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About the Book (from the publisher).  Turning 50 years of age and facing some of life’s biggest questions are daunting challenges. A crisis of faith and crisis of health lead towards significant changes in one’s life. For Bruce Matson, a family man with a successful law practice, the struggles of health and doubt led to action. Combining wisdom gathered from listening to podcasts from notable Christian leaders Ravi Zacharias, Alistair Begg, and Tim Keller, other reading, careful research and preparation, and encouragement from family and friends, Bruce ran his race for physical and spiritual health.

THE RACE BEFORE US:  A Journey of Running & Faith by Bruce Matson is a powerful memoir detailing the path of doubt to faith and spiritual malaise to running with God. Come alongside Bruce as he navigates the windy roads of faith and health in his pursuit of physical and spiritual well-being.

Book Reviews & Recommendations

Review by Justice William Mims in the Richmond-Times Dispatch (November 10, 2013).

I believe very strongly in the power of sharing the stories of one’s life, which is why as a professional marathon runner I always am eager to here the stories of breakthrough from other runners because after hearing their story it releases something in me to walk in that same breakthrough.  In The Race Before Us:  A Journey of Running & Faith, Bruce Matson shares his incredible story of breakthrough that is sure to inspire you to further breakthrough in your own life.

– Ryan Hall, U.S.A. Olympic Marathon team

The Race Before Us in one sense is every person’s challenge.  Anyone ready to embark on this race . . . will profit by going on this journey with Bruce.

– Ravi Zacharias, author and speaker

A good book tells a compelling story. The Race Before Us is a two-for-one gem that clearly lights the path to both spiritual and physical wholeness. Bruce’s parallel journeys of faith and fitness will inspire you to examine your own walk with Jesus – and perhaps to lace up a pair of running shoes along the way.

– William C. Mims, Justice – Supreme Court of Virginia

I experienced and enjoyed The Race Before Us on two levels. As a runner, I loved reading Bruce’s efforts to prepare for running a marathon and his challenges along the 26.2 miles. His detailed descriptions of his personal journey are engaging and informative and will be helpful for those aspiring to complete a marathon. As a committed Christian, I appreciated Bruce’s journey to faith, his careful and detailed investigation of the evidence for God and case for Christ. Those searching for truth will learn from this excellent analysis.

– Dave Veerman, Author – The Runner’s Devotional; Senior Editor – Life Application Study Bible

What follows is a very personal expression of an exceptional running journey back to spiritual, mental and physical health after staring into his own personal abyss.

– Frank Shorter, Gold Medalist – 1972 Olympic Marathon

Bruce’s journey is everyone’s journey and The Race Before Us shows that it’s never too late to confront life’s most important question. It is a modern day race of Philippians by an author who is personally sharing, “I press on to make it my own because Christ Jesus has made me his own!!

–  Bishop James Mauney, Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (Virginia)

The Race Before Us is a story of life-choosing life physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Bruce’s story is one of movement – from immobility to marathons, from doubt to faith, from uncertainty to confidence. This story may inspire you to begin your own journey. I strongly recommend it.

–     Dr. Art Lindsley, Scholar – Institute for Faith, Work & Economics

I experienced and enjoyed The Race Before Us on two levels. As a runner, I 
loved reading Bruce’s efforts to prepare for running a marathon and his 
challenges along the 26.2 miles. His detailed descriptions of his personal 
journey are engaging and informative and will be helpful for those aspiring 
to complete a marathon. As a committed Christian, I appreciated Bruce’s
journey to faith, his careful and detailed investigation of the evidence for
 God and case for Christ. Those searching for truth will learn from this
 excellent analysis.

–     Dave Veerman, Author – The Runner’s Devotional; Senior Editor – Life
 Application Study Bible


Too few of us really take the time to explore what we believe about God.  Just as Lee Strobel used his journalism skills, Bruce uses his well-trained legal mind to understand the truth about God and what that means for our lives.  Bruce’s fascinating journey is a challenge to all of us.

–     Kerry Knott, President – C.S. Lewis Institute

Purchase the Book

The book is available in print, audio, and e-book format.  It can be ordered (see below) from the publisher, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Christian Book Distributors, and other sellers/distributors.  If you would like a signed or personalized copy, please feel free to contact the author at bruce.matson@comcast.net.

All of the author’s proceeds from any sales of the book will be donated to Christian ministries – C.S. Lewis Institute and Ravi Zacharias International Ministries.

 

Links to Vendors

AMAZON – http://www.amazon.com/The-Race-Before-Us-Journey/dp/1618433482/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1369776397&sr=8-3&keywords=the+race+before+us

BARNES & NOBLE – http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-race-before-us-bruce-h-matson/1115305952?ean=9781618433480

CHRISTIAN BOOK DISTRIBUTORS –

http://rzim.christianbook.com/race-before-journey-running-and-faith/bruce-matson/9781618433480/pd/433480?item_code=WW&netp_id=1150139&event=ESRCG&view=details

  1. #1 by godschick on June 4, 2013 - 2:53 pm

    Hi, I got your message. I found you on the reader at WordPress tagged in either faith or Christianity. You have some wonderful endorsements for your book. I’d love to help you out. Let me know what I can do. Blessings!

  2. #2 by David H on June 20, 2013 - 11:41 pm

    Bruce, just completed your book – loved it! Two of my favorite subject matters and you kept me extremely interested in both throughout. I definitely related to your experiences in running marathons and kept thinking your discovery in discipleship was similar to the style of Lee Strobel, whose books I particularly enjoy. Finally, anyone that can reference Springsteen, not once or twice, but three times!, and Malcom Gladwell’s ‘Blink’, is okay in my book. Great stuff. Thanks again for letting me in on your work. Oh, and your final thoughts from Alistair Begg regarding keeping the main thing, the main thing, when getting caught up on the why and how of God and His plan, was right on point. Thanks.

  3. #3 by rundadrun on October 23, 2013 - 2:01 am

    Just finished reviewing your book on my blog, Rundad. Great book! I am recommending it to everyone I talk to. Keep up the great work. I look forward to following your continuing journey!
    Happy running,
    Rundad

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