To Stir a Movement: Life, Justice, and Major League Baseball

To Stir a Movement: Life, Justice, and Major League Baseball

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by Jeremy Affeldt
     
 

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Jeremy Affeldt understands passion. With passion, his dream of being a major league baseball player became a reality in 2007. With passion, he battled injuries that plaqued the early years of his career. With passion, he struck out the side of the Detroit Tigers line-up in the 8th inning of the final game of the 2012 World Series.

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Jeremy Affeldt understands passion. With passion, his dream of being a major league baseball player became a reality in 2007. With passion, he battled injuries that plaqued the early years of his career. With passion, he struck out the side of the Detroit Tigers line-up in the 8th inning of the final game of the 2012 World Series.

Jeremy Affleld's passion doesn't end when he walks of the field. As an outspoken advocate against human trafficking and a committed servant against injustice, Jeremy Affeldt has made a significant mark in this world.

To Stir a Movement details Jeremy Affleld's jouney from a military brat and self-centered, hot-tempered, high school athlete to a two-time world series champ and Christ follower.

Through this first-hand account, discover a side of Jeremy Affeldt that goes beyond the field. Whether helping the trafficked find freedom, the thirsty receive water, or the hungry obtain food—Jeremy Affeldt is using his voice to demolish the barriers that stand between everyday people and the injustice around them.

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Publishers Weekly
Affeldt is passionate about baseball, his faith, and social justice. With a straightforward style, the World Series–champion pitcher weaves his various interests together in this memoir. The book is a readable, although undramatic, account. Affeldt’s story begins with his childhood, touching on themes of a fractured father-son relationship and a fight against human trafficking that would give purpose to a career in professional baseball, since baseball allowed him to act as a highly visible advocate. From this promising introduction, the text descends into an unimaginative retelling of his life and career. It is an honest story that can inspire those facing challenges. With the biggest frustrations being minor injuries and contract arbitration, however, there is nothing especially stirring about Affeldt’s tale. The fight against human trafficking fades into the background only to come up near the end of the book, and in fits and starts amid the author’s slipped-in spiritual insights. Hearing about Affeldt’s ability to maintain his integrity, for the most part, in the Major Leagues, where he struggles with temptations and his own vexing outbursts of temper evokes admiration, but fails to rouse. Baseball fans, Affeldt supporters, and young, aspiring, athletes may enjoy it, but the lackluster nature of Affeldt’s narrative fails to offer wider appeal. (Apr.)
Library Journal
In this autobiography, San Francisco Giants relief pitcher and two-time World Series Champion Affeldt details his transformation from an arrogant, self-centered military brat to a fully committed follower of Christ, dedicated to social justice and activism. Although the title is clearly written from a Christian perspective, and will likely be enjoyed most by people of that persuasion, Affeldt tells his story in a way that is both humble and highly personal as he chronicles his journey from childhood to the big leagues. One refreshing aspect of the book is that it focuses on what happens after his conversion rather than ending at that point. Affeldt writes sincerely about his quest to live the Gospel as a major league baseball player, sprinkling spiritual themes throughout the narrative, as well as discussions of global issues such as human trafficking, sweatshops, and poverty. VERDICT Lacking the typical emphasis on personal salvation in spiritual testimonies, this book offers a much broader view, and is thus both relevant and readable for a wider audience of baseball fans, believers, and those interested in issues of social justice.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780834130517
Publisher:
Beacon Hill Press of Kansas City
Publication date:
04/01/2012
Pages:
191
Sales rank:
881,325
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.90(d)

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