Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Ordering Our Steps 2: Focused on Christ



Ordering Our Steps 2: Focused on Christ Paperback – July 15, 2021

Building upon the success of his first book, Leo Sayles’ second book in the series, Ordering Our Steps: Focused on Christ follows the same 31-day sports devotional format that will inspire athletes, coaches and sports enthusiasts of any age. The devotions cover a wide range of sports moments and characteristics associated with athletics, as well as experiences from Sayles' personal life. Each devotion includes a key verse, sports illustration, and brief study of the scripture passage for the day. For more in-depth study, follow up questions and similar passages are included. The 31-day format allows individuals, groups, and teams to utilize the book in a month-long study.


Editorial Reviews


"In this engaging, comprehensive, and highly useful devotional, Coach Sayles has equipped athletes, coaches, and anyone else looking for a reliable guide through the treasures of biblical truth.  It is packed with Scripture, focused on the gospel, and infused with the warm encouragements of a seasoned pastor and coach.  Your soul is in for a treat."
 ~ Paul J. McNulty, President, Grove City College
"I love the way these devotions bring to life the deep connection between faith and sport through inspirational stories and practical application. This book is grounded in the Word and an exceptional tool to spur on the coach, the athlete, and the sports fan. "
~Jeremiah Head, Co-creator of ROMWOD, CrossFit Competitor 

"Leo Sayles has distilled a lifetime of Godly wisdom and experience into succinct devotionals valuable to everyone "with ears to hear and eyes to see."   These insights will be particularly meaningful to athletes who have disciplined their minds and bodies to perform at exceptional levels, both as individuals and particularly as part of a team, which is a fitting analogy to how we pursue eternal values as the body of Christ.  Coach Sayles provides a valuable contribution to the intersection of faith and athletics, one I wish I had when I was a college athlete years ago!"
~ John S. Pistole, President, Anderson University (IN)
"Leo has produced yet another great devotional for coaches and athletes! From Corrie Ten Boom to Dabo Swinney. From Kevin Durant to the Apostle Paul, Coach Sayles has demonstrated once more that we can take lessons from everyday situations and apply them to ours in a manner that will bring us closer to God! Anyone involved with sports will benefit from reading and meditating on each devotional."
~ Giancarlo Lemmi, Host of The Christian Coach Podcast, Women's Tennis - Associate Head Coach, Liberty University

No doubt, sports often reflects real life, and Coach Sayles has done a masterful job of taking the demands and challenges of competition, the skills and effort necessary to excel on the field or court, and the "passion and poise" it takes to win the game and win at life, and tying it all to biblical, life principles applicable in the only arena that really counts - a purposeful, Christ-centered, Christ-honoring life. That's where real success happens. Ordering Our Steps, Book 2  is an effective tool for every coach who wants to communicate truth to his/her team beyond the X's and O's - biblical truth that will make a positive impact in the lives of both players and staff long after the final whistle is blown. 

~ Sanford Zensen, PhD., DMin., Athletics Director and Professor of Christian Studies (retired), Bryan College, Dayton, TN. Author of  Living Deep in a Shallow World and On the Wall with Sword and Trowel

"As a former player of Coach Sayles', I was thrilled to have the chance to sit under his coaching once again through Ordering Our Steps Book 2: Focused on Christ. So many devotions these days focus on finding the good life, helping you feel better about yourself, or getting the most out of God. In contrast, Sayles focuses on exulting Christ as the highest aim of the Christian life. Starting with a high view of scripture, OOS leads readers through 31 days of considering how they might use their gifts to lift high the name of Christ. "Regardless of the potential outcome, no matter the cost, Christ calls us to use the platform He has provided us for His glory." New believers and those who have walked with  God for some time will be equally encouraged to look unto Christ as they strive toward the upward call! "

~ Dr. Mitch Hopewell, Provost & Chief Academic Officer and Dean of Online Learning, The Master's University
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From the Back Cover

Leo Sayles beautifully blends wisdom from his position as a coach and athletic director, years of interacting with both athletes and coaches at the intersection of faith and sport, and a strong biblical foundation to produce the devotionals in his newest look, "Ordering Our Steps 2: Focused on Christ."  These devotional readings will strengthen, equip, and encourage anyone looking to better integrate the faith they proclaim with the sport they play. 
-Brian Smith, author of "The Assist; A Gospel-Centered Guide to Glorifying God Through Sports."
Coach Leo Sayles has a true gift for taking The Gospel and applying it to the sports world. This gift allows coaches, student athletes and all sports fans to appreciate God's word even more. He truly understands the importance of not just coaching a skill set with his team, but coaching the heart of the athlete taking their game, and life, to a higher level. Athletes that attend our Game On Sports Camps and that are involved with our on campus TEAM ministry are pleased to receive "Ordering Our Steps" for of these reasons.-Marty Martinosky, President and Founder, Game Changer Sports Ministry.

Product Details

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Bowker (July 15, 2021)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 143 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0578932792
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0578932798
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 7.5 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 5.06 x 0.33 x 7.81 inches