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.