Monday, April 29, 2013

Travis Thrasher's Home Run ~ Reviewed

By Travis Thrasher
March 2013
David C. Cook
ISBN: 0781408385

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. 

I'm not into sports. I wouldn't know a touchdown from a hole in one. Okay, so maybe that's exaggerating, but reading a book about a baseball star and his messed up life is seriously NOT my first choice in fiction. But here I am, recommending a novel about a baseball supernova who's an alcoholic deadbeat dad. Why? Because Home Run has a powerful message of redemption (and the writing is drool worthy).

The plot centers around main character Cory Brand. I won't call him a hero, because for most of the book he's not. He's a jerk...but a lovable fella who you'll root for because of his past. Yeah, he runs away from his problems in more ways than one, but eventually he's saved by an amazing grace that only God can provide.

Whether you're a sports fanatic or not, the gritty issues dealt with in this book will connect with pretty much everyone. Author Travis Thrasher hits these issues head on, exposing the ugly sides, then bringing them all to the throne of Grace without whapping you upside the head with a Bible. 

Two thumbs up.
Reviewed by: Michelle Griep

Bonus Review:

Home Run is about an all-star baseball star named Cory Brand. From the world’s stand point, he has it all – fame, fortune, anything he wants. But inside he’s spiraling downward, fighting an addiction to alcohol as well as severe anger issues, all stemming from the physical and verbal abuse sustained by his father while still a child. He left that life, along with his pregnant high school sweetheart, Emma, to prove he was somebody. When his erratic behavior lands him back in his home town in Oklahoma, he finds himself not only attending recovery program for alcoholism, but also coaching a Little League his son is playing on.

I LOVED this story! I love baseball, anyway, so that drew me in right away! It was so sad seeing Cory’s character beat himself up, and really, nearly kill himself with the burdens he was carrying. I really enjoyed watching how the walls he built began to crumble around him in order for him to humble himself before the Lord. I highly recommend this book, and am now anxious to see the movie!

Reviewed by: Sarah Meyers

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