Facing the Blitz by Jeff KempMy dad used to tell me to hope for the best, prepare for the worst, and expect the unexpected. While you cannot choose what will happen to you most of the time you can choose how you will respond to what does. Life throws curve balls. You need to learn to catch them and throw them back. Like a blitz in football, surprises, though you know they can happen, can sneak up on you when you least expect it.

Jeff Kemp, former NFL quarterback and now vice president of FamilyLife, is no stranger to the blitzes both on and off the field. Kemp had a successful 11 year career as a quarterback playing for some great time like the Eagles and 49ers. Since 2012 he has been working with FamilyLife as a speaker and networker as he seeks to strengthen families through Christ. In his book Facing the Blitz: Three Strategies for Turning Trials Into Triumphs, Jeff Kemp shares three strategies to handle the blitzes of life that he has learned in his own life.

In football “a blitz is what happens when an excessive number of defensive players approach the line of scrimmage with the intention of rushing the quarterback and sacking him for a significant loss in yards.” (23) Using the analogy of a blitz, Kemp lays out three strategies for recovering from and responding to the blitzes of life: (1) take the long-term view, (2) be willing to change, and (3) reach out to others. The blitzes of life could be a death in the family, the loss of a business, the death of a dream, a broken marriage, missed opportunities, and more.

Throughout the book Kemp weaves his own life experiences of failure and success, both on and off the field, into the three strategies he presents. He offers wisdom learned on his own, and taught to him by others, in some of his deepest moments of professional and personal failure. In addition to the wisdom and advice he gives, Kemp clearly shows that the ultimate wise choice and lesson to learn in life is that Jesus Christ is the best response to the blitzes of life. Kemp draws on his relationship with Christ and the words of Scripture to guide readers through the hardships of life.

As a Christian, Kemp is committed to pointing people to Christ in every season of life. He is under no illusion that following Jesus will make this your best life now. He understands that following Jesus can often times give life its greatest opportunities for blitzes.

Facing the Blitz is a fun, fascinating, and fruitful look at how one man has responded to the blitzes of life with wisdom and Christ. This is the perfect book for any sports fan or dad.

You can check out the website for the book facingtheblitz.com to see more on the book, additional resources, and Kemp’s speaking schedule to see if he will be speaking near you. You can also check out his professional website at JeffKempTeam.com.

I received this book for free from Bethany House through Cross Focused Reviews for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”