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Why this book? Because many men still havethe desire to have a real faith dialog, but much of today's current church literature and methodology doesn't appeal to them.

Living in the zone—that state of mind when almost everything seems to be working for you—is every man's desire. But how does a man live in the zone as a Christian?

This 40-day spiritual journey is a sports-filled prescription for today's busy man designed to help remove stress and give him confidence to embrace his daily adventure. Each chapter is:

  • Designed to strengthen both churched and unchurched men
  • Brief enough for men to enjoy but withspiritual depth
  • Filled with issues that are real but often not discussed in church
  • Concentrated on a daily spiritual to-do list
Divided into four sections: Marriage, Children, Work, and Faith, each daily reading includes:
  • thought of the day
  • words of wisdom on a particular subject
  • biblical perspective
  • insight for living it out
  • questions to ponder
  • today's call to action
  • prayer requests

Real life stories focusing on the faith journey of famous athletes, coaches, businessmen, and other public figures encourages men that they too can handle adversity, walk in faith, and live in the zone.

Includes input from celebrities such as Tony Dungy, Lee Corso, Chris Mortensen, Bobby Bowden and many more.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780849946523
  • Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/29/2009
  • Pages: 329
  • Sales rank: 1,056,686
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Kyle Rote Jr. is a former outstanding soccer athlete, founder and retired CEO of a 25-year-old sports management company, sports analyst, author, and speaker. Very active in FCA, Kyle has worked with Mother Theresa and spoken for three U.S. Presidents.

Joe Pettigrew, PhD, is anauthority on the issues affecting senior executives. He is a highly distinguished leadership consultant, speaker, and founder of Leaderpoint. A former college dean,Pettigrew has consulted with more than half of the nation’s Fortune 500 corporations.

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Living Life in the Zone

A 40-Day Spiritual Game Plan for Men
By Kyle Rote Jr. Joe Pettigrew

Thomas Nelson

Copyright © 2009 Joe Pettigrew and Kyle Rote Jr.
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-0-8499-4652-3

Chapter One

Day 1

With God

Going to Him First

Thought of the Day

God desires to be your first responder, not your last resort.

The Coach's Corner

When things are going well in our lives, we sometimes believe it's of our own doing, when in actuality it's really God working through us. At times, we become bigheaded and prideful and assume we don't need God because everything is just fine. And after we have unsuccessfully tried to solve our problems, fix the situation, or change the outcome, then we think of going to God. But then it hits us! Bad luck strikes in our lives, and we realize that our well-being is totally outside of our control. We realize that we are not in control of our own lives or our own destiny, as we had originally thought. God uses these experiences to draw us closer to Him or at least back to Him. However, when things are going great with our marriage, our kids, our friends, and our work, it's hard to acknowledge that we are not in ultimate control.

True happiness is found only in Jesus and His Word. We are to be a part of the fallen world but notcontrolled by it.

The bright lights and culture of New York's Madison Avenue work desperately to define who we are and what we need to be happy in this life. If we buy into the hype, then clearly all we need in order to be successful is to stay in a Holiday Inn Express; and all we need to become irresistible to women is to buy AXE cologne. They convince us that a pill or a five-minute workout will have us looking like the ripped guys on TV, and that if we purchase our wife something skimpy from Victoria Secret then ... well, that doesn't work either. So we find ourselves searching for happiness. It seems as though life should be ideal since we purchased all the right things, joined the right Web sites, and found the perfect job. But you know as well as we do that true happiness is found only in Jesus and His Word. We are to be a part of the fallen world but not controlled by it.

What makes us want to try to fix all of our problems on our own, without asking God for help? What makes us think that we have the answers to all of life's troubles? What makes us feel that the world is expecting us to be totally self-sufficient if we are real men? Certainly these aren't God's ideas. He wants to help you think through your problems, help design a resolution to them, and work to bring about a solution that will glorify Him. God wants to be the first one you think about, not the last one you go to after you have exhausted all other avenues.

The Game Plan

God desires an intimate relationship with you. That relationship is of greater value than anything you alone can create. God wants you to go to Him first. He wants you to know:

Nothing can separate you from His love-Romans 8:38-39: "For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord."

He stands ready to meet you at your points of need-Matthew 7:7-8: "Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened."

Every gift from Him is a good gift-Luke 11:13: "If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!"

He created you to be part of His team and part of His game plan-John 15:16: "You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you."


Few coaches in the world have captured the hearts of men more completely than Coach Tony Dungy. Although he loved football, Coach Dungy was one of those coaches who knew there were more important things in his future than just coaching ball. He always knew that football was part of his life's mission but not the only reason God placed him on this earth. Coach Dungy recently decided to step down from the game he loved so much and began the transition from Super Bowl-winning coach to spending more time and effort as a father, husband, and builder of young men. "We just felt this was the right time," Dungy said. "Don't shed any tears for me. I got to live a dream most men don't ever get to live."

