Playing With Purpose: Mariano Riveraby Jesse Florea, Mike Yorkey
He’s a Hall of Famer in every possible way—and Playing with Purpose: Mariano Rivera is an easy-to-read, color-illustrated biography of the baseball’s all-time saves leader. What’s really cool is that when his storied career with the New York Yankees ends, Mariano Rivera plans to save souls in the ministry! Part of Barbour’s/i>
He’s a Hall of Famer in every possible way—and Playing with Purpose: Mariano Rivera is an easy-to-read, color-illustrated biography of the baseball’s all-time saves leader. What’s really cool is that when his storied career with the New York Yankees ends, Mariano Rivera plans to save souls in the ministry! Part of Barbour’s exciting “Playing with Purpose” series, this account covers Mariano Rivera’s life from his earliest days in Panama to his multiple World Series appearances and titles (even the 1999 MVP award), all the way through the 2012 Major League season. It’s a story of sports and faith for all ages.
Meet the Author
Jesse Florea has worked at Focus on the Family for more than eighteen years. He is currently the editorial director for youth magazines, overseeing Focus on the Family Clubhouse (for ages eight to twelve) and Clubhouse Jr. (for three- to seven-year-olds). An avid sports fan, Jesse has written thousands of sports-related articles and co-authored One Year Devos for Sports Fans and One-Year Sports Devotions for Kids. Jesse lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado with his wife, Stephanie, and two teenagers.
Mike Yorkey, a former Focus on the Family magazine editor and author, co-author, or editor of more nearly 90 books, has written about sports for a variety of national publications. Mike is author of several other titles in the Playing with Purpose series and co-author of the internationally bestselling Every Man’s Battle books. He and his wife, Nicole, are parents of two adult children, and live in Encinitas, California.
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A Saver that Loves His Saviour. Mariano Rivera is arguably the best closer that has ever stepped on to the mound. This brief biography details some of those great moments, but also talks about his humble beginnings, his failures, his tragedies, and his personal victories. The reader will be inspired and motivated by the example he demonstrates. Not only does the reader get an inside the locker room glimpse of Rivera, but they also get a view into his personal, home, and church life. Rivera loves his team, the Yankees, and his family, but this saver loves his Saviour the most. Because of his notoriety and financial wealth, Rivera is in a unique position to accomplish many mission projects both here in the U.S. as well as in his native country of Panama. But as the reader sees what God has allowed him to accomplish, they can also see what God will allow them to accomplish with a lot of love, a little effort, and a God given purpose. Authors Florea and Yorkey have done a good job writing this and other “Playing on Purpose” sports biographies. They are written in a very easy and entertaining style. The reader will enjoy every page.