Thursday, April 21, 2011

Sports and Faith: Patrick McCaskey's Personal Chronicle of Inspiration and Faith


Patrick McCaskey's Sports and Faith: Stories of the Devoted and the Devout takes a time-honored approach in which the author simply and honestly shares his faith and life-lesson experiences with readers. Published by Sporting Chance Press, the book offers a look into McCaskey's own life growing up in the famous Chicago Bears family where everyone was expected to pitch in around the house and bedrooms were shared with several brothers--no super-sized luxury suites for this family. When Mom brought home a new sibling to the McCaskey home in Des Plaines, football games broke momentarily for a quick introduction and then reconvened. As the first McCaskey children became old enough to attend Bears games, Grandpa George Halas (Papa Bear) made room for them on a bench along the sidelines and cushioned it with a wool blanket. Like all the other fans, the McCaskey kids had the authentic Chicago Bear weather experience.

But more than a memoir, Sports and Faith is McCaskey's personal chronicle of athletes, coaches and everyday people who fought the good fight for faith. In McCaskey's years of service to the Bears and charitable endeavors, he has had a front row seat to inspirational people like Father Ignatius McDermott-the Skid Row Priest, Father John Smyth--Chicago's Father Flannagan, and Dr. Wayne "Coach" Gordon -- Lawndale's white pioneer of urban ministry and community development. In Sports and Faith, McCaskey is not only recalling the stories of these great people, he is talking about people who are his personal and family friends as well. McCaskey was privileged to have Chicago Bear's 1963 championship quarterback Bill Wade teach him football fundamentals after training camp sessions, but his parents and Papa Bear taught him to always appreciate such things and give back yourself.

McCaskey took good notes for his book over a 36 year period. There's nothing fancy or superficial about the author or his book. Along with McCaskey family history and stories of faithful people, there is a bit of football history.

Patrick McCaskey is a Senior Director with the Chicago Bears. He is chairman of Sports Faith International, an initiative that honors exceptional athletes who lead exemplary lives at the professional, college and high school levels. He actively helps promote faith based education and his image is used by the Archdiocese of Chicago to promote Catholic schools. He is a frequent speaker known for his sense of humor and his Christian devotion. His book, Sports and Faith: Stories of the Devoted and the Devout is simply his witness to a world where sports and faith go hand in hand.

Sports and Faith: Stories of the Devoted and the Devout can be purchased online from Sporting Chance Press. It is also available at these fine stores: Bishop Lane Retreat Center 7708 E. McGregor Road Rockford, IL 61102; C & A Inspirations 313 N. Mattis Avenue, Suite 112 Champaign, IL 61802; Christian Shop Ltd. 325 East Dundee Road Palatine, IL 60074; Church of Saint Mary’s 175 E. Illinois Lake Forest, IL 60045; Holy Apostles Parish Bookstore 5211 Bull Valley Road McHenry, IL 60050-7429; Little Way 50 Brink Street, Crystal Lake, IL 60014; Love Christian Center 249 South Schuyler Avenue Kankakee, IL 60901; Olivet Nazarene University Book Store One University Avenue Bourbonnais, IL 60914-2345; Lagron Miller 4517 N. Sterling Peoria, IL 61615; Lake Forest Book Store 624 N. Western Ave. Lake Forest, IL 60045; Saint Anne’s Gift Shop 15160 S. LaGrange Rd Orland Park, IL 60462; St. Peter's Books & Gifts 110 W. Madison Street Chicago, IL 60602-4102; The Book Stall At Chestnut Court 811 Elm Street Winnetka, IL 60093; Others coming soon: God's Gifts Catholic Store 1740 44th Street, S.W., Suite 1, Wyoming, MI 49519 and many more.