Baseball as a Road to God: Seeing Beyond the Game

Baseball as a Road to God: Seeing Beyond the Game


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ISBN-13: 9781592408641
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/04/2014
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 177,238
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

John Sexton is the fifteenth president of New York University. He lives in New York City.

Thomas Oliphant was a columnist for The Boston Globe and is a New York Times bestselling author. He lives in Washington, DC.

Peter J. Schwartz is a Bloomberg News contributor and former legal fellow at NYU. He was the first student enrolled in the "Baseball as a Road to God" seminar. He lives in New York City.

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“In the church of baseball, John Sexton is one of the preeminent theologians.”
—Bill Moyers in an interview with John Sexton on Bill Moyers Journal
“This book takes the reader on a remarkable spiritual journey, using the secular sport of baseball to explore subjects ordinarily associated with religion—prayers, altars, sacred space, faith, doubt, conversion, miracles, blessings, curses, saints and sinners. There is magic in these pages.”
—Doris Kerns Goodwin, from the foreword
“ . . .a thought-provoking proposition for zealots and skeptics alike.”
Publishers Weekly
“An elegant little meditation on life and the afterlife, well worth reading . . .”
Kirkus Reviews

"John Sexton has written beautifully about the magic of baseball: its near irresistible appeal, its legends, its breathtaking moments of drama, its heroes and villians. He has also written with great insight about the intense-felt character of religious perception. And he has—dare I say it?—woven the two together miraculously."
—Ronald Dworkin, author of Law's Empire and the recipient of philosophy's prestigious Holberg International Memorial Prize

"Baseball as a Road to God is both a wonderful collection of delightful baseball stories that allows the reader to relive the moments of joy, despair, anxiety, and inspiration, and a meditation demonstrating that baseball is rife with the profound and complex elements that constitute religion. The stories reflect a love of baseball and call upon us all to live slow and notice, illustrating the availability of a joyful, spiritual life."
—Governor Mario Cuomo

"Baseball as a Road to God illuminates baseball as you've never experienced or thought about it before. John Sexton has given us nine 'innings' of lively stories and insights that take our national pastime far, far beyond the playing field. He has pitched a perfect game!"
—Arthur R. Miller, professor of law and resident scholar at Good Morning America for more than two decades

"John Sexton's book, Baseball as a Road to God, provides a thoughtful and intriguing examination of the connection between baseball and religion. In this wonderful book, John navigates in clear language the complex questions linking faith and America's favorite pastime. Using his parlance, this book is a home run."
—Rachel Robinson, founder of the Jackie Robinson Foundation

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Baseball As a Road to God: Seeing Beyond the Game 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
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efm More than 1 year ago
linking baseball to faith in God is quite a task but it can be done, enjoyable baseball facts.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am using this book as a discussion starter in my weekly Sunday school class ( adult). It really generates lots of interest as to the points raised concerning the tenets of our faith. The author doesn't supply any bible scripture, so I find applicable references that I believe correspond to the chapters. I haven't read the entire book yet but I am truly enjoying it apart from the class discussion. It really makes me remember what I loved so much about baseball when I was growing up.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is more than another baseball book. It is a reflection that, just as the authors intend in the beginning and at the end, calls upon readers to live more slowly, notice more meaning around us, and see more in life. The wonderful baseball anecdotes included in between are a vehicle to get us there. Especially heartfelt -- and fun -- are tales of the old Brooklyn Dodgers from baseball's Gilded Age. This is a special book.