In Intentional Walk: An Inside Look at the Faith that Drives the St. Louis Cardinals, Rob Rains interviews several members of one of the most successful baseball teams of all time. From team manager to equipment manager, the men highlighted in this book have one thing in common—their Christian faith.
In most of the interviews, the theme is how the faith of these men gives them purpose and helps them handle the highs and lows of life. Refreshingly, there are no suggestions that the team wins games because of its Christian players. Instead, the focus is on trusting God and honoring Him in all that we do, regardless of whether we succeed or fail:
“I know God cares more about people’s souls….” says Lance Berkman. “Who wins and loses a baseball game is irrelevant, I think, in terms of the grand scheme.”
Rains is a St. Louis Cardinals expert, and he is also a good writer. His book is easy to read, even for people with little knowledge of baseball. And it is usually interesting, but details and repetitiveness slow it down at times.
Though major league baseball players are often idolized, in this book the men come through as men—men who struggle with the same life issues that I struggle with. I always benefit from reading about how the faith of others influences their lives, and this book was no exception.
I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.