Inspiration for busy men

29 Nov

a-minute-of-vision-for-menBook Review: A Minute of Vision for Men: 365 Motivational Moments to Kick-Start your Day, by Roger Patterson

Pastor and author Roger Patterson has written a one-year devotional guide for busy men. The goal of the book is

To engage men where they’re at while also helping them succeed spiritually. During my years as a pastor, I have learned that there are a number of men who want to grow spiritually but aren’t sure how to do it. Though successful in nearly every other area of their lives, they are intimidated by spiritual things, including the Bible and devotional books that take fifteen to twenty minutes a day to read. A Minute of Vision for Men is written to engage you in a daily thought from Scripture that should take just about a minute. In short, this book is a starting point to help you grow spiritually or a supplement to what you are already doing.

The book contains 365 daily readings, which are made up of a motivation thought, an inspiring quote from business or sports figures, and a verse of Scripture. The bulk of the illustrations and quotes come from NFL players and coaches. There are a few from baseball and basketball and a smaller amount from business leaders. As a result, the book will find its greatest audience among those who follow sports, especially the NFL.

My concern with devotional books like this one (and I comment from personal experience since I wrote a similar volume many years ago) is they should be a supplement rather than a substitute for Bible reading and study. Basing your entire spiritual input on a one-minute devotional would be like eating a multi-vitamin in the morning and skipping meals the rest of the week. The vitamin may keep you healthy, but only marginally so. Read this devotional as a motivational thought, but make sure you are also in the Scriptures on a regular basis.

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.

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Posted by on November 29, 2016 in Books, Personal growth


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