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Fields of God: Football and the Kingdom of God [Paperback]

Mark Roques , Jim Tickner
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4 April 2003
What is the 'Kingdom of God'? Is it all about souls and going to heaven? Is it all about church and church-based activities? Tackling the often-confusing subject of the Kingdom of God, Mark Roques introduces us to 'this crunch concept' by exploring the colourful and entertaining world of football.

This humorous and thought provoking book explores the relationship between football and Jesus teaching on the Kingdom of God. Full of amusing stories and modern day parables the book is ideal for football fans and general readers alike.

Combining New Testament teaching with philosophy and football fun, Fields of God presents a fresh and exciting interpretation of the gospel. Jesus may not have talked about football, but his teaching does have important implications in all aspects of our life: church is just 'one small slice of the action'.

So whether football fan or not, sit back and enjoy this thought-provoking, humorous and altogether different book. The final score? The Supreme Supremo 1, Boffins 0!


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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Authentic Lifestyle (4 April 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1850785066
  • ISBN-13: 978-1850785064
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 13 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 836,847 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a crisp volley for god 9 July 2003
As a football wary wife I approached this book with some trepidation but soon found myself enjoying its lucid and witty style.
Without pretension the authors set about clarifying the true meaning of god's kingdom using the arena of football to illustrate that Jesus's words have implications even for this sphere of life.
They then extend their argument to make it clear that Jesus lays claim to all creation, both now and in the future.
I learnt a great deal about The teachings of Jesus on this important topic and can now even explain what constitutes a dragback.
a great read and particularly suitable for group study.
louisa Jenkins
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5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant volley for God 2 July 2003
The two authors approach their subject with unusual verve and vivacity. As a christian with limited knowledge of what my husband refers to as 'the beautiful game' i was able to learn a little about football and considerably more about the Kingdom of God.
There do not seem to be many popular books about this crucial subject and i was both entertained and educated by the breezy and lucid style of the authors.
There basic remit seems to be that the Christian community has all too often misunderstood this central aspect of the teachings of Christ. In straightforward steps they explain the common errors and then go on to open up an exciting understanding of the Kingdom. In particular they stress the importance of the Christian world and life view for the game of football and then extend this idea to make it clear that Christ claims every inch of the Creation and the life in it as his own.
The concluding chapter describing the future of a redeemed creation populated by humans, angels, gazelles, rhinos etc is wonderfully entertaining and affirming. This book would make a great subject for debate and discussion in a housegroup or can be enjoyed as a rollicking read in its own right. Enjoy!!
Louisa Jenkins
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Soccer in heaven? 16 Sep 2005
This has to be the most original Christian book I have ever read. Full marks to the authors for producing a book to link Christian faith with the beautiful game. This book is theologically profound and erudite about football too, racey and very colloquial.. It is written from a reformed evangelical perspective giving us no mere gospel presentation but a look at creation, the cultural masndate, the flow of redemption history and the coming of the kingdom with realised eschatology. This is done with everything illustrated from the soccer world. Here you will meet soccer heroes and villains and marvel to ponder how the game would be if played according to the way of the kingdom of God.
Here is Christian faith that touches all of life. Pietistic, here called platonist Christianity, is exposed as short-changing the full message of the kingdom.
If you love the gospel and football, this book is for you. If you want to know how to use the contemporary scene of fooball for sermon illustrations, here is a gold mine. I think it has evangelistic potential too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars my 2 favourite subjects 22 May 2003
By adam
ever wonder whether we would be playing football in the kingdom of God and how it would be played. Roques uses his passion for the beautiful game to demonstrate just how much God loves us and football and how the game should really be played.
A great read and eye opening too. highly recommended to anyone who holds football as a passion and wants to know which team God supports.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Most Worthwhile Discussion 4 Sep 2011
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Not only a good discussion of football (soccer) but also a trenchant description of the problematic stance which churches in the Christian tradition take to their own religion. Here is a good book that helps serious young Christians understand something of the deep spiritual challenge of consumerism and the way in which this alternative religion compromises "the beautiful game".
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