Terry Pluto, September 3, 2015
“Sometimes I wish my minister would read his column instead of the sermon!” That’s the kind of response Terry Pluto draws from devoted readers of his faith column. Although best known as an award-winning sportswriter, Terry has also earned a reputation—and a growing audience—for his down-to-earth musings on more spiritual subjects.
Terry says “Real faith writing should be about real life”. “I write as much about my failures as my triumphs, because that is what a life of faith is about. It’s often as much suffering as celebration, with lots of mundane, everyday stuff in between. I write for people who may have been hurt by someone in church, people who have been discouraged by one who claimed to speak for God. I write for people who have found contentment in their faith but want a deeper relationship with God.”
His follow up book to his first collection, “Everyday Faith,” offers 28 all-new thoughtful essays on faith in everyday life—practical topics such as choosing a church, lending money to friends, dealing with jerks, sharing your faith, visiting the sick, even planning a funeral. Perhaps it’s because Terry doesn’t claim to have all the answers that so many readers are drawn to his writing.
He has twice been nominated for a Pulitzer Prize and twice been honored by the Associated Press Sports Editors as the nation’s top sports columnist for medium-sized newspapers. He is an eight-time winner of the Ohio Sports Writer of the Year award and has received more than 50 state and local writing awards. He is the author of 21 books, including The Curse of Rocky Colavito (selected by the New York Times as one of the five notable sports books of 1989), Browns Town 1964, and Loose Balls, which was ranked at number 13 on Sports Illustrated’s list of the top 100 sports books of all time. He was called “Perhaps the best American writer of sports books,” by the Chicago Tribune in 1997. He returned to the Plain Dealer for his second stint in 2007 after spending 22 years with the Akron Beacon Journal. Terry was a baseball writer at the PD from 1979 till 1984.
Terry and his wife Roberta help lead weekly prison ministry services at the Summit County Jail and they also volunteer at the Haven of Rest City Mission in Akron. Terry is a native Clevelander who graduated from Benedictine High School and he received a journalism degree from Cleveland State. Terry and Roberta live in Akron.