Finishing Strong: Going the Distance for Your Family
by Steve Farrar
Bestselling author Steve Farrar has good news for the average man: it doesn't matter if you've had a great start in the Christian life, or a rough one. It doesn't matter if you've stumbled time and again, or even fallen flat on your face. What matters most in this all-important race of life is how you finish. According to Farrar, the man who hangs in there for the long hau...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published October 9th 2000 by Multnomah Books
(first published 1995)
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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...more
My friend JP loaned me this book on a Friday afternoon and I returned it to him the following Sunday at church. He said: "are you some kind of freak or something?" It was just too good to put down and I read it from cover to cover in about six hours that Friday night.
I give this book a great deal of credit for the strength of my marriage today. No marriage is bullet proof. This book is more than a flak jacket, it is a guide to how to stay away from anywhere that there are even any guns. A great read that I highly recommend.
Who'd have thought that some of the godly men mentioned in the "hall of faith" in Hebrews were NOT strong finishers? Steve makes a compelling case of what it means to finish strong, drawing from scripture and illustrated with personal experience and infused with intriguing historical and biblical references. Well worth the read and a great challenge to every man who values their role as husband, father, family and community leader.
Somewhat chauvinistic in places, as it assumes that leaders are married men with kids. The book does have some helpful and encouraging suggestions, but reads more like something for the 1980s than the 2010s. Having said that, it has to be commended for its emphasis on integrity, character, and perseverance.
I enjoyed this. I like the way Steve writes - with a mix of wisdom, story, anecdote and humour. I had intended to work through the study guide for each chapter after reading each chapter; but I only managed that for the first 3 or 4 chapters. I guess that means I won't take away from the book as much as I could have.
This book really changed my perspective on my life as a whole while allowing me to continue living it to its fullest in the moment. Good read, inspirational, yet not too preachy. It really makes you want to be a better man, not for yourself but for those around you.
Steve Farrar is the founder of Men’s Leadership Ministries. He holds a Master’s degree from Western Seminary, and an earned doctorate from Dallas Theological Seminary. Steve is the author of the best-selling book, Point Man: How a Man Can Lead His Family, God Built, Battle Ready, and True Courage. Steve Farrar resides in Texas with his family.More about Steve Farrar...