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God Bless the Crimson Tide: Devotions for the Die-Hard Alabama Fan by [Ed McMinn]

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"Pastor Ed McMinn demonstrates a unique ability to relate his knowledge of Crimson Tide athletics to spiritual truths. I learned things about Alabama athletics that I didn't know, even though I'm an athletic alumnus. Any fan of the Tide would benefi t from the bits of both worldly and spiritual wisdom contained herein. God bless and Roll Tide!" -- Pastor Alan Ward, Plainfield Baptist Church, and University of Alabama Class of '92

"A creative job of communicating the encouraging truths of God's Word through the window of Alabama's rich athletic history. From Coach Bear Bryant and gymnast Sarah Patterson to Senator Jeremiah Denton, who at one time said, 'We believe that on the eighth day the Lord created the Crimson Tide,' McMinn elevates Jesus Christ and his Word above it all!" -- Dr. Gary Cramer, director, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, University of Alabama --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

About the Author

Prior to entering ministry, Ed McMinn had a long career as a newspaperman including serving as news editor and managing editor of various newspapers throughout the southeast. He has long been involved in various community endeavors. Mr. McMinn has a degree in English from the University of Georgia. He continued his education with a MA in English, as well his Master of Theology from Emory. --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B000W5MI2Q
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Howard Books (17 August 2007)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 594 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 210 pages
  • Page numbers source ISBN ‏ : ‎ 1416541888
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Ed McMinn is the author of an ongoing series of daily devotional books that are unusual in their combination of sports and faith. As an avid college football fan, McMinn wanted to create a format combining his passion for sports with his love of God to encourage other Christians in their daily faith walk.

A devotional book for fans of any and every sport that a university has to offer, each day's devotion begins with a Bible verse and then recounts a story of a university hero, legend, tradition, or great victory and relates it to scripture. The devotion moves from a sports moment to a moment of reflection about God. McMinn tackles many everyday issues including success, living faithfully, self-esteem, work, fatherhood, relationships, and pressure.

"I was looking for an outlet to take faith into the real world; to reach sports fans with a Christian message in unexpected, but realistic places," McMinn says. "For many people, their faith is a one-day-a-week thing, maybe on Wednesday nights also, but the rest of the week it is a separate life. The point these devotional books make is that the things that you love outside of your church life are also places where God can be found."

McMinn's God Bless the Vols and God Bless the Crimson Tide were published in 2007 by Howard Books, the Christian publishing arm of Simon & Schuster. Extra Point Publishers continued the series with the publications in 2007 of Daily Devotions for Die-Hard Fans: Georgia Bulldogs and Daily Devotions for Die-Hard Fans: Auburn Tigers. In 2008, the series continued with NASCAR, Florida Gators, and Florida State Seminoles. Then in 2009, releases included Georgia Tech, South Carolina, and Clemson. More than 19 titles are currently on the schedule for the upcoming year.

As a University of Georgia alumnus, McMinn understands how strongly fans feel about their sports team and encourages Christians to feel that strongly about their faith as well.

After being called into the ministry, Ed graduated from Emory University's Candler School of Theology with a Master of Divinity. While he was in school, Ed served for three years as the pastor of two United Methodist churches in Northwest Georgia. He then served briefly as the Associate Pastor of a United Methodist church in Middle Georgia before being called to serve as the first pastor of a start-up non-denominational church in the same area. After serving the non-denom church for five years, he retired in June 2008 to pursue his love of Chrisitan devotional writing. Ed entered the ministry after an extended career as a newspaper editor and college teacher of journalism and English.

"It's all about passion," states McMinn. "I frequently am asked how I came up with the idea and all I know to say is divine inspiration. It's a joke, but also contains much truth. I am a retired pastor now and I went into the ministry very late; for most of my life I was a newspaper guy and a college teacher. That love of English and of writing has stayed with me and coupled with being a sports 'nut', the idea came to try to meld the two: college sports and God. As a matter of fact, many people tell me they get so carried away with the stories that they read straight through the whole book in a few days and then go back and treat it like a devotional."

The books are reader-friendly and non-denominational with a light but poignant theological perspective on integrating faith into other life passions.

To request Ed as a guest speaker or to schedule an interview, contact Extra Point Publishers.

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