the descriptions, click on the links and look up the author — then you decided if you want to read the book.

Here is the first installment:

The Race by Sammy Tippit

The Race is a book that motivates, inspires and teaches Christians to live to their greatest potential. It uses the athletic imagery from the Bible, especially the runner. There are books on running and books on Christian living. The Race intertwines both lifestyles and disciplines with a unique narrative. It presents biblical truths, dramatic stories, and interviews with some of America’s greatest athletes to illustrate and motivate the reader with principles of Christian living and personal renewal.

The Race emerges from the author’s experience of deciding to run the original Greek marathon when he was diagnosed with cancer. He has strong background of teaching and training Christian leaders around the world that gives him a Biblical perspective athletes wouldn’t normally have. However, during the past few years, he developed as an athlete and presents biblical truths through the eyes of the athlete that might be missed by many pastors and church leaders.

The Race contains interviews with elite athletes (i.e., Ryan Hall, American record holder in the half marathon, and Charles Austin, American and Olympic record holder in high jump) and brings a unique aspect on a book about discipleship and Christian character. The strong biblical background combined with the athletic training makes the book unique. Also, the story of the tragedies brings a unique perspective about the place of suffering in personal renewal.

The reader will learn the principles of personal renewal and how to live like a champion through the biblical imagery of the runner.

About The Author

International evangelist and conference speaker, Sammy Tippit, has preached some of the largest evangelistic meetings in the world. He has proclaimed God’s message of peace in stadiums in war-torn Burundi, met with government and religious leaders shortly after the attempted genocide in Rwanda, and brought hope to persecuted believers in the former Soviet-bloc nations. Tippit preached a historic evangelistic meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in March 1999, with over 300,000 people attending in four days. In May of that same year, he preached in Maracana, the world’s largest stadium, located in Rio de Janeiro. Not only did thousands come to Christ, but the event was attended and supported by the governor, vice governor, and mayor of the city and state. In just the last 40 years of ministry, Tippit has proclaimed the gospel in more than 80 countries throughout the world.

Tippit was diagnosed with cancer in 2007. Prior to surgery, God spoke to his heart to fulfill a life-long dream by running the course of the original Greek marathon. He lost 60 pounds and ran the “Athens Classic Marathon” in November 2008. One year later, he won the gold medal in the 400 meters at the Texas Senior Games and the following year, he qualified to run in the national championships. He experienced a spiritual renewal during his time of running, and he began a television broadcast into India in 2011 and Iran called, The Race.

Tippit is the author of 13 books, including The Prayer Factor and Fire In Your Heart. His books have been translated into more than 20 languages. He is married to Debara “Tex” Tippit and they have two children and five grandchildren and reside in San Antonio, Texas.

To purchase this book, click on this link — The Race: Run Like A Champion

(I received The Race from Ambassador International.  I have not read this book — you’ll have to decided for yourself if you want to read it!)

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