Called Up by Dave Dravecky
Stories of Life and Faith from the Great Game of Baseball

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During eight seasons of major league baseball, pitcher Dave Dravecky learned more than the importance of getting ahead in the count or wasting a pitch when he had the batter in the hole with an 0-2 count. Baseball taught him lessons he could apply to his life and his relationship with God. That’s what Called Up is about.

In this fast-moving and compelling book, Dravecky retells classic baseball stories and introduces readers to some of baseball’s greatest players—and characters. Taking you inside the game, his insights will prompt you to think. You’ll actually feel the tension, for instance, as you relive the final three outs in Sandy Koufax’s electrifying no-hitter against the Chicago Cubs in 1965. And as you consider the huge odds Koufax faced, you’ll be encouraged about your own performance in this pressure-cooker world. In life, unlike baseball, no one pitches a no-hitter—and thanks to God’s grace, you don’t have to.

Filled with well-researched stories and spiritual insights, along with hilarious quotes from the players, Called Up also tells you about:

• Branch Rickey’s secret ambition to integrate Major League baseball
• how Jackie Robinson’s faith sustained him in 1947, the year he broke the color barrier
• why freezing Ted Williams’ body so he can one day be resurrected doesn’t make sense
• the wit, wisdom, and spiritual truths behind Yogi Berra’s sayings
• Dravecky’s all-time, all-century, best-ever All-Star team
• the challenges Dravecky faced living out his Christian faith in front of his teammates

God doesn’t waste any pitches when it comes to teaching you about life from the game of baseball. You’ll love the breezy stories, the quick applications, the timeless thoughts and funny quotes in Called Up. Are you ready for the first pitch? Good—because the umpire is yelling, “Play ball!”

About Dave Dravecky

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Dave Dravecky is the best-selling author of eight inspirational books, including his gripping story, Comeback. He and his wife, Jan, live in Denver, Colorado, where Endurance, his ministry to encourage those who are facing serious illness, loss or depression, is located. Mike Yorkey is an author, coauthor, and collaborator living in Encinitas, California, with more than seventy books to his credit. His most recent book is Believe: The Eric LeGrand Story, the story of Rutgers football player Eric LeGrand, who was paralyzed from the neck down on a kickoff play in 2010. He has collaborated with former San Francisco Giant pitcher Dave Dravecky and tennis star Michael Chang, and he has also written for numerous sports magazines. His website is SPANISH BIO: Mike Yorkey, autor o coautor de mas de setenta libros ha escrito sobre deportes toda su vida. Ha colaborado con Colt McCoy, mariscal de campo de los Cleveland Browns, y con la estrella del tenis Michael Chang. Yorkey fue uno de los editores de la revista Focus on the Family, y tambien ha escrito para revistas deportivas como Skiing, Tennis, y Breakaway.
Published May 11, 2010 by Zondervan. 256 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Sports & Outdoors. Non-fiction

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