Sometimes a book review comes my way I just cannot wait to read. The Closer is one of those books! This is the story of Mariano Rivera in his own words.
His story is one that seems can only come from the movies. It does not come from the movies, this is real life folks. It is a dream come true for him and his family. From growing up with hardly anything to becoming a thirteen-time All-Star with the Yankees.
I love how he writes, "I am sorry that I have gotten carried away with my own sense of importance. I am sorrier still that I have ventured off on my own, to a degree, instead of seeking the Lord's will." This statement struck me more than anything else in the book. The words jumped right off the page a struck me between the eyes like a line drive. How many times have we put ourselves up on a hilltop? Something we do gets us all puffed up where we completely forget about God. When we should be remembering it is Him who brought us there.
My husband is usually the king of baseball knowledge, especial about the Yankees. I honestly think now I may know a little more about Mariano Rivera than him! This book is an amazing read. Mariano Rivera is the real deal! So many times I hear celebrities saying they are Christians. But then you see or hear them being just like the rest. Mariano and his wife Clara have started a ministry called, Refugio de Esperanza (Refuge of Hope). Aside from the Spanish speaking this church reminds me of our small little fellowship in Upstate New York. It's not just a church but a place where people can go for hope. One day when we visit New York City again we hope to visit here. I will leave you with his words as he describes Refugio de Esperanza.
"We know we can't solve every problem at Refugio de Esperanza, but what we can do is try to touch people's hearts, one at a time, to offer comfort and support in a way that might make people's burdens easier, and their road less difficult."
If we all did that on an individual level this world would be so much better.
I received this book free from the Barnabas Agency in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.