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Journalist and baseball lover Ed Henry reveals for the first time the backstory of faith that guided Jackie Robinson into not only the baseball record books but the annals of civil rights advancement as well. Through recently discovered sermons, interviews with Robinson's family and friends, and even an unpublished book by the player himself, Henry details a side of Jackie's humanity that few have taken the time to see.
Branch Rickey, the famed owner who risked it all by signing Jackie to his first contract, is also shown as a complex individual who wanted nothing more than to make his God-fearing mother proud of him. Few know the level at which Rickey struggled with his decision, moving forward only after a private meeting with a minister he'd just met. It turns out Rickey was not as certain about signing Robinson as historians have always assumed.
With many baseball stories to enthrall even the most ardent enthusiast, 42 Faith also digs deep into why Jackie was the man he was and what both drove him and challenged him after his retirement. From his early years before baseball to his time with Rickey and the Dodgers to his failing health in his final years, we see a man of faith that few have recognized.
This book will add a whole new dimension to Robinson's already awe-inspiring legacy. Yes, Jackie and Branch are both still heroes long after their deaths. Now we learn more fully than ever before there was an assist from God, too.
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By Phillip L. on 04-11-17
A thoroughly interesting and enjoyable examination of all too human men and women and the strength their faith played in doing the right thing, struggling to achieve a shared goal of breaking the color barrier, and staying true without becoming bitter. It reveals new insights into Robinson and Brickey. You will not want to pause in listening.
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By Brian Goodman on 04-07-17
How Christian Conviction Triumphed Over Social Convention
Ed Henry's research, journalistic acumen and piercing analysis combine in an engaging, winsome, and at times jarring narrative that recounts the vital connection between the Christian conviction of Branch Rickey and Jackie Robinson and their courageous agreement to transcend the racial discrimination of their day. This wonderful book reminds its readers of the toxicity of racism and the healing powers of forgiveness, grace and love.
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