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STORIES BY ATHLETES OF FAITH
Faith in the Game is a blog containing submissions by athletes of faith. Each of them was asked one question: Tell us a story about a time when your faith was most present in your life. Rather than tell us about their faith, we asked them to show us. These stories are oftentimes uplifting, and at all times profound, raw, honest, introspective and heartfelt. These are not the sort of stories you hear in a press conference. Some of them take place on the field; others, off it. They are presented without agenda or judgment. On many levels, we think you'll find them fascinating, as they pull up the veil on a side of sports that is rarely revealed but very often present. This blog is moderated by author and father Ben Petrick, a former Colorado Rockies catcher thought to be the only professional athlete to have his career shortened by Parkinson's Disease, along with writer and father Scott Brown. In addition to their professional and family lives, both men are also coaches of youth sports. A selection of the stories they've collected will soon appear in a book, and together they're also working on Ben's autobiography. If you'd like us to email you when new stories appear on the blog, please send us a note at info@imagine-books.net.
  • October 10, 2011 3:28 pm

    The Lost Art of Listening, by Ben Petrick

    Ben Petrick is co-editor of Faith In The Game. A former Major Leaguer with the Colorado Rockies and Detroit Tigers, Ben has Parkinson’s disease and recently underwent an aggressive surgery called Deep Brain Stimulation to alleviate his symptoms. A television news story on Ben’s amazing recovery can be found hereBen chronicles his progress, along with stories of faith, family and baseball, in this blog.

    This entry was inspired by a couple of things. One was the talk that I had with a couple of young baseball players to whom I was giving hitting lessons a couple of days ago.  The other was a swimming lesson my daughter had last week.

    My daughter just turned 4 years old and has had swimming lessons in the past, but this time it feels a little different.  She is getting to that age where she is really starting to grasp instructions and as long as she is giving her undivided attention. At this particular swimming lesson there was another little kid that was bobbing his head underwater throughout the lesson, even while the teacher was talking.  The teacher asked repeatedly for him to stop and listen, but the kid was just playing and having fun. But when his play led my daughter to stop paying attention, I had flashbacks of my dad saying that when an adult is talking, look them straight in the eye so they know you are listening. 

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