In Madman, humanitarian and three-time World Series champion Jeremy Affeldt shares his story of wearing a mask – being a good Christian on the outside, but living a different life at home – and the damage this caused to his life and marriage. Drawing on biblical insights, Affeldt equips us to face hard truths and be vulnerable to the work of God to find the strength and healing we need.
Jeremy Affeldt played Major League Baseball for fourteen years, finishing his career with the San Francisco Giants during their championship years. Things on the field were nothing but smiles, but it was a much different story at home. Following a World Series win in 2012 and the birth of his third child, everything fell apart at home – especially Jeremy. And he almost lost it all.
Drawing on the story of Jesus and the demon-possessed man in Mark 5, Madman is the story of a pitcher getting thrown out and how God got him get back in the game. As Jeremy reminds us, many of us live two-faced lives – controlling our homes through anger, fear, and shame even as we appear to be loving and peaceful to the outside world. Whether we are trying to reconnect with our family after a long day of meetings, care for an elderly parent in the midst of church ministry, or step out of the public eye into more intimate relationships, all of us need encouragement to embrace our true selves as God’s beloved children.
Madman casts a vision for what life can be like when we more beyond the grip of sin and into the freedom of God. Jeremy shares his own difficult but worthwhile journey, including insights from his wife gleaned from their time of separation and reunion. As Jeremy discovered, Jesus has the power to cast out the darkness inside of us, set us free from anger and shame, and send us into a life as a new creature, ready to be the people God created us to be.
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