If you ever wondered about me–and if you’re reading this, then I know you have–then I encourage you to read my latest book, Fathers, Sons, & Holy Ghosts: Baseball as a Spiritual Experience. This is my explanation as to why baseball people are so passionate about their sport. It is largely a memoir (with a little science and some serious theology thrown in) and as such, it will explain a great deal about me. In fact, this photo graces the back cover. Taken at my great-uncle’s farm in Cecil County, Maryland when I was ten or eleven, it captures the spirit of this book. That boy, who posed this photo to make it look like a baseball card, is still in here–slower, and far less agile, but just as thrilled to run across the summer grass after a baseball.
If you have a Kindle, you can find the download for Fathers, Sons, & Holy Ghosts here. If you have a different e-reader (a Nook, for example) you can go to your respective e-book store or go to Smashwords and download the file that is appropriate for you. All e-versions are only $0.99. The print version will be available from CreateSpace (Amazon) in another couple of weeks and lists for $5.49.
If you are interested in a personalized copy and are local, I will be signing books on March 18 from 11:00-1:00 at the Winchester Book Gallery in Winchester’s Old Town Mall.
The “official” description of Fathers, Sons, & Holy Ghosts: Baseball as a Spiritual Experience:
No other sport, and indeed few other activities evoke as much passion as does baseball. It is a passion that unites generations and genders, laborers and lawyers, Republicans and Democrats. Baseball serves as a common language, a unified way of perceiving the world, a means to greater understanding. Baseball’s shrines, rituals, myths, and heroes certainly give it a religious aura, but many activities may be pursued “religiously.” Baseball is beyond religion. It is a living myth that puts us in touch with Eternity, with the Infinite. Its Miracle is not some long-ago act that contradicts the laws of physics. Its Miracle is the scrubbing away of cynicism to reveal the fresh-faced child within who is ready to believe, eager to believe, who does believe. Fathers, Sons, & Holy Ghosts: Baseball as a Spiritual Experience is an examination in memoir form of how baseball nourishes the spiritual side of those who are part of the game.