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Monday, March 18, 2013

Home Run, Freedom is Possible–A Review and Giveaway


I quickly answered the request to review Home Run a novelization by Travis Thrasher based on the original movie. This movie follows after similar genres such as Fireproof and Courageous. As those movies were to Marriage and Fatherhood – Home Run is to Addictions and Celebrate Recovery. On the whole, the book is rather predictable, and knowing that “no one is beyond the healing of God” one is pretty sure that the main character Cory Brand will come to his senses.

As far as fiction books go – I really enjoyed this one. The story pulled me in quickly and it was a great weekend afternoon read. The story’s main  line runs through Cory Brand’s anger and recovery. At the beginning of each chapter you get a peek at his childhood and growing up years to see why he developed alcohol addictions and anger.

From a mom’s perspective – I’d question how much of this story would occur in the real world. Many women may read this book or watch the movie thinking it might be as powerful as the first two. However, I am not sure how much this over the top story will leave people identifying with the characters.

So I have to give it two opinions – One – As a Fictional Christian Based story-  it ROCKS. Second – Thinking this would really show me a lot about Celebrate Recovery and how people go through it – I’m not sure that this book will pull people in.

For a disclaimer – to the book and the movie – this guy’s life is really raw. Drinking. Girls. Stories of Incest and Rape. One nighters. Children who are physically and emotionally abused.  I can’t recommend this as a family film to watch with the 10 and under crowd.

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  • Author: Travis Thrasher
    Book - Paperback Trade 
    ISBN: 0781408385
    ISBN-13: 9780781408387Item #: 125960

    From the Publisher: 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.

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.

"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."


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  2. I would love to win this book, I have had my eye on it for a bit. Great review!

  3. Pick me, pick me :) I love new books...I just need to make time to read.

  4. I'm interested in it, though I hadn't heard of it. I worked in a residential youth rehab in Alaska for a while; it was supposedly Christian-based in it's volunteer history but we were told it wasn't okay to let any kid know you were praying for them... I felt a little too disillusioned by that. I mean, state money and all, I get staff not trying to convert minors, possibly causing more disruption of family structure and therefore discontinuation of grants... and in rehab, staff is supposed to keep their personal selves out of it (literally, we didn't share our history, our hobbies, etc. They were to focus on their treatment work and not base those results on their relationships with individuals who will not always be right there to support them... but God *is* always there, and praying for someone is not becoming all consumed and is not playing favorites, it's calling on outside support when you see a need... I just would love to see a balanced approach... and I'm interested in what actual churches are doing in the area of addiction and recovery.

  5. I'd love to win this. I passed on the opportunity to review it because I had several other books at the time to review, but it would be great to win it!