Friday, July 8, 2011

The Spirit in Baseball and The Spirit in Football

These books are such a great resource for teaching children about sportsmenship!  One of the biggest struggles we have had both in our home and in our homeschool co op gym class is the children getting upset because they didn't win or they didn't like the call of the teacher.  This is such a problem all over the place.  Little Leagues and youth football leagues have the same problem.  These books are also great for parents to learn right along side of their kids.

These books are written by Kathryn Nixon wife of Trot Nixon who played for the Boston Red Sox.  The Illustrations are done by Ana Boudreau.   

The Spirit in Baseball:

List Price: $10.00
Publisher: Cross Training Publishing (2008)
ISBN-10: 1450776256
ISBN-13: 978-1450776257
The Spirit in Baseball takes and applies the Fruits of the Spirit in playing baseball.  I LOVE my teammates, I am PATIENT to wait my turn, I do my best to be GOOD to others.  Each of the fruits are introduced by a Scripture verse followed by how the child can apply this to their life.  There is also a tiny fruit hidden on each of the pages.

The Spirit in Football:

List Price: $10.00
Publisher: The Spirit in Sports (2010)
ISBN-10: 0615386695
ISBN-13: 978-0615386690
The second book I recieved was The Spirit in Football.  Also written by Kathryn Nixon and Illustrated by Ana Boudreau.

This book has the same format as the Baseball one but takes on a little different angle.  The fans cheered with JOY and excitement.  Which his a good one for youngsters to understand, that your team is not always going to win.  If we are upset about a penalty we need to react with GENTLENESS according to how God wants us to act.   We need to show SELF-CONTROL when something makes us angry.

The Spirit in Football includes a forward by Matt Hasselbeck, NFL quarterback for the Seattle Seahawks, encouraging children that “drive and competitiveness should never come before obeying the rules and being a good sport.”

***Special thanks to Audra Jennings, Senior Media Specialist, The B&B Media Group for sending me a review copies.***

1 comment:

Dineen said...

Wow those look like books I would love to have for my baseball/football playing son and tennis playing daughter. Where can I buy them?