“Playing for God is a unique and interdisciplinary contribution that combines insights from a diversity of academic fields, notably religious studies, gender and 6 studies, cultural studies and American studies.”
—Religion and Gender
“Playing for God is a finely crafted sociology of evangelical sports ministry and Christian female athletes who participate in and help promote a particular strand of Christianity.”
—Sociology of Religion
“[…] [T]he book will generate much discussion around various issues: e.g., are fundamentalists even ‘evangelical,’ given that the heart of the gospel is kindness, love, and forgiveness? People and groups are not necessarily ‘evangelical,’ even though they may claim to be. The media need to be aware of this fact. Good notes and bibliography.”
"[A]n excellent book which raises important issues about how contemporary sportswomen perceive themselves.”
—Verite Sport: International Sports Ministry
“[T]he research illustrates that religion can be and is blended with and into any and all aspects of culture, with ‘unintended consequences’ for religion based on the undeniable agency of individual members.”
—Anthropology Review Database
"What an intimate and perceptive work of ethnographic scholarship! Playing for God takes you into the profound epistemology of athleticism. Blazer uses her conversations with Christian sportswomen to delve into the ways that all people, religious and not, understand themselves through their bodies. A first-rate exploration of the intersection between spiritual knowledge and the disciplining effects of sporting life."
—Kathryn Lofton, Yale University
"If you've ever wondered about the close connection between sports and evangelical Christianity today, this book will provide a window into the world where they meet. With vivid prose and keen insight, Annie Blazer tells compelling stories of Christian men and women athletes and how their commitments to God and sports are changing not only their lives and their sports, but also the religion they hold dear. Blazer brings a fresh perspective to the study of religion and sport as she tackles questions of gender and sexuality that are often overlooked but critical to understanding the world of evangelical sports today."
—Rebecca T. Alpert, Temple University
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