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Finishing Strong: Going the Distance for Your Family

4.25  ·  Rating Details ·  270 Ratings  ·  37 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 (first published 1995)
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Elo Abugo
Sep 27, 2014 Elo Abugo rated it it was amazing
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.
Aude Cabaldon
Feb 24, 2013 Aude Cabaldon rated it it was amazing
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.
Nov 25, 2012 Ken rated it it was amazing
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.
Adetoye Emmanuel
Jan 02, 2016 Adetoye Emmanuel rated it it was amazing
Inspiring and it's a book for every man who wants to finish strong not only himself but with his house hold....really love this book.
Odediran Oluwatobi
Nov 27, 2012 Odediran Oluwatobi rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 09, 2012 Recy rated it it was amazing
Empowering yet humbling. A must for beggars and kings.
Neil Coulter
Feb 25, 2014 Neil Coulter rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction

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

Ricky Ganci
Jan 01, 2012 Ricky Ganci rated it did not like it
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
Omisile Olugbenga
Oct 25, 2016 Omisile Olugbenga rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Finishing strong is a choice. Christian men need to wake up and spend more time fine-tuning their character than making all the money in the world. The world seeks men of character and purpose for those are the ones that make lasting impact in this world. We are the light of the world and salt of the earth.

To raise respectable families, the man must WATCH his children grow and set for them good examples. The race must be run with two principles in mind.

1. Run the race with endurance.
2. Run the r
Feb 22, 2016 Kofi rated it really liked it
A great read that will make a strong impression on you, concerning the need to finish the difficult race of life, for yourself, your career and your family. I however didn't find the book relevant in the areas where it focused on the lure of fornication and adultery as the primary dangers men are to flee from. Our generation faces a different form of the same devil, namely pornography and fornication. Probably this classic has to be updated for current times.
Mar 30, 2014 Dennis rated it liked it
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.
Apr 16, 2015 Kay rated it it was amazing
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
Gary B
Aug 13, 2011 Gary B rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2012
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.
Sep 22, 2012 Greg rated it liked it
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.
Jun 09, 2008 Steven rated it really liked it
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 Savig
May 17, 2014 Steve Savig rated it really liked it
Shelves: studies
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.
Jun 10, 2013 Matthew rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jul 24, 2015 Gerald rated it really liked it
Finishing strong is a good book that helps you to stay on track through your life time. It's been up to seven (7) years since I read it though but I know I had a positive feeling after reading it. Hope you will enjoy it.
Luis Villasenor
Oct 05, 2009 Luis Villasenor rated it liked it
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.
Dave Woodall
Sep 29, 2007 Dave Woodall rated it really liked it
Love his description of a Masters of Character Acquistion.
- unemployment 101
- remedial waiting
- intermediate loneliness
- Advanced obscurity
Thomas Marquis
Mar 18, 2012 Thomas Marquis rated it it was amazing
This book is a must read. If your a man that is called by God to lead your house. This book is for you
Tom Martin
Feb 23, 2016 Tom Martin rated it it was amazing
This was an excellent reminder of what a man's priorities must be if he is to live as a follower of Christ and provide leadership to his family throughout the years.
Michael Vincent
Oct 06, 2015 Michael Vincent rated it really liked it
A challenging and encouraging book to help men finish well in ministry and life. "We finish strong by fixing our eyes on Jesus." p. 30.
Kevin Moore
Mar 01, 2014 Kevin Moore rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 08, 2014 Kari Eso rated it really liked it
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.
Alex Seals
Apr 04, 2010 Alex Seals rated it it was amazing
This was a school book for me which I found very insightful..a good read for anyone who is a Christian!
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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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