All-Star player Ben Zobrist (Tampa Bay Rays), considered one of the best all-around players in baseball, writes about the importance of his faith, life, and athletic career in Double Play. Written with his wife, Christian singer Julianna Zobrist, and MikeYorkey, best-selling author of Every Man's Battle and Linspired: The Remarkable Rise of Jeremy Lin, the book gives fans a first look into the heart of an athlete whose talent and devotion to God, family, and baseball make him one of the most loveable figures in the Major League today.
|Publisher:||B&H Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)|
|Age Range:||3 Months to 18 Years|
About the Author
Ben and Julianna Zobrist are standout talents, both using their gifts to glorify God. Ben is an All Star Major League baseball player and helped lead the Tampa Bay Rays to the World Series. Ben represented the United States in the World Baseball Classic and also leads Bible studies with his teammates. Julianna is a recognized Christian music artist whose music has affected the culture for Christ nationally. Julianna has performed on both the mainstream and Christian platforms and is actively involved in film and radio. Both Ben and Julianna speak about their faith at events nationwide. The Zobrists have two children and live in Nashville, Tennessee.
Mike Yorkey has written and co-written more than seventy-five books, including the best seller Every Man's Battle (with Stephen Arterburn and Fred Stoeker); Believe: My Faith and the Tackle That Changed My Life (with Eric LeGrand); Playing With Purpose: Tim Tebow; Recovery of a Lifetime (with Chris & Mike Reis); Every Heart Restored (with Fred Stoeker, Brenda Stoeker, Stephen Arterburn); Growing Up Colt (with Colt and Brad McCoy); Playing With Purpose: NFL Quarterbacks (Sam Bradford, Colt McCoy, Tim Tebow), Linspired: The Remarkable Rise of Jeremy Lin; and Playing with Purpose: Baseball.
Table of Contents
1 Leading Off 11
2 The View from the Bleachers 25
3 Home Game 37
4 The Tryout 49
5 First Signals 61
6 In the Starting Lineup 73
7 Long Relief 87
8 Behind in the Count 103
9 A Pitch over the Middle 121
10 Stepping up to the Plate 137
11 Road Trip 153
12 Intentional Walk 167
13 Pivot Play 181
14 Swing Change 203
15 Making Hits 217
16 A New Lineup Card 227
17 Final Out 237
Invite Ben and Julianna Zobrist to Speak and Sing at Your Event 245
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Rating: 5 of 5 stars (outstanding) Review: When I saw this biography of current Tampa Bay Rays infielder Ben Zobrist, I wasn’t sure what to take away from this book. Knowing that he was a man of faith and that his wife was a popular Christian singer, I was expecting to read a biography about his success that was completely due to his faith in God. Ben Zobrist did talk about that, but this book was so much more than just a message of inspiration. This couple was brought together, in both of their minds, because of their faith. Both wanted to pursue their dreams – Ben in baseball, Julianna in music – and wanted to make sure that the path they took toward those goals was the one that they felt God would lead them to. They are good stories; especially Ben’s when he paid $50 for a tryout that led to a baseball scholarship and eventually a professional contract. However, I felt what was the best part of this book was the budding romance between the two of them and how both of them never wavered from their principles just to be together. It had to be right and within their beliefs and they made it happen. I have noted before that I was looking for good sports romance books – that this one happened in real life made it of the best sports romances a reader could ask for. The book alternates narratives throughout, although some of Ben’s passages about baseball are longer. He covers every part of his career – his college days, his minor league career when he was a newlywed and the struggles he first had with Tampa and what he did to improve enough to be named to the All-Star game in 2008. There is enough baseball talk to satisfy sports fans and yet it is basic enough that readers who do not follow the game can understand. Julianna talks about her past issues, including a harrowing experience in her youth, her struggles with relationships and her love of music that eventually led to a recording contract. Her story also includes her relationship with God, her trials and tribulations as a baseball wife and her joy of not only doing something she loves but also her joy of being a mother. This book was an uplifting, refreshing sports biography. Instead of the stories of hardship, drinking, womanizing and later regret, the reader is treated to learning about two people who through the love of their God, they discovered their love for each other. I wish to thank NetGalley for providing a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. Did I skim? No Pace of the book: This was an extremely quick read as I completed the book in one sitting in less than two hours. The switching between Ben’s and Julianna’s stories was a big reason for this. Do I recommend? This is a book that readers of many different genres will enjoy. There is enough baseball talk for a fan to enjoy. Readers who like inspiring stories, especially those based around the Christian faith, will want to read this book. Romance novel readers will think one of their fictional reads will have come to real life when reading this book.
Ben and Julianna Zobrist put together a great piece of literature. Double Play is inspiring to anyone, and appeals mainly to Christians. Throughout the book the constant theme is faith and family. Ben and Julianna include some personal experiences where they have kept faith and family first, and also mention some of the great experiences they've had in their professions. For those of you that don't know, Ben Zobrist is a professional baseball player for the Tampa Bay Rays, and Julianna Zobrist is a professional singer. Both are very open with their faith, and are always looking for ways to show it. You can see it in the way Ben Zobrist carries himself on the field, and you can hear it in the words of Julianna Zobrist's music. This book is also inspiring to young parents, to insure that your kids put faith first. The couple writes about stories of God working in their lives, and how in difficult times they look to the Holy Spirit. The book appeals to me because I am a christian baseball player. I learned a lot from Ben Zobrist in this book, and I plan to apply it to my life. The book is also appealing to me because I am a die hard Rays fan, and I look up to Ben Zobrist. This book is a phenomenal and inspirational read for people of faith, and I recommend it to anyone. Everyone can learn something from this book.