Intentional Walk: An Inside Look at the Faith That Drives the St. Louis Cardinals
The St. Louis Cardinals have long been one of the most successful franchises in the major leagues. They have won 11 World Series titles and some of the most famous players in the history of the game have worn the storied "Birds on the Bat" uniform. While that on-field succes... Read More
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, by popular sports writer Rob Rains, 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.
Page Count: 240
- Product type: Book
- Format: Softcover
- Release Date: Apr 13, 2013
- UPC: 9780849964589
- Height: 0
- Width: 0
- Length: 0
- Volumes/Discs: 1
- Pages: 240
- Publish Date: Apr 30, 2013
- Audience Age Maximum: 0
- Audience Age Minimum: 0
- BISAC: "REL012000"
- ISBN: 084996458X
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- “Intentional Walk” by Rob Rains by tickmenot on 10/11/13
This book covers the first year, 2012, that Mike Matheny became the manager of the Saint Louis Cardinals baseball team. More specifically it is the story of the Christian players on the team.
Eighteen men gave testimonies of their Christian faith in this book. These stories cover the gamut of age, and the amount of time they have had a relationship with Jesus. Some are young, some are older, some have been Christians for many years and some have been Christians for a short time. Seventeen of the eighteen men are, or have been, baseball players. The one exception is Rip Rowan who is the Cardinals equipment manager.
The overriding theme that all the men wanted to stress is that God doesn’t play favorites with baseball teams. Just because a team has a little or a lot of players who are Christians on it, that won’t influence who will win. Hard work, weather, the environment and the emotional state of the players are some of things that contribute to the game’s outcome. Being a Christian gives the players a richer life and peace, but it isn’t an automatic ticket to winning a baseball game. They believe their baseball career doesn’t get special favor because they are a Christian.
Each of the men blend the story of their baseball career with their story of faith. A lot of the men talk about a Bible verse that is a favorite or has meant a lot to them. They also talk about what it is like to be a Christian, as well as, a Cardinal baseball player. All of them mention what a large group of guys are part of the Bible studies, that child care is even provided so families can be included. The men state what a great support system that has been for them as players, and as Christian men. When they first came to the Cardinals, many of the men were surprised about how large and well-attended the group is.
The players also talk about the highs and lows of their baseball careers, what path they took to become a Cardinal baseball player, and some of the day-to-day life as a Cardinal. Some sacrifices have had to be made for their jobs. One example is Mike Matheny forgoing attending many of his children’s his activities, including his son’s graduation, to be present at a Cardinal game.
I thought the book was very interesting and gave great insight to the life working in the world of baseball–especially the Cardinal baseball team–and the life of men following Christ. I think fans of baseball, and Cardinal baseball fans in particular, would really love this book. I enjoyed the book, recommend it, and give it five stars.
The publisher has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book through Thomas Nelson Publishing for the purpose of review. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner. Despite my receiving the book free, it has not influenced my judgment, and I have given an honest opinion.
- A great book for baseball fans by Uncurable Bookworm on 6/13/13
Intentional Walk is a great book for men and boys of faith and baseball fans in general. It looks at the faith of the 2012 St. Louis Cardinals baseball team as they sought to repeat their 2011 world championship. Each chapter is the story of a member of the team. The chapters begin with the players' favorite Bible verses and go on to detail their journey into baseball and their relationship with God. My own 12 year Cardinals fan loves to read about the faith of his favorite players. This book would make a great Fathers' Day gift, but is great reading for baseball fans any time of the year.