When Coach Dungy left the Indianapolis Colts, he departed as one of the most respected and beloved coaches in the history of the game. His accomplishments included 148 career wins, ten consecutive playoff appearances, and having the distinction of being the first African American coach ever to win the Super Bowl. Dungy's professional career began when he was a standout player for the Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers and ended two years after he guided his team to their first championship. Tony was often observed as a strong-willed man who was a master of keeping his emotions in check and holding his composure. He has faced his share of difficult trials in his thirty-one-year NFL career, including one that was very close to his heart.

Perhaps as men, we can most identify with Coach Dungy, not just through his unbelievable football successes but through the terrible tragedy that he and his family faced in their personal lives with the death of their teenage son. Just a few days before Christmas in 2005, Tony and his wife, Lauren, received the phone call that all parents pray never comes. It was an emergency phone call from the Tampa Police Department letting them know that their son James had been found unresponsive in his Tampa apartment. Later that day police confirmed James had taken his own life in an apparent suicide. Those around Tony described a man who immediately turned his grief over to his first responder-God. Tony was fortunate already to have in place a network of Christian men he could call upon in his time of need. Since dealing with his tragedy, Tony has been transparent and open about the pain he and Lauren encountered and the many life lessons they have learned from their son's suicide.

When Tony speaks, he humbly describes how two special people have received the gift of sight from his son's donated corneas. He has taken the opportunity to counsel numerous young people across the country who seem to be wrestling with issues similar to those that claimed the life of his son. At a recent prayer breakfast in Detroit, Tony shared his innermost thoughts on his son's death and how he relied on God in the midst of his pain. "If God had talked to me before James's death and said that his death would have helped these people, it would have saved them and healed their sins, but I would have to take your son, I would have said no; I can't do that. But God had the same choice two thousand years ago with His Son, Jesus Christ, and it paved the way for you and me to have eternal life. That is the benefit you can get if you accept Jesus into your heart today as your Savior." We often look at many successful men like Tony Dungy and simply assume that they have the perfect life. As a key player on a Super Bowl-winning team, as a coach of a Super Bowl-winning team, as a man earning millions of dollars, as a man with a loving family, and as a man with a celebrity status known throughout the world, what else could anyone possibly want?

Tony spoke of the biggest regret in his life, and it was not losing a game or failing to get a number one draft pick that he wanted. His main regret in life was that he did not hug his son James when he saw him for the last time during the Thanksgiving holidays in 2005. When unforeseen things happen in your life, who do you turn to? For many of us we turn first to ourselves to solve our problems, then to friends, then to our family-and often last, to God. As men we try to fix our problems, solve all the messy situations, or untangle the messes before we bother God with our problems. When we can't seem to make it better, then we start looking for help. God wants you to think of Him first.

When unforeseen things happen in your life, who do you turn to?

During a recent private conversation with Tony we spoke not only of the In The Zone conferences but also about our common interest in influencing men. Tony's passion for using both the good and the bad in life to glorify God is an example all of us can follow. When things go wrong, He wants to be your first responder-not your last resort. When things go wrong, find a place where you can have a conversation with your Father and ask for His help. Why does God allow pain in our lives? Coach Dungy often responds to that question, "Because you are loved by God and the pain allows you to head back to your Father"-your first responder, your best friend.

Time out

1. What problem are you grappling with today that you need to turn over to God?

2. Ask your wife who she sees as your first responder when you are in trouble.

3. Describe a time in your life when your relationship with God has been more about Him pursuing you than you pursuing Him.

Today's Assignment

Identify the most pressing problem you are dealing with and give it to God. Ask Him to glorify Himself and mature you in the midst of this crisis.

Home-Field Advantage

Praises and concerns you want to bring before God

_____________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________

Day 2

With yourself

Having Some Alone Time with God

Thought of the Day

Make time to be alone with God regularly.

The Coach's Corner

You have probably heard that you need some time alone with God every day. However, your busy schedule seems never to allow you to slow down, and your quiet time often gets pushed back, postponed, or simply forgotten. It seems impossible to hear God speak to us in the midst of all the noise and clutter that surrounds us. Yet, some very busy men have committed to carve out a small section of time each day and set it aside for silence, study, meditation, and prayer. But this may mean silencing your cell phone, turning off your computer, stopping all interruptions, taking your phone off the hook, and/or simply closing your door. It sometimes requires that you go off alone to a quiet place where you can listen and talk to God. Surely you recall that Jesus regularly carved out alone time to be with His Father. He often retreated to the mountains or local hillside simply to be away from the large crowds where He could talk and listen to God. This alone time is often difficult in today's busy culture, but you make time for what is truly important to you. Some men have found that special time early in the morning before work, others allocate their lunch time for the meeting, others find time while at work to carve out their alone time, and still others find time prior to going to bed. Your time alone with God can help provide structure to your daily routine, placing God in a prominent position where He will not get squeezed out.

