TIMOTHY'S GLOVE CHILDREN'S BOOK
As a small child, my parents gave me the gift of a deep faith. My mother's strong devotion to St. Therese of Lisieux was passed along to me at a very young age. In St. Therese's short life of 24 years, she inspired many to live "the little way". Her little way was the belief in the miracle of doing small things with great love. Mother Terese of Calcutta's Missionary Sisters of Charity carry on the same mission today. They have both taught me to keep a child like confidence in God and to pray and listen with an open heart.
In prayer it is with great love and divine inspiration that Timothy's Glove exists. For without prayer, I never would have risen from the tragic loss of my boyfriend in the fall of 1982, my freshman year at the University of Michigan. His name was Timothy John MacLean and he was hit by a car in Ann Arbor and passed away a few days later. At 19 my life had turned on a dime and I grew up overnight. The tremendous shock knocked me to my knees.
My prayer always started with Dear God, Mary, Jesus all my Guardian Angels and Saints thank you for the blessing of Tim's love. I knew how loved I was even to only been given this short time with him. He inspired me to be the best, which meant never giving up hope. I stayed in school and worked through my grief. I originally wrote this story for an assignment in an English class. This book is a way of channeling my grief, lifting my cross and creating something good out of a tragedy.
Tim's spirit has always inspired me throughout my life. Tim was guided by a divine inner voice. My husband Jack and I try to keep our boys Tommy, Johnny and Patrick in tune with their hearts. Today life feels like it is moving at the speed of light, it is easy to be distracted from what is really important. We ask ourselves, What gets us back to the focus of the game? How do we keep our eye on the ball?
In the book Timothy's Glove, the answer lies in the innocence of a child. Timothy finds himself in the most "AWESOME" baseball game in Heaven pitching for the Saints against the Angels. Timothy shows your child the key to eternal life in Heaven. The key is listening to God's voice within their hearts and putting that message into action. The message of great love shown in small ways. A child can give a hug, a handshake, a kind word to make someone feel loved. Timothy also brings kids on an adventure to show them what you get to do in Heaven. Timothy's love for his twin brother Thomas transcends Heaven and Earth showing that we are always connected to our loved ones above.
I pray that Timothy's Glove will inspire your child to live with an open heart to God's love, for living this way will lead to a life filled with miracles and an eternity filled with peace. Most of all, I wish you and your child the confidence that in Heaven the game never ends.
God Bless, Love,
Kathleen Chisholm McInerney
"KATHLEEN DID A BEAUTIFUL JOB OF TURNING HER GRIEF INTO A MESSAGE OF CARING. CERTAINLY THE BASEBALL THEME MADE IT ESPECIALLY APPEALING TO ME, BUT IT'S SO MUCH MORE. IT'S ABOUT LOOKING OUT FOR OTHERS AND SHOWING KINDNESS. IN THE END,
WE ALL LEARN A WONDERFUL LESSON IN AN UPLIFTING WAY, WHICH APPEALS TO THAT KID IN ALL OF US."
CAL RIPKEN JR.