- Hardcover: 272 pages
- Publisher: B&H Books (April 1, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1433683318
- ISBN-13: 978-1433683312
- Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 69 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #353,468 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Mike Yorkey has written and co-written more than seventy-five books, including the best seller Every Man's Battle (with Stephen Arterburn and Fred Stoeker); Believe: My Faith and the Tackle That Changed My Life (with Eric LeGrand); Playing With Purpose: Tim Tebow; Recovery of a Lifetime (with Chris & Mike Reis); Every Heart Restored (with Fred Stoeker, Brenda Stoeker, Stephen Arterburn); Growing Up Colt (with Colt and Brad McCoy); Playing With Purpose: NFL Quarterbacks (Sam Bradford, Colt McCoy, Tim Tebow), Linspired: The Remarkable Rise of Jeremy Lin; and Playing with Purpose: Baseball.
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Top customer reviews
What I appreciate about Ben is that he seems unchanged by the fame and the fortune that have come his way through being a professional athlete. He is as down-to-earth today as the day I met him, still a small-town pastor’s son unimpressed with his own success. He is a humble guy who sees his career as a unique opportunity to speak about Christ. As he has established himself as a great player, he has seen those opportunities grow.
Ben and his wife Julianna have teamed up with Mike Yorkey to write "Double Play." This is really four different stories woven into one: Ben’s long climb to the major leagues, Julianna’s growth as a professional singer, their spiritual journey as individuals and then as a couple, and the tale of two people falling in love. Each of the stories is enjoyable and well-told. They open up their lives with honesty, yet without exhibitionism. You won’t have to be a hopeless or sheepish romantic to enjoy reading about how they met and fell in love and (finally!) married. You won’t have to be a baseball fan to enjoy reading about Ben’s struggles and successes at the plate.
A few aspects of the book merit special mention.
Ben tells about his early career as a major leaguer where he struggled and found himself demoted. He went through an excruciating depression where he blamed God for his failure and just wanted to give up. Yet through this time, and with the help of his pastor Byron Yawn, he came to see that he had made baseball into his idol, the one thing in all the world he felt he needed to succeed at in order to experience joy and fulfillment. It was only when he was able to identify this as idolatry that he was able to recover his joy in the Lord.
Julianna shares that as a young girl she was sexually assaulted. She describes how this affected her and how the weight of it has carried into her adult life and even into her marriage. She describes Ben’s kindness and patience in helping her come to terms with what happened to her. Those who have experienced similar grief will be helped, I think, by her openness and honesty.
Finally, the Zobrists make no attempt in "Double Play" to hide or disguise who they are and what they believe. From the first page to the last, the book is soaked in their Christian faith. Both Ben and Julianna grew up in Christian homes as the children of pastors and both of them have a deep and mature commitment to the Lord. They go to a great church today and, despite the difficulties of a career that involves seven months a year of near-constant travel, they celebrate it and are committed to it. They get the gospel and are eager to share their faith with those who read their story.
Sports memoirs vary greatly in their quality, and, though I admit my bias, I can say confidently that this is one of the good ones, up there with the likes of R.A. Dickey’s "Wherever I Wind Up." Zobrist is one of baseball’s best players and one of the sport’s men of true character. His story—and Julianna’s—are worth knowing. If you like baseball or if you like memoir, you’ll enjoy this book.
I would recommend this book to readers who like baseball and stories about Christian lives.
Most recent customer reviews
Fascinating to see how Ben has his priorities straight in his spiritual life, home life and career.