Sometimes men report that their quiet time turns out to be frustrating. You have so much to do, so many pressures, and not enough time to deal with it all. When you finally have some alone time, you often let the world creep in and your mind starts to fade. You begin thinking about all the many things you have to do, what everyone needs from you today, and what you are missing out on during this time. Many times you even find yourself daydreaming about stuff that isn't even important. Disruptions and distractions are the most common tactics Satan uses to take our mind off of God. Satan hates for us to spend quiet time alone with God.

Your time alone with God can help provide structure to your daily routine, placing God in a prominent position where He will not get squeezed out.

Quiet time is more than just clearing out our day to make an appointment with God. It's more like a sit-down visit with your closest friend and confidant. It's especially important for those of us who have made our lives so busy we would even make God Himself get an appointment to talk to us! Good relationships need priority time; they can't survive as just another item on the agenda. Worse yet, most relationships die if time is not specifically set aside for them. Won't you decide today to create a daily time to spend with God? He has been waiting.

The Game Plan

God desires to spend alone time with you. Jesus valued time alone with God-and you will find it extremely important as well. God wants you to know:

Never pray to impress others-Matthew 6:5-8: "And when you pray, you shall not be like the hypocrites. For they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the corners of the streets, that they may be seen by men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly. And when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do. For they think that they will be heard for their many words. Therefore do not be like them. For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him."

Your love for Him should encompass every aspect of your person-Matthew 22:37-38: "Jesus said to him, 'You shall love the lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.' This is the first and great commandment."

You must find a special time and place to be alone with Him-Mark 1:35: "Now in the morning, having risen a long while before daylight, He went out and departed to a solitary place; and there He prayed."

Praying to Him doesn't have to be complicated-Luke 11:2-4: "So He said to them, 'When you pray, say: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us day by day our daily bread. And forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who is indebted to us. And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.'"


Quiet time in today's busy world can often seem unattainable. The main question you have to answer is whether you are willing to pay the price to secure the necessary time alone with God. To make this happen, you have to carve out a slot in your day, and you simply can't permit routine interruptions. You might say, "It won't work," "I have a demanding boss," "I have a crisis to deal with," "I have important phone calls to make," "I have demanding customers," "I have kids and they have problems," or "My wife is driving me crazy" ... we are all in the same boat in regard to finding this precious time. Many times we find it hard to comprehend that the most important and successful men in the world have only twenty-four hours in their day just as we do.

Yet many very successful men manage to set aside a portion of their day, every day, to communicate with God without worry of interruption. These men are the ones who often appear to be the most content because they have found quiet time alone with their Father.


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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xv

Pregame Huddle xvii

Way a Forty-Day Study-Just for Men? xix

Haw Do You Know when You Are "Living Life in the Zone"?

Day 1 With God 2

Going to Him First

Day 2 With Yourself 9

Having Some Alone Time with God

Day 3 With Your Wife 17

A Lifetime of Sacrifice

Day 4 With Your Children 25

Talking the Talk-Walking the Walk

Day 5 With Your Friends 32

Developing Real Friendships

Day 6 At Work 39

Would Your Coworkers Be Surprised that You Are a Christian?

Day 7 Regarding Your Future 46

Living Above It All-or Simply Going with the Flow

Finding the Zone in Your Relationship With Your Wife

Day 8 Going Against the Trend 54

Staying Faithful in an Unfaithful Generation

Day 9 Loving an Imperfect Woman 61

Rekindling Your Marriage

Day 10 Improving Your Sex Life 69

God Invented Sex-It's OK to Enjoy It

Day 11 Building Up Your Spouse 76

Creating Your Real Dream Team

Day 12 Don't Look for Trouble 84

Faultfinding is Not a Sport

Day 13 Dealing with Unexpected Baggage 91

Loving the Family that Comes with Your Wife

Day 14 I've Got Her Back 100

Loving Your Wife-Unconditionally

Finding the Zone in Your Relationship With Your Children

Day 15 An Important Role Played by Today's Man 110

The Protector

Day 16 Defining Your Legacy 117

What Do You Want to Leave Your Children?

Day 17 Dealing with Daily Stress 124

Your Actions Speak Louder than Your Words

Day 18 Home improvement 131

Making Your House . . . God's Home

Day 19 Someone Is Always Watching 138

Being an Example-Every Day!

