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(Top Christian Books on Sports)
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With so many Christian books on Sports, which are the best? These Christian books on Sports made it to our list of top books and we’ve compiled them to make it easy for you to find them. Please note that we did not write the descriptions ourselves (for our thoughts on books, check out our book reviews).
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1) Don’t Waste Your Sports
Sports are a gift from God but we’ll waste this gift if we play for our own glory.
So how do we play for God’s glory and not our own?
This booklet for athletes, parents, and coaches provides a biblical worldview of sports so that we don’t waste this gift. “I had the opportunity to glorify God in my sports,” C. J. writes, “and I fumbled it. I wasted my sports. You have the opportunity, by the grace of God, not to waste yours.”
2) Game Day for the Glory of God: A Guide for Athletes, Fans, and Wannabes
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This book gives biblical guidance on playing, watching, and discussing sports in a God-glorifying manner, helping believers grow in both their love for God and their passion for holiness.
Scripture calls Christians to do everything for the glory of God. That means every thought, every word, and every deed are to be done in a way that brings pleasure and honor to him. Believe it or not, this includes playing, watching, and talking sports! But most of us fail to recognize how sports fit into the big picture of a God-glorifying life, unable to imagine that the God who created the universe might actually care about Little League games and Monday Night Football.
3) A Brief Theology of Sport
‘A Brief Theology of Sport’ sweeps across the fields of church history, philosophy, and Christian doctrine to draw readers into a creative vision of sport. The book begins by examining how the church has historically approached sport before turning to consider sport on the basis of the divine act of creation.
In doing so, Harvey is able to distinguish sport from all other human activities by identifying it as a set-aside sphere in which the unnecessary-but-meaningful nature of life is celebrated. Harvey’s constructive proposal sheds light on a wide range of issues, including the role of competition, professionalization, and celebrity culture in sport today. As such, ‘A Brief Theology of Sport’ makes a significant contribution to our understanding of the value of sport to human life.
4) The Games People Play: Theology, Religion, and Sport
In The Games People Play, Robert Ellis constructs a theology around the global cultural phenomenon of modern sport, paying particular attention to its British and American manifestations. Using historical narrative and social analysis to enter the debate on sport as religion, Ellis shows that modern sport may be said to have taken on some of the functions previously vested in organized religion.
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Through biblical and theological reflection, he presents a practical theology of sport’s appeal and value, with special attention to the theological concept of transcendence. Throughout, he draws on original empirical work with sports participants and spectators.
5) The Reason For Sports: A Christian Fanifesto
This book is for the avid sports fan who loves Jesus. Let’s face it: Sports—with the scandals, cheating, arrogance, and more that often accompany them—are complicated to watch. How should Christian sports fans enjoy the good in the game amidst all the bad?
There are books on how to worship God with our marriages, our money, and our sex lives. Books on how to “think biblically” about movies, television, and the arts. Books on how to vote and how not to vote as a Christian. But there is little thoughtful, Christ-centered writing on the subject that drives most of men’s banter with each other and consumes the bulk of their free time: sports.
6) You Are What You Love: The Spiritual Power of Habit
In this book, award-winning author James K. A. Smith shows that who and what we worship fundamentally shape our hearts. And while we desire to shape culture, we are not often aware of how culture shapes us. We might not realize the ways our hearts are being taught to love rival gods instead of the One for whom we were made.
Smith helps readers recognize the formative power of culture and the transformative possibilities of Christian practices. He explains that worship is the “imagination station” that incubates our loves and longings so that our cultural endeavors are indexed toward God and his kingdom. This is why the church and worshiping in a local community of believers should be the hub and heart of Christian formation and discipleship.
7) In the Arena: The Promise of Sports for Christian Discipleship
- Understand how the gospel of Christ shapes our understanding and enjoyment of sports.
- Receive practical instruction on how to use sports in parenting and discipleship.
- Become confident in using the arena of sports for discipleship, parenting, and recreation.
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