Philadelphia Eagles Kick Off New, Exciting Season at Training Camp Wednesday
Author Joshua Cooley Highlights Faith Stories of Six Christ-Following NFL Players in New Book ‘The Biggest Win,’ on Sale July 30
PHILADELPHIA—It’s beginning to look a lot like football season, with training camps starting this week around the NFL. The Philadelphia Eagles will kick off their training camp on Wednesday, and the players, coaches and fans can undoubtedly feel the excitement that’s in store after a Super Bowl win.
Author and premier sports writer Joshua Cooley tells the faith stories of six members of the Super Bowl-winning 2017 Philadelphia Eagles team in his new book, “The Biggest Win.” Zach Ertz, Nick Foles, Jordan Hicks, Chris Maragos, Carson Wentz and Trey Burton, who signed with the Chicago Bears this offseason, also provide the foreword for the book.
“The Eagles’ amazing 2017 season—culminating in a 41–33 victory over the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII, providing the 85-year-old franchise with its first-ever Super Bowl title—was a wonderful blessing from the Lord,” Cooley writes in “The Biggest Win.” “This historic championship afforded them a much bigger platform to do what every great Christian athlete does: deflect glory toward their Creator. We can draw upon the experiential wisdom of these elite players, but we won’t idolize them. They are remarkable athletes with outsized salaries and fame that most of us will never know. But they are no better or worse than anyone else—a fact they happily admit. They are some of the most humble, likable professional athletes I’ve ever encountered. They are sinners saved by grace, just like all believers.
“These players are no different in the heart issues that God cares about,” he continues. “As 1 Samuel 16:7 says, ‘the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.’ God isn’t impressed by financial statements, Twitter followers or jersey sales. He desires our hearts. He expects our worship. He demands our allegiance. Our goal has eternity in mind: exploring how all believers—male or female, young or old—can grow in their faith by using sports to glorify the Lord. While six NFL athletes are central characters, I hope readers will see that ‘The Biggest Win’s’ true Protagonist is Jesus Christ and Him crucified’ (1 Corinthians 2:2), in order that ‘your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God’ (1 Corinthians 2:5).”
Cooley was also the co-author for Foles’ new book, “Believe It,” which became a New York Times best-seller in its first week.
Soon to be released by New Growth Press on July 30, “The Biggest Win” gives athletes and sports fans a unique, insider’s look into the lives and faith of these champion players. Through the ups and downs of the game of football, Cooley shows how these high-profile athletes remain committed to God’s Word, genuine Christian discipleship and sharing their faith.
“The Biggest Win” also combines biblical truths with practical direction on issues that every Christian faces, including dealing with adversity, competition, change, success, failure and how to thrive by faith in a pressurized world. Encouraging male and female athletes in any sport, “The Biggest Win” guides them in finding their ultimate identity in Christ, not their athletic achievements.
A percentage of the book sales from “The Biggest Win” will go to the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, the international sports ministry with a vision to see the world transformed by Jesus Christ through the influence of coaches and athletes.
Cooley is also the author or co-author of “The One Year Devotions with Jesus: 365 Devotions to Help You Know and Love the Savior,” “Heroes of the Bible Devotional: 90 Devotions to Help You Become a Hero of God!” and “The One Year Sports Devotions for Kids.”
New Growth Press (NGP) publishes gospel-centered, Bible-based materials that provide churches, families, and individuals with resources for personal and spiritual growth and change. The growing Christian publisher produces a wide variety of gospel-centered resources for individuals, families and churches. NGP also publishes books, minibooks, small group and Gospel Story for Kids resources that provide churches, families and individuals with gospel-driven publications for all ages.
“The Biggest Win” is available now for preorder at Amazon.com or ChristianBook.com. View the media page for “The Biggest Win” here, or visit joshuacooleyauthor.com/the-biggest-win or the New Growth Press page at newgrowthpress.com/the-biggest-win.