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Arise: Live Out Your Faith and Dreams on Whatever Field You Find Yourself Hardcover – January 5, 2012

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Regal (January 5, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0830760865
  • ISBN-13: 978-0830760862
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #863,683 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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At Fellowship of Christian Athletes, our core values are integrity, teamwork, excellence and serving. As athletes and people who care for others, Clayton and Ellen have risen to the challenge and live out these values. Their story shows they are champions whom young people can follow.
- Dan Britton, Senior Vice President of Fellowship of Christian Athletes

I believe that the more clearly we see God, the more joyfully we serve others for the sake of the gospel. Clayton and Ellen have clearly seen God in the person and work of Jesus, and they are joyfully serving others as a result. Clayton and Ellen’s humility is evident in the way they treat others, the way they invest their time, and the way they serve. Clayton and Ellen have taken the teachings of Jesus to heart, and they’re making a difference. Read their story and find out how you can as well.
- Brandon Cash, Pastor of Oceanside Christian Fellowship, El Segundo, California, Chaplain of the Los Angeles Dodgers

Clayton Kershaw has moved from good to great, both on and off the field. He and his wife, Ellen, have just scratched the surface of what they can become, and they challenge us to also reach much higher limits in our own lives.
- Orel Hershiser, 1988 NL Cy Young Award Winner and World Champion Los Angeles Dodgers Pitcher

I have been inspired by the passion that Ellen and Clayton share for Zambia. The children and the bleak living conditions have left a lasting impression on them, and it is incredible to notice the Lord stirring in their hearts to make a difference. Partnering with the Kershaws is a joy. I’ve seen their love for Africa grow, and I thank God for the privilege of working together to impact the children that Arise Africa strives to help.
- Alissa Hollimon, President and Co-founder of Arise Africa

Sure, Clayton led the National League in wins last year and even won the pitching triple crown, and that’s all great . . .but what’s greater still are the thousands of life-changing wins he and his wife, Ellen, get to enjoy every day through their work with Arise Africa. We’ve got to grow more Clayton Kershaws—not just for the future of baseball, but also for the future of the world. God bless them!
- Frank Pastore, KKLA Radio Show Host, Author and Retired Major League Pitcher

While baseball fans are familiar with Clayton and his impressive accomplishments on the pitching mound, this book is about helping people away from the lights of the baseball field. Clayton and Ellen’s mission work in Africa as a young couple and their dedication to their faith gives people an inspiring example of how people can practice their faith and achieve great things no matter what their age.
- Andy Pettitte, Retired Major League Pitcher and Five-time World Series Champion, New York Yankees

Clayton and Ellen Kershaw are the kind of young people that our world needs to see. This book gives unique insight into their lives of baseball and impact in Africa. It invites the readers into their world through stories of growing up and finding satisfaction in the things they love the most. The greatest contribution a ballplayer can make isn’t on the field; it’s in the lives of those he meets—although it does add to his appeal if he also leads the league in strikeouts. That kind of performance allows me the best seat in the house.
- Vin Scully, Hall of Fame Sportscaster and the Legendary Voice of the Dodgers

Clayton and Ellen Kershaw’s heart for God and for children is truly inspirational. I love seeing people who are extraordinarily gifted use their platform for good. . .especially when they are giving glory to God while doing so. Clayton and Ellen are such individuals! Prepare to be inspired.
- Rebecca St. James, Singer, Author and Actress

Clayton and Ellen Kershaw are two young people who see that life is not about paychecks and status, but rather life’s greatest joy is found in relationships with Jesus Christ and people. As the Cy Young Award-winning Pitcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Clayton could just live his life focused on his career and all the perks that come with it, but instead he is committed to using his influence to help others. In this honest and easy-to-read book, you will be inspired, encouraged and motivated to give every aspect of your life to honor God.
- Philip and Holly Wagner, Pastors of Oasis Church Los Angeles and Authors

Clayton and Ellen Kershaw have given us a powerful gift with Arise. Their journey of faith is so hopeful and inspiring. But Arise does more than just inspire; it sets the table for us to live beyond ourselves and pursue God’s calling in our lives. This is a much needed call to a life of authentic faith for our time!
- Jud Wilhite, Author of Torn and Senior Pastor of Central Christian Church, Las Vegas, Nevada

About the Author

Clayton & Ellen Kershaw | LA, CA and Dallas, TX Clayton was selected in the first round of the 2006 MLB Draft and is now starting pitcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers. During college at Texas A + M, Ellen spent time in Zambia, where her passion for African orphans became a mission. After dating for eight years, Clayton and Ellen married in December 2010. Their first trip to Zambia together was just weeks after their wedding.

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A easy read great book.
Every young man and woman should read the story of Clayton and Ellen Kershaw.
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It shows how humble God can show us to be.
God's amazing even in baseball!

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Dr. David P. Craig TOP 1000 REVIEWER on January 4, 2012
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I primarily got this book on a whim because I love baseball - especially the Dodgers --and enjoyed watching Clayton Kershaw work his way into the pitching Triple Crown and a CY Young award during the 2011. I enjoyed this book more than I thought I would - to be honest I didn't expect much depth from a couple that are half my age - in their early twenties. In this book Clayton and Ellen show that they are wise beyond their years, and totally committed to Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord, and to making a huge difference in the lives of people whether on a baseball field or in a field in Africa.

