Hand on the Line – Challenging Men to Follow God’s Call
By: Steve Wisniewski with Jeff Rostocil
Destiny Image Publishers, Inc., P. O. Box 510, Shippensburg, PA 17257978 076840865, $ 16.99, 2015, 296 pages
Reviewed by Richard R. Blake
An Athlete on the Gridiron, and a Gladiator in Facing Spiritual Trials
“Hand on the Line – Challenging Men to Follow God’s Call” is Steve Wisniewski’s personal testimony of pursuing God with reckless abandon.
The book is packed with powerful analogies comparing the disciplines required for success in sports arena with those comparable spiritual disciplines and the cost of discipleship after becoming a follower of Jesus. He also discusses the similarity of camaraderie and the sense of community among team members and the common sense of brotherhood, unity, and shared devotion among Christian brothers who experience a mutual faith in Christ.
I especially like the “Chalk Talks” feature at the end of each chapter in which Steve asks the reader to consider “pointed questions” regarding handling routine matters like stress, disappointment, or failures. These questions follow the progression of Steve’s own faith journey with more probing questions of trust, commitment, finding God’s will, and an honest appraisal of personal spiritual progress, counting the cost of obedience, and investing your life in God’s service. These questions become an excellent resource tool and can easily be adapted for mentoring, discipleship building, or for men’s Bible study groups.
Wisniewski is an advocate for a strong emphasis on the mission of evangelism as evidenced with a bold natural “overflowing” witness. The book is well written, deeply spiritual packed with stories and truths and insight into “football and faith” with practical personal life applications for men of every age and faith. Steve is open, genuine, sincere, and exemplary in his Christian walk.
“Hand on the Line – Challenging Men to Follow God’s Call” is a book I plan to recommend to my sons, my brothers, and my friends. It is a powerful testimony of finding and following God’s destiny, unique purpose, and life calling.
A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review purposes. The opinions expressed are my own.