‘Winning The Race’

Devotional Guides Readers Along Fast Track Of Life

Posted: July 7, 2013

Evangelist Steve Wingfield’s latest book, “Winning the Race Every Day: Keep Your Drive Alive,” is a devotional that includes short anecdotes, Bible verses and quotes for each day of the year. Monthly themes include “Standing Firm” and “Obeying the Call.” (Photo by Michelle Mitchell / DN-R)
HARRISONBURG - Local evangelist Steve Wingfield’s bestselling book to date, “Come to the Table: Food, Fellowship, and a Celebration of God’s Bounty,” is the result of a dinner table conversation with friends.
“I was at a dinner party at this lady’s house in Augusta, Ga.,” he said Wednesday, pointing to a photo on the back cover.
The group was discussing a recently released survey addressing how “un-churched” Americans view churchgoers.
The consensus was that those who attend church have a negative view of those who do not.
“I said, ‘That’s not who I am. … I’m not judgmental,’ ” Wingfield said, recounting his own reaction to the survey. “I said, ‘Let’s change that image.’ ”
And so, with a team of others, Wingfield produced the large, coffee table-style book full of bright pictures and positive thoughts about what the text calls “God’s bounty”. Published in 2008, the book has sold more than 140,000 copies so far.
Fast-forward a few years to another dinner table. “I guess all these ideas come at dinner parties,” he said, smiling.
During that conversation, he found himself sitting with the head of Regal Books, a Ventura, Calif.-based Christian publishing company.
“He said, ‘I think you ought to do a devotional book.’ ”
He followed that advice: The new book, “Winning the Race Every Day: Keep Your Drive Alive” published June 15 and features a combination of short anecdotes, Bible verses and/or quotes for every day of the year. Each month offers themes, such as “Standing Firm” and “Obeying the Call.”
The book is a compilation of Wingfield’s audio motivational program, which airs daily on eight radio stations in Virginia, Pennsylvania and Ohio. Two stations are looking into syndicating the series.
Although the motivational book is made for anyone to enjoy, Wingfield hopes it will be popular among the NASCAR fans he’s come to know during the past two years.
That’s how long he’s been traveling throughout the country for so-called Victory Weekend events at NASCAR races. This year, he’s organizing eight of the events, which consist of family entertainment including music, speakers and free giveaways.
The program is growing, with 12 events already scheduled for next year.
“Racetracks are calling us now,” he said, later adding that he has no plans to slow down.
An Eastern Mennonite College alum, Wingfield is founder and CEO of Steve Wingfield Evangelistic headquartered off of Grace Chapel Road. He’s been in full-time ministry for more than 40 years and lives in Mount Crawford with his wife, Barbara.
For more information about his new book or his ministry, visit victoryweekend.com.

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