Batter Up

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Batter Up

Answering the Call of Faith & Fatherhood
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120 pages
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    About the book

    Batter Up: Answering the Call of Faith & Fatherhood is a home run for dads of any age, and all discerning fatherhood or entrusted with the care of others. Readers will be inspired by the intersection of baseball, faith, and the unique vocation of fatherhood as they seek a closer relationship with God, their children, and their fellow dads. Using personal anecdotes and cherished stories from the game, the author takes the reader on the blessed journey from Opening Day of fatherhood, through the joys and sufferings of the seasons of life, all leading to a safe return home to God.

    Batter Up! is an inspiring book for dads of all ages and all baseball fans. James Walters' stories and spiritual insights demonstrate his love of fatherhood and baseball. You will find in this book an invitation to live your calling as a father with greater joy and passion.

    Bobby Valentine
    Former MLB Player and Manager

    Dr Jimmy Walters book Batter Up puts faith, fatherhood and baseball in the proper perspective. I encourage everyone to read this book.

    Ed Blankmeyer
    Current Chicago Cubs Minor League Coach and former St. John’s University Hall of Fame Head Coach

    As a former baseball player and father to two sons, Walters book really hits home for me. This book was a wonderful reminder of the importance of family and faith and gives a great perspective on what should be prioritized in your daily life. 

    Ed Kull
    Director of Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreational Sports & Sr. Executive Director of Development, Fordham University

    Whether you are a fan of baseball or any other sport, Batter Up by Dr. James Walters provides busy fathers with the inspiration to slow down and recommit to the vocation of fatherhood.

    Mike St. Pierre
    Executive Director of the Campus Ministry Association

    Batter Up! is a celebration of baseball and fatherhood. On the summer when my father, Gil Hodges, is enshrined in Cooperstown, this book invites all fathers to live a Hall of Fame life for their children

    Gil Hodges Jr.
    Executive Director Gil Hodges Organization for Children & Families

    Every father who has handed down baseball to the next generation owes Jimmy Walters a debt of gratitude for this love letter to them and to his God.

    Ed Randall
    Host, “Remember When,” Sirius/XM Radi

    Walters invites fathers and fathers-to-be to live into this heart-expanding time, fully embracing the joys and challenges of this important vocation.

    Jennifer Sawyer
    Editor-in-Chief of Busted Halo

    About the author

    James R. Walters, Ed.D., is a lay leader, scholar, researcher, author, presenter, and teacher in spirituality and ministry. He is the Director of the Catholic Scholars program, as well as the Director of Residence Ministry at St. John’s University. Walters is also faculty in the Graduate School of Education and the Institute for Core Studies. He also works with the Diocese of Brooklyn in youth ministry and faith formation.