Pujols: More Than the Game   -     By: Scott Lamb, Tim Ellsworth
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Thomas Nelson / 2011 / Hardcover

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Amazing stats---and amazing grace---have made Albert Pujols one of the greatest baseball players of all time! The St. Louis Cardinals infielder is famous and feared for his all-around playing ability---hitting for average and power, base-running, and fielding. But when adulation comes his way, Pujols points people to his personal hero---Jesus Christ. 304 pages, hardcover from Nelson.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 304
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2011
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
ISBN: 1595552243
ISBN-13: 9781595552242
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After a decade starring for the St. Louis Cardinals, Albert Pujols is already compared with names in the highest reaches of baseball's pantheon: Ruth, Gehrig, Aaron, Mays. Slugging his way toward the Hall of Fame, Pujols has raised the game's standard for greatness beyond any statistical measure. But the standard by which Pujols measures himself has less to do with baseball performance than with honoring God and exemplifying his faith for the millions who follow him.

From his birthplace in the Dominican Republic to his high-school days in Kansas City, from a single season in the minor leagues to the World Series and nine All-Star Games, Pujols has developed his immense talents on the baseball diamond, all the while focusing his direction-and the direction of his family-with the belief that a higher power is behind every achievement.

Authors Scott Lamb and Tim Ellsworth spare no tale of this growing baseball legend, all the while accentuating "the unseen hand of divine providence" that has shaped the man Albert Pujols has become. It's a story that will inspire, and a reminder of the human quality behind superhuman achievement.

A story-still in the making-of allowing God's strength to guide one man's path to be the best his game has ever seen.

His numbers are staggering.

In 2010 Albert Pujols became the first player in baseball history to bat .300 with 30 home runs and 100 runs batted in for ten consecutive seasons. Babe Ruth didn't do it. Ted Williams didn't do it. Hank Aaron didn't do it. The fact that this was accomplished in Pujols' first ten seasons only makes the achievement more, well, Ruthian.

Albert Pujols' story goes beyond numbers, though. Beyond the bright lights and packed stadiums of Major League Baseball. Even beyond the adulation of millions who have come to see the St. Louis Cardinal star as the rare "once-in-a-lifetime-player" who transcends team loyalties.

Through the 2010 season, Pujols hit 408 home runs. And every time he touched home plate after sending another baseball to a random bookshelf or trophy case, Pujols pointed heavenward. Toward the strength behind his otherworldly talents, toward the inspiration that lifts him on a daily basis, regardless of his team's place in the standings. For Jesus Christ is Albert Pujols' first love. Faith, family, then maybe baseball.

Endorsements:

"He matches in his personal life the excellence that he demonstrates on the diamond. You will love this book and will love Pujols if you don't already." -Mike Huckabee , 44th Governor of Arkansas, Former Republican presidential candidate, Host of Fox News ' Huckabee Show, Best-selling author

But Pujols' argument for greatest player ever isn't nearly as interesting or significant as the fact that there even is an argument. That's because perhaps the most amazing thing about Albert Pujols is that less than two years before he began one of the greatest rookie seasons in baseball history, he was a non-prospect." -Joe Posnanski, Senior Writer at Sports Illustrated (included in the Foreword)

"Pujols is full of nuggets. Given that the action in the famous poem "Casey at the Bat" starts with "Cooney died at first, and Barrows did the same," I enjoyed reading that Albert Pujols asks opposing runners at first base, "If you died today, where do you think you're going to go?" Lamb and Ellsworth lucidly describe both the season-by-season baseball exploits of Pujols and the impact he's having on some lives for eternity." -Marvin Olasky, Editor-in-chief, World

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  1. twin22
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    This book is a must read for baseball fans.
    May 1, 2011
    twin22
    Quality: 5
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Pujols: More Than The Game

    Ask me who the best player in baseball is and without question I will answer Albert Pujols. But even with his monster numbers for the last decade his skills aren't solely why I place him on the top of the list. What sets him apart from a group of elite athletes is simply one thing. The man behind the name. "Pujols: More Than The Game" by Scott Lamb and Tim Ellsworth is inspiring biography of the real Albert Pujols. The book encompasses many examples of Pujols' staggering talent in the game, and his dedicated work ethic. But it also focus's on what's most important to him. His faith and his family. The book is about how his faith shines through every aspect of his life. From his career, his family, and his foundation. In an era of steroids, corruption and selfishness, its refreshing to know there's someone still true to baseball. It's great to have someone to believe in.

    Being a huge Cardinals fan this was an easy choice to read. I loved the book. Even though I already had a good idea of Pujols' character and faith this book just set in stone what I already knew. Albert Pujols is a true hero. Not just on the field, but off. My favorite part of the book was the chapters about his faith and his foundation. I was truly inspired by all the work he's done and I admire the fact he gives all the honor and glory to God.

