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Intentional Walk 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.
When I saw Intentional Walk by Rob Rains was available for review, I had to sign up! I was born in and still live in St Louis, thus making me a Cardinals fan. I have heard stories or rumors that the team had a lot of believers on it, so it was interesting to see what all the fuss was about. It is a little out of my normal reading ‘comfort zone’ – I’m not usually a fan of autobiographical books, so some of the book I just skimmed. What I did read I found encouraging.
It is a good book. If you are a fan of baseball, the Cardinals in particular, or a fan of famous people loving Jesus, this book is for you.
The stories help show how the players, coaches and support staff use their faith to get through. It might not lead someone to Christ specifically, but it is encouraging to know that there are good, faith-filled famous people out there.