March 31, 2016

Book Review: The Spirit in Baseball

The Spirit in Baseball, by Kathryn Nixon and Ana Boudreau demonstrates how Christian values, particularly the fruits of the Spirit, are easily infused into sporting activities…primarily baseball.  This children’s book is creatively written and illustrated by Nixon and Boudreau in a scrapbook style manner.

In the book, the authors share, “Just as our Heavenly Father hides the ‘fruit of the Spirit’ within our hearts, we have hidden God’s created fruit for you to seek throughout this book.”  It’s based on Galatians 5:22-23, and these scripture verses state: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.”

The Spirit in Baseball highlights each fruit of the Spirit with an additional scripture verse and how it can be applied towards playing baseball.  For example, patience focuses on the following: “I am patient and happy to wait until it is my turn to bat,” along with the scripture verse of Romans 8:25.  This book includes a note of encouragement written by Trot Nixon, who is a 2004 Boston Red Sox World Series champion, as well as author Kathryn Nixon’s husband.

Young children will most enjoy this book, but it’s also a great tool for parents and coaches to implement the fruits of the Spirit into baseball, and then possibly leading towards utilizing the fruits of the Spirit in daily activities.  With baseball as the primary theme, this book is geared more towards boys.  However, girls interested in sports, particularly baseball or even softball, will benefit from this book, too.  While any nationality might enjoy this book, it seems to be written for American children, even as indicated on the front cover with the American flag.  However, there is a Spanish translation of The Spirit in Baseball (El Espiritu en Beisbol), but I’ve not read/reviewed that book.

In addition to The Spirit in Baseball, Nixon and Boudreau have written and illustrated The Spirit in Football.  In a recent Question and Answer session by B and B Media Group, Nixon shared, “We would like to do a basketball and a soccer book,” which would expand their The Spirit in Sports series.

Note: I received this book from B and B Media, which is a program designed for bloggers to write book reviews in exchange for books, yet the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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