Do you ever wonder how David Ortiz of the Red Sox does it? As of 2016 his career average is .286. He’s hit 541 home runs and has 1768 runs batted in. But even “Big Papi” has his bad days.
He was traded by Seattle. Back in 1999 he spent most of the season playing Triple A. Then in 2002 Minnesota general manager Terry Ryan decided to release Ortiz rather than let him go before a salary arbitration hearing. That’s got to hurt.
Life is like that. Sometimes you’re hitting grand slams and other days you’re striking out.
Meet Sam, my three year-old grandson. Sam lives two thousand long miles away on the west coast, but I know he’s reminded of his grandma each night, because his mom gives him a little message from me before he closes his eyes. It’s only five words long, but Sam falls asleep internalizing this message every night, knowing that what he hears is true. This simple blessing has the power to impact his life…
by Lee Ann Mancini
illustrated by Dan Short
GLM Publishing, 2016
God’s Gift is the fifth book of Lee Ann Mancini’s award-winning Adventures of the Sea Kids children’s book series. Beautifully illustrated by Dan Short, this book helps children explore the differences and similarities between Christmas and Hanukkah.
Masterfully addressed, Mancini offers parents and teachers alike, a powerful tool to discover the roots of the Judaeo-Christian heritage. Continue reading
Kids have lots of questions—some are funny and silly, some are more serious and thought-provoking. This is the idea behind my brand new picture book series called “I’ve Got Questions” published by Tyndale Kids and co-authored with my daughter, Teri McKinley. Continue reading
The problem of parents favoring one child over another is as old as the Bible. Isaac loved Esau more than Jacob. When he grew older, Jacob should have remembered what it felt like to be loved less, yet he loved Joseph more than his other sons.