Title: A Minute of Vision for Men
Author: Roger Patterson
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
“These daily minutes are drawn from sports headlines, from moments with my wife or kids, and from Scriptures,” Roger Patterson writes in the introduction of his book, A Minute of Vision for Men: 365 Motivational Moments to Kick-Start Your Day.
~ What ~
At four-hundred pages, this small hardbound targets men seeking a daily devotional, often correlating the topic with sports, current events, and family life. Using mainly the New Living Translation of the Holy Bible, also referenced are the NIV, ESV, NASB, NKV, and The Message. After eighteen endorsements and an introduction, the daily devotionals are divided into twelve months, ending with acknowledgments.
Each devotional has a day of the year at the top followed by a title and several paragraphs, ending with an italicized written out Bible verse or verses. Topics range from discussing John Madden, Tom Landry, Tommy Lasorda, John Wooden, deer hunting, or NASCAR driver Brad Keselowski, to the writer’s three children, brothers, plants on his deck, or gift for his wife to name a few.
My husband has been asking for a devotional to read with his daily Bible reading, and this one focuses on sports, mentioning football, basketball, and baseball and other sports as well as their coaches and players. Also added are tidbits about the author’s family and viewpoints.
One example I enjoyed is July 27 titled “People Watching” about how we can be prejudice or use poor judgment when evaluating others. The first from 1 Samuel 16:7 reminds us that the Lord looks at the heart, not outward appearances.
~ Why Not ~
Some readers may not like that many of the pages mention the author’s personal experiences and the content is not always an in-depth spiritual focus. Others may prefer fewer sports, but that is the concentration of the book.
~ Who ~
The pastor of the NFL Houston Texans, Patterson is also a radio host, author, husband, and father who lives in Texas.
~ Wish ~
With excess space at the bottom of some of the day’s readings, it would be helpful if prayers were included.
~ Want ~
If you are looking for a men’s devotional that is sports-oriented and references the author’s experiences, this may be a thoughtful gift for the man in your life.
Thanks to Tyndale House for this complimentary book that I am freely reviewing.
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