Intentional Walk by Rob Rains is an inspirational read about how baseball and faith can go hand in hand. This book looks at how St. Louis Cardinals players, management, and staff have had faith influence them in their lives.
“ features the stories of Adam Wainwright, David Freese, Lance Berkman, Matt Holliday, Carlos Beltran, Jason Motte and other members of the 2012 Cardinals, written as those players and the rest of the team tried to repeat the 2011 world championship. The book talks about how they became Christians and offers their testimony about what it means for them to have God play such a prominent role in their lives.
Playing for first-year manager Mike Matheny, a strong Christian as well, these men talk about their success and failure, about the challenges that come from playing baseball at the highest level, and how thankful and blessed they are to have that God-given ability. In the end, however, what is far more important to them is their life-long relationship they have established with Jesus Christ.” – Intentional Walk
Intentional Walk is a look into how the Christian faith plays an important part of some of the St. Louis Cardinals players, management, and staff. Even if you aren’t a fan of the team, this book isn’t really about that. It is about faith, baseball, and how their beliefs get them through injuries, tragedies in their lives, wins, losses, and much more.
I found this book to be a really uplifting account on how religion is still found in sports, and how faith can help people through such a wide array of situations in life. If you are a baseball fan, fan of the St. Louis Cardinals, and have a strong faith, and/or are a Christian, this book will be worthy of your time to read. I definitely recommend it.
* Thank you to the publisher of Intentional Walk, Thomas Nelson, for providing me with a copy of this book for review as part of their Book Sneeze program. All opinions expressed are my own.