Playing with Purpose: Mariano Rivera: The Closer Who Got Saved

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Barbour Publishing, Mar 1, 2013 - Biography & Autobiography - 144 pages
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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.




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Thirteen Pitches to History
Warning Track Mishap
A Pitch Thats a Cut Above
The Four Cs of Closing
RealLife Fish Story
From Vaqueros to Pinstripes
Fisher of
The Need for Speed
Speak the Truth
More Than a Little Respect
Firm Foundation
Back on
The Church Rivera Saved
A Legend among Legends
Closing Statements
About the Authors

Enter the Sandman
Party Like Its 1999
Great Wins and Devastating Losses
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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.

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.

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