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Affeldt, who turns 34 next month, also now has gay friends and colleagues.

He began to change his thinking during one season spent in Cincinnati during 2008. A gay Starbucks employee befriended Affeldt’s oldest son, Walker, learned the boy’s name and kept Walker smiling and giggling.

“I’m going to look at a group of people who maybe don’t share the same views as I do morally but the reality is there is no difference, none,” he said. “They’re human beings, and I’m going to love on them just as God told me to love all human beings. I’m not going to sit there and worry about all that other garbage. It’s a matter of love your neighbor as yourself.”

Affeldt is already working on a second book, called “No Man,” which he describes as “no man shall live for himself.”

“There’s a reason why I live under that, and that’s my whole mission,” he said. “Think of other people before you think of yourself. The second book is basically my legacy book. If I were to die and my kids wanted to know what I stood for, I want them reading that book. This book is basically a precursor to that, because it is all about growing up and seeing how my life was fashioned in my spirituality, my views of God and how I believe.”