Mariano Rivera: Playing with Purpose   -     By: Jesse Florea, Mike Yorkey
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Mariano Rivera: Playing with Purpose

Barbour Books / 2013 / Paperback

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A 12-time All-Star and 5-time World Series champion, retired New York Yankees pitcher Rivera is destined for the Hall of Fame. But what does he want to do after his baseball days? Save souls! Tracing his remarkable career, this illustrated biography reveals the faith that's at the heart of his life---on and off the field. 144 pages, softcover from Barbour.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 144
Vendor: Barbour Books
Publication Date: 2013
Dimensions: 7.50 X 5.25 X 0.25 (inches)
ISBN: 162029821X
ISBN-13: 9781620298213
Series: Playing with Purpose

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Publisher's Description

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.



Author Bio

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.




Editorial Reviews

Mariano Rivera is a brief profile of a believer’s career and testimony in Major League Baseball. It is ideal for teenagers, young adults, and Yankees fans who want to learn about a Christian athlete at the top of his game. The book contains an explicit presentation of the gospel and would be an excellent tool to share with the non-Christian sports fan in your life. Ultimately, in an arena increasingly devoid of heroes, this book reminds us the greatest role models point to the One greater than themselves.

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