One Swing of the Bat: A Christian Novel (For Middle Grade Readers) (Paperback)
Twelve year-old farm boy, Billy Braddock, is an old-fashioned, hard-nosed baseball player, a power hitting outfielder and a rec league all-star. But is he good enough to make an elite travel team composed of the very best talent in town? Billy, and his best friend, Toby Ryan, resolve to find out. They put in long hours of practice and compete hard to secure roster spots on the Fairfield Yankees, one of the premier teams in the Capital City Suburban League. Catch all the exciting action as the season unfolds and Billy begins to learn about God's plan for his young life, the awesome power of forgiveness, the dangers of "following the crowd," and, finally, how he measures up against the nastiest pitcher anyone has ever seen.
Joe Jankowski is a former US Army jungle fighter, youth coach and Sunday school teacher who currently lives in Ohio with his wife, Sherry. They have two sons and three grandchildren. Joe works as an attorney with forays into acting, voiceover, and (wannabe) bluegrass guitar picking. He is also a Certified Financial Planner and holds degrees from John Carroll University, the University of Toledo, and Washington University in St. Louis, MO. Joe's second novel, "The Bruise Brothers" (for mature teens and adults) will be released by Deep River Books in the Spring of 2012. His website is www.joejankowski.com