What really matters in life? Is life about working and living well in retirement? If so, then so many people aren’t focusing on that. Instead, I believe life is really about making things count for eternity. Patterson’s book was informative but not very practical. It seemed to focus on one word, “agon” which is translated in Luke 13:24 as “work hard”, “strive”, “make every effort” and carries with it the image of an athletic contest like boxing or wrestling. Thus, Patterson, uses the illustration of a disciplined athlete to show how a believer must be disciplined in his spiritual walk and faith.
While this book did not impress me and I was very disappointed by it, one quote did stand out for me about the difference between God’s desire for us, and Satan’s desire to trap us, or twist God’s words around. “Archbishop William Temple said the world is like a jewelry store that has been broken into by vandals, who have not stolen anything, but simply switched the price tags so that cheap and tawdry things are priced highly, and precious things priced cheaply or discarded as worthless” (page 198)
I received this book free from Tyndale for the purpose of this review.