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“As a coach, I’m always looking for both talent and character. Playing with Purpose: Basketball will introduce you to ten professionals whose faith is as strong as their court presence. You’ll love their story.”

            Mike Krzyzewski, “Coach K” Duke University

"If you want to know the real heart beneath the jersey of top NBA players, then you need to grab a copy of Playing with Purpose and dig in. You will be inspired by their love of the game and more importantly their love for God. From the very beginning of basketball, Naismith saw his game as a way to impact people for Christ. If you are a player, coach, fan or parent, this book is for you!"

-Dan Britton, Executive Vice President, Fellowship of Christian Athletes

...Yorkey pulls no punches in exposing the NBA lifestyle as a temptation minefield, successfully navigated only by those who trust in the power and grace of God. Though the book is an interesting read for hoops fans of any age, it will make the biggest impression on middle school/high school athletes who look to NBA players as role models. Yorkey shines a light on the testimonies of these roundball witnesses who are striving to live a life unto God.
(Von Mitchell CBA Retailers + Resources 2011-11-01)

As the description states, this book chronicles the lives of several NBA stars that are know for their Christian faith. Each of the sections in the book are dedicated to one of the players and delves into their childhood, their careers in high school and college, how they came to faith and how their faith affects their playing. This book will help you understand why these men are at the top of their game. It is a great read for the sports enthusiast.
(Don B. Book Bargains and Previews 2011-11-29)

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Playing with Purpose: Basketball chronicles the lives of several players who stand strong for their Christian faith on the professional hardwoods. Veteran CBA author Mike Yorkey profiles NBA stars both established and up-and-coming—such as Jeremy Lin, Kyle Korver, Anthony Parker, and Luke Ridnour, introducing readers to talented athletes with compelling faith stories.

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Product Details

  • Series: Playing with Purpose
  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Barbour Publishing, Inc. (November 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616264896
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616264895
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #915,702 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Racks on May 22, 2012
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This item supposedly contains the updated chapter 5 that includes "the latest from Linsanity 2012" which you can read a sample of in the "Look Inside" this book feature on amazon website. The product that actually ships is an older edition that has no mention of Linsanity 2012 because it was printed in 2011. I called Amazon and they tried to correct the issue, only to send me a second copy of the older edition. I can only conclude they don't carry the updated edition or there is an order processing error. They supposedly will try to correct this. Until they do, DO NOT buy the hard copy of this book here. I'll remove this post or update once the correct edition is in stock and I receive it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Emil Lavsen on March 22, 2012
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This book gave a Peek into the lives of some nba players that has chosen to stand for they're belief in Christ
Not that deep, but good though, just plz do not expect toooo much from it, but see it as an easy read biography kind of book
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Caroline H. on January 31, 2014
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It was an extra Christmas gift for my 13 year old grandson. He really liked it and couldn't put it down!
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This book was very inspirational for living a moral life in the often times immoral world of the NBA. I enjoy Mike's writings as he does a great job weaving stories together to make this a fun read as well as an inspirational read. I encourage you to pick up a copy of this book as you won't be able to put it down. I look forward to the next edition and particularily was inspired by Jeremy Lin's story of perseverance and trusting God through trial and tribulations!
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