Whatever the Cost
By David and Jason Benham
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About the Book
From the backcover Blurb
“Two nationally-acclaimed real estate entrepreneurs share biblical principles to revolutionize your work and family life, and give you the courage to stand up for what is right.”
This book follows the story of highly motivated and entrepreneurial twin brothers, David and Jason Benham, from their formative years and ventures into professional baseball to their rise as owners of a multi-million dollar business empire and securing an HGTV reality series. It’s a journey where the brothers learned how they must die to their dreams not just once, but twice as they walked away from baseball before being called up to the Big Show and later as their TV series was stripped away from them just before airing when the network succumbed to media pressures surrounding their faith.
These experiences only helped them realize that the key to powerful living is found when you die to your dreams and face your fears, and choose to live powerfully through it all. The biblical principles they implemented to guide their work and families are revealed in practical terms to apply to our daily lives and give us courage to stand for what is right.
Why I Choose this Book
This spring when our family made it’s annual trip to hear John Maxwell talk at Ohio Christian University we also had the privilege of hearing the Benham brothers speak. They had the whole crowd in all out laughter basically the whole time they were on stage and yet spoke to us in such a deep way that left a very lasting impression. I came away from that night wishing I could have listened to them a lot longer.
They were selling books after the event and since I didn’t have any money with me I borrowed some from my cousin and then ran out in the pouring down rain to get two of my books to give to the Benham brothers for their kids. Their book was well-worth the money I spent on it. (And just so you know, the brothers are pretty nice, too.)
What I Thought About the Book
The book is amazing. Not only is it very practical, uplifting, challenging and interesting, it’s also peppered with their competitive twin-ish humor. (As they put it “We’re a couple of guys who take our faith very seriously and ourselves not-so-seriously…)
The book starts out when the twins were little kids and continues on devoting a chapter to each period of their lives. It’s not about the guys though, it’s more about how they’ve seen God work in their lives and the lessons they have learned over time. I loved how honest the guys were and how they talked about the ups and the downs they’ve gone through. They even talk about a million-dollar mistake they made in their business when they ran ahead of where God was leading them.
I found it really interesting when they talked about how playing professional baseball taught them how they needed to put their identity in God instead of in what they were able to accomplish because that’s been something I’ve been working on. (I’m planning on re-reading that chapter soon.) The book had so many amazing bits of wisdom that I know I’ll have to read it at least once or twice more before I’ve given it full justice.
I also really enjoyed where they talked about growing their business because I am in the process of trying to grow my business (my books) right now and sometimes (most of the time) I feel like I’m in so far over my head that I’m lost. This book reminded me to trust God with the results and not to lean on my own powers.
It’s a good book. You should read it. Yes, you.
I’m giving Whatever the Cost Five stars and recommend it to anyone old enough to read. I especially recommend it to people who are interested in honoring God with their lives and want to be encouraged by some amazing twins who made me laugh out loud.
About the Authors
David and Jason are former professional baseball players and also nationally acclaimed entrepreneurs. They happily married, and their families live on the same street in Charlotte, North Carolina. Their wives, Lori and Tori, homeschool their combined nine children and are passionate about serving in their community.
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Visit their website: BenhamBrothers.com