I'm not a big sports fan -- I couldn't name the favorite teams or players in any particular sport. But I have enjoyed lots of really good movies and books that revolve around a sports team or individual. Home Run is the latest I've found in that category.
The people in the story seem real -- they struggle, they are flawed, and they draw you into their lives so that you care what happens to them. Cory Brand, major-league baseball star, and the family and friends he left behind in his hometown learn first-hand about the power of God's love in healing hearts of long-standing hurts.
Home Run is a well-written read for a wide audience, with a good mix of baseball, faith, and relationship. The flashbacks at the end of each chapter help the reader put pieces together and understand more about how Cory got to the point where his life and career seem to be falling apart -- and how he finds his way home.
Sports fan or not, anyone who enjoys a good story of hope, healing, and redemption should enjoy Home Run. The book is a novelization of a movie due to be released later this month. If the movie is as good as the book, it should be a hit!
Thanks to David C. Cook publishers for providing this book free of charge in exchange for my honest review.
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About the Book
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 baseball 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.
A novel based on the major motion picture starring Vivica A. Fox and
Scott Elrod, Home Run is an inspirational story of the hope and freedom
God offers each of us.
Meet the Author
Learn more about Travis at his website: http://www.travisthrasher.com/.