Facing the Giants

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Facing the Giants by Eric Wilson

IT’S BEEN SIX YEARS without a winning season and Coach Grant Taylor's job is on the line. Unless the Shiloh Christian Eagles turn things around—and fast—he's history. Unfortunately, their leading scorer has just left for a rival school and the team has lost its drive. The pressure is on.

On the home front, things aren't much better for Grant. His house is falling apart. His old clunker of a car keeps dying, and the coach and his wife have been unsuccessful in their attempts to start a family.

But God is on the move—in many ways.

When Grant receives a message from an unexpected visitor, he searches for a stronger purpose for his football team. When faced with unbelievable odds, Grant and his Shiloh Eagles must rise above their fear and step up to their greatest test of strength and courage.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781595544322
Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
Publication date: 09/04/2007
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Eric Wilson is the New York Times best-sellingwriter of Fireproof novelization as well as Flywheel and Facing the Giants. He lives in Nashville with his wife and two daughters.

Alex Kendrick and his brother Stephen helped Sherwood Baptist establish Sherwood Pictures in 2003.They have co-written Flywheel, Facing the Giants, Fireproof, and the upcoming Courageous. He is also the associate minister of Sherwood Baptist Church in Albany, Georgia.

Stephen Kendrick and his brother Alex helped Sherwood Baptist establish Sherwood Pictures in 2003.They have co-written Flywheel, Facing the Giants, Fireproof, and the upcoming Courageous. He is also the associateteaching pastorof Sherwood Baptist Church in Albany, Georgia.

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Facing the Giants


By Alex Kendrick Stephen Kendrick

Thomas Nelson

Copyright © 2007 Alex Kendrick
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-1-59554-432-2


Chapter One

On Eagle's Wings

Grant

Okay, the car wasn't his style. If he were still single, he'd be driving something low and muscular, with a big V-8 rumbling under the hood. And a few dents, as well. A spot or two of rust. Just enough to show that this baby had seen some action, put in some miles, and wasn't to be messed with.

Instead, he was at the wheel of a blue Chevy Celebrity.

Not a bad car. It'd been their first big purchase as a married couple, and Brooke had won him over with her argument that a four-door would soon be a necessity.

He agreed. This was no longer the Grant Taylor show. He now had a wife to think about, and children somewhere down the road.

Wow. There's a wild thought.

First things first, he decided. That was the way he liked to do things-in order, with a specific plan.

Moderate success as a college quarterback? Check.

Bachelor of science, with a minor in sports management? Check.

A beautiful bride of eight months? Check.

God had been good to them. And now, after years of athletics and studies on both their parts, they were en route to his first coaching position. They were leaving behind some fond memories at Georgia Southern University, ready to create new ones amid the tilled farms and pecan groves of little Albany, in the state's southwestern corner.

FACING THE GIANTS

"This is the exit, Grant." Brooke leaned forward in the passenger seat and looked up at the US 80 road sign. "We're still gonna stop, aren't we?"

"If that's what you want."

"Don't you wanna see it? The thing was built in 1880."

"Sounds old."

She brushed blonde hair back over her ear and looked sideways at him.

"Okay," he said. "We'll stop."

A scenic detour. Another small concession on his part. And why not? They had their whole lives charted out in front of them. According to MapQuest, the trek from Statesboro to Albany would take less than four hours. With the small U-Haul trailer, they might lose a little time, but not much.

Soon they would pull into the driveway of the house they had purchased two weeks ago, unload boxes, and begin making it into a home. If things went as planned, if he had the sort of long-term success that Coach Dooley had in his years at the University of Georgia, Coach Grant Taylor would become a household name and have hundreds, even thousands, of boys who would point back to his influence in their young lives.

He was going from the GSU Eagles to the Eagles at Shiloh Christian. For him, that had been a good sign. He was flying high. If Brooke wanted to take a little side trip, then that's what they'd do.

Brooke

"Ahhh," said Brooke. She took one skip toward the covered bridge, then spun back around. She'd been hoping to visit George L. Smith State Park for years. "Just look at it. It's so sweet."

Grant put his hands on his waist. "It's a bridge. With a roof."

"Built over a hundred years ago. Just think, people used to ride their carriages along there. Let's go walk through it."

