By every indication, American football is the country’s most-watched and most-loved sport. No sport or hardly anything else produces the kind of excitement, hope, and die-hard passion that the dawning of a new football season does each time it rolls around yearly. Though football has its fair share of detractors, according to national bestselling author Daniel Whyte III, it is also the one sport that most gives glory to God while providing lessons — both spiritual and physical — for the life God has given mankind. In his short but inspirational new book, God Receives Glory Even from Football, Whyte points out how football is analogous to real life and draws on the spiritual parallels between real life and life on the gridiron, encouraging readers who love football to transfer the dynamic energy and lessons learned from the field into their own lives so they can win the battles therein and make it victoriously.
In the introduction to the book, Whyte writes, “As we commemorate one hundred years of football in America, I thought of how many prayers have gone up before a football game and during a football game, how many times someone has given God the glory for success in football. I thought of all of the scenes down through the years of people such as Reggie White and others gathering together the home team and the visiting team at the end of a game in the center of the field for prayer; how many heads bowed in prayer in the stadium of thousands when somebody got injured; how many teams led by Christian coaches who did extraordinarily well; how many teams led by Christian players who did extraordinarily well; how many people have heard the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ from the testimony of a coach or a player who said, “Jesus Christ is my Saviour and I give Him the glory for this success.” I thought about how many souls have seen John 3:16 at the end of the end zone so that they can read the Gospel for themselves and have a chance at being saved. I thought I would put together a little easy reading book, somewhat of a devotional, titled: God Receives Glory Even From Football: Spiritual Parallels Between Real Life and Life on the Gridiron.”
- A New Football Season in Life is Analogous to a Revival of Hope
- A Good Tackle in Life is Analogous to Engagement with the Enemy
- Punt in Life is Analogous to Rest, Re-Group, to Re-Join the Attack
- Penalties in Life Are Analogous to Crossing the Line and Violating God’s Word; We Suffer Setbacks in Life That Hinder our Path to Victory
- Football in Life is Analogous to the Fight in Life, the Struggle in Life
- Touchdowns in Life are Analogous to Major Accomplishments on the Way to Ultimate Victory
God Receives Glory Even from Football is available now on Amazon Kindle.
Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and Amazon.com national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men.
He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week.
He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts. He preached the Gospel for 100 days straight leading up to the 2012 election, and he preached the Gospel for 367 days straight throughout the controversial 2016 presidential election season.
He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree. He holds a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College.
He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.