I picked up Finishing Strong from a free giveaway shelf last week. I love the adventure of trying a book that I didn't deliberately choose nor pay anything for. My expectations of this book were not high. I assumed I was in for a quick review of basic advice for righteous living. I hoped that it wouldn't be full of references to sports and assumptions that Christian men are mindless. I was a little worried when the first sentence of the Acknowledgments opens like this: "Basketball, football, and baseball are team sports" (ix). I was a bit more worried when I moved on to the first sentence of Chapter One: "The year 1994 was a great year for the NBA draft" (3). Uh-oh.
It turns out the bulk of the book moves past sports analogies and stories. Steve Farrar is solidly in the genre I think of as Regular Guy Prose. This voice is employed frequently by Christian authors writing to a male audience. It's a stance that says "I've got some things I want to tell you, guys, but hey, I'm not like way far above you in knowledge or anything; I'm just a regular guy like you." The style of Finishing Strong puts Farrar in the same general category as Max Lucado, Stu Weber, and other popular Christian authors. Like those authors, Farrar tends to open each chapter with a story, often from the Bible, and then draws big-picture principles out of that story. It wasn't the worst book of its kind that I've read, but it is not very memorable, either. I'm not a really big fan of Regular Guy Prose, and a little bit goes a long way for me.
My favorite line from the book: "I have one small criticism, however, about evangelical Christianity, and it is this. We tend sometimes to confuse spirituality with weirdness. And the weirder the behavior, the more 'spiritual' it must be" (36). Farrar really won me over with that line.
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This book was very difficult to read, and, I’m sorry to say, ultimately unsatisfying. Farrar is not a very good writer. It had its moments, and some very interesting stories, but its encouragement and message were painfully diluted with an unclear thesis and loose and undefined terminology. It took until the last chapter for the author to clearly and concisely define what the words “finish strong” actually meant to him. I agree with him on some counts, and disagree with him on others. He spends a whole lot of time talking about Satan and his plans for my life, and never really shines through with the truth that God’s plans outweigh and overpower those. He makes a good point in repeating that fixing our eyes upon Christ is the way to live a full and moral life, but forgets to acknowledge how difficult that can be in the midst of everything, and, in doing so, sort of oversimplifies some of his ideas. The notion to be perseverant in the things we do with our lives, and indeed, with our lives themselves is so crucial, and that theme redeems this book to readability and sensibility. I would definitely not study it again, and would rather explore something a little less minimalistic like The Ragamuffin Gospel or For Men Only. I found it kind of impractical.
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