Meet the “starting lineup” of talented major league players with fascinating faith stories in Playing with Purpose: Baseball. Just in time for the new pro season, this book chronicles the lives of several players who stand strong for their Christian faith on the diamond. Veteran CBA author Mike Yorkey, whose Playing with Purpose biography of NFL rookies Sam Bradford, Tim Tebow, and Colt McCoy was a best-seller, now profiles major league stars both established and up-and-coming—including Albert Pujols, Josh Hamilton, Clayton Kershaw, Carlos Beltran, Stephen Drew, Adrian Gonzalez, Ben Zobrist, Mark Teixeira, Jeremy Affeldt, and Mariano Rivera. Playing with Purpose: Baseball will introduce you to talented athletes with compelling faith stories.
About 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.
Table of Contents
1 Standing on the Precipice of Greatness Clayton Kershaw 19
2 The PK Who's a Zorilla on the Field Ben Zobrist 42
3 A Home Run Hitter with a Heart for Others Albert Pujols 66
4 Praying All the Way to the Ballpark Carlos Beltran 85
5 Gonzo for God Adrian Gonzalez 91
6 Baseball's Bat Man Comes Back from the Brink Josh Hamilton 110
7 Good Things Come in Threes Stephen Drew 134
8 Solus ChristusBy Christ Alone Jeremy Affeldt 140
9 Opening a Once-Closed Fist to God Matt Capps 160
10 Hitting on All Cylinders Mark Teixeira 179
11 Big Trials, Big Faith for a Small Player Brian Roberts 198
12 Understanding How the Lord Gives and Takes Away Josh Willingham 219
13 The Closer Who Got Saved Mariano Rivera 225
About the Authors 243
Source Material 245
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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Easy read, not all about greed for a change.