What does a young professional ballplayer pack in his carry on bag when leaving for a road trip? Maybe some of them wouldn't want us to know. Others, like Gabe Gross of the Tampa Bay Rays, pull out a book by a long-gone Church of England Bishop, J. C. Ryle, and relate how relevant his writings are.
In this 21st century when much of the Christian publishing fare is "fluff", it's encouraging to know that some of the greatest writers (and preachers) still have a readership. When Gabe showed me the book (pictured) and asked if I had heard of the author, I was thrilled to know what he was reading. The Baseball Chapel leader in Milwaukee where Gabe played before a recent trade, Wayne Beilgard, had given Ryle's book to him.
What does a professional ballplayer pack in his bag? The "cream of the crop" take along books that are life-changing and challenging, books that still pack a punch.
Now you know!