Home Run  -     By: Travis Thrasher
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Home Run

David C. Cook / 2012 / Paperback

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Based on the hit movie! Major league baseball player Cory Brand is a home run-hitting star on the diamond, but is in a self-destructive spiral of addiction and violence off the field. To silence his critics and friends he joins a Celebrate Recovery group. Will he find freedom? Or are his hurts, habits, and hang-ups beyond hope? 320 pages, softcover from Cook.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 320
Vendor: David C. Cook
Publication Date: 2012
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0781408385
ISBN-13: 9780781408387
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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.

Author Bio

Critically acclaimed and creatively diverse novelist Travis Thrasher is the author of more than twenty novels, including The Solitary Tales series, Isolation and Ghostwriter. Writing stories that move, haunt, and provoke readers, Thrasher tells tales in a variety of genres. He lives with his wife and three daughters in a suburb of Chicago.

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"Travis has hit a home run with Home Run. It's the first book in a long, long time that I couldn't put down. The perfect blend of tension; all his characters well developed, and I especially appreciated that Travis didn't fix everything at the end. Thrasher is an excellent writer!" - Francine Rivers, best selling author of Redeeming Love and A Voice in the Wind

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  1. DutchEreader
    Brownsville, ON
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Wow!
    January 23, 2014
    DutchEreader
    Brownsville, ON
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    A great read, I really enjoyed reading this! I recommend this book to every one who loves "Facing the Giants", "Courageous" etc.
  2. debwilson
    Summerfield, FL
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    December 21, 2013
    debwilson
    Summerfield, FL
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Home Run - eBook.
    Cory Brand was born to win baseball. To hit home runs that seemed impossible, to be the hero his father could never be. It was his purpose in life, despite the cruelty of his childhood. Running from his past and spiraling out of control despite his insistence to the contrary, he finally gets the reality check he's had coming for years - and gets suspended from the team. Regrets of the past overshadow him like a dark cloud and frustration with present circumstances keep him from realizing how far he has fallen.

    Cory's agent, Helene, has arranged a deal with his team that he will complete an eight week recovery program and get his life back on track. When coaching Little League becomes a part of his very public reformation, he is anxious to get things over and done with.What he doesn't expect is what he finds when he returns home. A woman he loved so much, yet betrayed. A brother and family he never has time for. And a boy who may never know who his father is. Will Cory be able to find redemption for his sins? Will he be able to take the second chance he's been given? Or is it too late for someone like him?

    This novelization by Thrasher shows exactly how far you can fall, and how God can lift you back up in spite of yourself. It shows us that no matter what we've done, or how much of our life we have destroyed, there is always grace and redemption for us from the Father. The characters were very real and believable, because while we may not suffer their particular afflictions, we are all in need of saving no matter who we are or what we've done. Thrasher has captured the essence and spirit of those who are in the midst of their struggle, and you come to care for each and every one of the people in the story. It is hard to read in places, but it is realistic and honest. No sugar coating. And because of that, I recommend it to anyone who has survived their addictions, or even if they find themselves in the thick of it.

    This book was provided by the publisher for free in exchange for an honest review.
  3. CurledUpWithaBook
    The Maritimes
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great story!
    December 6, 2013
    CurledUpWithaBook
    The Maritimes
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Home Run - eBook.
    It's not often I give a book a 5 star rating but this was a very real, true to life story. Cory does what many of us do when we are faced with addictions and shortcomings - we place the blame on someone else and refuse to recognize that we are making poor choices. We all need to be restored and redeemed but on the journey we try to fill the emptiness with something else. This book is well written and definitely worth reading. I'll be looking for more books by Travis Thrasher!
  4. Punta Prima
    Torrevieja Spain
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    A good read....
    July 12, 2013
    Punta Prima
    Torrevieja Spain
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Home Run by Travis Thrasher.

    As Home Run suggests this is a novel centered around Base Ball, but don't be put off as it is a lovely, comforting tale of God's redemptive power in hard, long lived, desperate situations.

    Cory is an alcoholic, out of control, base ball player who is fighting his own demons as he struggles to make sense of the memories of his father's menacing behaviour which was fueled by alcohol and is now being played out in his own life.

    'Good old Dad stood there looking at him in horror, his drunken eyes suddenly sobering up and realizing. Then he spoke Cory's name but it was all done.'

    The sadness and despair as Cory tries to block out any feelings for his father are captured so well by the author as he describes how Cory repeats the same behaviour like a loop constantly repeated as he plunges into a drunken haze day after day.

    This isn't about a sudden light bulb moment as Cory realizes his need for Jesus but cleverly introduces a very successful recovery programme...

    Celebrate Recovery.

    I found the details of this 12 step programme intriguing and anything that can help other tortured souls overcome addictions, obsessions and disorders has to be looked into and I intend to find out more.

    This was an easy read, no surprises or catching of the breath moments but its simplicity and gentle approach was a gentle balm in the hectic, frenetic world we live in.

    Disclaimer: I got a free galley from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for a free and honest review.

    This Review first featured in my Blog: Refreshed, Restored & Redeemed.
  5. debwilson
    Summerfield, FL
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    July 7, 2013
    debwilson
    Summerfield, FL
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Cory Brand was born to win baseball. To hit home runs that seemed impossible, to be the hero his father could never be. It was his purpose in life, despite the cruelty of his childhood. Running from his past and spiraling out of control despite his insistence to the contrary, he finally gets the reality check he's had coming for years - and gets suspended from the team. Regrets of the past overshadow him like a dark cloud and frustration with present circumstances keep him from realizing how far he has fallen.

    Cory's agent, Helene, has arranged a deal with his team that he will complete an eight week recovery program and get his life back on track. When coaching Little League becomes a part of his very public reformation, he is anxious to get things over and done with.What he doesn't expect is what he finds when he returns home. A woman he loved so much, yet betrayed. A brother and family he never has time for. And a boy who may never know who his father is. Will Cory be able to find redemption for his sins? Will he be able to take the second chance he's been given? Or is it too late for someone like him?

    This novelization by Thrasher shows exactly how far you can fall, and how God can lift you back up in spite of yourself. It shows us that no matter what we've done, or how much of our life we have destroyed, there is always grace and redemption for us from the Father. The characters were very real and believable, because while we may not suffer their particular afflictions, we are all in need of saving no matter who we are or what we've done. Thrasher has captured the essence and spirit of those who are in the midst of their struggle, and you come to care for each and every one of the people in the story. It is hard to read in places, but it is realistic and honest. No sugar coating. And because of that, I recommend it to anyone who has survived their addictions, or even if they find themselves in the thick of it.

    This book was provided by the publisher for free in exchange for an honest review.
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