Her husband looked unimpressed.

"Come on," she said. "I thought I married a hopeless romantic."

"Tell me one football player you know who's a romantic."

"You."

He glanced at his watch.

"You don't fool me, Grant Taylor." She slipped her arm into his and pulled him along, nearly skipping again. "We're going on a walk together."

The Parrish Mill Bridge was made of dark weathered wood, with double doors opened on both ends. Beneath the structure, a mill worked in conjunction with a dam. Inside, they found it to be cool and quiet, except for the sounds of Fifteen Mile Creek cascading beneath them.

Brooke stopped and let go of Grant's hand. "Can you see what I'm doing?"

"No, it's too dark."

"Let your eyes adjust."

"I ... You're ..."

"I'm waiting for you to give me a kiss."

He didn't need any more prodding than that.

On the other side, they found a bench swing. They sat side by side, rocking in the afternoon warmth. The sun was making a slow descent into the west, outlining the shapes of trees and turning the sky a ripe peach color.

"What's this remind you of?"

"Our first date," Grant said. "At the Brooklet Peanut Festival."

She had nothing to say after that. The fact that he remembered was enough. On their trip to this point, they'd passed spook houses, courthouse squares, and antebellum mansions that looked like sets from Gone with the Wind. But this was her favorite place so far. Even Grant seemed to like it, though he hadn't said so out loud.

Men, Brooke thought. They're just like little boys sometimes, trying to act so tough.

The mere thought of having their own son one day brought a huge smile to her face. Would he have Grant's same adorable gap between his teeth? Would he get her eyes? If they had a girl, Brooke just hoped the poor thing wouldn't inherit those bushy Taylor eyebrows.

"What're you thinking about?"

"You and me," she said. "Our future together."

"Must be good, judging by your smile."

Grant

"Albany, here we come."

Grant drove along Highway 300, his elbow propped out the driver's window. Only a few more miles to Dougherty County. The route took them past peanut farms and occasional stands of cypress standing in black swamp water. Pines lined the road most of the way.

Despite the wear of their trip, they felt a burst of excitement as they pulled into town. This was it. On Monday, he would tour the grounds at Shiloh Christian Academy, meet his new team, and start putting them through daily doubles in preparation for the first game of the season.

And their first victory.

Soon, winning would be the norm at SCA.

After unhitching the U-Haul at their house on Old Pretoria, they headed up North Westover to grab a bite to eat.

"Sonic sound good?"

"Anything," Brooke answered. "I'm starved."

They pulled into a space at the Sonic Drive-In. This couldn't beat Brooke's fried sweet potatoes and homemade biscuits, but it would do. In the next weeks and months, they'd have plenty of opportunities to start filling the house with the smells of life and hard work and good home-cookin'.

Grant took Brooke's request, then hit the red button and waited.

A man's garbled voice: "Good evenin'. You ready to order?"

"Yeah. We're new in town, so be easy on us." Then, because he couldn't help but brag a bit, he added, "I'm taking over the coaching job at Shiloh Christian."

"The Eagles football team?"

"That's right."

"Woohoo! Thank goodness. We've been waitin' on ya, Coach Taylor, been prayin' too."

"You hear that?" Grant mouthed to his wife.

"An answer to their prayers," she whispered back.

Still wearing a silly grin, Grant placed their order.

His wife slipped her hand into his. "Guess they know a good thing when they see it, Coach Taylor."

"I guess so."

"Of course, we haven't won any games yet."

"Hey."

"But we will," she assured him. "Lots of them."

(Continues...)



Excerpted from Facing the Giants by Alex Kendrick Stephen Kendrick Copyright © 2007 by Alex Kendrick. Excerpted by permission.
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Table of Contents

