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Author Baker, Vin, author.

Title God and Starbucks : an NBA superstar's journey through addiction and recovery / Vin Baker ; with Joe Layden.

Publication Info. New York : Amistad, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2017.


Location Pub Note Copy No. Status
 Flagg-Rochelle PL Adult Non Fiction - FRPY-12  796.323 BAK    AVAILABLE
Description xiv, 282 pages ; 24 cm
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unmediated n rdamedia
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Contents Growing up -- Big fish, little pond -- The rookie -- "How bad can it be?" -- Playing high -- Scared straight (almost) -- A new home in Seattle -- Ego gets in the way -- A functional alcoholic -- A fractured life -- Back to New England -- Celtics intervention -- A career unravels -- Losing everything -- The prodigal son -- Abyssinian Baptist Church -- Starbucks and second chances -- Epilogue.
Summary Sixteen years ago, Vin Baker was an NBA All-Star, an Olympic Gold medalist, and a multimillionaire. While he excelled on the court, Vin harbored a dark secret: a dependency on drugs and alcohol that began after the clean-cut preacher's son turned pro. Eventually becoming a full-blown yet functional alcoholic, Vin convinced himself he played better under the influence--until his addiction cost him his basketball career, his fortune, and his health. But Vin's story isn't a tragic fall from grace. It is a joyous tale of salvation. For Vin, hitting rock bottom was a difficult yet transformative experience that led him to renew his relationship with God and embrace life in a rich and fulfilling new way. Today the manager of a Starbucks and a youth minister, Vin has found more security and happiness in his ordinary working life than in all his years in the glamorous world of professional basketball. God and Starbucks is a wise and unflinching look at the real dangers of addiction and the importance of taking charge of your life with meaning and purpose. It's a powerful memoir about reaching the top and beginning again from the bottom--an inspiring personal tale of humility and grace that reminds us what is truly important in our lives. --Amazon.
Subject Baker, Vin.
Basketball players -- United States -- Biography.
Addicts -- Rehabilitation.
Genre/Form Autobiographies.
Added Author Layden, Joe, author.
Layden, Joe, author.
ISBN 0062496816

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