MEMPHIS — Anthony Maranise, a current candidate for the Master of Arts in Catholic Studies at Christian Brothers University (CBU), recently released the second edition of his book, Sport & the Spiritual Life: The Integration of Playing & Praying, published by the Order of Saint Benedict (Charleston, SC). The release is in advance of Maranise joining fellow Christian sports scholars from across the globe at the Inaugural Global Congress for Sports and Christianity (IGCSC), which will be convened at St. John’s University in York, England on August 24-28, 2016.
The book was reviewed in England last fall in the London-based Independent Catholic News by Rev. Michael Kerrigan, who said “The reader can almost envision being inside a sacred space in which a guide offers insightful commentary, a different perspective from the ordinary way of viewing sports and physical recreation, and encourages connections to make new discoveries for further thought and consideration. An Amazon review was also recently posted by Mgr. Vladimir Felzmann, Chaplain for Sport and CEO of the London-based John Paul II Foundation for Sport, an organization that promotes holistic education of young people through sport and supports clubs and schools in the United Kingdom by promoting a values-driven approach to sport and physical education. Msgr. Felzmann praised Sport & the Spiritual Life as “(a)n original and wide-ranging book; both in format and content, written by a man who has experience of sport underpinned by a strong belief.” He goes on to say, “The dangers of sport are admitted. It’s potential for generating ecstasy and thus supplying much of what religion offers leads some to use sport as a surrogate religion – with all the harm this generates. His ‘Abstract Developmental Model for Athletes’ chimes closely with the John Paul 2 Foundation 4 Sport’s ‘PIES of Life’ model and the mutual influence of the Physical, Intellectual, Emotional and Spiritual dimensions of human life on developing the full potential of human life through sport.” Mgr. Felzmann is also an endorser and active participant in the IGCSC.
The IGCSC aims to “affect a ‘culture shift’ in modern sport through the sharing of ideas and practices and a ‘coming together’ of individuals from across the academic disciplines and all streams and denominations of Christianity.” It will feature keynote lectures, a panel discussion led by the Bible Society, a student forum, and a networking event in which representatives from organizations, research centers and publishers will be able to share information. A sport-themed service will also be held in York Minster, one of Europe's finest cathedrals, which will include an interview with former English premiership footballer Linvoy Primus and ex-paralympian Anne-Waflua Strike.
Maranise has also published several academic works in various journals on the topics of the intersections between sport, spirituality, and religion. He is the author of two previous books, Beyond I Am: Meditations on the Gospel of St. John and Faith Filled Fragments. He contributed a chapter in the textbook Sports Chaplaincy: Trends, Issues, & Debates (Routledge, 2016), and his newest paper, “Towards a Transformational Theology of Deaf Sportspersons,” has been accepted for publication in the Fall/Winter 2016 issue of The Journal for the Christian Institute on Disability. Maranise also holds his undergraduate degree from CBU, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Religion and Philosophy in 2011.
Sport & the Spiritual Life: The Integration of Playing & Praying
is available in paperback and Kindle version from Amazon.