Book Review: Walk On
So glad to be on another launch team with Waterbrook and Multnomah, to read a copy of Ben Malcolmson's book and review it here for all of you. I remember sitting on my couch watching the Superbowl 49 with the Seahawks defending their Super Bowl win the second year in a row in that big arena. I recall cheering for the Seahawks, although, they are not my NFL football team, I'm a Cowboy fan most days. That lost for the Seahawks was such a crazy ending for the game that was very entertaining to watch all the way to the end.
Ben Malcolmson, who I was unaware of before, depicts what it was like being a part of the moment. He takes the time and circles back to his life before the Seahawks and his role working with Coach Pete Carroll. It was a relatable story. His faith shines through all the opportunities and disappointments. This theme is painted throughout Ben's story, "I never know what God might surprise me with, I aim to approach each day with a hopeful expectation that He has a great purpose for my life" (Malcolmson, 2018, p. 202).
It is a real honest telling of what goes on in your head at times, when things are good, when one's proirities are out of whack, or when things are going excellent before hitting a bump, the feelings of being overwhelmed, so many different responses that can occur through various highs and lows. He shares so much, and talks about so many different emotions and struggles that I could relate to. The unique thing about how he writes his story is the theme of faith, although he has all sorts of ups and downs, and setbacks, He brings it back to the goodness of God. He takes each struggle he shares and relates it to a verse or story from the bible, and he challenges the reader with a question. Probably some of the questions he asked himself, in those moments.
Such a timely read, it was encouraging to me, and refreshing. I paced myself to read a chapter a day until I finish it. Everyday I picked up the book it was exactly what I needed to read and the questions and verse related to something I was or someone I knew was thinking or praying about. It is a good read. You'll especially appreciate it if you're a sports fan or an inspiring writer, even if you aren't it is a good read regardless.
Walk On by Ben Malcolmson is available wherever books are sold, be sure to get a copy.