As a minister who has a passion to develop men into the leaders they are called to be, I was happy to select Living Life in the Zone for review. I find most men’s devotionals to be both superficial and shallow. Many either don’t address the real issues men deal with, or they give short, “cookie-cutter” answers to complex issues. Not so with Kyle Rote Jr. and Dr. Joe Pettigrew’s book. They tackle real issues ranging from faith, to family to work to temptations that men face everyday. Instead of short answers they offer a “game plan” to challenge men to be what God intended them to be. They back their daily thoughts with real stories from the worlds of sports and business that either lift up some positive role models or challenge the reader to learn from the mistakes of negative examples. The devotions strike the perfect balance between being too short to be effective, but too long to keep the attention. Each day ends with challenging questions and practical “assignments” to help men mature in their faith.
I would fully recommend this devotional to men. It is well written and easy to read. Even if they are not die-hard sports fans, the spiritual truths and practical suggestions make this devo well worth the 40 days to go through it. As with any devotional guide, it is meant to complement Bible reading, not replace it. But if a man will devote 15-20 minutes of his day to this plan, I feel they will mature in many areas.