Free Byrd: The Power of a Liberated Life

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Simon and Schuster, Jul 1, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 256 pages
Cleveland Indians pitcher paul Byrd gives an honest account of how he has kept his faith in God despite all the trials and temptations associated with the Major league Baseball lifestyle.

Paul Byrd has experienced many struggles, victories, and life lessons both on the diamond and off. Throughout his life, the one thing that has kept him focused on walking clean is the glimpses he has received of God's goodness. He addresses the issues he has faced -- such as the temptation to cheat while pitching, the unhealthy desire to cheer against fellow teammates so he could benefit from their failure, and his personal battle with pornography.

Byrd gives readers Major League insight into the lifestyle of top-tier baseball players while showing how, even through a struggle, he was able to pick himself up and continue to believe and trust in a God who deeply loves us all. Paul's focus remains on the people we relate to every day and the significant conversations and interactions we can have with those we love, learning to build them up rather than tear them down.

In Free Byrd, readers see how Paul's life was changed through the lessons he was taught, and how he discovered a freedom he never imagined through a dynamic relationship with Jesus Christ. And, most importantly, he invites everyone to experience the same transformation.
 

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User Review  - JenniferRobb - LibraryThing

A friend recommended this book after having read it, though I got the copy I read from my local library. Despite the author having pitched for the local Major League Baseball team, I don't recall his ... Read full review

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“"This is not a book about baseball. It's not really about Paul's life either." These are the words of John Smoltz in the introduction to this book. This book is a memoir of one man's continuing ... Read full review

Contents

Beating Randy Johnson and the tRouBle with david
1
ChuRChill downs and a damaged left testiCle
19
the gReat dimaggio and the ChRistian suBCultuRe
39
tRying to get life and aCCeptanCe fRom the pages of playBoy magazine
57
amazing gRayson
83
a paiR of navy Blue Kneehigh soCKs
97
laRRy the legend
113
the magnifiCent peRfoRmanCe of ColBy ByRd
133
JaCoB wRestled god i wRestled eddie peRez
145
when Bad things happen to good BaseBall playeRs
161
god is my pitChing CoaCh
177
miKe sweeney and the house of god
189
faith and the hgh sCandal
203
acknowLedgmenTs
221
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