Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Pujols, More Than the Game


More Than the Game
By Scott Lamb, Tim Ellsworth
Published by Thomas Nelson

I have to admit up front, I was so excited to receive my first book to review.  After opening the package what was the first thing I did?  Look for photos.  I am nosey and love to "see" people.  However, I didn't let the lack of photos hinder me.  I dove right into the book.  The forward grabbed me.  The descriptive writing helped me to forgot that there were no photos.  You could feel, hear and see the crack of the baseball on the bat and the sights and sounds that surround baseball.  Which as a baseball fan I love.  I did get a bit lost, and ended up skipping a lot of the numbers and stats.  Albert Pujols is a great ball player, one of the best, point well stated.  However, I did feel the number of examples was a bit much.

What I wanted to know was who Pujols is as a person.  I had heard that he is a Christian and was drawn to this fact alone.  There, for the most part, the book did not disappoint.  I loved knowing that there still are people, couples who can live right, in that type of atmosphere.   I have also recently gained new insight into the life of having a down syndrome child.  Albert's tenderness for children with the extra magical  chromosome is very catchy and tender.  By that fact alone I can see why he has endured himself to a countless number of children and people. 

Overall, the book wasn't bad.  I really wish I could give it a better review.  To sum it up: if you are into all of the numbers and stats that make up baseball, you'll love this book.  If you are into good stories of good people, making a stand in the world where there aren't many, then you should read this book.  If you like to read about Christians walking the walk and talking the talk, then read this book.

Now I am off letting a friend of mine (who is a BIG Pujols fan) read the book.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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