    If there was any negativity in the book I would say it would have to be all the stats and numbers. If you aren't a baseball fan, the walk through each season of Pujol's career would be rather boring. Plus the stats would have little meaning, they would just be numbers on a page.

    Overall I was happy with the book. It gave excellent insight on the best baseball player to ever walk the field. I admire and look up to the man, and I'm proud to have him on my Cardinals team. If you doubt the guy for any reason, from steroids, faith, or integrity, you should read the book. A must read for Cardinal fans, but a great read for any baseball fan.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
  2. Brent
    New Boston, TX
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great book! Must Read
    April 7, 2011
    Brent
    New Boston, TX
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Baseball season has opened up again and I want to recommend some spring reading for the baseball fan. The book, Pujols More Than the Game by Scott Lamb and Tim Ellsworth, is a great read. The book is packed full of baseball stats and recounting of Albert Pujols' journey from High School baseball to his current status of Major League great. What I like most about the book is that unlike other books about famous Christian coaches and players that merely talk about character, honor, integrity, or other admirable qualities, it speaks a lot about Pujols' walk and belief in Christ. A quote from Albert highlights chapter seventeen - "Baseball is simply my platform to elevate Jesus Christ, my Lord and Savior." This is a great chapter on he and his wife's passion for sharing the Gospel. I believe all will enjoy this book, baseball fan or not.
  3. seabe
    Fallon, NV
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    A Great Book about a Christian Man
    March 14, 2011
    seabe
    Fallon, NV
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    I just finished reading the book, "Pujols: More Than the Game" by Scott Lamb and Tim Ellsworth, and I found it to be a very interesting book. This is the story of Albert Pujols life: from his early childhood in the Dominican Republic to high school in the United States, his baseball career from childhood to the minor leagues and then into the majors, and most importantly, his Faith in God.

    I am not a sports fanatic, but I do enjoy watching a little with my husband. I didn't pick up this book for the baseball aspect of the book. I wanted to read the story of a person's life and faith in Christ. I found Pujols story to be interesting but with a few too many sports statistics for it to be one of my favorites. I am planning on giving this book to my brother who I think with really love it as he finds all those statistics to be interesting and learns them for many baseball players. I enjoy getting to know a person and now I find that when I hear about Pujols on the news, I am more interested because I feel like I know him personally. I would highly recommend this book to all the sports lovers out there.

    I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com <http://BookSneeze®.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255
  4. Christy G
    Houston, TX
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Great book for my 3 boys!
    March 7, 2011
    Christy G
    Houston, TX
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    As a mother of three sons, I am engrossed in spring baseball season! So I was interested to read Pujols: More than a Game to get to know this man that my boys have referenced many times. I was impressed to know what a Godly man, father, teammate and public figure Albert Pujols strives to be. This is the story of his life, rise to fame, and baseball statistics that have made him a household name.

    I really enjoyed the writing style of Lamb and Ellsworth, poetically descriptive at times and at others, simply the stats and play by plays. I loved the chapters about his life, meeting and serving the Lord with his wife, and how he ministers to people in the Dominican Republic and St. Louis. There were lots of chapters though with simply descriptions of games, stats and his rise up the baseball ladder. I personally did not enjoy those chapters, but I know my kids and other baseball lovers will really get into them.

    After reading this book, I can now really cheer for Pujols, knowing the man that he is striving to be. I am also praying that as my boys read this book, they will learn lessons about their walk with the Lord that will carry them throughout their lives.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
  5. glesterw
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    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Pujols and his faith, more than baseball.
    March 3, 2011
    glesterw
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: male
    Quality: 3
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 3
    Scott Lamb and Tim Ellsworth allows baseball fans to get a deeper look and insight on what matter's most to Pujols, his relationship and faith in Jesus Christ. It's not all about baseball here, Pujols lives everyday knowing that there is a higher power behind it all, God and his Son Jesus! Even though Pujols has a chance at being known has the greatest player of baseball of all time, God is ultimately first in his life.

    I'm not a huge sport buff, but reading this book has given me a better understanding that a baseball player, such as Pujols, doesn't just live life by the throw of a ball and the swing of a baseball bat, but that Pujols is more focused on Jesus. I have a greater respect for Pujols and his efforts to make the best of his life on and off the field. Many times an athlete can get caught up in themselves when they become a great athlete and lose the sense and purpose of what really matters most. I recommend this book mostly to baseball fans or sports fans in general. This book highlights Pujols stats and why he has a chance to be known as the greatest baseball player of all time!

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze.com <http://BookSneeze.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255
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