Reviews and previews of books about baseball or with baseball as a central point
Saturday, January 30, 2010
Legging out a Single
Sermon on the Mound, Finding God at the Heart of the Game by Michael O’Connor; 2001; 180 pages; Bethany House Publishers, Minneapolis, MN; 0-7642-2395-X; 8/23-8/25 I first read this back in 2001 and had decided that I wanted to reread it. Well when I picked it up this time I wasn’t quite as impressed. When I first read it I would have said that the author hit a home run, but this time he just barely legged out a single. It is a spiritual autobiography and a big part of O’Connors life is baseball. He came to a spiritual epiphany as the ball skipped through Billy Buckners legs in the 1986 World Series. He uses baseball illustrations to illustrate spiritual truths and has quite a way of turning a phrase.