JUMPING THE TRACK (A Dad in the Middle Review)

I am a fan of Roger Fields.  Roger is a self described:

Husband. Dad. Writer. Blogger. Consultant. Social Media Junkie. Humorist. Minister. Horse Owner. Prez of Kidz Blitz Ministries. Political Prognosticator. Public Speaker. Newsaholic. Author. Lifelong Learner.

I like that about him.  I have followed Roger’s sites (those still running and those long since shut down) for years now ever since I started dabbling in children’s ministry.  His monthly column in K! Magazine is one of my favorites.  Before I had ever met Roger, I felt like we would get along great and have plenty to talk about over a cup of coffee.  There was something about Roger that just resonated with me.  When I attended the first CMX a couple of years ago, my list of “to do” items included meeting Roger Fields, but every time I saw him he just looked too busy, and I didn’t want to disturb him.  Last year though, I didn’t let Roger’s schedule stop me, and I was pleased to get a few minutes of his time just to say hello.

Roger’s work with Kidz Blitz is fairly well known, and when I heard on Twitter and Facebook last year that Roger was writing the history of that organization, I was excited to get my hands on it.  You can only imagine my surprise when I got the book and thought to myself,

“I never knew Roger was a hobo in an earlier life!!!”

I was shocked, but it didn’t deter my want to read his new book Jumping the Track.  I was even more enthused when I received I free copy of it in the mail a few weeks later to review for this blog.  Don’t tell Roger, but I would have paid full price for the book.  What can I say?  I like the word free.  As a conservative, I’m sure Roger can understand that!  Enough about me though, let’s get back to the book.

Jumping the Track is Roger’s story, but it is much more than that.  It is a story of someone willing to forsake security in order to be available to answer God’s call at any time and in any place.  Roger shares how he decided one day to give up comfort and security in order to follow his life’s calling.  There were, of course, bumps along the way, and Roger shares those with the reader in his unique and engaging style.  The message of the book is clear, “God is more important and more powerful than any long term plan you might have for yourself.”  Roger is clear that this book, and this lifestyle, is not for everyone.  I disagree.  While the lifestyle may not be for everyone, and frankly might not be God’s design for everyone’s life, I do believe that this book is for everyone.  Easily readable and captivating, this book will challenge and encourage you whether you are a planner and goal setter or a track jumper.


Admit it!  You were hoping this review might lead to a giveaway, and indeed it has.  Roger has generously provided me with a second copy of his book (a signed copy no less) to give away to one lucky reader.  Here’s how you can win, but first a little bit of back story.  I am not a track jumper by nature, but last year God led me to create a new ministry formed for the purpose of ministering to children of divorce.  I have no personal or professional experience in this area, but I am trying to follow God’s lead, and I started Divorce Ministry 4 Kids last summer to do just that.  This venture represents the most significant ministry track jumping I have ever engaged in, and it seems appropriate to use this give away to get the word out.  So, you can enter our giveaway by doing any, or all, of the following:

  1. Visit Divorce Ministry 4 Kids and comment on any article page anytime within the next week.  I will enter all comments into the drawing.  Make sure to include your e-mail address so I can get in contact with you.
  2. Follow DivorceMin4Kids on twitter.
  3. Like the Divorce Ministry 4 Kids facebook page.
  4. If you are a child of divorce, fill out our 8 question survey for Children of Divorce.
  5. Sign up for the Divorce Ministry 4 Kids monthly e-mail newsletter on the front page of Divorce Ministry 4 Kids.
  6. Tweet the following: “Help @stocksohio get the word out about DivorceMinistry4Kids.com & win a free copy of @RogerFields new book: http://wp.me/pN5Ju-1mF #kidmin”

That’s up to six ways to enter, please take advantage of all of them.  We will pick a winner sometime next Thursday, February 9, 2012.  Happy track jumping!

Disclaimer: I was provided a free copy of this book in order to compete this review.  That in no way influenced the contents of this review.  Furthermore, I can neither confirm or refute the assertion that Roger was indeed at one point a hobo.  I would suggest you ask him about that.

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