Playing With Purpose Collection: Inside the Lives and Faith of Today's Biggest Football, Basketball, and Baseball Stars [NOOK Book]

Playing With Purpose Collection: Inside the Lives and Faith of Today's Biggest Football, Basketball, and Baseball Stars

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Great book—great insight into the lives of a few Christ-fearing ballplayers.

Adrian Gonzalez

Boston Red Sox All-Star



They’re playing with purpose

at the highest level of sport.


Tim Tebow

Jeremy Lin

Luke Ridnour

Clayton Kershaw

Albert Pujols

Josh Hamilton

Mariano Rivera

And more!


Sports fans know the athletic skills of this “hall of fame” of talented performers from football, basketball, and baseball. But Playing with Purpose will introduce you to the fascinating back story of each player, as well—the obstacles they overcame to reach the highest level of professional ball, the challenges they face while serving as upstanding role models, and the faith in God that provides the foundation for everything they do.

                Get to know the homeschooled son of missionaries who won the Heisman Trophy and earned a first-round pick in the NFL draft. . .the Cooperstown-bound home run hitter with a heart for others. . .the Harvard-educated Asian-American who took the NBA by storm. . .the major league closer who got saved. . .and many more.

                Packed with fascinating stories, spiritual insights, and plenty of eye-popping statistics, this book will intrigue and encourage you with accounts of those who excel at sports—and life.



Great to read about Christian athletes who love Christ.

Bobby Richardson

Eight-time All-Star and 1960 World Series MVP

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781620290422
  • Publisher: Barbour Publishing, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/1/2012
  • Series: Playing with Purpose
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 897,308
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Mike Yorkey, a former Focus on the Family magazine editor and author, co-author, or editor of more nearly 90 books, has written about sports for a variety of national publications. Mike is author of several other titles in the Playing with Purpose series and co-author of the internationally bestselling Every Man’s Battle books. He and his wife, Nicole, are parents of two adult children, and live in Encinitas, California.



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Table of Contents

Introduction 11

1 The Dynamite Draft Pick Sam Bradford 17

2 The Eyes of Texas Are upon Him Colt McCoy 42

3 The Chosen One Tim Tebow 67

4 Plenty of Predraft Drama 95

5 The 2010 NFL Draft 107

6 Their First Two NFL Seasons 121

Afterword by Trent Dilfer, Super Bowl-winning Quarterback and NFL Analyst for ESPN 133

Acknowledgments 137

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