Baseball star Cory Brand knows how to win. But off the field, he’s spiraling out of control. Haunted by old wounds and regrets, his future seems as hopeless as his past. Until one moment - one mistake - changes everything. To save his career, Cory must go back to the town where it all began. His plan is simple: coach the local Little League team, complete a recovery program, and get out as fast as possible. Instead, he runs headfirst into memories he can’t escape…and the love he left behind.
Faced with a second chance he never expected, Cory embarks on a journey of faith, transformation, and redemption. And along the way, he discovers a powerful truth: No one is beyond the healing of God.
Based on the motion picture starring Vivica A. Fox and Scott Elrod, Home Run is an inspirational story of the hope God offers each of us.
©2013 David C. Cook (P)2013 Oasis Audio
... but baseball isn't too prominent overall. This is a 'people' story, with the baseball field, the practices. the highs and the lows of the game, all part of the backdrop ... the setting of this story.
I enjoyed this book, for the most part. The characters were real. The situations, they found themselves in, were real. This story could have happened in real life ... no need for the " ... suspension of disbelief ..." which the listener/reader must always keep close by, with any fictional story.
I had one complaint, a personal preference ... make that insistence upon, for my reading materials. DO NOT PREACH TO ME. As a practicing Christian, I have no issue with a character, or a number of characters, taking the reader/listener into personal feelings relating to religion. This occurred occasionally during the first three quarters of this story. No problem ... very realistic ... considering some of the supporting characters ... and the small rural area of the major portion of the story. In fact I was suitably impressed with how the author brought in certain aspects of an individual's beliefs and values, getting the impression and understanding across to the reader/listener, without overdoing it.
However, in portions of the last part of the book, this came through with a much heavier hand and, to my way of thinking, became preaching. I was disappointed that the subtle approach, to the characters' religious beliefs, suddenly began to hurl off the page, like the baseballs that a drunken Michael Brand used to pitch to his eldest son, Cory Brand, the story's protagonist.
This, of course, represents my personal reaction to a book that has any portion of it seeming to step out of sync with the rest of the story. However, all in all, I found it an enjoyable and interesting read. There is enough baseball within the story to keep the title honest.
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