Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Review: Rich Froning's "First: What It Takes to Win"

Author: Rich Froning
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

This book is so much more than an athlete's biography. Rich Froning delves into his battle with pride, his family values, and what drives him to do what he does. Complete with scripture that he relies on to keep him grounded and focused, this book is a must-read for the Christian athlete. I would encourage EVERYONE - CrossFitter, Christian, or not - to give this one a go. It's easy to read, and I managed to finish it in about 6 hours (reading straight through). Froning is a genuine guy... Josh was able to spend some time with him at a competition we went to in January of this year. While he doesn't do many (if any) smaller competitions during the year, he attended this one - a fundraiser for orphans. The 2013 Games are in full swing as we speak - you can check out the coverage schedule here. I don't think anyone is more deserving of a 3 time, back-to-back championship and title of "The Fittest on Earth" than this guy.

345# clean at Love+1 fundraiser
Man-hug. Josh was 3rd behind Rich and his buddy Thomas Cox
in the clean ladder, so he got some love.
Book Cover 
 Best photo displaying his Galatians 6:14 tattoo. "May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world."
Favorite Excerpts:
"Colossians 3:23 says, 'Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men.' To me, that should motivate Christians to give their all - whether it's at the Games, in a gym busting their butts in a workout, competing in another sport, or working a desk job. The point is, whatever you do should be done for God's glory, not yours."
"The Games didn't make CrossFit; CrossFit made the Games."
"I found my purpose in living to glorify God, not in competing to bring glory to myself. I found my identity not in a sport where I was one injury or one superior athlete away from people forgetting who I was, but in Christ, who gave His life for me so that I could spend eternity with Him."
"It was a rope that exposed two of my weaknesses. One was obvious to CrossFit fans around the world. The other, more important one was visible only to me within my own heart. The first weakness was corrected by learning how to hold on properly; the second was corrected by learning how to let go. As I began to dig deeper into the Bible, I let ho of my pride and found my purpose in God. The rope defined me until God's Word refined me. And what God's Word has taught me is that the key to truly winning is not to be first. The key to winning is to put God first."

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