Real Life Sports Dramas Will Touch Readers' Hearts and Inspire Faith

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Xulon Press title tells stories of Christian athletes saved by God's grace

In Saved Twice ($10.99, paperback, 978-1-61579-434-8), a new release from Xulon Press author Gail Wood, readers will follow the stories of 13 Christian athletes saved both by grace and from life-threatening emergencies. Whether it is an all-star first baseman suffering from a grand mal seizure, a teenage girl held underwater 45 minutes and surviving, a Pac-10 coach of the year having a gun pointed at his head, or a world record pole vaulter breaking his neck, each of their stories will inspire readers with their Christian faith and their courage in the face of death.

"With their dramatic storyline as a backdrop, these 13 athletes share how God is there in the good and bad times," the author says. "They share about the power of prayer, about facing death, and about survival. These real life dramas will touch readers' hearts and encourage their faith. If you begin to feel afraid or lose hope, read one of these stories. They will restore your hope."

In his 29 years as an award-winning sportswriter, Wood has written for more than 60 newspapers and magazines, including USA Today and The Seattle Times. "I've interviewed the biggest names of the game--Michael Jordan, Payton Manning, Shaun Alexander, and Ken Griffey, Jr.--and I've watched sports' biggest moments. But the stories in this book trump them all."

Gail Wood currently resides in Washington. He was named columnist of the year by Gannett, received a Blethen Memorial Award from The Seattle Times for feature writing, and has won more than 25 national and regional awards.

Xulon Press, a division of Salem Communications, is the world's largest Christian publisher, with more than 7,000 titles published to date. Retailers may order Saved Twice through Ingram Book Company and/or Spring Arbor Book Distributors. Saved Twice is available online through,, and


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