Every Trial Is an Opportunity to Flourish
In football, a blitz is an all-out attack. Defenses use them to force the quarterback into a mistake and create mayhem and destruction. But by its nature the blitz also creates an opportunity for the quarterback and his team, as it leaves holes in the defense. What looks like the worst play can become the best.
During a life "blitz," when everything seems like it's collapsingfinancially, relationally, spiritually, or physicallyif you take initiative you can do more than just survive. You can grow, succeed, and advance. In Facing the Blitz, Jeff Kemp shares lessons he's learned through all kinds of life blitzes, both personal and professional. Discover how life is about transformation and being others-oriented; having the right mind-set can turn unnecessary fear and misery into courage and joy.
No matter who you aremen, women, sports fans, business leaders, etc.this book is about the things that matter in your life. Don't end up flat on your back when trouble comes. Learn to seize opportunities to flourish and grow.
Includes end-of-chapter questions for assessment and application.
Find out more at www.facingtheblitz.com.
"This book will make a difference in your life. You'll want to read, digest, and reread it. I hope you share it with friends to help them through their own difficulties and to strengthen their important teams, from family to business to sports."Tony Dungy, author of Uncommon: Finding Your Path to Significance
Facing the Blitz is a gem full of wisdom and hope and practical advice for anyone who fears suffering and difficulty. It's easy to read, remember, and use. Amazing!"Pat Lencioni, president, The Table Group; bestselling author of The Advantage and The Five Dysfunctions of a Team
"Former NFL quarterback Jeff Kemp knows well that blitzes can knock you flat on your backbut if you're prepared, you can beat the blitz for a huge play. In Facing the Blitz, Kemp transforms this on-field knowledge into real-life wisdom, teaching you how to beat the blitzes in your life and turn them into victories."William Bennett, former U.S. Secretary of Education and host of the nationally syndicated talk show Morning in America
"Every one of us will be confronted by seemingly insurmountable odds at some point. Facing the Blitz provides solid, biblical advice for confronting life's most difficult challenges."Jim Daly, president, Focus on the Family
"As a quarterback, Jeff Kemp knows the blitz well and gives us preparation and training for life's blitzes."Darrel Billups, ThD, executive director, National Coalition of Ministries to Men
"A must-read. My hope is that, by reading this book, we all may be better equipped to deal with tough situations and emerge stronger and wiser from the experience."Mike Holmgren, former head coach, Super Bowl Champion Green Bay Packers
"Jeff is a man of deep faith, love, and leadership. He's as prepared to face the blitz as well as anyone I knowand I'm not talking about just when he was an NFL quarterback. Read, learn, and apply. Valuable lessons for life's greatest challenges."Jim Nantz, CBS sportscaster
"With time-honored wisdom, Jeff leads the reader past the pitfalls of defeat and depression into a broad, spacious place of hard-won contentment and, yes, even joy."Joni Eareckson Tada, Joni and Friends International Disability Center
"Jeff Kemp's Facing the Blitz is a game-changer for every man. Suit up and read this bookit's game time!"Dr. Dennis Rainey, president and CEO, FamilyLife
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About the Author
Jeff Kemp (www.facingtheblitz.com) speaks at churches, men's ministry events, corporate conferences, and prayer breakfasts. In 2012 Jeff joined FamilyLife as a vice president, speaking at thirty-five events a year about how to strengthen families. His other networks include the Marriage CoMission and Fatherhood CoMission, Athletes in Action, NFL Players Association, and The Jack Kemp Foundation. He and his wife, Stacy, live in Little Rock, Arkansas.
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*I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review. The Blitz. In football, a blitz occurs when the defense sends as many men as possible to disrupt the offensive play of their opponent. It is designed to confuse, breakdown, and eventually send the opponent into a scramble so that they do not execute their intended goal. In life, blitzes happen as well. In his book Facing the Blitz, Jeff Kemp give three strategies for turning life "blitzes" into opportunities to succeed. The three strategies are: Take the Long View, Be Willing to Change, and Reach Out to Others. These three strategies are then look at more in depth as Kemp shows how they affect all of life. From working from a small vision to a large vision, working on personal growth, to living outside one's self, Kemp show how life's "blitzes" will come and that by taking the right approach what could be a setback can be turned into a celebration.
