I always love to review a good book. This particular novel appealed to me for a couple of reasons. First of all, March has arrived, and is actually on its way out, yet Spring continues to elude us. So I'm yearning for the sun and warmer weather. And a book about baseball? Yeah, you betcha, bring it on! Baseball is one of the few sports I understand and enjoy :) And if I can't actually have the nice weather, I can at least read about a subject that takes place in such a season.
Home Run is a novelization based on an upcoming movie to be released on April 12, and after reading it, I cannot wait to see it! I just loved this book.
The story features character Cory Brand, baseball star. From a public perspective, he's a winner all the way around. This all star player has everything anyone could want, talent, money, fame, women. . .
Yet none of those things can keep his past from chasing him. A very public accident sends him right back to the town, and the past, that he's been running from for so long. Cory now has an opportunity to clean himself up, face his mistakes, and heal some important relationships.
But he wants to run.
There are a few little unexpected twists here, which is always fun. Cory does not have an overnight change of heart, and the recovery is kind of two steps forward, one step back.
I like the honesty of this book. Life is hard, and often messy. Some Christian books are on the fluffy side. They can gloss over the struggles real people have, as if Christians don't have these issues. But we do. There is alcoholism, and drug use, and promiscuity. Life is, well, real. And I like that Home Run not only portrays that, but points the way to our only Hope.
That's the very word that I would choose for the overall theme. Hope. That's what I was left with on the final page. Great book. Definitely a book to put on your book list.
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About the Author
Travis Thrasher is the author of more than a dozen works of fiction, including The Solitary Tales series, Isolation, and Ghostwriter. His writing is known for its honesty, depth, and surprising twists. Thrasher lives with his wife and daughters in Chicago.
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