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Friday, March 15, 2013

Home Run

First, the winner of the Roma Downey Prayer book is Suzie Williams.  Congratulations, Suzie!

Second, please check out the giveaway for JJ Heller's new music CD, LOVED.
"Sometimes you dream about something your whole life only to forget about it once the dream has arrived."

That's the line in the first chapter that had me hooked on Home Run, a novelization by Travis Thrasher.  Had me turning the pages.  Wanting to read more.
In fact, I enjoyed this book so much, I read it in just two days.  All 400+ pages.

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 bck to the town where it all began.  His plan is simple: coach the 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.
It's never too late ... freedom is possible.

Wow!  That's really the only way to describe this book!  From the very beginning, I was drawn into the story.  Emotionally attached to the characters.  Curious to find out what happened in the next chapter.  On the next page.  In the next paragraph.

My friend, Laura, has been writing about why we, as Christians, should tell our stories ... to let people know that God does exist and that He does care.  And, if you will let Him work, He will make some wonderful changes in your heart and life.  This book is full of stories like that ... of God's love, grace, and mercy.

I am now anxiously awaiting the release of the movie.  April 12 cannot come soon enough!

If I haven't convinced you yet that you need to read this book, let me share this from the "After Words" in the book ...
The unflinching honesty of Home Run resonates with a growing part of the church that rejects the assumption that once you're saved, everything is okay.  And to the world outside the church that never bought that claim in the first place, Home Run is an honest and hopeful message for them.

In the film the characters are not neatly divided into the "have Jesus" group and the "messed up" folks.  Everyone is portrayed as having a struggle of some kind ... because that's true in real life.  We all struggle, but healing is possible!  But not by being better or just acting right or signing the oath or making the resolutions or privately trying to fix the problem all by ourselves.  Change and freedom are ours by surrendering to Jesus.

If you are now thinking, "I must read this book!" you are in luck.  Because you have an opportunity to win a copy.  Just leave a comment telling me the last book you read.  Easy peasy!  Last day to enter is Tuesday, March 19.  I will randomly draw a winner on Wednesday, March 20 (the first day of spring!  YAY!) and announce it here on my blog.

For more information on Home Run, check out these links ...
Website: http://www.homerunthemovie.com

And, of course, the fine print:
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."


Gina @ Kleinworth & Co. said...

I really have to carve out time for reading books more. I have 3 that I am in the middle of that I started before we moved. Then I have an entire cabinet full that I have yet to crack open. Thanks for inspiring me & reminding me to walk away from the office more often Kimberly.

Cathy H. said...

I'm in the middle of reading "The Gifts Of Imperfection" by Brene Brown. It's such a great book, I'm reading it slowly with a notebook in hand! I would love to read "Home Run." Thanks for the chance to win a copy!

Heidi said...

I just finished reading Sarai. This sounds like a great read!