Posts Tagged ‘Josh Hamilton’

Here are few links to articles that captured my attention this week that I think are worth your time to check out as well……….

The Forgotten Sin-What Worldliness Looks Like–Phil Johnson

Depravity Biblically Defined–Josh Buice


John Piper’s Exposition From The Third Lausanne Congress



“Beyond Belief-Finding The Strength to Come Back” Josh Hamilton & Tim Keown


This is not an official “book review” per say, I don’t feel qualified enough to do that , but I did want to share some things I learned from reading Josh Hamilton’s story. As many of you know, I love most all sports, but baseball is my favorite. I have known about Josh Hamilton every since he got drafted by the Devil Ray’s a few years back. I have read different accounts of his story through magazines and on-line articles, but until I read his story in his words I didn’t  fully understand how far he has come. Not only do I have a new appreciation for Josh, but I know better now the struggles that most people addicted to drugs face. As much as this was a story of redemption and recovery, it was a look inside the mind of an addict. Josh was very open and honest about his time being in bondage to that lifestyle. He was also honest about the spiritual warfare that was taking place in his life during this time (and some that still goes on).He share’s how his addiction hurt the people that loved him, and how there forgiveness of him had to be a “God thing” . He also talks about the providence of God and how as he looks back on things now he can see God’s hand in all of it. He never shy’s  away from giving God glory for his continuing recovery.

One of my favorite stories he tells, is about a  promise he made Clay Council, an older gentleman from his hometown. The promise was, that if he (Josh) ever participated in a home run derby, he would have Clay be his pitcher. Clay was one of those guy’s that spent all his spare time at the little league fields pitching to anyone that wanted to get in some batting practice. Josh kept his promise to Clay and flew him to New York and he had him pitch for him at Yankee stadium. The best part of this whole story was the fact that before they went out onto the field, they went into the tunnel, away from everyone else and prayed, giving God glory for this opportunity.

Growing up as a kid,  I usually looked at athlete’s as hero’s, heck I even named my son after a baseball player, but as I’ve gotten older I realize they are human just like me. Josh’s story pounds that home even more. I do now have a new respect for Josh and will be rooting for him to succeed on and off the field. I highly recommend this book to all baseball fans, but I also recommend it to anyone that is dealing with or knows someone that is dealing with an addiction.

 To me this is another example of God taking something that was meant for evil, and turning it into good.

Note* After seeing Josh’s story on MLB Network, my wife now wants his jersey. So if this will get her into watching baseball with me, at least 2 miracles came from Josh’s story.*