Day 20 Making Time for What Is Important

You Must Not Leave Your Children to Themselves

Day 21 What You See Is What You Get 153

BeingHonest with Your Family

Finding the Zone in Your Relationships with Your Friends

Day 22 Making Wise Choices 160

Show Me Your Friends; I Will Show You Your Future

Day 23 Can You Keep a Secret? 167

Women Don't Have the Edge on Gossiping

Day 24 Becoming a Great Friend 174

Keeping Each Other Focused on the Prize

Day 25 Seek to Understand 181

Men Are Better Problem Solvers than Listeners

Day 26 Iron Sharpens Iron 188

Men Need Other Men as Real Friends

Day 27 Calling Men Up 195

When Silence h a Sin

Day 28 Friends Walk in the Same Direction 202

If Your Friends Follow You, Where Will They End Up?

Finding the Zone in Your Relationships at Work

Day 29 Being Real at Work 210

Tired of Trying to Be Someone You're Not?

Day 30 Living Up to Your Potential

Life is a Terrible Thing to Waste

Day 31 Determining Your Priorities 224

The Eternal Balancing Act

Day 32 Letting Go of Your Wants and Needs 232

Knowing that God Will Provide

Day 33 When Is Enough Really Enough? 239

Is Daily Bread All You Really Need?

Day 34 Getting Even Is Up to God 246

Everything Will Be Made Right

Day 35 Climbing the Ladder of Success 253

While Keeping Your Feet on the Ground

Finding the zone as You Look to the Future

Day 36 Fighting the Battle 262

Delivering the Message

Day 37 Becoming the New You 269

Who Do You Really Want to Be?

Day 38 No Worries 277

Doing the Right Thing Is Sometimes Difficult

Day 39 An Audience of One 283

Who Will You Please Today?

Day 40 The Day Has Finally Come 291

I Will Now Be a Better Man

Appendix 1 Discussion Questions 299

Appendix 2 In The Zone Ministries 313

Appendix 3 Featured Playmakers 319

Notes 321

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2012

    Great Devo!

    Totally geared towards the man who has an interest in sports, this devotional scores big as a great spiritual tool. Simple concepts on marriage, fathering, and more, Living Life in the Zone is a definite winner and I recommend this for a daily devo for men who want to grow in their walk with God.

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  • Posted March 4, 2011

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    Vertical Reach = 3.5
    Dr. Joe Pettigrew and Kyle Rote Jr. draw out the importance of a relationship with God and give an example of a man dependent on God in each devotional. What they don't provide is detailed transparency about their personal worship and prayer time with God.

    Ministry Message = 4
    To live life in the zone one must have an authentic and active relationship with Christ. Daily time with God in prayer and His word are integral to making this happen.

    Craft = 4
    Great exposition. Spot on use of sport history in a conversational tone. Engaging narrative about athletic examples.

    Aesthetics = 4
    Eye catching cover with bold sporty colors which is very topic appropriate. Appeasing content layout good for easy reading and relevance.

    Dollar$ & $ense = 3.875
    This book would make a great gift affordable gift for the sport and God loving or curious man in any and every woman's life. The cover is nondiscriminate and the material is broken down into the language and categorical thinking patterns most men will find beneficial. Any church or men's ministry would find a 40 day journey with this sport themed devotional a victory for the cause of Christ!

    Due to it's being an older release it is being sold for $5.69 on amazon right now. I'm not compensated for these reviews, I just know an good buy when I see one! I love talking about AFFORDABLE good books online.

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  • Posted February 15, 2011

    Read to be inspired

    A book that takes you on a 40-day spiritual journey that makes you look at your life from a spiritual perspective. Reading through this book you see how professional sports personalities can live spiritual lives even with the busy schedule they have with their professional careers.
    Not being "into" sports should not deter a person from reading this book. Even though you may not be a sports fan you can still relate to many of the ideas put forth in this book. I found myself looking forward to reading about each of the different sports personalities mentioned in the book.
    This book offers a true inspiration for any reader.

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  • Posted January 29, 2011

    Recommend to Christian Sports Lovers

    Living Life in the Zone: A 40-Day Spiritual Game Plan for Men by Kyle Rote Jr. and Dr. Joe Pettigrew is an invigorating bible study centered around one thing that most men can relate to, which is sports. This devotional is organized into the 40-day format that seems to abound in Christian devotionals of today, but is further divided into seven sections each day. These include a thought of the day, the coaches' corner, and a timeout section, which provides thought-provoking questions around the theme of each day's study.

