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Pujols: More Than the Game Hardcover – February 20, 2011

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About the Author

Scott Lamb serves as the President of Reformation Press and the Executive Director of the Presbyterian Lay Committee in Nashville, Tennessee. He is a Baptist pastor who has shepherded churches in Alabama, Missouri, and Kentucky. He and his wife, Pearl, have six children. He is the author of Pujols: More than the Game (Thomas Nelson, 2011).


Tim Ellsworth is director of news and media relations at Union University in Jackson, Tennessee. A native of Southern Illinois, Tim previously worked as associate editor of the Illinois Baptist and director of news and information at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Tim is the author of God in the Whirlwind: Stories of Grace from the Tornado at Union University. He is also the editor of Baptist Press Sports. Over the years, he has written countless articles illuminating the interaction between faith and sports. Tim has interviewed hundreds of people, including celebrities, athletes, politicians, statesman, and educators, as well as countless people from everyday walks of life. He and his wife, Sarah, have three children—Daniel, Emmalee, and Noah.


Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson; 1St Edition edition (February 20, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595552243
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595552242
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.2 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (154 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,206,678 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
I am a baseball fan for the sake of baseball, not too interested in the big names (or salaries) that so often accompany winning teams. I have attended more baseball games than I can count, and as it turns out, probably watched my brother play baseball against Albert Pujols in high school (just didn't realize what he would become!).

While this book advertised Pujols's faith in God as the key component to his life, I was skeptical that it would pan out. (Like most, I'm pretty weary of the constant attention paid to "celebrity" athletes, actors, and the like.) But by page 6, when the authors are describing Pujols's performance during a "Buddy Day" game, I had tears in my eyes, and I knew that he was serious.

The book is heavy on sports action and stats; it is also heavy on faith. (As the book is published by Thomas Nelson, I would expect the second.) It is also immensely readable. I snuggled up on the couch the night the book arrived in the mail, and finished it in a single sitting.

The book should appeal to any true baseball fan, Pujols fan, and young athletes hoping to "make it big" while maintaining a focus on and relationship with God. It is reassuring to hear an athlete speak so clearly about his faith.

[Please note, while it did not affect my review of this book, I received this book for review purposes at no charge from BookSneeze.com.]
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I was impressed with how the authors weaved life and baseball together on just about every page. Being able to see what makes a superstar like Albert tick is always interesting though in this case it really is not. In many biographies of living players, you will only read of the good stuff. This is not true of Pujols. While you will see a superstar who is a hero to many, and one who calls on the name of Christ as Lord and Savior, you will also see a human who gets upset and can hold a grudge. Pujols is not painted as a saint, just a sinner saved by grace trying to live in the world without being of the world.

The one chapter that felt more forced than any of the others was the chapter concerning steroids. In this chapter, the author's list 20 reasons why Pujols could not possibly use steroids. This chapter feels more like a defense attorney presentation than a mere biographical sketch. Nonetheless, in an age where everyone is suspected of using performance enhancing drugs, I can see the necessity of showing how the "guy with all the stats" is not using steroids to be of significant importance. This is even more true given the Christianity of the man, Albert Pujols.

Pujols: More than the Game is more than a biography. It is a $25 gospel tract that will be read. Since he does put up gaudy numbers, people want to know more about him, but Pujols will tell you just as he tells countless reporters - it is not about me. He wants the whole world to know that what he does, he does because the Creator of the universe has gifted him with a special ability to hit a little white ball with a little brown stick and hit it extremely hard and far. If you are a baseball fan, you will appreciate this book. If you are a Christian, you will want to purchase extra copies to give away as it will certainly open many doors to gospel conversations that you might not have had before now.
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Format: Hardcover
Scott Lamb and Tim Ellsworth do a great job of showing us all the sides of the man that is Albert Pujols. As a casual fan, and a lifelong Cubs devotee, I have admired Pujols from afar with more than a good bit of envy. However, it is impossible not to be completely enamored with a man who so explicitly lives his life, and by default uses his otherworldly baseball talents, for the sole purpose of glorifying God. Today's sports culture is such that there are not many professional athletes worthy of being labeled `role models', Albert Pujols begs to differ.
Although it would be easy to get caught up with Pujol's positives, the authors do a great job of presenting a well rounded picture, successes and failures, areas of growth etc. It takes real skill to paint a moving picture a la Harry Potter, but they've managed to accomplish just that. If there is one thing that takes away from this biography it is the fact that we don't really see anything from the personal side of Pujol's life, only the face that he puts on in public. To the authors credit they've done a scintillating job despite not being able to interview Pujol's or any of his family members for the book.
Overall a great read, one that I would recommend to anyone, especially those searching for a real role model in the sporting world.
Just in case you were wondering...I'm still a Cubs fan.
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One of the biggest news stories in this year's baseball off-season was Albert Pujols. Would he or wouldn't he re-sign with the St. Louis Cardinals? Would he get $30 million per year? Would he sign a new contract before spring training began?

Shortly after all these questions were swirling, I read the recent biography of Pujols by Scott Lamb and Tim Ellsworth, More than a Game.

Lamb and Ellsworth open with Pujols stepping to the plate in September 2006. Although the Cardinals found themselves in preparing for the playoffs after a long divisional race, Pujols found time to mingle with the Cardinals' special guests that day. Many of them, like Pujols step-daughter, had Downs Syndrome. In a single day, Pujols managed to mingle with these special fans, who look forward to this trip to the ballpark all year. And by the way, he also managed to hit 3 home runs that day as well.

The opening to the book captures the tone quite well. Lamb and Ellsworth weave anecdotes from Pujols' herculean feats on the ball field with the story of his life and faith. Pujols' roots in the Dominican, his lightning quick journey through the Cardinals farm system, and his growth in faith helps set the discussion of Pujols' contract talks in their larger context. Pujols and his wife have start the Pujols Family Foundation, which gives millions each year to assist those with Downs Syndrome. Based on this book, Pujols appears to be the genuine article.

Earlier this summer, I read the biography of Stan Musial, who is probably the only Cardinal ranked ahead of Pujols on the pantheon of baseball greatness. Musial and Pujols share many traits: both were committed family men and both were "religious" by the general public. Because of this, the media considers them boring.
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