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Monday, September 14, 2009

BOOK REVIEW: Battle Ready by Steve Farrar


In the midst of economic melt-down, stress and turmoil, author Steve Farrar offers biblical advice and first hand examples of how to hang tough in the hard times. In Battle Ready: Prepare to Be Used by God,, Farrar advances the theme that God must first train and prepare the man He would use.

“If a man asks God to use him, he’s asking for a good thing,” says Farrar. “But how God chooses to answer that prayer and the way He purposes to prepare him for such a life may bear little resemblance to how he imagined it would work!”

Though they may not know it, those who want to serve God will undoubtedly face unexpected hardships, seasons of frustration and seeming futility, and find themselves painted into what seem like impossible corners. And then there are the giants, those brutal, lumbering monstrosities that crash into our lives—unexpected and uninvited—and show every intention of taking up residence.

These giants don’t have six fingers on each hand and six toes on each foot. Instead, they take on the ugly face of disease, disappointment, depression, addiction, financial reversal, career setback, family breakdown, and personal failure.

“The diverse giants we fight can threaten our peace, well-being and very existence. And the man who desires to be used by God will face not just one giant in his life, but many,” writes Farrar. “That’s the nature of the Christian life. It’s from faith to faith or, to put it another way, from giant to giant.”

In Battle Ready, Farrar teaches men the importance of training and preparing for combat with these giants by examining the real life biographies of men who made an impact in their world, Bible warriors Caleb and Joshua. While exploring the lives of Joshua, who led the Israelites into the Promised Land, and Caleb, who trusted God, and not himself, for victory in battle, Farrar offers perspective, strong counsel, and hope for every man who longs to serve God.

The follow-up to God Built, the first in the Bold Man of God series, Battle Ready will prepare men of all ages, at every stage of their spiritual walk, to become men God can use—men who are battle ready!

This book will boost your faith and encourage you to keep trusting in God, no matter what comes your way.

Battle Ready: Prepare to Be Used by God by Steve Farrar

David C Cook/September 2009

ISBN: 978-1-4347-6869-8/256 pages/softcover/$14.99

About Steve:

Steve Farrar is the founder and chairman of Men’s Leadership Ministries. He is a graduate of California State University, Fullerton, where he majored in Speech Communication. He holds a Master’s degree from Western Seminary in Portland, Oregon, and an earned doctorate from Dallas Theological Seminary in Dallas, Texas. In writing his doctoral dissertation, Steve surveyed over 1,000 men from across the nation, and questioned them about their marriages, their children, their careers, and their ethics. Steve’s original research into the needs of Christian men became the basis for his conferences and his books. Steve Farrar is the author of the best-selling book, Point Man: How a Man Can Lead His Family. With over 500,000 copies now in print, Point Man was the catalyst for his leaving the pastorate after 15 years and focusing his ministry on equipping men for spiritual leadership. Shortly after the release of Point Man, Steve began to receive speaking invitations from all over the nation. “Quite frankly, the response was overwhelming,” says Steve. Since the release of Point Man in 1990, Steve Farrar has also authored many other books, including the best-selling Finishing Strong, King Me: What Every Son Wants and Needs From His Father and How To Ruin Your Life By Forty. His latest book, released September 1, 2008, is God the Bad and Good of Life. This is the first book of his Bold Men of God series. He is a frequent speaker for Men’s Leadership Ministries conferences, Promise Keepers and many other events throughout the nation. Steve’s wife, Mary, holds her Master’s degree from Dallas Theological Seminary and has published the best-selling book, Choices: For Women Who Long to Discover Life’s Best. The Farrars have three grown children and currently reside in suburban Dallas, Texas.

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