    While it may seem seven subdivisions would be too many, each of these sections provides structure and insight to grow in one's faith. One in particular, the section entitled play makers, is what really gives this study substance. In this section, the authors have found anecdotes from past and present sports greats, including coaches like John Wooden and Bobby Bowden as well as former players like Roger Staubach and Allan Houston, to drive home the message in ways that men understand. If you are a sports enthusiast, you will be inspired to spend time getting to know God through this study.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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  • Posted January 8, 2011

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    7 out of 10 stars

    This is the book for men. Not just a book, but the book. Though I am not a man by any means, I was able to get through it and enjoy it immensely -- I honestly cannot say I've ever read a book quite like it. It captures forty days of a man's life -- your life -- connecting one to both God and sports.
    Starting from Day One, it accounts you to your spiritual and mental well-being. Included, are uplifting quotes and scriptures to help you through your own self-identity and self-preservation, and fantastic stories from athletes we all know and look up to. The connection to the celebrity sports figures is really want helped me realize the potential of the motive of this book: to discover "The Secret" for happiness in life, and to lead a successful one.
    What I found difficult is some of the concepts used -- naturally, I didn't completely comprehend the "male" aspects of the narrations. But the overall message was universal and it was this: You can be greater than you think you are; you can aspire and attain higher goals thank you think to be; and the world around you can be helped to achieve a higher degree of perfection.
    Rote uses a combination of inspiring words and concepts that are easily related to, to advocate spending more time with God and finding connections within oneself in sports. The 40-day game plan is very step-by-step and self-explanatory; it doesn't feel like reading an overwhelming self-help feels like reading your own journal. It is not one of those books where you can read it and voilà, your life is perfect; it's one of those books you read over and over again to tweak and orient your life as you know it until you achieve that satisfying perfection. Keep this one close to your heart because the more you read it, the more improvement you'll see.

    Overall, 7 hearts- A few flaws here and there, but wouldn't mind rereading. ???????

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  • Posted November 18, 2010

    Stop Being an Average Christian ... Live Your Life In the Zone!

    As what I think is an average Christian male with average concerns and issues I've been looking for something to help me become more than average but to excel. For many years I have desired to take my life from being average to being exceptional. The only problem has been how to do that?

    Then i picked up a copy of the book Living Life in the Zone by Kyle Rote Jr. and Dr. Joe Pettigrew and suddenly my life is, for lack of a better term, in the zone! For probably the first time in my life I am beginning to see the possibilities in my life and going from an average, adequate Christian to one that exhibits God in all areas of my life.

    Interestingly enough I am not really much of a sports fan and so when I first saw the title of this book and the content (which uses sports analogies, athletes, and coaches to express the message) my first thought was to pass. But something in my SPirit urged me to give the book a second glance. The description on the back of the book asks the question "can we hope to elevate our game and enter the Zone?". After reading this book I can give an enthusiastic YES!

    Broken down into a 40-day devotional the book discusses issues like legacy, image, self-worth, parenthood, marriage, and more. This book helps to bring the readers life into focus and living our lives the way that Christ intended. I will say that this book suceeds in a big way.

    I have loved the journey "In the Zone" has taken me on, but I wish that it was more than just 40 days and would last the entire year. I fully plan to use this book over and over again and even buy copies for my friends and family.

    Even if you aren't a sports enthusiast, like me, I firmly believe that after reading this book you too will find yourself right in the middle of "The Zone".

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  • Posted November 10, 2010

    Change Your Life! Become Not A Better Man But A Great Man!!!

    iving Life in the Zone -A 40-Day Spiritual Gameplan for Men by By Kyle Rote and Joe Pettigrew Would'nt You Like To Be A Better Man? A Better Person? Better Husband? Better Father? Living Life In The Zone by Kyle Rote and Joe Pettigrew Can Help You Accomplish That. I Wanted To Wait Before Reviewing This Book Until I Could Get Well Into The 40 Days. I Must Say Men If You Don't Read Any Other Book This Year You Must Read This One. It Is Dead On It. If You Follow These Very Well Laid Out Encouraging Steps.You Will Become A Better Man Through The Guidance Of Jesus Christ. It's Simple And Easy To Follow . You Will See A Change Before You Know As Well As Other People Around You . A Must Have ! A Great Bible Study To Do Also. Get This Book !!!!

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  • Posted October 30, 2010

    Billy's Book Review of Living Life in the Zone

    I have read a lot of devotional books in my time- some on my own and some with my wife . But nothing has sent me on a spiritual journey like I have with reading "Living Life In The Zone". This is a must read for any man who is planning on having a family or who has one. This 40 day-day journey in discovering a fulfilled life the way God has intended us to have.This book lists everything from putting God first and a saying like "True Happiness is found only in Jesus and in his word. We are to be a part of the fallen world but not controlled by it". We really need to stop and take time to to see what is important to us and what happiness really is. This book helped to open my eyes to that. And there are many selections. They range from loving your wife and building her up, there is one for the kids, about friends, about work, about dealing with daily stress. Each selection has a thought of the day ,the coach's corner,the game plan,play makers,time out, and Today's Assignment. This book is well thought out and written for any man from any walk of life to pick up and read. This is a must have for any man to read over and over again, because you will always take something away from it no matter how many times you read it. This book is now part of my daily Devotions .

