Author: Chris Fabry
Publisher: Tynale House
Release Date: July 23, 2019
Rating: 5 Stars
Reviewer: Jessica Higgins
A inspirational story that is sure to give readers what they need even when they weren’t looking for it.
Sometime life draws up a play that throws everything off. When the largest manufacturing plant in Franklin closes its doors, it has unseen ramifications. People now have to leave to find jobs in other places. Other business close because of the reduced population. Basketball coach John Harrison and his son Ethan can only watch as the championship quality team they had stacked for the year dwindles down to only four players. Fortunately, Brookshire School that employs John and his wife Amy hasn’t had to close its doors, but they did have to take a pay cut. Now without a team, John is struggling to fit in. When the principal asks him to coach cross county, he reluctantly agrees because he doesn’t believe it is a real sport. On the day of tryouts, he has one runner come forward and she has asthma. As John begins to coach Hannah, he finds that he is about to embark on a journey that only God can control.
Sometimes God just knows what book you need to read next. This was the case for me as I picked up this book to eagerly read about the upcoming feature film. This story is very powerful and it makes you stripped to your core as a reader to evaluate who you are. If everything you poured your time into were suddenly stripped away, who would you be? What could you say about yourself? Would you be proud? Or would it make you reevaluate your life?
Having seen several of the Kendrick brother’s movies, I could easily hear the character’s voices as the book played out in front of me, just like one of their movies. I haven’t read any of the novelizations before, but this one was very enjoyable. I loved both John’s and Hannah’s stories. Each was different but connected. John was used in a way to bring healing to a family full of bitterness for over 15 years. Hannah was finally able to stop filling her void with useless items and have it filled with love. There are still some sad parts to the story, but it is worth the read. Highly recommended for those who love the Kendrick brothers’ movies as well as those who enjoy Fabry’s unique writing voice.
I received a complimentary copy of this title from the publisher. The views and opinions expressed within are my own.