THIS IS THE STORY OF A LITTLE BOY growing up in the Big Leagues. Following in the shadow of his dad–a professional baseball player–the little boy experiences all of life’s growing up phases in the dirt, grass and lights of a baseball stadium. Everything is bigger than him. Through the wonder-filled eyes of a boy named Charley, we are invited into the story of a Major League career. Charley begins to wonder–maybe his story has a bigger purpose. Maybe all of this is about more than just baseball. Boys and girls, what if the things you love and do point to an even bigger story?
And I felt it - this moment this story - it must be bigger than baseball.
It must be bigger than me.
'Baseball is great,' Dad would say. 'I love it. I’m thankful I get to play it. But one of these days, Charley—hopefully a long time from now — baseball’s going to end. And hopefully we have some things that will continue on long after we’re gone.'
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
ANN HIGGINBOTTOM LIVES IN DALLAS, TEXAS with her husband Robby, two sons Will and John, and a menagerie of critters. She has served as the Executive Director of Kershaw’s Challenge since its beginning in 2011. Ann is an avid baseball fan on every level—whether watching her boys in little league or her brother-in-law, Clayton, in the majors. It is her great joy to share this unique point of view–through the eyes of a beloved nephew–into a family’s story of faith, perspective, and living for something bigger than themselves.
ABOUT THE ILLUSTRATOR
LAURA ARTH IS A LIFE-LONG ARTIST from College Station, Texas. From childhood art classes to studying at many national and international conferences, she has developed a love and considerable talent for portraiture and pastels. She is a member of the Portrait Society of America and has studied under some of the best portrait artists in the country. Laura’s favorite subjects are her three grandchildren, Reid, Davis, and Mae. Her style of photo realism is unique and the perfect expression to share this story. The portraits that fill this book are her first contribution to a published work.