Book Review: “The Good Sporting Life” by Stephen Liggins


Honestly, I don’t know what cricket is nor I enjoy football. Nevertheless that doesn’t stop me of enjoying this new book from Stephen Liggins, The Good Sporting Life.

So what does sports have to do with Christian life? Well basically alot and more! This book provides living the faith and doing sports at the same time. If you’re a sports person you’ll love this book more. If you’re not, you’ll still enjoy this book.

The Good Sporting Life lays down how sports and the faith intersects. If you think about it, this book is basically the same book on Christian living. You’ll read here the usual having a relationship with God, the gospel and habits to cultivate the Christian life (i.e. Bible reading, prayer, worshipping and sharing the gospel). You might say that you have read it somewhere else in. However, I was hooked in reading to the end because of two things. One, I feel the way Liggins encouraging tone while entering this familiar territory.  His years of being a Christian and being involved Then two, how these essential faith builders are wrapped with testimonies of sport personalities. You might not know these athletes but you’ll enjoy their stories of conversion, living the Christian life, leading people to Christ and being part of sport related ministries. It’s encouraging also to read these stories and know that in sports there are followers of Christ. You know a handful of Christian players of the sports but after knowing these sportspersons will provide inspiration to sports.

For me the last two chapters of the book are pure gold. Liggins advice on these chapters are very insightful and practical for every Christian who wants to get involved in the different levels of the sport spectrum. Whether you’re a parent, a pastor to referees, retired from the sport and more, you’ll enjoy this two chapters. Needless to say Liggins saved the best at the very last of The Good Sporting Life  that strengthen the book further.

Two obvious things that this book didn’t mentioned is basketball and mixed martial arts. I was expecting to have a discussion on these sports specially how we can view a bloody sport. I would to know more Christian athletes in basketball. Then again reading this through the book, I’m already satisfied with it and how it can help us Christians view sports in a biblical and healthy way.

The Good Sporting Life provides encouragement and practical advice for Christians who wants to participate in the world of sports. Stephen Liggins experience, biblical insight and delightful stories makes this book an enjoyable read though you’ll get the same content in any book about Christian living.

My verdict:

4.5 out of 5


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