​​​​​​​​FIRST and GOAL 

what football taught me about never giving up

jake byrne & h.michael

                                                     Jake Byrne dreamed of playing professional football. He                                                   had  the size,  the talent, the drive…but at age 14, he found                                               out  he also had type 1  diabetes.  Still, Jake was determined                                            to reach his goal. And God was determined to  guide and                                                   empower him all along the way.
Jake’s journey to the NFL is the backdrop for this collection of inspiring devotions based on nearly a hundred football terms. Jake takes you to the weight room, practice field, and even across the goal line. You’ll feel as if you’re lined up next to him, facing a big guy on defense you’re about to take down. He also includes Scripture and then ties up each story in way that feels real and encouraging. 

  You’ll discover:               

  + what to do when God calls an audible in your life

  + how to respond when God puts you on special teams

  + why prayer is never an incomplete pass

   These quick daily readings will help you press through                                                   your own difficulties and experience God’s dream for you. 



One of Many ***** Reviews...

​​Sure the setting takes me back to the land I fell in love with over the years when I dreamed of exotic India from afar (like the main character in the book) and from my one and only visit.  ...my reasons for highly recommending this book have more to do with the beautiful entwining of two characters and two cultures over decades. I was mesmerized reading the life of a young Indian man, Sagai Raj, as he prepares for the priesthood, and the despair he feels over the years, trapped under the harsh situation regime of politically driven superiors. Sagai's love for Christ and to serve people with that loving heart is nearly snuffed out of him and he wonders what God could have for him, if not the priesthood. On the other side of the world in the US, Rebecca Meyer, suffers her own suffocating despair--unanswered questions to how her little sister died, the cruelty of an abusive husband, a dysfunctional family that takes decades to come to healing, and all along her desire to go to India and how God captures her heart. The author's fast-paced but musical prose drew me along into these lives that I became so quickly invested in. I can't wait to read the sequel to this novel. This was the kind of love story I want to read. Realistic, gritty in places, yet full of poetic truth. This is one of the best books I've read in the last 12 months. ~  Christine Lindsay "Award-winning Author of Shadowed in Silk, Twilight of the British Raj Series"


My heart is stirred by a noble theme as I recite my verses for the King; my tongue is the pen of a skillful writer - Psalm 45:1.