Thursday, September 1, 2016

Football in the South

College football starts in the South Eastern Conference this weekend. In honor of the upcoming football season, today Janet Ferguson is my guest. Janet and I just enjoyed time together at the ACFW 2016 Conference in Nashville.


Now, here's Janet:

The South, Football, & Life

In the South, most of us love football. It’s something we talk about, cheer for, and spend time watching with friends, whether in person or as a group watching it on TV. The adrenaline seems to flow as the leaves begin to turn from deep greens to those fall yellows and oranges, and a chill touches the air, and those pads and helmets are put on.
My husband played high school football. He was a center. I’ve always watched the sport at whatever school I attended, and of course, in Mississippi, we follow the SEC games. I never thought a whole lot about why we enjoy watching so much or about the injuries the players battle with—until my son played the sport.

His junior year, he tore his ACL and his shoulder labrum participating in this sport he loved. And he was not able to make a comeback. I saw the game through different eyes as he struggled with the loss. He missed the comradery, the goal, the discipline, the friendship. Everything about being a part of a team.


While he was going through three of four surgeries that he ended up having, I began writing Tackling the Fields. It combines this love for a game with the loss of a dream for one character and the loss of innocence for another. It was a challenging, almost painful, book to write. But in the end God heals our wounds and helps each of us recover from our broken places.
He’s there to free each of us from the heartaches that try to take us captive.

I'm so thankful Janet could take time out of her busy schedule and visit today. Tackling the Fields is a wonderful story and is available as ebook and paperback.


9 comments:

  1. Hi Jackie! I so enjoyed being at the ACFW conference with you! Thank you for having me on your blog :)

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  2. Hanging out together was so much fun! I can't wait until the next time we get together!

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  3. Ah...football. I grew up in Texas where it was practically a religion. Here in Arizona, we love football, but it's different. When I attended my son's high school games, I often lamented the fact that it was so different. The spirit was different. The game was different. Homecoming. Oh my gosh, don't even get me started on homecoming. Where were the mums? The huge bonfires? Growing up it was a given that you went to the football game on Friday. That's what you did. I haven't been to a game since my son graduated. I know. I'm so ashamed.

    I'm so sorry I had to miss hanging out with y'all in Nashville. It would've been so awesome. :(

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    1. Ah, Texas. They love football about as much as Mississippi does, I guess!
      I wish you could've come to Nashville, too!

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    2. I loved those mums, and then they used a pipe cleaner, or something, to make the initials of your high school's initials.

      LeAnne, next year we've got to get together!

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  4. I grew up in Texas like LeAnne and the lack of mums is appalling. My husband doesn't get it, lol. Tackling the Fields sounds like it's going to be a great read!

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    1. LOL! I never think about things like that. Thanks for stopping in, Toni!

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    2. Hi Toni,
      Thanks for stopping by. I love mum corsages for football homecomings!

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