Warriors: Every Man Matters by Michael Obermire and Gary Zelesky
Warriors is a collection of stories for men, about men, by men. Some of these shorts are fictional, some biographical, and some are allegorical. There are sports stories, personal reflections, adventures, stories of fathers, husbands, sons and more. The twenty-six chapters are brief but varied. The central theme is how God meets each man where he is and calls the man to be His warrior.
“Warriors, everyday guys like you and me, are needed to demand honesty, integrity, and character in our families. Warriors create a positive, loving, compassionate, and forgiving way of life for their family and community. Warriors determine right from wrong, and stand on the side of right, whenever, wherever, and against whoever chooses to be on the side which is wrong. Warriors win because they have to; it is their family they are fighting for.”
Each chapter of this book begins with a short story followed by a segment, “Thoughts for Warriors”. Some of these thoughts are personal experiences shared by one of the authors. There are points to consider and questions to ask yourself to help the reader dig deeper. Finally, the author shares a related verse of Scripture.
Some of the stories are meant to create mental images to help us understand a concept. Some of the stories are written to encourage us and to make us think. A few were even written to shock us out of our complacency…to face a stark reality. One of my favorites of this nature is “The Pit and the Ladder”. It is a narration in the present tense that immediately made me wonder if this was someone’s nightmare. It was downright creepy, but the allegory made a point that will stay with me a long time. “War” was another tale that took me by surprise.
The authors do not waste the reader’s time with lengthy, pointless theoretical discussions. That’s one of the things I like most about this collection. The authors keep the topics centered on what is most important in life, driving home the points starkly and bluntly. The reader can choose to use this book as a devotional, reading one chapter at a time over a period of time. Or one can skip around in any order and read what catches the eye first. The book is short enough to be read in one or two sittings–your choice.
The book should be shared with friends–one warrior to another. My prayer is that after reading this each person will be encouraged, stand a little bit taller with resolve to be the best warrior for God they can be. I give this book five stars for relevance and excellent storytelling ability.
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