Contents

The Preseason 1. On Eagle's Wings....................3
First Quarter: Trying to Stand 2. Six Years Later....................11
3. The Jury....................18
4. Freight Train....................23
5. Your Secret's Safe....................28
6. No Juice....................33
7. Sparkle and Shine....................37
8. Something Shifting....................44
9. How Long?....................51
10. Unraveled....................57
11. Take a Swing....................64
12. The Voices....................71
Second Quarter: The Death Crawl 13. Dead Weight....................79
14. The Right Man....................86
15. Chalk Lines....................91
16. Face-to-Face....................97
17. Currents and Rain....................104
18. The Challenge....................110
19. Something Burning....................117
20. Look Up....................125
21. A Big Stink....................130
22. Gates and Keys....................136
23. The Fuse....................142
Half Time 24. Death and Life....................153
Third Quarter: Farther to Fly 25. Out of the Nest....................161
26. The Wildcats....................168
27. White Wristbands....................175
28. Is That All?....................181
29. Something Wrong....................186
30. Gone for Good....................193
31. Number 00....................197
32. The Principal's Office....................204
33. Clipped Wings....................210
34. In Trouble....................216
35. Beginning to Rain....................223
Fourth Quarter: Stone Wall 36. ThinAir....................233
37. Negative?....................239
38. The Bigger Picture....................245
39. To Be or Not to Be....................252
40. We Belong....................257
41. Plucked....................264
42. Line of Fire....................270
43. Dodging Bullets....................277
44. Staring Down the Barrel....................284
45. The Wind....................291
46. On the Radio Dial....................299
End of a Season 47. Two Years Later....................309
Acknowledgments....................313

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Facing the Giants 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book was just as good as the movie i suggest you get it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You have to read this. This is the best book. Very encouraging. This is a book good for everyone. It tells things that can happen in real life even if it is just a movie. MUST READ!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dear readers, Hello. My name is Sara Simple. I am a book critic. I fing this book perfect for all ages and genders. Its very good,containing christian based themes. My teenage kids adore this book as much as the movie. If you are wondering if you should buy this book,you absolutely should. If you bought this book and are about to read it,get ready for an amazing experience. Sincerely, SARA SIMPLE
Read_Write_Inspire More than 1 year ago
This is an awesome book! It explains much more than the movie and i very descriptive. I would highly recommend it to anyone, whether they are a believer or not. Read it!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Eric Wilson is best know for suspense novels with historical backgrounds. With each novel he's shown growth and depth as an author and a man. His first four novels were very different and yet revealed trademarks of the Wilson signature. Now with the release of Facing The Giants Eric stands everything you've known about him before on it's proverbial head and shows he's no one trick pony. Not only can he come up with imaginative plots and characters that are at once real and larger than life, but he can also take someone else's work and make it his own. This he's done with Facing the Giants. Originally a grassroots successful film depicting the real life struggles of a high school football team, their coach and community, Eric Wilson's novelization takes that framework and builds his own story brick by brick. Yes, much of the book reflects the original movie, but Wilson adds depth and meaning where a film-goer might be left to wonder. Admittedly, this isn't my kind of story and I've told Eric so. I much prefer suspense. However, it is a great read and a reminder of God's faithfulness even in the darkest night of your life. As always Eric brings characters and situations to life, raw with emotions, heart, courage and weaknesses. Next up for Eric is the novelization of another film, Flywheel--coming in April. And then, in October, Eric will change everything again with the release of book one of the Jerusalem's Undead series. Book one is called Field of Blood. Think 1st century Jerusalem and vampires. How can you not want to read that?!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The small-town losing football team plot line has been beaten to death. But this movie is different, yes the football team goes from worst possible to the championship game, but this movie is not about the team, and that is what makes it so good. It is about the people on the team, a refreshing topic in a world dominated by a winner-take-all mentality that has feuled the steroid use in professional sports as well as high school.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love it soo much!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love it so much! I read it twice!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thanks for the reviews!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed reading and it kept me reading. Loved that it was a clean book for even my girls to read. Keep making good clean books for all to enjoy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this is the best god based book i have ever read i am only ten but i think this book is awesome
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Never vack down
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Don't just believe in God... obey his commands!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like it when the books are much like the movie. Recommended for ages 8+
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is just like the movue.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great movie and book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The movie was great. The book was better. Go Shiloh!!!!!
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jennifer7JD More than 1 year ago
Great christian book i really like books this way
FlynnyPA More than 1 year ago
This book provides inspiration and conveys the idea that hope is imperative. The background of the story represents everyday people and struggles that any person can identify with. The message of doing what is right regardless of consequences shines through the hardships and obstacles faced by the key characters of the book. Overall, this book would be a great novel for school students. A positive and inspirational story for all
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