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Interview: Tom Roy, Author of Released: A Story of God’s Power Released in Pro Baseball

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Founder and President of Unlimited Potential, Inc., Tom Roy went on to a career in radio after a brief time in the San Francisco Giants Organization.  Following a call from God, Mr. Roy went on to enroll at Grace College in Winona Lake, Indiana, earning that degree for which God called him to complete.  

Following college, Tom Roy went on to coach baseball at a local high school as head coach for three years before coaching at college level for nine years. 

It was in 1970 that UPI became prominent in Mr. Roy’s life, as well as his wife, Carin’s heart.  The ministry became a reality in 1980, allowing Tom Roy to minister to players through chapels, clinics, and camps for 28 years.  

In addition to ministering to players, Mr. Roy has also had the honor to serve God in many ways through UPI, including speaking and holding clinics in over 60 countries.  Beginning in January of 2008, he began the role of Founder and President of UPI.  In addition, Tom Roy works with the Advancement of the Ministry, stays in contact with “UPI alumni” and extending his heart and wisdom to care for ballplayers through counseling.

Tom Roy and his wife, Carin, reside in Winona Lake, Indiana.  They have been blessed with two daughters and six grandchildren.

You can find out more about Tom Roy and his work, including his latest book release, Released: A Story of God’s Power Released in Pro Baseball, by visiting his website.

Please tell us a bit about your book, Released, and what you hope readers take away from reading it.

Released tells the remarkable story of the birth, growth, and development of a unique Christian outreach to the world of professional baseball-Unlimited Potential, Inc. Beginning with a phone call from Hank Aaron during a miserable Indiana blizzard, the fledgling work has grown to a world-wide ministry that has impacted thousands through baseball clinics and instruction. Through dozens of anecdotes, the personal stories of changed lives light up the pages of this book.

Do you have a favorite line or excerpt from your book?

“It’s great to be alive, because God is in control.”

What are your favorite aspects of writing?

Telling stories

Your least favorite aspects of writing?

Research

Who are some of your favorite authors/books?

Rick Warren, Purpose Driven Life

Chuck Swindoll
Billy Graham
Oswald Chambers

What are you reading right now?

Radical, by David Platt
The Power of Who, Bob Beaudine

If you could have a dinner party and invite five authors – dead or alive – who would they be and what would you serve them?

Chesterton
Tozer
Graham
C.S. Lewis
Phillip Yancy

Filet, bake potato and salad… basic stuff

What is a book that you wish you could say that you had written and why?

Purpose Driven Life… it has captured the minds and helped so many

What is the greatest piece of advice (for writing and/or just living) that you have heard?

Be yourself

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