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God and Starbucks

An NBA Superstar's Journey Through Addiction and Recovery

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An astonishing memoir of redemption—the moving story of a former top NBA player who miraculously rebounded from a monumental fall thanks to hard work and his deep, transformative faith.

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.

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Critical Praise

“I have known Vin Baker for a very long time, going back to his days as an enormously likable and talented professional basketball player whose struggles with addiction and anxiety derailed what may have been a magnificent NBA career. I have also had the pleasure of watching Vin humbly and heroically rebuild his life from the ground up. That journey of redemption—of finding salvation through family, faith, and the simple pleasure of doing an honest day’s work—is at once heartbreaking and hopeful, and is captured brilliantly in Vin’s memoir. God and Starbucks is a powerful and moving story written with fearless candor by a man whom I am proud to call my friend.” —Howard Schultz, CEO of Starbucks

“Vin Baker was an ascendant NBA talent in the early1990s, a dependable double-double machine who also possessed that ineffable characteristic called likability. Then, suddenly, he lost it all to addiction. Vin’s battle back, skillfully told, is not just a sports story—it’s one of the best tales of redemption you’ll ever read.” —Jack McCallum, author of the New York Times bestseller Dream Team

“Many think famous athletes have it all, as if their talent makes them exempt from pain and suffering. Vin Baker knows different, as he details in God and Starbucks, a brilliant memoir of redemption. Baker’s personal story is powerful and raw—an amazingly relevant book for a time when so many people struggle with addiction and anxiety. I admire this book tremendously.” —D. Watkins, author of the New York Times bestsellers The Cook Up and The Beast Side

“Vin Baker’s skills and abilities defined a generation of big men. While he was fighting incredible basketball players on the court, privately he was struggling with a far greater opponent in addiction. His honest and moving story will inspire change!” —Adonal Foyle, author of Winning the Money Game

“A wonderful book about God’s power to give do-overs while illuminating what is possible in our hour of darkness. Vin Baker’s engrossing story is a towering example of how salvation is found through faith and hard work.” —Quinton Dixie, author of This Far by Faith

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780062496812
  • ISBN 10: 0062496816
  • Imprint: Amistad
  • On Sale: 07/11/2017
  • Pages: 304
  • List Price: 31.99 CAD
  • BISAC1: BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Sports

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