Life was not easy for Eric Christopherson growing up, but he found respite playing sports. And he was good at it. So good that he was a former first-round pick for the San Francisco Giants. But life got messy with selfish living, drinking, and gambling—and he knew something was missing. He called out to Jesus to fill in the empty spaces, and he encourages others to do the same.
Matt’s life was all about himself and his baseball career. Even as a Christian, he didn’t allow God into every aspect of his life. He took the advancement of his career into his own hands, and his heart hardened until a blanket of darkness was all he knew. Once his secret was discovered, the blanket lifted and he felt the full mercy of God. Now he lives…
“God does whatever it takes to get your attention.” For Jon, it was a huge collision he thought would take his life. But he was given a second chance. And although he was a pastor who preached and taught, he had been too comfortable. The accident brought about a new clarity—a refocus—to passionately pursue Jesus and make Him known.
Becky’s life was a mess. Once she found what she’d been looking for, she knew she had to share it. “I wanted a deep, meaningful, rich life for the Lord;” and she found it in loving others well.
Angel believed the lies the world told her. She felt worthless and ugly. Her life became a swirling mess of men, booze, and drugs until one day she cried out to God, “Kill me or save me. But don’t let me live like this anymore.”
Katey and Kendra were running buddies, roommates, and best friends. They had that special bond friends share that unites them for a lifetime. But a terrible, wintry car accident changed that. Kendra was killed on impact, but Katey was left with not only difficult physical trauma but also the emotional scars that she survived the same accident that killed her best friend. Friends and family rejoiced in…
Russ Ortiz developed a relationship with Christ after hearing about Him at Fellowship of Christian Athletes meetings in college. He was drafted as a pitcher for the San Francisco Giants and went on to an accomplished major league career with several teams. Surgery on his elbow was a wake-up call reminding him of his first love—God. Now he focuses on others and runs a business whose proceeds…
Whether it’s physical or spiritual, a new heart brings new life. John was a healthy, active person until shortness of breath led to a diagnosis of an extremely rare heart disease that required a transplant. The spiritual insight of Jesus giving all who believe a “new heart” became very real to John as he awaited his physical transplant.
Zeke always loved to create beautiful things with his hands. But frequently in today’s society, as he says, “some people don’t believe that the purpose of art is beauty anymore.” He knows that what God created is beautiful, and although the world is broken, he wants to honor God with re-creating something beautiful from the broken.
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