Book Review: Playing With Purpose: Basketball by Mike Yorkey

Playing with Purpose Inside the Lives and Faith of Top NBA Stars – Kevin Durant, Kyle Korver, Jeremy Lin and More! is a book by Mike Yorkey.  Each chapter focuses on the story of a different NBA player and how their Faith comes in to play in their life and in their game.  The last chapter has smaller write ups on several other players who have strong faith but does not get in to their stories quite as in depth as they do with the players in the earlier chapters.

I don’t really follow the NBA, so most of the players I had never even heard of – but that wasn’t really important to being able to follow their stories. If you are an NBA fan (view to know what experts suggest regarding the training undertaken by the basketball players) or just interested in learning more about players who have a strong faith, then this is the book for you.  The author has also written a book on NFL quarterbacks and one on baseball will be coming out soon as well. (Which I will also be reviewing so be sure to keep and eye out for that)

I received a free e-copy of this book from NetGalley in order to write my review. I was not asked to write a positive review nor was I otherwise compensated for my review.


About the Book

Just in time for the new NBA season, Playing with Purpose: Basketball chronicles the lives of several players who stand strong for their Christian faith on the professional hardwoods. Veteran CBA author Mike Yorkey, whosePlaying with Purpose biography of NFL rookies Sam Bradford, Tim Tebow, and Colt McCoy was a best-seller, now profiles NBA stars both established and up-and-coming—such as Jeremy Lin, Kyle Korver, Anthony Parker, Luke Ridnour, and Chris Kaman. With a foreword by Ernie Johnson, host of TNT’s NBA coverage, Playing with Purpose: Basketball introduces readers to talented athletes with compelling faith stories.

About the Author

Mike Yorkey, a former Focus on the Family magazine editor and author and co‐author or editor
of more than 70 books, has written about sports all his life for a variety of national publications.
He has collaborated with Cleveland Browns quarterback Colt McCoy and his father, Brad, in
Growing Up Colt; San Francisco Giants pitcher Dave Dravecky (Called Up), San Diego Chargers
placekicker Rolf Benirschke (Alive & Kicking), and tennis star Michael Chang (Holding Serve). In
2010, Mike authored Playing with Purpose, the story of college football’s “Holy Trinity”—Sam
Bradford, Colt McCoy, and Tim Tebow—highly talented quarterbacks who stood strong for their
faith through their collegiate and into their professional careers. He and his wife, Nicole, are the
parents of two adult children, Andrea and Patrick. They make their home in Encinitas,California, and his website is



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