Thursday, February 17, 2011

One of the Good Guys

PUJOLS: More Than The Game by Scott Lamb and Tim Ellsworth

Albert Pujols was born in Santo Domingo, the capitol city of the Dominican Republic. Because of his birthplace, he grew up loving the game of baseball, as did all the other kids of that nation. We think of baseball as a national pastime. To the citizens of the Dominican Republic baseball represents an obsessive compulsion.

From the day he first tried out for the Fort Osage Senior High School baseball team until the present, Pujols' bat has spoken volumes for him. He was the first player in history to bat .300 with 30 home runs and 100 runs batted in for ten consecutive seasons
As of 2010 he has hit 408 home runs. As a player in both The World Series and nine All Star games, Pujols’ star is certainly burning very brightly.

The excellence he has displayed in his playing career is matched only by the excellence of character one can see in his personal life. Albert is a devout Christian – a seriously faithful follower of Christ and he takes seriously his obligation to witness to the world about his faith. Albert uses his position as first baseman to discuss life after death with the opposing players. Imagine you land safely at first base and all of a sudden, the first baseman asks you, “Do you know where you’ll go when you die?” Talk about taking you out of your rhythm. Albert doesn’t do this for any type of psychological advantage – he rather is fulfilling his obligation to Christ to be a witness for Him.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who has a few hours to strengthen their faith. The book would also be a great gift to sports fans, and could be instrumental in introducing a non believer to the world of faith.

Booksneeze supplied me with a copy of this book in return for my honest review.

1 comment:

Tim Ellsworth said...

Thanks for the review, Rick.