God of the Underdogs: When the Odds Are against You, God Is for You (Nelson Books, 2013) by Matt Keller is one of the books that I requested to review because I liked the title, and because of the hype on Twitter. I’m glad I got the book. Using examples of Underdogs from the Bible, Keller sets out to show us why we have no excuses. The fact that we didn’t grow up with all the benefits isn’t a reason for us to condemn ourselves to the pit of failure.
And we all have excuses. Probably one or more of the ones that are highlighted in this book. Excuses like a lack of qualifications, a less that glowing history, a bad reputation, chances being slim to none. But throughout Scripture, God took people that had what surely seemed like legitimate excuses, and changed those challenges into opportunities to excel for the glory of God.
So what, you might ask. Well here’s the deal. God worked miracles through a bunch of misfits that we might relegate to “The Island of Misfit Toys”. He was able to use them because He saw the potential that no one, including the people themselves could see. And God still works those miracles today, using ordinary people, maybe people like you. People who don’t think they’ve got enough to offer to be of much use to anyone.
Keller realizes that even the biblical heroes had obstacles in their paths, obstacles that with God's help they were able to overcome, and that is a truth that is still true today. We have obstacles that, with God's help, we can overcome.
Each chapter comes with a link for additional material to help you get the most out of the book, and help individuals – you, or someone you know- start their journey from underdog to hero.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my review. I was not required to write a positive review.