Worthwhile Struggle is the fourth book in our Sports and Faith Series by Patrick McCaskey. All of the Sports and Faith books stand on their own and are essentially timeless. So while the sixth book in the series is being worked on as I write this post, there is plenty of unique content in all the books for readers who appreciate the appeal of books on sports and faith. The author, Patrick McCaskey, is certainly someone who lives sports and faith in life. As part of the Halas-McCaskey family, his life is largely defined by his and other Chicago Bears Football Club efforts to field the best team possible,win championships, and do so with regard for others and society. Bears charities, outreach efforts, and their penchant for doing good is not an accident, it is based on the faith, tireless efforts, and the dignity of those involved.
In Chicago, there are few more selfless sports and faith personalities than Loyola’s Sister Jean. Sister Jean graces the cover of Worthwhile Struggle. Her story is briefly told in the book’s opening pages. More sports and faith lives are highlighted–this is the constant feature in the Sports and Faith books–athletes and others who live exemplary lives, their stories are told. Then as each of the following chapters do, the author provides a little sense of heaven, by including a saint’s biography. Those of us who grew up on the storiesof the saints get a little refresher course on some very prominent ones or perhaps they are having their kids and grandkids read the book. Each chapter ends with a favorite bit of fun for the sports fan, a quiz (mostly on some sports topic).
McCaskey has personally met many great people in sports who also live exemplary lives. Besides his own experiences with the Chicago Bears, he is Chair of Sports Faith International, an initiative of Catholic Radio WSFI FM 88.5 that honors those from high school, college, and the pros. The McCaskey’s have also known many of the movers and shakers in charitable circles–those who have dedicated their lives to the underserved. People like Coach Wayne Gordon, the Skid Row Priest (Monsignor McDermott), Bishop Paprocki, Cardinal George, and others grace the pages of the Sports and Faith Series as well as dozens of other wonderful people–some make the headlines, some quietly go about their business.
Sporting Chance Press Books by Patrick McCaskey
Sports and Faith: Stories of the Devoted and the Devout (very limited number available)
Worthwhile Struggle (2019)
Tuition Rebate (forthcoming)
All books are sold on sportingchancepress.com and most are also sold on Amazon.