Wednesday, January 16, 2019

“Run to Win” by Tim Challies

The subtitle of Run to Win is, as the subtitle indicates, about “the lifelong pursuits of a godly man.” What is also about is a favorite theme of author Tim Challies – discipleship, and specifically, the discipline of discipleship.

Challies starts with the metaphor of a race, the metaphor St. Paul used in his first letter to the Corinthians: Run to win the race. The city of Corinth was home to the Isthmian Games, and they would have easily understood the metaphor. It’s a metaphor equally familiar today to nations worldwide.

Tim Challies
Run to Win succinctly describes the disciplines in the race of the Christian faith. There are the disciplines of faith, including purpose, renewing your mind, knowing your doctrine, and prioritizing your faith. The disciplines of life include vocation, maturity, finances, health, and time. And there are the disciplines of relationship – friendship, leadership, marriage, and children.

This is the basic stuff of the Christian faith, but the times call for an understanding of the basics. And Run to Win describes these basics in easy-to-understand language.

Challies is an author, blogger, and book reviewer, and blogs daily at He’s the author of six books on discipleship, theology, and Christian living, including Run to Win, and a founder of Cruciform Press. He lives in suburban Toronto, Canada.


LukeHDavis said...

Challies puts out good stuff. Thanks for posting this, Glynn, and for alerting people to this resource.

Bill (cycleguy) said...

Thanks for the review Glynn. I am always on the lookout for recommended books, especially by people who know books.