Sunday, March 20, 2011

Released: A Book Review

About The Book:

RELEASED tells the remarkable story of the birth, growth, and development of a unique Christian outreach to the world of professional baseball-Unlimited Potential Inc. Beginning with a phone call from Hank Aaron during a miserable Indiana blizzard, the fledgling start up work has grown to a world-wide ministry that has impacted thousands with the gospel message through baseball clinics and instruction. Of special interest are the chapters on the culture of professional baseball and the life of a pro baseball player’s wife, with all its unique challenges and issues.
Through dozens of anecdotes, the personal stories of changed lives light up the pages of this book. Based on lessons learned on the baseball field and in life, readers will want to refer again and again to the leadership principles taught and lived out through UPI. Like a pitch delivered from the game’s finest, UPI’s message has be ‘released’ to every part of the globe. An in the end, the reader must “make the call”.

About The Author:

Tom Roy is the President and Founder of UPI. After a very brief time in the S.F. Giants organization, Tom went on to a career in radio, taking his first job in West Virginia. Shortly after that he felt the call of God to pursue a college degree and enrolled at Grace College in Winona Lake, IN. Upon completion of that degree he took a head baseball coaching job at a local high school for 3 years. He continued in that profession, coaching also at the college level for 9 years.
In 1979 God put UPI on Tom and Carins hearts. In 1980 the ministry became a reality.  Tom ministered to players thru chapels, in camps and clinics for 28 years. He has had the honor to serve Christ through UPI in many venues, including speaking and conducting clinics in over 60 countries.
Tom and Carin reside in Winona Lake, Indiana and have two daughters, Amy and Lindsay, and 6 grandchildren (Hannah, Luke, Faith, Tommy, Sam and Lainey).
In January of 2008 he assumed the role of President/Founder and now finds himself working with the Advancement of the ministry as well as staying in contact with “UPI alumni” and caring for ballplayers through counseling.
His latest book is Released.
You can visit Tom Roy’s website at
My Review:
This is the perfect gift for any baseball fan in your life. With many references to baseball's greatest players, you will be taken through the history of UPI and how God works through the sport of baseball. Each chapter not only includes real life testimony from players, player's wives, coaches, and staff, but also questions for the reader to think about. A great, candid look at the world of baseball, along with fabulous leadership tips, that can be used in all aspects of life. The writing style is very conversational in nature, which makes it a very easy to read book. The book also flowed very nicely and kept my interest throughout. A great reminder of what God will do through us when we listen and heed to His call on our life!
A great book that I highly recommend.
***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of the author and Pump Up Your Book Promotions, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

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