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Finishing Strong: Going the Distance for Your Family

4.2 of 5 stars 4.20  ·  rating details  ·  205 ratings  ·  28 reviews
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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Neil Coulter

I picked up Finishing Strong from a free giveaway shelf last week. I love the adventure of trying a book that I didn't deliberately choose nor pay anything for. My expectations of this book were not high. I assumed I was in for a quick review of basic advice for righteous living. I hoped that it wouldn't be full of references to sports and assumptions that Christian men are mindless. I was a little worried when the first sentence of the Acknowledgments opens like this: "Basketball, football, and

Aude Cabaldon
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.
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.
Odediran Oluwatobi
Read the book once and has decided to keep reading it every year. It has really opened my eyes to quite a number of life issues. God bless Steve Farrar
Elo Abugo
I recommend this for every, I mean every Christian to read!!!

If you don't want to read any book, this should be the only one you read.
Empowering yet humbling. A must for beggars and kings.
Ricky Ganci
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
It's a quick read as it's definitely written in simple language. It's loaded with quotations and repetition, but in the end it does make some great points about living a Christian life and being successful to the end. The biggest takeaways from this book for me are: have a vision for your life and follow through, stay away from women who are not your wife, be on the lookout for the devil... he's out to get you and he's very patient.
Kayode Agboola
i cant give this book anything less than 5 stars, the saying "never judge a book by its cover" directly applies to this book, i saw it in my sister's house, the cover page was not really appealling to me but the content is loaded, i recommend this book for every christians out there aspiring to finish the race of faith in christ
Kevin Moore
It had some very great illustrations and even though I read it more than ten years ago, It leaves me with a desire to live my life with endurance and character.
Kari Eso
This book is definitely written to men, but I read it as part of a course. Nonetheless, I was still able to take away the point of the book, which is finishing strong.
Excellent read.
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.
Gary B
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.
Steve Savig
Tuesday morning Men's Breakfast w/ Peter Way, Terry Podmore, Glenn Gilbert, Bob Peterson, Ardin Wright, Rob Kingsley, Dean Anderson, Bob Licko, Greg Anderson, Tim Puffpaff
Inspired by guest speaker Les Avery. Too many Christians fall away or grow distant from God.
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.
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.
Dave Woodall
Love his description of a Masters of Character Acquistion.
- unemployment 101
- remedial waiting
- intermediate loneliness
- Advanced obscurity
Luis Villasenor
Oct 05, 2009 Luis Villasenor rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Christian Fathers
Steve Farrar does it again. I love the way he writes. He is very relatable. Easy to read but very insightful.
Alex Seals
This was a school book for me which I found very insightful..a good read for anyone who is a Christian!
Thomas Marquis
This book is a must read. If your a man that is called by God to lead your house. This book is for you
Jeff Noble
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High opener especially the character study part
Very good book. Convicting and practical.
really good. life-changing!
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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.
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