Religion and sports have long been intertwined in American culture. Think Hail Mary passes, the New Orleans Saints and the Wake Forest Demon Deacons. Plus, mingling sports and religion at your next meeting may get—and keep—the attention of the athletic-set in the audience. Three new books discussing religion and recreation bow in the new year, bringing sport-minded ideas to planners everywhere.
“Wrestling for My Life: The Legend, the Reality, and the Faith of a WWE Superstar”
By Shawn Michaels
Release Date: Feb. 10, 2015
The former WWF/WWE wresting superstar recounts his time inside the ring, details how his commitment to Christianity changed everything in his life and reveals the struggle of being committed to God in the crazy world of professional wrestling.
“This Is My Body: From Obesity to Ironman, My Journey into the True Meaning of Flesh, Spirit, and Deeper Faith”
By Ragan Sutterfield
Release Date: Feb. 17, 2015
Fitness and faith go hand in hand in Episcopal priest Sutterfield’s world. For amateur runners, Ironman competitors and weekend athletes, this book explores God’s perspective on taking care of your body, as well as mind and spirit.
“Beyond Championships: A Playbook for Winning at Life”
By Dru Joyce II
Release Date: March 10, 2015
As LeBron James’ high school basketball coach, Joyce learned quickly about life in the spotlight. Joyce’s book is about what it takes to achieve your goals and reach your full potential in life. It’s not a book about sports, but rather a book about succeeding in life using sports as its vehicle.