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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (108 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Chad Gibbs Narrator: Chad Gibbs Publisher: HarperCollins Christian Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2010 ISBN: 9780310589860
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At the age of 8, Chad Gibbs attended his first Southeastern Conference football game. Since then he has been in a constant battle to not let his love of all things pigskin consume him. As a Christian, Gibbs knows he cannot serve two masters, but at times his faith is overwhelmed by his fanaticism. He is not alone. In 2008 over six million people attended an SEC football game. They spend thousands on season tickets, donate millions to athletic departments, and for three months a year order their entire lives around the schedule of their favorite team. Gibbs and his six million friends do not live in a spiritually void land where such borderline idol worship would normally be accepted. They live in the American South, where according to the 2008 American Religious Identification Survey, 84 percent identify themselves as Christians. This apparent contradiction that Gibbs sees in his own life, and in millions of others, has led him to journey to each of the twelve schools to spend time with rabid, Christian fans of various ages and denominations. Through his journey he hopes to learn how others are able to balance their passion for their team with their devotion to God. And if Gibbs learns others are just as messed up as he is, at least he will know he is not alone. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steve King | 12/18/2013

    " I loved this book. One of the best I have read this year. A humorous view on how to keep a person's faith and their love of their college football team in perspective. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Annie | 12/10/2013

    " I'm having such a good time reading this book... so many LOL moments. A must for SEC football fans. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Matthew Hinshaw | 12/8/2013

    " Great subject matter, good writing but I wish that the approach had been more in-depth. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jonathon Cody | 11/13/2013

    " I was introduced to this book by a close friend and I would highly recommend it. The book will keep you glued to it and laughing the entire time. Anyone interested in souther culture and how it relates to the South Eastern Conference should read this book "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary Ann | 11/5/2013

    " I loved this book. I love Chad Gibbs' humor and writing style, and of course the topic hits very close to home as well. His accounts of his trips to each SEC city/town are priceless. Highly recommend this book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ben Zajdel | 9/12/2013

    " Really good book. Humorous and insightful, though I would have liked to see Chad expound on some of his ideas a little more. He's a great writer, and this topic is incredibly relevant to those of us who live in the South. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Doug Sullivan | 4/5/2013

    " Fantastically funny little book on the fervor of football fanatics and where all that rates in light of spiritual life. A little too self-deprecating regarding the faith of the believer for my taste. But I suppose it is criticism well earned when reminded of how disproportionate our passions can be "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Damecatoe | 2/4/2013

    " I don't even LIKE football, and yet I didn't want this book to end. I can think of no better way to sum up how much I enjoyed this. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julie | 9/11/2012

    " I loved this book, and if you love football and God, you will too. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Betsy | 9/2/2012

    " This book was a lot of fun. Being an avid South Carolina fan I was amazed how he just nailed the aura of a Gamecocks Saturday. With the way Auburn is performing this year, maybe the Good Lord likes this book too! ;) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 2/3/2012

    " The author visited each SEC school for a game during the 2009 season and went to a church in each town on the following Sunday. The book contains thoughts on football being more of a religion to people in the south than their actual religion. Thought provoking. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 April Bailey | 1/11/2012

    " Absolutely loved this book. Being a Christian and also a big football fan it really made me look at priorities in my own life. Some parts of the book I was laughing so hard i was crying. Very good book that I would recommend to any football fan. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 12/25/2011

    " I'm not really a religious person, so his constant references got a bit old. He seemed to repeat the same references as well. Overall, I enjoyed it because it dealt with the SEC and he definitely had me laughing hysterically at parts. I must say I preferred Rammer Jammer Yellow Hammer to this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Craig Childs | 11/24/2011

    " Fun and thought-provoking... but mostly just fun "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Catherine Sandy | 8/25/2011

    " It was ok. Since I'm not an avid fan like the author, I really don't have a problem with making football my Idol. In the whole scheme of things, it's just a game. When it's over, it's over! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Craig | 4/30/2011

    " Fun and thought-provoking... but mostly just fun "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 12/19/2010

    " The author visited each SEC school for a game during the 2009 season and went to a church in each town on the following Sunday. The book contains thoughts on football being more of a religion to people in the south than their actual religion. Thought provoking. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Betsy | 9/22/2010

    " This book was a lot of fun. Being an avid South Carolina fan I was amazed how he just nailed the aura of a Gamecocks Saturday. With the way Auburn is performing this year, maybe the Good Lord likes this book too! ;) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 April | 9/6/2010

    " Absolutely loved this book. Being a Christian and also a big football fan it really made me look at priorities in my own life. Some parts of the book I was laughing so hard i was crying. Very good book that I would recommend to any football fan. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 8/29/2010

    " I'm not really a religious person, so his constant references got a bit old. He seemed to repeat the same references as well. Overall, I enjoyed it because it dealt with the SEC and he definitely had me laughing hysterically at parts. I must say I preferred Rammer Jammer Yellow Hammer to this book. "

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