Posted by JT
Playing With Purpose: Baseball Devotions
by Paul Kent
Barbour Books, 2014
Sporting events are often used as metaphors in the Bible. The apostle Paul writes that we should “run with endurance the race that is set before us” (Hebrews 12:1), and nearing the end of his own life, said, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith” (2 Timothy 4:7). Earlier in that letter, he wrote, “And also if anyone competes in athletics, he is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules” (2 Timothy 2:5). Had baseball existed in the first century I believe that Paul would have used it to illustrate some spiritual points.
Author Paul Kent draws upon America’s pastime in his book, Playing With Purpose, a collection of 180 devotions. Kent pulls events from the history of the game, sometimes seemingly insignificant events, and relates them to spiritual principles. There is no evident denominational bias in these devotionals, making it universally appealing in the religious world. Unfortunately, there is not much to chew on either. It may be a good book for someone young in the faith, but for those who have been Christians for a while, it’s not really enough nourishment (Hebrews 5:12-14).