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  • Posted October 30, 2010

    Living Life in the Zone by Kyle Rote Jr

    this i a cool 40 day devotional that incorporates real life christian men who are in the sports field. it is an interesting read, and i though I'm not much for sports, i found the message to be rather refreshing. I'm thinking about bringing the book up as a possible men's group study for church. might be beneficial for most men, as it deals with personal, family, marriage professional. etc.. id recommend this to a friend or family member.

    (this copy was given free by Thomas Nelson company to be read for review)

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    Posted October 28, 2010

    Living Life in the Zone - Perfect for Sports Fans

    So far, I have really enjoyed this devotional. It is definitely a great way to get athletic males and sports-lovers to read. It takes sports analogies and examples and applies them to biblical principles. I believe this book would be a great "stocking stuffer" for the sports fan in your life.

    One thing that I did not like was the various Biblical references that were in the book. Rather than using the King James Version of the Bible, multiple versions of the bible were referred to.

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  • Posted October 20, 2010

    Living Life in the Zone by Kyle Rote Jr and Dr Joe Pettigrew

    Living Life in the Zone is a 40-day spiritual journey for men. Especially appealing to guys who relate to sports and its intricacies, this book is filled with stories from giants in the sporting world. It's designed to help the average fella tackle the giants in his own world, even as he grows his faith.

    So, why did I want to read a book that is specifically written for men? I suppose I was curious to peer into the baffling world of our sports-saturated spouses just to see whether (a) I could better understand my own husband and (b) unearth a few faith nuggets for myself. I did find the real-life stories from such legends as Kurt Warner and Tony Dungy interesting and the entire book was well written. It was separated into easy-to-digest segments and designed to be studied over the course of 40 days. I kept thinking it is a book my husband would enjoy and a men's small group could readily embrace. I confess that I got a little exhausted by the relentless sports titles and analogies, but that's OK, since the book was never written with me in mind. Still, I did walk away from it with energized faith, saying "Put me in, Coach!"

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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  • Posted June 25, 2010

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    Living Life in the Zone - a book review

    Living Life in the Zone - a 40-day Spiritual Game Plan for Men
    Kyle Rote Jr. and Dr. Joe Pettigrew - authors
    Thomas Nelson - Publisher

    When I picked this book - I would have to admit that the title intrigued me. a game plan for men? The teasers even said it would help me become a better father and husband - well, that was the grab for me. I think of myself as a good husband and hopefully great father - but I wanted to be sure. hence my reading the book. My only worry - '40-days?' I could read books in so much less, so how would I pace myself?

    Rote and Pettigrew's approach to the program was simple - start with a thought for the day, then proceed to the coach's corner to listen to the lesson before getting to the game plan - mention a few playmakers (examples) and leave you with an assignment (your practice). If it sounds like a very sports-minded approach. it is.

    I have to be honest, though the lessons (Coach's corner) were important; and I did learn a couple of tips; the playmakers sections were too U.S.-centric for me. I mean, most of the time, I did not know any of the people being talked about - you see, I'm not a really sports-minded individual, so these stories. though important as examples, were not hooking me. Had they been about some NBA great, maybe I'd recognize and appreciate them better.

    That said, to use a sports analogy myself - I fumbled in the 30-yard line. I set the book aside and read other things. but I would go back once in a while, pick up the book - and this time. read selective lessons - ones that would appeal to my wants and needs. And if the playmakers stories were interesting - that would be a bonus. I specially appreciated the book 's zones on how to relationship with children and wife. the others were okay too - but ones I could do without. guess they weren't priorities.

    I guess I was the wrong audience for this book (not a sport enthusiast - strike one, not an American exposed to the local sport - strike two, and not a big follower of 40-day programs that half-interested me - strike three). Hence I struggled to read it from cover to cover. Would this have been different if they made a different play? Say, use well known international figures to fit the book's examples? Most definitely.

    That said, I must still say that the book is helpful as a guide for men in looking for a more spiritual life.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their <> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 <> : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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  • Posted February 25, 2010

    Get Yourself In The Zone!

    If you're a guy who goes to church and likes sport, then 'In The Zone' by Kyle Rote and Dr. Joe Pettigrew is for you. If you're a guy who likes sport and thinks they might want to go to church, then this book is also for you!

    A simple and straight forward forty day plan of reading and discipleship, complete with real life examples and advice from a host of our most successful and respected athletes and coaches, is the perfect way to spend the first ten minutes of your day.

    Each day of 'In The Zone' is split into easy sections outlining a concept, providing a clear message on how this will impact your life, and detailing how great sportsmen have negotiated the same concerns and decisions which you face on a daily basis.

    'In The Zone' covers four key sections of your life, marriage, children, work, and faith. Daily scriptural references relate the power and strength of the Bible to each day's topic, but these aren't overly theological and are packed with relevant connections to the reader's life.

