Madman: Out of the Shadows of Shame and Into the Light of Grace
: In Madman, humanitarian and three-time World Series champion Jeremy Affeldt shares his story of wearing a mask - being a good Christian on the outside, but living a different life at home - and the damage this caused to...
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In Madman, humanitarian and three-time World Series champion Jeremy Affeldt shares his story of wearing a mask - being a good Christian on the outside, but living a different life at home - and the damage this caused to his life and marriage. Drawing on biblical insights, Affeldt equips us to face hard truths and be vulnerable to the work of God to find the strength and healing we need.
Jeremy Affeldt played major league baseball for fourteen years, finishing his career with the San Francisco Giants during their championship years. Things on the field were nothing but smiles, but it was a much different story at home. Following a World Series win in 2012 and the birth of his third child, everything fell apart at home - especially Jeremy. And he almost lost it all.
Drawing on the story of Jesus and the demon-possessed man in Mark 5, Madman is the story of a pitcher getting thrown out and how God got him get back in the game. As Jeremy reminds us, many of us live two-faced lives - controlling our homes through anger, fear, and shame even as we appear to be loving and peaceful to the outside world. Whether we are trying to reconnect with our family after a long day of meetings, care for an elderly parent in the midst of church ministry, or step out of the public eye into more intimate relationships, all of us need encouragement to embrace our true selves as God's beloved children.
Madman casts a vision for what life can be like when we more beyond the grip of sin and into the freedom of God. Jeremy shares his own difficult but worthwhile journey, including insights from his wife gleaned from their time of separation and reunion. As Jeremy discovered, Jesus has the power to cast out the darkness inside of us, set us free from anger and shame, and send us into a life as a new creature, ready to be the people God created us to be.
Jeremy Affeldt is a three-time World Series champion, former major league baseball pitcher, humanitarian, public speaker, and author. His professional baseball career spanned 14-years, playing with the Kansas City Royals, Colorado Rockies, Cincinnati Reds and the last seven years with the San Francisco Giants. He played on all three Giants World Champion teams - 2010, 2012, and 2014.Since his retirement, Affeldt is a television analyst covering the San Francisco Giants on NBC Sports Bay Area and heard weekly on KNBR Radio. He is also a special ambassador with the San Francisco Giants and the author of To Stir a Movement: Life, Justice, and Major League Baseball. Affeldt is the co-founder of Generation Alive, a non-profit organization that works to teach and inspire a generation of young people to act by serving others. He also speaks regularly in churches and other organizations on faith and leadership.He and his family live on a ranch in Texas.
John Ortberg is a teaching pastor at Menlo Park Presbyterian Church in Menlo Park, California, and previously served as teaching pastor at Willow Creek Community Church. He is the best-selling author of Everybody's Normal Till You Get to Know Them, If You Want to Walk on Water, You've Got to Get Out of the Boat, Love Beyond Reason, and Old Testament Challenge. He has written for Christianity Today and is a frequent contributor to Leadership Journal. His most recent publications include When the Game is Over, God is Closer than you Think, and Overcoming Your Shadow Mission.