“Always Fall Forward,” by Todd Geralds (Book Review)


“Football is a great game, but a lousy god.” – Todd Geralds, “Always Fall Forward.”

Geralds cuts right to the chase from the very beginning. “It’s true that anything we love more, serve more, fear more, or value more than God Almighty is an idol,” he states. Football can be one of those things we value more than we should. Whether a player, coach, or a fan, there is much that God can teach us through football …but it’s not conducive to our faith to loft it above Him.

Born and raised in Cleveland, I’m a Browns fan, through and through. Which means I know not to rely on the men in brown and orange to guarantee my Sunday state of happiness. The hidden joy in retaining loyal “Dawgpound” status is the ability to carry on when it doesn’t go our way …and truly celebrate the small victories!

I have to be honest, when I selected this book for review, I didn’t realize it was geared towards a male audience. That being said, this collection of devotionals hooked me anyway.  Perhaps the athlete in me related to it, or my intrigue in seeing things from the other side of the lines. Either way, I recommend this book to any reader, male or female. And would most definitely consider it a wonderful gift.

The 52 devotionals are put into four sections, each reaching into different parts of everyday life with encouragement and challenging calls to actions. The devotions are easy to read, and immediately captivating. The sport analogies throughout shed new light on Scripture, and give the reader an opportunity to water deep roots of application.

“Scripture tells us that we, the church, are the body of Christ. Bodies hug, bodies shake hands, and bodies sit with a weeping friend who has lost a loved one. Bodies bring dinner over to a family going through a crisis. Simply put, a body is how love is physically manifested. God loves us and tells us tat the world will know us by our love for one another (see John 13:35-35.) -Todd Geralds, “Always Fall Forward.”

I highly recommend this book for those looking for a relatable way to seek God daily in Scripture …or just another excuse to talk about football.

(I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.)

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