Yesterday, I was listening to sports radio and the host commented, “The NFL has never been more popular.” Indeed, sports is an important part of American culture. Yet fewer and fewer athletes are worth emulating these days. Multi-million dollar contracts eclipse the need to demonstrate character on and off the field. More and more athletes are picking up where Charles Barkley left off in the 80’s – roles models appear to be a thing of the past.
Jeremy Lin: Faith, Joy, and Basketball by Ted Kluck shatters the stereotype that is dominating professional sports. Kluck is quick to point out how Jeremy Lin is a unique combination of talent and Christ-honoring character. The book serves as an inspiration for Christian young people who aspire to honor God on and off the playing field.
Kluck brings his usual witty, tongue-and-cheek realism to the table in his latest book. His outlook is refreshing. His honesty is commendable. This little book is a fun read and should find its way into the hands of young Christian athletes. May a new generation of young people make it their aim to glorify Christ in every shot, pass, spike, and jump. “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” (1 Corinthians 10:31, ESV)