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Beyond Belief: Finding the Strength to Come Back | [Josh Hamilton, Tim Keown (Contributor)]

Beyond Belief: Finding the Strength to Come Back

Josh Hamilton was the first player chosen in the first round of the 1999 baseball draft. He was destined to be one of those rare "high-character" superstars. But in 2001, working his way from the minors to the majors, all of the plans for Josh went off the rails in a moment of weakness. What followed was a four-year nightmare of drugs and alcohol, estrangement from friends and family, and his eventual suspension from baseball.
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Josh Hamilton was the first player chosen in the first round of the 1999 baseball draft. He was destined to be one of those rare "high-character" superstars. But in 2001, working his way from the minors to the majors, all of the plans for Josh went off the rails in a moment of weakness. What followed was a four-year nightmare of drugs and alcohol, estrangement from friends and family, and his eventual suspension from baseball.

Beyond Belief details the events that led up to the derailment. Josh explains how a young man destined for fame and wealth could allow his life to be taken over by drugs and alcohol. But it is also the memoir of a spiritual journey that breaks through pain and heartbreak and leads to the spectacular rebirth of his major-league career.

Josh Hamilton makes no excuses and places no blame on anyone other than himself. He takes responsibility for his poor decisions and believes his story can help millions who battle the same demons. "I have been given a platform to tell my story," he says. "I pray every night I am a good messenger."

©2012 Josh Hamilton (P)2012 Hachette Audio

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    Linda Harrell HALTOM CITY, TX, US 04-24-13
    Linda Harrell HALTOM CITY, TX, US 04-24-13 Member Since 2011
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    "A Texas who "still" loves Josh Hamilton"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Beyond Belief to be better than the print version?

    His book was right on. He showed the world that you can, as the world says... Fall from Grace... Even though God tells us as a Believer, nothing can snatch you out of the Hand of God. Josh lost his way for a time while drugs and alcohol controlled him... His story shows you can hit bottom and reach up for God's Hand and come back to His loving arms. With true repentance He will restore your life to the blessing of God, as He planned from the beginning... I like the way it was written but then again I am a huge fan of Josh Hamilton as a Godly Man and also as an athlete...


    What did you like best about this story?

    In the end with God all things are possible... Josh proved it!


    Have you listened to any of Ethan Sawyer’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Donna Irving, TX, United States 11-13-12
    Donna Irving, TX, United States 11-13-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Refreshingly Honest"
    If you could sum up Beyond Belief in three words, what would they be?

    honest and insightful journey


    What did you like best about this story?

    That Josh really opens up and gives insight into how a drug induced mind evolves in their thinking. He is clear.....it is not easy to come back from drug use/abuse. It is an ongoing effort.


    What does Ethan Sawyer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I think narrators with their performance and voice inflections, etc. help you to grasp more of the story.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes........but could not


    Any additional comments?

    This is not an someone I would normally pick up an autobiography about. I am not a major league baseball fanatic (I do keep up with the Texas Rangers - but casually), but I am glad I did listen to it. I am the mother of two sons.....who for whatever reason (not logical to me) went down the path of drug abuse. This book gives insight into the thinking pattern and how it develops and shows me that it was not a matter of not loving our family or how they were brought up......it is a matter of choices at any given point in someone's life - whether a good time or a bad time in their life I enjoyed learning through Josh's story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Alicia E. Avrach Silicon Valley, CA 08-13-12
    Alicia E. Avrach Silicon Valley, CA 08-13-12 Member Since 2012

    Jared and Emm's Mommy

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    "Interesting story, though a little repetitive."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes. I love baseball and was interested in Josh's story based on the news about him that I've seen. I am also obsessed with stories of redemption and recovery, so this was a good fit for me.


    Any additional comments?

    I did enjoy this book. The narrator is especially good - I started to believe I was actually hearing Josh Hamilton's voice. The story is remarkable. The writing is a little repetitive which can get tiresome, but it is very much worth a listen. I read R.A. Dickey's book at the same time as I listened to this, and it was great to have two such different stories to experience at the same time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Roger United States 07-09-12
    Roger United States 07-09-12 Member Since 2012

    Roger Laidig- Author of Finding Purpose and Joy, It's a Journey

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    "Strength from Above"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Even though we may fail as human beings, there is no reason to give up. With help from above, through Christ, all things are possible.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the fact the Josh chose not to blame other people for his failures but rather, took personal responsibility. Because of the nature of addiction, Josh has fallen again but by taking responsibility has risen again.


    Which character – as performed by Ethan Sawyer – was your favorite?

    Josh Hamilton


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Down but not out.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lea Lindeman D Hanis, TX 06-29-12
    Lea Lindeman D Hanis, TX 06-29-12 Member Since 2011
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    "A Very Incredible Journey"
    What did you love best about Beyond Belief?

    That it is a true story.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Beyond Belief?

    When Josh found the strength from God, through the love of his Grandma to get off drugs.


    Which character – as performed by Ethan Sawyer – was your favorite?

    Josh Hamilton


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Chris Madison Heights, VA, United States 06-26-12
    Chris Madison Heights, VA, United States 06-26-12
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    Where does Beyond Belief rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    it is one of my favorite


    What did you like best about this story?

    when it took his grand mother to turn him around and his love for his family


    Have you listened to any of Ethan Sawyer’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    the part when he made his MLB debut


    Any additional comments?

    Just a overall great read! I would recommend this book to any person who is not where he/she wants to be right now in life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jim M Pennsylvania 06-16-12
    Jim M Pennsylvania 06-16-12 Member Since 2009

    roogiesdad

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    I'm a baseball fan but really didn't know the Josh Hamilton story. This is a story of a man with talent to spare and a wife and family that didn't give up on him.

    Great for baseball fans, good for sports fans, and OK for readers who just want to read a story about overcoming obstacles.

    It's important to recognize the time frame of the book since this is the same Josh Hamilton who hit four home runs in one game for the Rangers early in the 2012 baseball season.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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