Monday, November 5, 2018

Features in Faith: Everyday People’s Experiences with God by Blake Sebring

  • Features in Faith
  • Blake Sebring
  • Paperback: 220 pages
  • Publisher: Independently published (October 14, 2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1728772575
  • ISBN-13: 978-1728772578
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches


Have you ever wondered how God works in practical ways in today’s world? Blake Sebring has spent 30 years telling stories about real people. He’s heard stories of courage, redemption, persistence and overcoming challenges. But the ones that have affected him the most were the stories of faith. 

In this book, you’ll find a collection of real-life testimonies from people of all walks and demographics of life — including teachers, police officers, former addicts, celebrities, nurses, veterans, children and parents — but most are athletes. Just like the rest of life, athletic competition is often about faith in yourself and your teammates … and why not also in your God, who allows you to do all things?

 Participation in athletics teaches many life lessons; sometimes these lessons are about spiritual belief. These stories examine the faith and experiences of world-renowned athletes like Olympians Lloy Ball, DeDee Nathan and Sharon Wichman-Jones; Pro Football Hall of Fame member Rod Woodson; and world soccer star DaMarcus Beasley. But they also show regular, next-door-type people sharing stories of how God inspires them — and how God can influence your life. 

Sebring’s accounts, while written from Fort Wayne, Ind., come from Anytown, U.S.A. They are events that could happen anywhere. Delivered in devotional-style short stories, they provide real-world examples that may answer a few of your questions and even inspire you to see faith at work in your own life.

My Thoughts

I don’t know about you but love stories where people and teams beat the odds and this compilation by Blake Sebring is a little bit about that but is more about the credit they give to how they ended up where they are.

Yes! There are so many inspirational stories which  Sebring coins his taps on the shoulder from God. The forward is by Don Wharton whose stepdad was Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman Len Wharton.

It would be honest to state that I've spent a fair amount of time in Fort Wayne which is what initially drew me to this read.

You’ll see sentences like, “He loves the game of hockey and he loves to play.”  And if you’re like me, you nod your head, because you know many people who feel that way.

The Psalms state that when the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears and delivers them out of all their trouble. The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.

It's very possible that you may have watched the miracle on ice, met that Pro Hall of Famer or saw the world soccer star on television.  

Perhaps the book is more personal and you remember the child's birth or had fond conversations, over coffee, with the veteran. 

Either way, Sebring is a great storyteller and he recognizes extraordinary events in the lives of people who've shared their features in faith. 


About the Author

A native of Fort Wayne, Blake Sebring covered the Fort Wayne Komets' beat for 28 seasons, covering more than 1,500 hockey games, and is one of only four men to cover the team over 60 years for The News-Sentinel. Besides legendary sports editor Bud Gallmeier's 35 years, no one in newspapers covered the Komets longer. 

"Features in Faith" is his 10th book. He is also the author of six sports nonfiction books, including ``Fort Wayne Sports History,'' ``Tales of the Komets," ``Legends of the Komets," ``Live From Radio Rinkside: The Bob Chase Story,'' ``The Greatest Mistake I Never Made" and ``On To The Show." His first novel was ``The Lake Effect,'' followed by "Homecoming Game" and then "Lethal Ghost.

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