Baseball as a Road to God by John Sexton
Seeing Beyond the Game

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...not only an amazing, engaging, and fascinating chronicle of the game...but he has also skillfully married religious tradition, practice, and belief with the emotional, psychological, and physical sensations every true fan experiences...
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The president of New York University offers a love letter to America’s most beloved sport and a tribute to its underlying spirituality.
 
For more than a decade, John Sexton has taught a wildly popular New York University course about two seemingly very different things: religion and baseball. Yet Sexton argues that one is actually a pathway to the other.
 
Baseball as a Road to God is about touching that something that lies beyond logical understanding. Sexton illuminates the surprisingly large number of mutual concepts shared between baseball and religion: faith, doubt, conversion, miracles, and even sacredness among many others.
 
Structured like a game and filled with riveting accounts of baseball’s most historic moments, Baseball as Road to God will enthrall baseball fans whatever their religious beliefs may be. In thought-provoking, beautifully rendered prose, Sexton elegantly demonstrates that baseball is more than a game, or even a national pastime: It can be a road to enlightenment.
 

About John Sexton

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JOHN SEXTON is the fifteenth president of New York University and previously served as dean of the NYU School of Law. In addition to his executive duties, he teaches a full course load, making him one of the only university presidents to do so. He lives in New York City. THOMAS OLIPHANT was a columnist for The Boston Globe for more than forty years and is a New York Times bestselling author. He has been part of the “Baseball as a Road to God” seminar for years. He lives in Washington DC. PETER J. SCHWARTZ was a reporter for Forbes and was the first student ever enrolled in the “Baseball as a Road to God” seminar. He lives in New York City.
 
Published March 7, 2013 by Avery. 257 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Sports & Outdoors, Education & Reference. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Phyllis Hanlon on Mar 07 2013

...not only an amazing, engaging, and fascinating chronicle of the game...but he has also skillfully married religious tradition, practice, and belief with the emotional, psychological, and physical sensations every true fan experiences...

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