Thursday, March 28, 2013

Home Run by Travis Thrasher

Hone Run is a novel about baseball star Cory Brand--a man who knows how to win the game. His personal life, though, is a falling apart and his escapades are becoming more legendary than his ability on the field. His past is full of regrets and memories that haunt him, and he has chosen to keep the past, including his family, out of sight and out of mind much of the time. However, his out of control drinking, temper, and other antics finally push his management and publicists into a suspension while he gets his life together and allows the PR people time to re-invent his public image.
"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."  (back cover)
 Ok, I have been hearing rave reviews about the film that will be released next month, so I was quite excited to be offered the chance to read the novel. I hate to say it, but I didn't feel the book held up to my expectations. I mean, it was good, but not great. Some of it seemed a bit superficial and I had a lot of questions that remained unanswered. (I won't get into them because I prefer not to do spoilers, esp for new products) That being said, I still want to see the film, and I do recommend the book to others. I will probably read it again because I do feel that it deserves another chance; I have changed my mind on other films and books before. So, I would give it a high 3 stars, but it's not close enough to be a solid 4 for me.

Speaking of the film, I am including the trailer here. I really do want to see the film (& then I will re-read the book).

The book is out now and  Home Run - the movie will be released in theaters on April 19th. Click here to find a theater in your state.
Also, if you need a Biblical, balanced program to help you with past hurts, hang ups, and habits, please look for a Celebrate Recovery group near you.

GIVEAWAY: To win a copy of this book, please leave a comment on blog to let me know you wish to be entered. The winner will be randomly selected on Sunday, April 7th at 6pm CDT.

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deborahseeley54 said...

Thank you always for your honest reviews!!! The movie looks good!!!

Debra Brown said...

Please enter me in the giveaway!

Paige said...

I want to be entered. Kote might like a baseball book.

Anonymous said...

I am excited about this movie and would love to read the book! I really appreciate your reviews!

Andrea McCulley