Brower Pens 3rd book – 280Living.com
Although Shawn Brower, Principal and Head Coach of Briarwood Christian School, never intended to write any books, he has now published three books.
After spending time teaching the Bible at the Christian School in Chattanooga, coaching boys football, and fathering three boys, he had learned a lot of knowledge along the way and wanted to share it.
The inspiration for his first book, “We Became Men: The Journey into Manhood,” published in 2012 came after taking students from Chattanooga Chiristian School to a classroom retreat where he had discussions with high school students about manhood. .
After returning from retirement, he wrote 16 topics, which would become the chapter titles of the book.
“I never set out to write a book,” Brower said. “I just had all these thoughts and put them on paper. Much of this is just the experience of life and the things that have been shared with me by older wiser men. I finished and my wife asked me what I was going to do with it, and a friend told me to see if [a publishing company] wanted to pick it up.
Brower sent it to a few companies and it turned out that someone wanted to publish his book, P&R (Presbyterian and Reformed) Books.
The book is divided into four parts: Base Camp, The Journey Begins, Essential Trails Conversations, and Getting to the Top.
His latest book, “Stand To: Finding Masculine Courage in a Stand Down World,” is a continuation of We Became Men. The introduction picks up where it left off.
“The first one was for teenagers, now they’re reading this one and a lot of them are married and have families,” Browser said.
He chose to use the military command “stand to” as the title of his book, which signifies a state of readiness assumed by ground troops at dawn and dusk in wartime.
“I just couldn’t get a title,” he said. “I was reading Jocko Willink’s ‘Extreme Ownership’ and he was describing this whole idea of standing up. I was like it was my title. I feel like it suits where we are. It’s easy to get overwhelmed with everything that is going on in the culture and society that you just want to turn off the news and step back or throw in the towel and say you’re done If there’s a time when we have to. to intervene, to hold on, in grace and humility, it is now.
He said there are specific things that God has called men to do, but some withdraw, withdraw and even cancel each other out. The idea is that instead of a workaround, the only way out is an exit. At the end of each chapter there are discussion questions that encourage readers to take action.
The first chapter was written by Brower’s eldest son, Josh. Even though he had finished the book, after reading a 40-page article he had written for an assignment at Covenant College titled “Becoming Men: A Bible Guide to Redefining Masculinity.”
“I had already done my writing for the most part, and then I read his article,” Brower said. “I decided we had to write one more chapter and make it the first chapter and we used a lot of what he had.”
Josh, 23, played soccer at Briarwood Christian School, was an All-American, and also played in college. He is currently the co-director of high school youth ministry at Lookout Mountain Presbyterian and is in seminary school.
“It’s funny because when he was five years old he went to football retreats with me, then he read ‘We became men’ several times and led groups there. He is the product and lives it. Seeing her come full circle as a father is super cool. “
While Brower has some thoughts on a fourth book, he said he was also happy this one was finished.
“The best thing about writing is hearing from someone out of the blue contacting you about what something you wrote meant to them,” he said. “I might be touching someone’s life or influencing them in a positive way and I don’t even know who they are.”
He recently heard from a former student that he had to ask to leave school about a month before he graduated. 16 years later he wrote to Brower and told him he had finished reading the book and thanked him for what he had done all those years ago because it had launched him into a good trip and he saw it.
Brower is in his sixth year as Principal of Briarwood Christian College. He continues to coach the varsity men’s football team. He has won five state championships and three national coach of the year awards. Brower also had a book in between these two boards sharing his 28 years of coaching. “The Huddle: Becoming a Champion for Life focuses on building championship teams.”
Visit browersbooks.com for more details on the author and his works.