    Whether you spend ten minutes, or an hour, a day reading 'In The Zone' by Kyle Rote and Dr. Joe Pettigrew, this is a book that you're going to read again and again - better still, read it and the pass it on to a friend or relative so they can gain the benefit of its impact.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their <> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 <> : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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  • Posted February 24, 2010

    Got 40 days to grow into a Godly Man?

    f you're a church going guy, if you like sports, and if you want to grow closer to the Lord, You need to get this book! Some days it is not always easy! This book is really a discipleship manual that focuses on helping you live a victorious Christian life! The book itself is designed to be a 40 day 'Spiritual Game Plan' so right away we see that biblical number that the Lord uses to bring His people through trials so that His purposes can be fulfilled!

    What I liked about this book is the depth in which I was able to use it to study. It was not your average "I'm going to read a verse and a poem and then I'll be all set for the day" Bible study! This book challenged me every time that I opened it! To be honest it was hard to put down!

    I also liked the consistency of each chapter. As I mentioned above, each chapter is broken down into sections that are consistent. I looked forward to reading the Coach's corner in each chapter that I read to see what the "coach" would have to say! It's written in such a way that any man could easily relate to it. The book does not hit you over the head with scripture, but instead allows you to step back and see how biblical teaching touches you daily life and how you can incorporate it in your daily life!

    I was provided with a complimentary copy of Living Life In The Zone: A 40 Day Spiritual Game Plan for Men by Kyle Rote and Joe Pettigrew from Thomas Nelson Publishers to review and I would highly recommend this book! What a great birthday, anniversary or even a Father's Day book for any man looking to live a more Godly life!

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  • Posted February 8, 2010

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    Life in the Zone

    All men think they are better than they are! In our world today, we are surrounded by men that portray an image of themselves that is masked with power, position, pride and arrogance and we celebrate it and want more of it. Yet this is not the way of Jesus. In this book by Kyle Rote Jr. and Dr. Joe Pettigrew, they have presented an amazing 40 day journey for men to strip away what keeps them from living life in the zone of where God wants them to be.

    When I recieved this book I was a bit skeptical because I have seen "40 day" books before and they have left me unfulfilled and have been more shallow than I would have liked. Not with this one.

    This book really showed me what a Godly character and life full of integrity should look like and how I was not living the life in the zone where God desires me to be. It is divided into four areas that all men must deal with on a daily basis - marriage, children, work and faith. If there is one major thing I learned from this book is that all of life is spiritual. The stories from famous athletes, coaches and other men really encouraged me because their stories are not very different than my story. We are all broken and in need of someone greater than ourselves to reconcile us back to God, and that person is Jesus.

    I would highly recommend getting this book for your husband, father, friend or pastor. I am a member of Book Sneeze, Thomas Nelson Publishing book review program and the thanks goes to them for allowing me to read and review this book.

    Matt Nash

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  • Posted February 7, 2010

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    Living Life in the Zone

    I am definitely not a sports fan but I can see that the layout of this book, Living Life in the Zone ((Kyle Rote Jr and Dr Joe Pettigrew) would appeal to all who are.The layout according to sports terms is very clever.
    What man wouldn't be interested in The Coach's Corner, The game Plan, Play Makers, Time Out and Home Field Advantage.
    For the first time, I understand why men don't generally do Bible Studies. The layout is all wrong for them. Bible studies are generally written for women. In fact devotionals generally are too.
    I thought that I wrote my new book- Heartfelt, 366 Devotions for Common Sense Living for everyone, until a man pointed out that this was not so! It was for women only!
    A book written for men, to men, to appeal to their way of thinking, can only be a good thing!
    It is a reasonable length (40 days). The studies are thought provoking
    and will give readers a fresh perspective on the Word.
    I would give it as a gift

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  • Posted February 2, 2010

    Great Devotional For Guys Who Like Sports

    Living Life In The Zone by Kyle Rote Jr. & Dr. Joe Pettigrew

    A 40-Day Spiritual game Plan For Men

    This book is a 40 day devotional written by men for men. The "Zone" is the place we live in when we put Christ first and others before us.

    The book is divided into four sections: Marriage, Family, Work and Faith and uses sports stories and analogies to make great connections to spiritual growth and health.

    My thoughts:

    Initially, I wasn't overjoyed to read through a 40-day devotional. That is, until I read day one, and then day two, and then day three. Before I knew it I had read through 10 days in one sitting.

    This book is right up my alley.

    As a sports fan and man who truly wants to grow in my relationship with God and with others this is definitely a great challenge and encouraging devotional to move in that direction.

    I read through this in less than three days. My favorite parts were the tasks at the end of each section. I stopped and pondered each and made notes in my journal. This isn't just a collection of heartwarming sports stories, but a great motivator, a real in your face sports book that paints pictures of REAL MEN just like us and their struggles and successes.

    If you're a sports fan, or you know a guy who is, pick this book up for them, they'll get a lot out of it.

