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First, I'd Like to Thank God: An Exploration of the Relationship between Top Athletes and Faith

Simon Desmarais-Zalob

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ISBN 10: 1491724587 / ISBN 13: 9781491724583
Published by iUniverse, 2014
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Title: First, I'd Like to Thank God: An Exploration...

Publisher: iUniverse

Publication Date: 2014

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:Good

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Do you ever wonder why athletes always seem to thank God, first and foremost, in post-game interviews? Or why they point to the heavens following a home run or a touchdown?

This book takes a look at the relationship between top athletes and religiosity (or spirituality) in a number of different ways. It aims to address the issues of when sport and religion began to merge, whether professional athletes are, in fact, more religious than the rest of the population, how a spiritual mindset might (or might not) benefit athletes, and why wearing the same underwear during a winning streak has anything to do with religious faith. These questions are confronted by looking at psychological and sociological studies, conducting original research, and examining exclusive interviews with professional athletes.

So what does a player like Jerry Stackhouse think of the culture of faith in the NBA? How does an agnostic athlete view the religiously themed celebrations in the NFL? Are top performers in other walks of life just as religious as top athletes? The results might surprise you.

About the Author:

simon desmarais-zalob was born in 1986 in San Francisco and raised in nearby Mill Valley. He received his bachelor of arts, majoring in psychology and political science, from McGill University in Montréal, and his master of social work from Fordham University in New York City. He is currently working as a high school counselor in the Bronx, where he lives by himself (happily). He spends his days loyally following the Giants, Warriors, and 49ers, and although he passionately celebrated the Giants' 2010 and 2012 World Series victories, he does not spend his time pondering the greater meaning of it all. He is half-Canadian.

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