“Love and Football: Looking for God in a Violent Game” is Ed Pierce’s first book. It has been well-received in many circles and has been referred to as a “great story with a timely and moving message”.
The violent game of football might seem an unlikely context to illustrate the grace of God. However, In Love and Football: Looking for God in a Violent Game a single season of high school football and the experiences of the players who share it are used to illustrate the many facets of an omniscient and always loving God.
In Love and Football, Ed Pierce, a high school football coach and former college professor, challenges a number of the prevailing ideas about Christianity while maintaining a gospel-centered and academic approach to tenets of the faith. The author’s presentation of an approach to Christianity (which has at its center a focus on Christ’s message of grace as opposed to fundamentalist notions) is integrated into an entertaining and humorous account of a season of football as told through the lives of the adolescent players and the colorful men who coach them.