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Love Thy Rival: What Sports' Greatest Rivals Teach Us About Loving Our Enemies

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In his first book, the best-selling God & Football: Faith and Fanaticism in the SEC, humorist Chad Gibbs explored his own struggles to balance faith in God with passion for pigskin. Now Gibbs is back asking how Christian fans can love their enemies, when we can't even love rival fans.

From the cross-country culture war of Lakers vs Celtics, to the cross-state hate-fest
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Paperback, 238 pages
Published August 27th 2012 by Blue Moon Books (first published August 14th 2012)
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Lance
Jul 24, 2013 Lance rated it really liked it
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Author Chad Gibbs travels to many different games to understand why fans behave the way they do when their favorite team is about to face their rivals. Gibbs is caught up in this himself, as he is a fan of the Auburn Tigers football team and the annual “Iron Bowl” game against the University of Alabama is one of the fierce rivalries he writes about in this book.

While there is description of the history of each rivalry and he does describe (sometimes very briefly, sometimes in depth) the a
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Clay Morgan
Jan 19, 2013 Clay Morgan rated it it was amazing
Chad Gibbs is the type of author who could write about anything and make it interesting. But combine his quest for meaning with his love of sports and you get a winning combination. In Love Thy Rival Chad trots the globe in search for the greatest rivalries in sport, where they came from, and what they do to us. He explores the nature of true hate versus the hate of fandom to see what we can learn about loving our enemies, even if they root for the other team. Great read. Couldn't stop reading.
Paul
Jul 13, 2015 Paul rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sports-general
It was okay. Yes, it was about the different rivalries, but having read the previous "God and Football" I felt this was somewhat a disappointment and the rivalries here didn't really include more, just the most "well known" ones (well I thought a number were missed). In reading this book I was wondering whether this book was on the different rivalries or really looking into the issue of loving rivals. I felt the first book was clearer in what the author set out to accomplish. This one was a mere ...more
Phil Barnes
Jul 19, 2015 Phil Barnes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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You will enjoy reading this book if you like sports - especially if you are interested in rivalries. It might, however, convict you if you take those rivalries a little too seriously.
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Having trouble getting in this one mostly because it's male bonding in male sports. I'll get there...
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Chad Gibbs is the best-selling (Okay, regional best-selling) author of God & Football: Faith an Fanaticism in the SEC. He has written for CNN, The Washington Post, and RELEVANT Magazine, and has made numerous (Okay, three) appearances on ESPN. Gibbs and his wife currently reside in Alabama with their son and two dogs, Harper and Bob Vance.
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