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Sunday, November 14, 2010

Season of Miracles...Review

About the book:
Looking back on the 1971 Little League season, Zack Ross relives the summer that changed his life...Gunning for the championship is all that matters until twelve-year-old Zack meets Rafer, a boy whose differences make him an outcast but whose abilities on the baseball field make him the key to victory.  Admired for his contributions to the team, Rafer turns everyone's expectations upside down, bestowing a gift on Zack and his teammates that forces them to think--is there more to life than winning and losing?  And what is this thing called grace?

Written as a memoir, this is a book of fiction, and I wish it was a true story.  I wish Zack was out there somewhere, coaching Little League as an adult.  I loved his character.  I loved the entire Robins baseball team.  These were fantastic boys.  Not perfect by any means and in so many ways, your typical 5th and 6th graders.  But, as they come together to play baseball, they learn so much more.

When Zack sees the potential that Rafer has when it comes to baseball, he convinces his coach and teammates to put Rafer on the team. The baseball season that follows is unlike any they will experience again as they learn about teamwork and the worth of others.  Rafer's autism permits him to see the world differently and his ability to teach his teammates about life and God is remarkable.  But, it's truly a coming of age for Zack and he learns about true friendship, love for others and the role God plays in his life.

Those who love the game of baseball will treasure this novel for the memories it invokes and those who don't will certainly appreciate it for the heartwarming, moving story it is.  Rusty Whitener has written a grand slam.  I can't recommend it enough.

Thanks to First Wildcard and Kregel for the opportunity to review this book.  You can learn more about Rusty Whitener here.  You can read the first chapter here.  You can purchase your own copy here.

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