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Daily Devotions for Die-Hard Fans: LSU Tigers
     

Daily Devotions for Die-Hard Fans: LSU Tigers

by Ed McMinn
 

Daily Devotions for Die-Hard Fans: LSU Tigers combines the great passion of the Tiger fan with the grand passion of the fan of Christ into one set of devotions. The result is a book that is fun while it provides a time of reflection about God.

-The scoreboard had already rung up a Kentucky win — when the Tigers pulled off the Bluegrass Miracle.

Overview

Daily Devotions for Die-Hard Fans: LSU Tigers combines the great passion of the Tiger fan with the grand passion of the fan of Christ into one set of devotions. The result is a book that is fun while it provides a time of reflection about God.

-The scoreboard had already rung up a Kentucky win — when the Tigers pulled off the Bluegrass Miracle.
-Dale Brown thought the youngster was a soldier, but he was only 13, and the chance meeting changed LSU basketball.
-Upset Mike the Tiger was being transported to New Orleans, students responded by locking campus leaders in a cage.
-Cholly Mac McClendon wanted only two jobs in his life — and they both were offered to him the same day.
-The greatest play in LSU football history was a mistake.

These stories and more are recounted here. Also appearing are Pete Maravich, Jacob Hester, Les Miles, Bob Pettit, and many others. Their stories — along with legendary games, improbable victories, and historical events — are told with a twist: They are all tied to God's story.

Have fun! Have faith!
Geaux Tigers! Geaux God!

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780984084722
Publisher:
Extra Point Publishers
Publication date:
01/01/2010
Pages:
209
Sales rank:
709,286
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.50(d)

Read an Excerpt

OLD-FASHIONED GUY
Read Leviticus 18:1-5.

"You must obey my laws and be careful to follow my decrees. I am the Lord your God" (v. 4).

The heart and soul of the offense of the 2007 national championship team was a throwback, an old-fashioned kind of football player who was named for a John Wayne character and who emerged like some ghost from the 1950s.

As Sports Illustrated put it, "Contemporary football players don't come much more retro than [Jacob] Hester, a married, hard-nosed runner." Among LSU fans who know something of the program's storied history, Hester was most often compared to All-American iron man Jim Taylor, a fullback and linebacker of the 1950s. Unlike Taylor, Hester didn't get the chance to play both ways, but he came mighty close. During the 2007 season, he showed up on kickoff coverage, punt coverage, punt return, and extra point and field goal teams. He also started at fullback, leading the national champions in rushing attempts, yards, and touchdowns while never fumbling once the entire season.

SI described Hester, who was named for the lead character in Big Jake, as "the consummate throwback player," one who preferred to get his yards the hard way, by pounding inside and going through tacklers rather than around them. "I guess I am a little bit of an oddball," Hester said about the way he played the game. "It's an honor being called an old-school player."

Hester's style wasn't all that was throwback about him; so was his appearance. He was a rarity in today's game: a white running back who was a great team's dominant rusher. Against Tennessee in 2006, Hester took off his headgear during a timeout, and a surprised Volunteer linebacker asked, "Shouldn't you be playing running back for Air Force?"

When LSU head coach Les Miles, sportswriters, and fans alike described Jacob Hester as "old-fashioned," they paid him a compliment. Usually, though, to refer to some person, some idea, or some institution as old-fashioned is to deliver a full-fledged insult. They're out of step with the times and the mores, hopelessly out of date, totally irrelevant, and quite useless.

For the people of God, however, "old-fashioned" is exactly the lifestyle we should pursue. The throwbacks are the ones who value honor, dignity, sacrifice, and steadfastness, who can be counted on to tell the truth and to do what they say. Old-fashioned folks shape their lives according to eternal values and truths, the ones handed down by almighty God.

These ancient laws and decrees are still relevant to contemporary life because they direct us to a lifestyle of holiness and righteousness that serves us well every single day. Such a way of living allows us to escape the ultimately hopeless life to which so many have doomed themselves in the name of being modern.

I guess I was born a little too late.— Jacob Hester

The ancient lifestyle God calls us to still directs us to a life of contentment, peace, and joy, which never grows old-fashioned.

Meet the Author

Ed McMinn is a retired pastor living in Georgia who entered the ministry after a career as a journalist and a college teacher of English and journalism. Being a sports enthusiast, he was inspired by God to combine his passions of writing, sports, and Christ into a daily devotional that would encourage others to match their passion for Christ with their passion for their favorite team. His books, titled Daily Devotions for Die-Hard Fans and Daily Devotions for Die-Hard Kids, offer fans a unique mix of a true sports story connected to a daily reflection about God and their faith. The intent is to encourage the sports lover in a day-to-day walk with Christ through a devotion that is factual, Bible-based, and fun to read. Have fun. Have faith. Go God!

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