After over 30 years of publishing experience I went into sports publishing. It wasn’t something I was sold on, it was more about what was in front of me and how the encouragement I received from friends. As part of the package, I determined that I was not interested in publishing sports books that whined about players and team like sports radio and a much of the media. I worked with a short list of authors and eventually met Patrick McCaskey of the Chicago Bears. Pat’s projects took it one step further for me, in that his materials were on sports and faith. Thus followed the Sports and Faith Series:
- Sports and Faith: Stories of the Devoted and the Devout
- Sports and Faith: More Stories of the Devoted and the Devout
- Worthwhile Struggle
Our first book is out of print, but you can find some copies online in some places.
Each book has very readable stories or what I can vignettes on athletes and coaches and the good they do. Each book also has a biographical component of the author and his family and friends. And each book also has some of Pat’s humor, either in stories or poems. Pat has been speaking about the Bears and his family for over 3 decades and if you have had an opportunity to see him, you know his approach is somewhat unique in 2019. Our last book, Worthwhile Struggle, has Sister Jean of Loyola on the cover. I find that books seem to be very personal these days and yet the audience for our books is rather large. My background in professional publishing told me that people can get great value out of books–even if they read only portions of it. But we do keep our eyes on the prize so to speak, we are promoting the good.
If you are like me, you might go to your computer or turn on the news tonight and you won’t find much good. A book by your bedside that promotes something positive might just be something that helps.