Overview: Facing the Blitz was written by an ex-NFL football player and the whole book explained it's three strategies for overcoming trials. Each strategy is thoroughly explained in several chapters, it's divided up enough that it's easy to understand and doesn't skim through important topics. Mr. Kemp writes with many different life examples – ones such as in football, his home life, marriage, in fellow teammates' lives, friends' lives, as well as outside sources. Pros: This book was fantastic. I really can't wait to go back through it and mark passages that really stood out. Even if you are not currently facing a blitz, this book goes into morals and tips for assessing your own life. Early in the book, Mr. Kemp writes that in times of hardship you can't tell people to just stop being upset, but instead he writes to you when you need to move on and when it's okay to be struggling. The strategies are like close friends, comforting you, but pushing you forward and towards Jesus. If you don't know that much about football, it's okay, because the examples are all pretty easy to understand. (Even if you don't catch one or two examples, you will still get the idea/purpose.) Football does not dominate the suggestions/conversation more than it should. Facing the Blitz supplies tips to people who aren't facing problems just by giving exercises that require you to check your morals and motives for the way you live. Cons: I really did like nearly everything in the book! I would say the only few things I would change if I could would be: a few more examples aimed towards home life. Just because I felt like we got to know more about the teammates than his own family in some chapters. Certain chapters were also mildly mature, so the book is probably best for adults and possibly young adults based on the individual case – I would recommend this book to any adult though, it's a great book. I received a free copy of Facing the Blitz from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.
I received a copy of FACING THE BLITZ: THREE STRATEGIES FOR TURNING TIRALS INTO TRIUMPHS by Jeff Kemp, with a foreword by Tony Dungy, from Bethany House. I must admit first that I am not big into sports. I am not athletic, but I do enjoy exercise. I like to play sports for the fun of it, not competitively, and I don’t like to watch them because I’m not playing. For anyone else out there like me – you will still enjoy this book. If you are like me, you will probably really enjoy this book. The sentences are beautiful, with a certain poetry to them. I didn’t find a single place that was dry or dragged. The main focus of the book is more on life lessons than on sports. Many of the life lessons were poignant and more relevant than in other self-help books I’ve read. Yes, there was some football lingo, and I ended up discussing that with one of my friends who, to put it lightly, is very into football. She said she’s going to read this book, so I’m glad to have had spread the word on it. I recommend this for people who enjoy a self-help book with strong religious values and a realistic basis.
FACING THE BLITZ By Jeff Kemp We all have trials in our lives; Jeff Kemp compares the trials to blitzes in football. Jeff is a retired NFL quarterback and uses his football background to help others with, what he calls, blitzes in their lives. There are three strategies for turning trials into triumphs; 1. Take a long-term view, 2. Be willing to change, 3. Reach out to others. Jeff divides each of these into different parts. He uses scripture verses and stories to explain his points. At the end of each chapter, he includes questions divided into two sections, Time out for self-reflection, Run the play: practical application, These are helpful in understanding and putting into use the information you have read. If you enjoy and understand football, you will enjoy this book. I found the points that Jeff was making easy to understand with my minimum understanding of football, so do not let the football reference keep you from reading this book and finding help with trials that come your way. This book will help you to handle them. The last chapter is about finding your power source, God is there to help. I received this book free from Bethany House for purpose of this review, I was not required to write a positive review, the opinions I have expressed are my own.
The then-Houston Oilers defense stepped up to the line of scrimmage. Jeff Kemp and the Philadelphia Eagles offense were ready to make as much progress as possible down the field. The defense took off to accomplish a full out blitz. The offense immediately made adaptions to the blitz. All-Pro tight end Keith Jackson ran a new route to the uncovered middle. Jeff Kemp saw Keith and threw his best over and around the defense. Keith caught the football and ran for a touchdown. The Eagles had just faced and overcame a blitz. In “Facing the Blitz”, Jeff Kemp discusses three strategies for turning trials into triumphs. We all face blitzes (trials) of some kind. This book will help show you how to face your blitz head on and how to overcome it. I’ve called myself an avid book lover, although it has been awhile since I had found a book that captivated me to where I would finish it in a few days, that is until now. I finished “Facing the Blitz” in just under a week. I was hooked on the easy reading, the football lingo, but most importantly I had an open mind to the three strategies to facing my blitzes. It was inspiring to hear about a former QB’s faith in God. I believe God’s timing is perfect. The words from “Facing the Blitz” were exactly what I needed to hear this past week. The consumer-investor approach to life really hit home. It was like a subtle wake-up call to stop with the selfish, consumer mentality and work on being more of an investor in other peoples lives. My focus also shifted – we are here for a purpose and in NO way is it a selfish one. At the end of each chapter included “Time out for Self-reflection: and “Run the play: practical application”, I think these end-of-chapter assessments are key for the reader (those “Facing the Blitz”) to take hold of the ball and make his/her play to overcoming the blitzes. This book was written to help face any blitz in any stage of life. How will you face your blitz? This book is a great thought-provoking reminder to be reread whether facing a blitz or not.