Jackie Robinson: A Spiritual Biography

The Faith of a Boundary-Breaking Hero

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Michael G. Long, Chris Lamb
  • Louisville, KY: 
    Westminster John Knox Press
    , March
     212 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.


Jackie Robinson believed in a God who sides with the oppressed and who calls us to see one another as sisters and brothers. This faith was a powerful but quiet engine that drove and sustained him as he shattered racial barriers on and beyond the baseball diamond. Jackie Robinson: A Spiritual Biography explores the faith that, Robinson said, carried him through the torment and abuse he suffered for integrating the major leagues and drove him to get involved in the civil rights movement. Marked by sacrifice and service, inclusiveness and hope, RobinsonÆs faith shaped not only his character but also baseball and America itself.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Michael G. Long is associate professor of religious studies and peace and conflict studies at Elizabethtown College and is the author or editor of several books on civil rights, religion and politics, and peacemaking in mid-century America, including Peaceful Neighbor: Discovering the Countercultural Faith of Mister Rogers,  Beyond Home Plate: Jackie Robinson on Life after Baseball, and First Class Citizenship: The Civil Rights Letters of Jackie Robinson, which was named a best book of the year by Publishers Weekly.

Chris Lamb is professor of journalism at Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis and is the author and editor of several books on sports, race, and the media, including Blackout: The Untold Story of Jackie Robinson's First Spring Training and Conspiracy of Silence: Sportswriters and the Long Campaign to Desegregate Baseball, which was called one of the best nonfiction baseball books of all time by The Huffington Post and was named the Best Book on Journalism and Mass Communication History by the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication in 2013 . His articles on sports have appeared in The New York Times, Sports Illustrated, Wall Street Journal, ESPN.com, and New Republic.com.

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