Pujols: More Than The Game by Scott Lamb and Tim Ellsworth has been a fascinating and enjoyable read over the last few weeks as the 2011 MLB spring training is getting started. This 229-page book does a great job of uncovering Albert Pujols’ childhood days in the Dominican Republic to his MVP seasons in the Major Leagues.
Throughout the book the authors show you just how great Pujols is compared to many other talented athletes in the MLB. The statistics can become very heavy at times. However, any avid baseball fan will thoroughly enjoy them.
In between writing about Albert Pujols’ baseball career the authors did an outstanding job at uncovering his personal, spiritual, and social life:
Personally: Throughout the book you will find that Pujols works hard to achieve what he has on and off the field. He really cares about his wife, Dee Dee, and his children along with assuring that he plays baseball with integrity.
Spiritually: There are several chapters dedicated to Pujols’ Christian faith in Christ alone for salvation and how that has influenced him in his family life as well as playing at a professional level. Christian athletes will greatly benefit on how Pujols views life, sports, and eternity.
Socially: Because Pujols is a Christian and strives to obey the great commission, you will read about his burden for down syndrome people and the foundation that he established to reach out to them. Anyone who spends time interacting with young people will appreciate their sacrifice and efforts.
On a personal note, I would highly recommend this book to anyone, especially those who are Christian and who like sports.
[Please note, while it did not affect my review of this book, I received this book for review purposes at no charge from BookSneeze.com.]