In this emotional story of parental love, a single mother of a teenage baseball player who exhibits the batting eye of a professional athlete, tries to shield and protect her son from the world of over-zealous scouts, hard-nosed coaches, and money-hungry agents. Guided by his mother's firm and steadfast wisdom and his extraordinary talent, both mother and son make it to the major leagues. In the end, THE YOUNGEST HERO reveals that when it comes to finding your way in life, a God-fearing mother is more important than God-given talent.
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Jerry B. Jenkins, former vice president for publishing and currently writer-at-large for the Moody Bible Institute of Chicago, is the author of more than 100 books, including the bestselling Left Behind Series. Also the former editor of Moody Magazine, his writing has appeared in Reader's Digest, Parade, American and United in-flight magazines, and dozens of Christian periodicals.
He writes books in four genres: biographies, marriage and family titles, fiction for children, and fiction for adults. His biographies have included books with Hank Aaron, Bill Gaither, Luis Palau, Walter Payton, Orel Hershiser, and Nolan Ryan among many others. The Hershiser and Ryan books reached the New York Times bestseller list.
Jenkins assisted Dr. Billy Graham with his memoirs, Just As I Am, also a New York Times bestseller.
As a marriage and family author and speaker, Jenkins has been a frequent guest on Dr. James Dobson's Focus On the Family radio program.
Jenkins is also the writer of the nationally syndicated sports story comic strip Gil Thorp, distributed by Tribune Media Services to 70 newspapers nationwide.
He speaks widely, primarily on marriage and family topics, and is a sought-after humorist. He and his wife Dianna have one married son, another in college, and one still living at home with them in Colorado.From AudioFile:
Miriam Woodell's husband's alcoholism ruined his promising baseball career as well as their marriage. Now her son, Elgin, wants to pursue his father's career path. The tale of Elgin's climb to baseball glory is at times unbelievable and clichéd, but the story is nonetheless engaging. Some passages, such as the one about Elgin's first battle with a pitching machine filled with golf balls, read by Jack Sondericker, are filled with gentle humor. Laurie O'Brien reads Miriam's passages with a tone of deep concern and moral conviction, while Sondericker reads Elgin's passages with an obviously older voice that still conveys the confidence--even cockiness--of the young baseball prodigy. J.A.S. © AudioFile 2002, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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