Vincent Preston is in real trouble. With absentee parents, he raises himself, barely graduating high school, and has one chance to get out of his small town: baseball. He has a strong arm, but unfortunately he is wild, out of control.
Thankfully, his English teacher, Mrs. Dean, introduces him to her husband, “Grandpa Dean,” a gruff WWII veteran and former Major League Baseball scout who missed his shot when he was injured in the war. He is riddled with cancer and is looking for one last chance at atonement for carrying around his anger for so long.
Vincent’s mentor teaches him not only how to take advantage of his natural talent, but to trust in God. He’ll need his newfound faith in Christ to overcome his shady coach, the coach’s bully of a son, and the local drug dealer, all of whom are intent on wrecking his dreams.
Against all odds, Vincent Preston has graduated high school and earned a scholarship to play baseball in college (The Mentor, Martin Sisters Publishing, 2013.) With his talent he soon wows his coaches and teammates, earning the number one pitching spot on the team.
However, Vincent quickly realizes his perception of college is naïve. Competition to stay on top is fierce, his college workload is challenging, and his social life is demanding. Compounding Vincent’s difficulties, his party animal roommate parades a constant supply of alcohol, drugs, and coeds through their room. Bombarded by temptation from all angles, tragedy strikes, putting Vincent’s faith to the test.
With his baseball career and much more in the balance, how will a friendship with the team captain and a mysterious girl impact Vincent’s course?
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Ryan Shelton’s faith in God and love of writing both grew from a young age, but it wasn’t until adulthood when he decided to put the two together with his first novel The Mentor. It was then that he realized this outreach ministry.
As a high school English teacher for the last fifteen years, Ryan has seen it as his mission to help his students in their daily struggles. With his novels, Ryan realized he could reach outside the walls of his classroom to minister to teens with issues like peer pressure, alcohol and drug abuse, and even suicidal thoughts. His mission in life is to show others that through Christ, all things are possible.