When Life Grabs You by the Baseballs: Finding Happiness in Life's Changeups
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About the Author
Ginger's heart is with women of all ages. Her greatest fun is when she can help them mature in their faith. In the publishing industry for almost two decades (she started very young), Ginger has been able to accomplish that in a number of different ways. She is the former editor of Today's Christian Woman magazine, Marriage Partnership magazine, and the founding editor of Kyria.com, all award-winning resources of Christianity Today. She has spoken at national and international conferences, guest lectured at college campuses, and has appeared on national media outlets such as CNN Headline News (Nancy Grace), Court TV, Moody Midday Connection, and Family Life radio. She's been quoted in national news outlets such as Newsweek and Chicago Sun-Times.
Ginger graduated summa cum laude with a BA in pre-law/American Studies and a double minor in theatre arts and Bible. After graduation she worked as a professional actress/singer (and in three shows in which she tap danced). Now a fulltime writer, speaker, and editor, she still occasionally dons her tap shoes and shuffles over her hardwood floors . . . much to the dismay of her husband and dog.
Visit her at www.gingerkolbaba.com
John Smoltz is a former Major League Baseball pitcher and active sportscaster. He is best known for his prolific career of more than two decades with the Atlanta Braves, during which he garnered eight All-Star selections and received the Cy Young Award in 1996. He is currently the chairman of King's Ridge Christian School in Atlanta and is a scratch golfer. (Tiger Woods has said that Smoltz is the best golfer outside of the PGA tour.) He lives in Atlanta with his family.
"After his high school baseball career, Jon Peters experienced what many professional athletes have faced when their careers are over. He has a unique story of being in the spotlight--an eighteen-year-old, who broke a national pitching record and was featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated. This book is about what Jon experienced during that time and afterward, going through four arm surgeries and losing his dream. In this candid personal story, Jon shares his struggles and disappointments and his desire to help other athletes overcome their challenges."
--Nolan Ryan, former Major League Baseball pitcher, National Baseball Hall of Fame member, and author of Throwing Heat: The Autobiography of Nolan Ryan
"Jon's personal story is real, genuine, and powerful. He goes from reaching the top of the mountain to falling to the bottom, only to rise again. The way he shares himself is an act of true generosity. When Life Grabs You by the Baseballs is the story of a champion who never gave up on himself and created a life that is truly admirable."
--Bo Eason, former NFL standout, acclaimed Broadway playwright and performer, public speaker, and performance coach
"Jon Peters has written a raw and honest story about what it's like to be on top of the world, but to still feel empty inside. He reminds us that it's often in our brokenness where God meets us and offers us grace and redemption. You will find life, mercy, and hope as you read each page of his story."
--Melanie Shankle, New York Times bestselling author of Nobody's Cuter Than You
"Jon Peters says growing as a young pitcher was like being a snake. He got bigger and shed a skin every year. He got stronger, but on the inside he still had the same nature. This powerful story of soaring fame and the calamitous fall that followed ultimately winds its way to greater glory from the inside out. It is a path that all of us must find in our own way."
--Larry Dierker, former Major League Baseball pitcher, manager, broadcaster, and author of This Ain't Brain Surgery
"Insanely brave and courageous! This book is not just about baseball, this is about life. A selfless act to be vulnerable with the sole purpose of helping others is remarkable. A must read."
--Scott Nethery, former special assistant to the general manager of the Atlanta Braves
"How athletes are seen in the public eye is not necessarily who we really are. Jon Peters brings transparency to the intimate feelings and issues a lot of us struggle with.
--Woody Williams, former Major League Baseball pitcher with the Toronto Blue Jays, San Diego Padres, St. Louis Cardinals, and Houston Astros
"When Life Grabs You by the Baseballs chronicles the life of a genuine high school baseball prodigy who has an athletic mountaintop experience only to fall into the deepest valley life can bring. It then shows the hope that can be found when he realizes no mountaintop is enough or no valley can be escaped until we experience a life-changing relationship with Jesus Christ. It is a must read for any athlete, parent, coach, or fan."
--Lee Driggers, former head baseball coach at Brenham High School
"I had the honor of being a business coach and confidant to Jon for several years. After coaching athletes, celebrities, and influential people for two decades, it was quickly apparent that Jon's authenticity and passion, especially for kids and athletes, were like no other. So proud and supportive of his message in this book."
--Mike Lindstrom, J. D., speaker, business coach, and author of What's Your Story: Discover the Man Behind Your Dad