Athlete Testimonies:

Josh Hamilton

No stranger to hardship and seeming failure, Josh Hamilton shares testimony of God's life-changing power. After an addiction to cocaine that stunted his career and separated him from his family, Hamilton is able to say, "It's such a great thing to see how God never leaves your side."

Hamilton, now with the Texas Rangers, was the No. 1 pick overall in the 1999 major league draft. He spent his 2007 rookie season with 19 homeruns and batting .312 for the Cincinnati Reds. But between those years, Hamilton was hitting rock bottom. When Josh's poor choices had brought him to his lowest point, God used the strength of four Godly people to transform his life.

Mary Holt, his grandmother, was someone Hamilton knew he could go to "for any reason, at any time." Katie Hamilton, his wife, "stayed focused in prayer" and heard an important message from God about Josh. Roy Silver gave Josh another chance at baseball. John Narron, a long-time friend, became a support system for both Josh and his wife. Now a changed man, Hamilton's priority is to keep God first in everything; this has strengthened him spiritually, with his family, and in the game of baseball.


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