I was pleasantly surprised by what I'll call the Kershaw ABC's:

"A" is for Africa - The book goes back in forth alternating between Ellen and Clayton (there are more chapters written by Clayton) talking about the dreams (goals) that they had as teenagers and how God was at the center of these dreams and how they came to be a reality in each of their lives. Ellen talks of her various trips to Zambia to work with children there and how together in marriage God has allowed them to visit Africa and combine God's love and gospel message to help children. I found Ellen's depth in her relationship with Christ to be inspirational and encouraging - and enjoyed what she wrote as much as what Clayton wrote.

"B" is for Baseball - Clayton walks you through his little league, minor league, and Dodgers career thus far. Any baseball fan will really enjoy what he has to say in these sections - especially the amazing Cy Young performance he had last year with the Dodgers. There is a great story in the book where Clayton talks about a teacher's advice to him on following his dream in the 9th grade to be a pro ball player, "I do want you to understand the odds, Clayton.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Megan Filipowski on January 27, 2012
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I fell in love with baseball when I was just a child. I left part of my heart in Zambia when I was a junior in high school. This book combined two of the things that I find very important in my life. I never thought though that I would rediscover my faith as I turned the pages.

I can relate to Clayton's baseball stories and I can relate to Ellen's stories of her time in Zambia. It has been a long time since a book has impacted me in a way that this one has.

I didn't want to put this book down and when I had to I was still thinking about it. I would recommend this book to anyone and everyone. It doesn't matter who you are, this book is clear about one thing: the Kershaws live for God and it's evident in their daily lives, on the pitching mound and in the dirt streets of Zambia.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Reid Mccormick on March 5, 2012
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There is not a lot of hope left in professional sports, let's be honest. It seems like every week there is another big name athlete in some sort of trouble. Even our "respectable" athletes are greedy numbskulls constantly looking for bigger paychecks and blaming others for all their personal woes. Truthfully, parents today would probably rather not have their kids idolize today's professional athletes.

Clayton Kershaw is not your typical athlete. He is much, much more. With his wife Ellen by his side both physically and spiritually, Kershaw strives to be a Christian first and a baseball player second. In their book, Clayton and Ellen document their years together starting in high school until the present. They grow as a couple but most importantly they grow together in the Lord. Ellen has a heart for the people of Zambia. Clayton has a passion for baseball and standing out as a Christian in an un-Christian world. They encourage each other, support each other, and pray for each other.

Every young man and woman should read the story of Clayton and Ellen Kershaw. Their story isn't typical but it is inspiring to see a young man and woman be so dedicated to serving and loving others. They give us hope that athletes can do good.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By judyca on May 21, 2012
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I have been a Dodger fan sine 1958 when they arrived in Los Angeles. I am also a Christian. When I purchased this book I was excited to hear all about Clayton's professional career, as I have watched him develop into an amazing pitcher.

However, I had no idea how deep the faith of these two young people, Clayton and Ellen went. It was a book that gave hope to every young person to believe that their goals can come true. Not that every young man would grow up to become a CY Young award winner, but that when you listen to God and look to Him for your strength, anything is possible. It is so refreshing to see these two young believers strongly stand their ground for Christ in such an immoral world we live in and it was gratifying to hear how they used their "friendship" to grow into a strong love with each other and allowing Christ to be the center of their lives.

I loved hearing all about Clayton's baseball career from the onset to his current position with the Dodgers. Each time I watch him pitch now, I will remember all the things he talked about in this wonderful book.

I especially liked how he and his wife have stepped out of the "fame" box into a world that gives back to children who desperately need love and hope.

I was so impressed with this book, that I ordered another one for my 12 year old grandson. I want him to be able to read about how his hero encourages others to put God as the focus of their lives no matter what aspirations they have. I believe this book talks to young people like none I have ever read before. It was a total blessing for me to have read it and I believe it will be for others too.
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More About the Author

Clayton Kershaw was named the winner of the 2011 National League Cy Young Award, an honor presented annually to the best pitcher in each league by the Baseball Writers' Association of America. In 2011, Kershaw accomplished a rare feat, capturing the pitcher's triple crown, leading the league in wins (21), earned run average (2.28) and strike outs (248). Kershaw has also been honored with the 2011 Gold Glove award, the Warren Spahn Award (for best left-handed pitcher), the Players Choice Award for Outstanding National League Pitcher and The Sporting News's National League Pitcher of the Year award. He was also a member of the 2011 National League All-Star team.

As great as all of this is, there is much more. Clayton and Ellen Kershaw have hands-on involvement helping children around the world. They have launched Kershaw's Challenge, personally giving $100 per batter that Kershaw struck out in 2011 to build a new children's home in Zambia, where they work with the non-profit charity, Arise Africa. For the Kershaws, giving is as important as winning. In fact, Clayton says that as we pursue our dreams, we need to build a relationship with God, build solid relationships with others and become givers from the start. Clayton says, "I want every pitch and every batter faced to be about something more than a game."