30 Christian Impact Athletes

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Xulon Press, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 202 pages
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What Christian was named the greatest coach in the history of team sports by Sporting News Magazine? Can you name the Christian who invented basketball? Can you name three Christian athletes who came to the Lord during their professional careers? Do you know which Christian athlete died in the arms of Dr. James Dobson? At the age of five Michael Louthian traded his kindergarden books for the sports pages. His avid desire to know everything there was to know about sports and the sports world never waned. Throughout his life Louthian has soaked up every piece of information he could get his hands on. Through asking questions he was able to uncover answers. In his second book 30 Christian Impact Athletes, Louthian now asks questions about illegal gambling in basketball and steroid use in baseball. As a student of history, Louthian followed professional sports beyond the usual statistics. He absorbed all the available information about the athletes in what has become, during his lifetime, an industry of gigantic proportions and an influence of unprecedented depth on our society. Professional athletes increasingly indulge in behavior that we would never condone in our children or in ourselves. Yet they are given a pass when their behavior is illegal or boarish. Louthian spotlights the lives of thirty Christian athletes who have had a major impact on society and sports. Jackie Robinson, Branch Rickey, Meadowlark Lemon, Albert Pujols, John Wooden, Tim Tebow, and Kurt Warner are among the athletes featured. Each of the thirty athletes travelled a unique road to their acceptance of the Lord Jesus Christ. Louthian challenges Christian fans to stand tall against the secularists who believe that Christianity should be limited to the religion and obituary columns. It is a thought provoking and entertaining read for avid sports fans of all ages.
 

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Contents

Introduction
xiii
Dave DraveckyProfile in Courage
17
Josh HamiltonFrom the Depths of Hell to Victory
23
Matt Holliday and the Colorado Christians?
29
Tommy John 911 There has been a Robbery in Cooperstown
33
Frank PastoreThe Mike is Mightier than the Sword
39
Mike PiazzaBaseballs Cinderella Man
45
Albert Pujols Dominican Republic Dominator
49
David RobinsonThe Admirable Admiral
101
Charlie WardGreat AilAround Athlete and Christian
105
John Wooden Legend in His Own Time
109
FOOTBALL
115
Terry BradshawPrince of ParadoxQuarterback of Steel
117
Tony Dungy Smart Strong Sensitive Stoic
123
Joe GibbsCool Calm Collected Coach
129
Tom LandryCommitted Christian Cowboy Coach
135

Bobby RichardsonGood FieldWeak HitGood Christian
53
Branch Rickey Branch Goes Out on a Limb
57
Jackie RobinsonRight Man at the Right Place and Time
63
BASKETBALL
65
Derek FisherA Fisher of BasketsA Fisher of Men
71
A C GreenThe Iron Man
75
Bobby Jones He runs like a deer jumps like a gazelle Dr J
79
Meadowlark Lemon Globetrotting for Basketball the Lord
83
Pete Maravich Founding Father of Showtime
87
James Naismith Foreigner Invents Americas Indoor Pastime
91
Michael ReddStoring Treasures in Heaven
97
Herb LuskThe Eagle Who Landed in the Pulpit
141
Miles McPherson Miles saves Souls Mile by Mile
147
Anthony MunozMighty Trojan Rides Bengal into Hall of Fame
153
Mike SingletarySecretary of Defense
157
Tim TebowThank God Mother Knows Best
161
Kurt WarnerFootballs Cinderella Man
167
Johnny Hasick The Fantastic Fan
175
Summary
181
Notes
193
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