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And God Said, "Play Ball!" [Paperback]

By Gary Graf (Author) & Jack Zehrt (Photographer)
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This book is entertaining and educational: fanciful and inspirational. And God Said, "Play Ball!" makes the Bible more approachable by relating it to a game loved by both children and adults. It also shows that baseball is not only a game, but a never-ending series of lessons about life, as well. The book is divided into 18 chapters, each representing one half inning of a baseball game. In each half inning a topic is explored, with parallels being drawn between the Bible and the game. Author Gary Graf has been a baseball fan for more than 40 years and a Catholic longer than that. You won't find a more inspiring gift for the baseball fan in your life.

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This book manages to be entertaining and educational, as well as fanciful and inspirational. It draws from the lives of Jesus Christ and Yogi Berra, Joseph of Nazareth and Joe DiMaggio, Moses and Hank Aaron, Saint Peter and Jackie Robinson. "And God Said, "Play Ball "" makes the Bible more approachable by relating it to a game loved by both children and adults. It shows that baseball is not only a game, but a never-ending series of lessons about life, as well. "And God Said, "Play Ball "" will appeal to Christian Athletes of any denomination.
The author has been a baseball fan for more than forty years and a Catholic a lot longer than that. He has played, coached, watched, or taught baseball since he was seven years old. He is very active in lay ministry and catechetics at his Catholic parish in Seattle, and has found both the Bible and baseball to be among the greatest teachers in his life.
This book includes 8 pages of timeless photographs. You won't find a more inspiring gift for that baseball player in your life--of whatever age--or that fan in front of your TV

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Liguori Publications
Pages   192
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 5.75" Height: 8.5"
Weight:   0.56 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Apr 1, 2006
Publisher   Liguori Publications
ISBN  0764814753  
ISBN13  9780764814754  

Availability  82 units.
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More About Gary Graf & Jack Zehrt

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Gary Graf is the author of And God Said, "Play Ball" and And God Said, "It's Good!" He has worked as a story editor and a publicist for Walt Disney Productions and is presently a partner in an advertising agency in Seattle. A father of two, he lives in Seattle, where he is a member of St. Joseph Church. Visit his web site at

Gary Graf currently resides in Seattle.

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1Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Bible & Other Sacred Texts
2Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Christianity > Christian Living > General
3Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Spirituality > Inspirational
4Books > Subjects > Sports > Baseball > Essays & Writings

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And God said, "Play Ball"  Dec 14, 2007
This was such a fun read. i used it for a devotional and the group I presented it to loved it. Now, obviously, you need to have a love for baseball or the Bible to really enjoy this quick read. I have sent a copy to all of my baseball and God buddies for Christmas. The parallels are excellent in each chapter, or inning. You certainly don't need to be a Biblical scholar to enjoy this book. Now, when is the football edition coming out?
Grandma fan  May 24, 2007
You have to love baseball and scriptures to thoroughly enjoy this book. Being a fan of both and having a son and three grandsons into both, this filled the bill. I originally bought the book for my son, however I read it first and I so enjoyed how Gary Graf weaved the game of baseball into God's game plan for all of us.

Loved it.
Refreshing Approach!  Apr 11, 2005
Just finished this book and it was FABULOUS! Haven't seen anything like it before. Who would have thought baseball and the Bible would have that much in common??

I'd recommend this book. It's thought-provoking and a quick read, too.
Made me an even bigger fan of baseball and religion  Apr 8, 2005
I'll be honest. I've always been a, shall I say, "more frequent" fan of baseball than of religion. This book will have an impact on that. That it was an interesting baseball read was not the surprising part. The fact that it wove baseball and the Bible seamlessly (like a two-seam fastball) together was the surprise. It was a very entertaining read. It made the stories of the Bible come to life in ways that I hadn't previously experienced. I think anyone with even the slightest interest in baseball would find it fun. And if you have a strong religious background I bet it would be equally rewarding. Bringing together these two elements of life that people believe in so passionately was a natural. I think this would be a great gift for a lot of people. I know I have several people who will be receiving it for Father's Day.

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