    As part of the program, I was provided a complimentary copy of this book to review by Thomas Nelson publishers.

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  • Posted January 29, 2010

    Give this book to the man in your life

    have just finished a quick read of a quality book that if you are a Christian man, you should pick up. This book is Living Life in the Zone, A 40-Day Spiritual Game Plan for Men. We all remember Michael Jordan's great games and when he or the announcers would say he was "in the zone," that area where everything just clicked and he could not miss a shot. This book aims to place our Christian lives in that area, the area where we can hopefully avoid having that "bad game," where we end the day not feeling like a Christian at all.

    Dividing the everyman's life into the areas of husband, father, friend, and co-worker, this book offers ways in which we can hopefully fulfill these roles in a way that would be pleasing to God. The book is divided into short daily thoughts and suggestions that would take little time each day to read. Being a sports-themed book, this book focuses each day on one story from the lives of famous athletes and/or coaches. It pulls no punches when discussing the negative aspects of some of these people's lives. Some of the names you may recognize include Bobby Bowden, Charles Barkley, Tony Dungy, Archie Manning, and Bear Bryant. If you are from this part of the country, a name you may recognize would be Clay Dyar. He is the focus of one day and even though I have known him personally since childhood, his story still amazes me. It will inspire and amaze you too.

    Overall, for a Christian man, this book could not hurt to take for a spin and attempt to live out the 40-day plan. For the purpose of this review I read it quickly but I intend to work the plan they have laid out. This book could also be used as a great tool for a men's study group and I intend on forming a group to try this at my church. The book does drift off into some purpose-driven talk at times but the simplicity of this book quickly draws itself out of going down that road too far. This book would make a great gift for wives or children to give their husbands and fathers this upcoming Valentine's Day.

    To read this or other reviews on my website please go to

    I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their <> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255> : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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  • Posted January 12, 2010

    Living Life in the Zone

    I found this book to be great for men who are driven already. The focus on athletes, coaches etc and their walk with God is a strong testimony to those young men who play already. The book event thought it was devised to be done over 40 days was a quick read and sometimes I felt cheated and went ahead and read more lessons so I felt that I got something out of it.

    As a married man I felt the book was directed toward me more than if I was a single, however again it wasn't a "home run" for books especially a devotional for me. I would recommend this book to any married man who loves sports because they may be inspired by something in the lessons, by someone they may know or heard of. I would also recommend this book be use a group study with someone in charge of it who has a sports background.

    In using it in a group study I would challenge the leader to reallg dig the "meat and potatoes' to teach the lesson because the book simply can't do it on it's own. I'm not saying the book is bad, I just don't think it's a devotional everyone will benefit from. I did take that when you trust God in all areas of your life you will be blessed beyond measure, and that in my opinion is simply awesome!

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  • Posted January 11, 2010

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    Finally, A Devotional for MEN

    It's a New Year, and time for New Years Resolutions. Right? Well, no. Normally, I don't make resolutions. It prevents me from failing to keep them. Instead, I make commitments. Not resolutions. Not things that I will do EVERYDAY, but rather things that I hope to get done during the year. Last year, I committed to read through the Bible, and I did. Sure I missed some days, but I actually finished the reading nearly a week early.

    This year, I have committed to expand my Bible study beyond just reading the Bible, into doing something a little more -- involved. Enter Kyle Rote Jr. and Dr. Joe Pettigrew with their 40-day devotional, Living Life in the Zone: A 40-Day Spiritual Gameplan for Men. I received the book from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their Book Review Bloggers Program and began it immediately. Like many Christian devotional books, Living Life in the Zone: A 40-Day Spiritual Gameplan for Men follows a 40-day plan, calling on the Biblical significance of a forty day period (see Noah, et. al.). But Rote and Pettigrew do something that I haven't found in many of the devotional guides and Bibles that I've researched -- they tailor their devotional to the life of a man.

    Calling on their vast experience of working with the men of professional sports as part of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Rote and Pettigrew present the life of a man in terms that men can understand. They cover topics such as living a healthy Christian life at work, loving an imperfect woman, dealing with daily stress, and even the oft-taboo topic of improving your sex life from the perspective of a Christian man. I have tried to carve time out of my day every day to spend a little time in the Word under the tutelage of Rote and Pettigrew, and found deep insight into things that I have just taken for granted for years. By spending just fifteen minutes a day pondering the thoughts and words of such pro sports greats as Roger Staubach, Joe Gibbs, John Wooden, and Coach Tony Dungy, I've found myself trying to live more like the man God wants me to be.

    It's only a 40-day devotional, and won't require a major commitment on your part to get through this little book. But it just might cause you to make some major commitments you hadn't considered before.

    Jeff Cole is an author, blogger, and a member of the Thomas Nelson Book Review Bloggers Program.

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