Friday, September 06, 2013

Book Review: I Call Shotgun

I had the pleasure to read I Call Shotgun by Tommy Newberry and Curt Beavers.

Each chapter of Shotgun was written by two dads of boys in a letter format. I chose to read and review this book as a proponent of men leading boys into becoming great men and the future leaders of our world. I liked the premise as I read the Introduction that this book could be read straight through or you could go to a specific chapter that maybe you need to address with your son(s).

As I read, I found the advice to not just be trite, surface-y sayings, but serious delving into issues that boys will very likely deal with. Newberry and Beavers' advice was very good. Very Biblical, honest, filled with truth, and I found myself agreeing with a lot of what they share with their sons in these pages.

I Call Shotgun is going to be very handy as I raise my own son, Jordan. Some of these chapters I will probably hand Jordan the book and have him read what they said.

Some of my favorite chapters were:
Do Courageous Things
Appreciate What You Have
Treasure America's Personality
Work Harder Than Anyone Else
Seek God First...Every Day
Learn How To Read The Bible
Revere Our Founding Principles (Wow! What a great chapter!!!)
Memorize Bible Verses
Marriage Is A Covenant (Just heard a sermon about this one)
Believe In Free Enterprise
Stay Humble
Worship God, Not The Earth
Fight Against Socialism
Laugh At Political Correctness
After You Screw Up, Step Up

There are so many more letters of advice that I loved even though I didn't list them. I highly recommend reading I Call Shotgun. It is a book full of great advice and I found myself shouting in agreement with much of what the authors wrote. Please pick up this book! I could post a lot of quotes I loved but I don't want to spoil it for you. I will post one quote I liked from chapter 43:

"Don't allow yourself to be deceived, son. Look at the world and inventory your gifts, your challenges, and your circumstances. Take a look at reality and ask God for wisdom as you move ahead. Then step forward as he gives you direction." Great advice. Solomon asked for wisdom and God blessed him with more than he could ever dream of. I hope to pass on such words to my son (and daughter). It takes prayer, courage, wisdom, trust, and grace to move and live in our world. I Call Shotgun is a manual (outside of the Bible) to help us guide our sons (and daughters).

I received this book free from the Thomas Nelson Publisher's Booksneeze review program. I was not required to write a favorable review. I was only asked to be honest. The words are my own.