Off the Shelf: How Soccer Explains the World

Books new and old that have caught my eye.

How Soccer Explains the World: An Unlikely Theory of Globalization

By Franklin Foer

This wide-ranging work of reportage is a unique and brilliantly illuminating look at the world’s most popular sport as a new metaphor for the pressing issues of our age, from the clash of civilizations to the global economy.

Harper Perrennial has just released a new edition of this 2006 book (presumably for the World Cup), with a new afterword. Intriguing.

About Stan Guthrie

Stan Guthrie is an editor at large for Christianity Today magazine and for the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview. His latest book is God's Story in 66 Verses. He also is author of All that Jesus Asks: How His Questions Can Teach and Transform Us, Missions in the Third Millennium: 21 Key Trends for the 21st Century, and A Concise Guide to Bible Prophecy. He is co-author of The Sacrament of Evangelism. Besides authoring, writing, and editing books, Stan is a literary agent, bringing together good authors, good books, and good publishers. Stan writes the monthly Priorities colum for BreakPoint.org. He has appeared on National Public Radio's €œTell Me More,€ WGN's Milt Rosenberg program, and many Christian shows, including The Eric Metaxas Show and Moody Radio'€™s €œNew Day Florida.€ A licensed minister and an inspirational speaker, he served as moderator for the Christian Book Expo panel discussion, Does the God of Christianity Exist, and What Difference Does It Make?
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