Worthwhile Struggle is the fourth book in the Chicago Bears Patrick McCaskey’s Sports and Faith Series that look at athletes, coaches, Religious, and other notables who promote the good.  From Sister Jean of Loyola to Bill Wennington; from All-Madden Wide Receiver Tom Waddle to Mike Ditka; from Cubs Chaplain Fr. Burke Masters to candidate for Sainthood Father Tolton; from  Jim Finks to Red Grange–McCaskey shares the stories that make up his life of sports and faith. Chapters are titled after the author’s popular 10 Commandments of Football, his own football principles composed after growing up in the McCaskey-Halas family and working for the Bears for over four decades.

McCaskey introduces family members, mentors and saints. Worthwhile Struggle is the work of both a serious competitor and humorous witness to life’s defeats, struggles and victories. A devout Catholic married to a Protestant, McCaskey’s faith journey is always interesting and a focus in his writing.  Special features such as a chapter of the author’s Biblical poems, sports quiz questions and answers for fans, and a bit on the lives of saints with photographs from international photographer Father Lawrence Lew, O. P. are included.

Chip Beck, Drew Brees, Bob Cousy, Bronko Nagurski, George Halas, J. C. Caroline, Freddie Steinmark, Martin Sheen, Jordan Roberts, John Gagliardi, Frank Amato, John Johnson, Gine Pingatore, Kyle and Howie Long, Dan Rooney, Tom O’Hare, Bobby Watkins, and many other sports figures are included–along with Saints Lucy, Dominic, Patrick, Kevin, Francis, John Vianney, Blaise, Joan of Arc, Brendan, Vincent DePaul, Columba, and Benedict. Stories of  “Coach” Wayne Gordon and Christian Devotional writer Oswald Chambers are also included.

In addition to being the grandson of “Papa Bear” George Halas and working with the Bears, McCaskey is the Chair of Sports Faith International that honors notable athletes who lead exemplary lives. He is also Chair of Catholic Radio Station WSFI. His work with the Bears community outreach programs and his efforts on the part of faith-based education and many causes are all reflected in his writing efforts on sports and faith.  McCaskey personal experiences as an athlete in high school and college are also recalled along with friends, teachers and others.

Worthwhile Effort is 352 pages, paperback, 5.5 x 8.5, $20 each. The  book is sold at the publishers website: sportingchancepress.com  Any questions on quantity orders and those who preferring ordering by mail and billing, please contact lmj.norris@gmail.com