Maurie Daigneau is a Christian, husband, father, and theologian as well as an entrepreneur, former athlete, coach, and mentor. As a young man, he was the quarterback and co-captain of Northwestern University’s football team, earning First team All-Big-10 honors his senior year in 1971. He then went on to have a long and successful career as an entrepreneur, founding and running the pioneering athletic footwear company, Playmakers, Inc and the national telecommunications firm, Affinity Corporation. Along the way, Daigneau has lived an active life of faith. He earned an M.S. in Theological Studies from the Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois. He was the Wisconsin state director of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He has also been a consistent speaker and presenter at a variety of conferences, retreats, and events. Perhaps the greatest ongoing source of his faith is the weekly men’s Bible study group that he has led and been a participant in for over 30 years. He is the father of 5 and grandfather of 13. He lives in Brookfield, Wisconsin with his wife of 47 years. Learn more at mauriedaigneau.com.
The Gospel You’ve Never Heard The Gospel You’ve Never Heard: An Understanding that Will Change Your Life is a nonfiction book about the Bible written by Maurie Daigneau who, at thirty-seven, had spent sixteen years in his journey of faith, a husband, a father, a business owner, and a very disillusioned Christian. But why would a disillusioned Christian pretend to write a book that will edify anyone else? Maurie Daigneau couldn’t find the joy promised in the Gospel and the message that “everything works for good for those who love God.” He shares his personal story and the troubling questions that prompted him to leave his business and dedicate many years into studying the Bible. When he tumbled on the book, The Naked Church, and read it over and over, it changed the way he thought about the Church and Christ’s message. In this book, the author indicates the ignorance that has lead to the irreverence in contemporary Christianity and into the decline in faith, especially in the United States. He challenges readers to nurture the thirst for the truth and to develop the right perspective in reading and understanding the Bible. Readers will understand how the Gospel has been misinterpreted and how followers of Christ can be sold a message that is not true. It is no wonder that contemporary America, a nation that has, for centuries, prided itself on its faith in God, now witnesses a steady and fast decline in Christian values. We witness a religious environment where the values of truth and honesty, for example, are relative, and where Church men provide subjective interpretations of the Bible. The ignorant followers are often lost and unsure of a clear path to follow. The Gospel You’ve Never Heard takes the reader on a spiritual journey with Christ, unveiling His nuanced message and inviting readers to understand Jesus’ words in the context in which He spoke them. This is not just an informative book, but a catechesis and one that challenges the reader to be critical about most of what they have read in the Gospels while showing them the path to a deeper knowledge of Jesus’ message, a message that is as liberating as it is comforting. This book is well-researched and written in a voice that is both authoritative and compassionate, and in language that is accessible. This book unveils the face of the Jesus I never knew and a promise that will come across to many readers as a whole new revelation. Reviewed by Franklin Bauer | The Book Commentary
After initially catching fire as a young Christian man in the early 1970s, Maurie Daigneau committed himself to living a life according to the teachings of the church. He became deeply involved in a variety of Christian initiatives, including using his platform as a well-known football player for Northwestern University to share his faith as a public speaker. He raised a family, started a series of successful companies, pursued a master’s in theology, and remained deeply active in his own church community.
But, over time, he began to sense something was off—both in his own faith and in the faith-life of the broader Christian community. He began to struggle with
disillusionment, wondering what it was that he was not understanding about God’s gospel message. He decided to stop relying on the interpretations of scholars or pastors and go to the source itself: the word of God as found in the Bible. Through careful study, contemplation, and prayer, a new understanding of the gospel began to emerge. One infinitely more inspiring—and demanding—than the one he had embraced originally.
The Gospel You’ve Never Heard is an invitation to all who want to live their lives in accordance with the will of God and make their relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ the priority of their lives. It will appeal to a growing segment of the Christian world that is both concerned with the decline of Christianity in America and who are genuinely seeking to grow in the knowledge and understanding of the most important communication ever received by mankind.