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Product Details

  • Paperback: 252 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan; Reprint edition (October 6, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 031052881X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310528814
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,579,447 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Dravecky's determination to return to pitch with the San Francisco Giants after cancer surgery is one of the best stories of personal triumph in the sports world today. Dravecky tells of his dream of becoming a major league baseball player with energy and candor. Through a casual, narrative style, his descriptions of plays and personalities come alive with the integrity of the game. Dravecky doesn't gloss over the pain he suffered and the discouragements that haunted him as he saw his baseball career fall apart, but he does speak unflinchingly of the religious beliefs and attitudes that enable him to fight against the inevitable adversities in life. --Cynthia J. Rieben, W. T. Woodson High School, Fairfax, VA
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Dravecky's comeback was one of the true highlights of last year's baseball season. This book tells the story of that courageous effort and the disappointments that followed. Dravecky's tone is straightforward, even matter-of-fact; but the message of his courage and religious faith comes through clearly. This is first a baseball book: details of his career are provided; the description of the comeback victory over the Reds is particularly effective. The other story here is one of a battle with cancer. It will be excellent reading for others battling the disease. Dravecky finds much of his strength in his religious beliefs, and the work is also a testimonial to that faith (Zondervan publishes a number of Christian titles). Fans, sufferers, and anyone who finds inspiration in a strong faith will enjoy this. Expect demand.
- Robert Aken, Univ. of Kentucky Libs., Lexington
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

Dave Dravecky is the best-selling author of eight inspirational books, including his gripping story, Comeback. He and his wife, Jan, live in Denver, Colorado, where Endurance, his ministry to encourage those who are facing serious illness, loss or depression, is located.

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Good enough to pitch in the major leagues.
Jesse B Ellyson
Dravecky was a man of great faith-he makes many references to thanking Jesus Christ for the opportunities and never blamed Him for the obstacles.
William P. Martlink
This book is perfect for anyone who is a Baseball fan and wants to journey through the behind-the-scenes life of professional baseball.
Jeff McLain

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jesse B Ellyson on July 3, 2005
Format: Hardcover
In the face of adversity, faith in God will see you through. That's the moral of the story.

Dave Dravecky was a baseball player. A pitcher. That was all he ever wanted to be. And he was good at it. Good enough to pitch in the major leagues. But when a cancerous tumor was found in his pitching arm it looked like his career was over.

Or was it? The Dravecky family had faith in God. They placed their future and Dave's career in His hands. Placing faith in God is always the right thing to do and Dravecky's story is a testimony to that fact. Against all odds, against all expectations, Dave Dravecky overcame the loss of his deltoid muscle and worked his way through the minor leagues back up to the major leagues.

Comeback is a story of triumph over impossible odds. Ronald Reagan said of Dravecky, "The remarkable faith and courage he has shown is an inspiration to us all." So it is. Judging by the cover and the man who wrote it you may think this is a book about baseball. It's not. Comeback is a story about a man and his faith in God. Comeback is a story about God's work in one man's life.

Dave Dravecky's story is deeply inspirational and his book should be found on every Christian bookshelf.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 22, 1998
Format: Paperback
Dave Dravecky wrote an inspiring book after his first bout with cancer and amazing comeback to professional baseball. The writing is better than in most athlete-authored books. Most sports fans know that the cancer returned, and Dave lost an arm to it. The follow-up story is revealed in subsequent books authored by Dave Dravecky and his wife Jan Dravecky. I think readers will be uplifted by any of these books.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By William P. Martlink on May 2, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I've always been a big Dave Dravecky Fan, and I knew his story from what I read in the news and saw during the events of this time period. Reading about his life, his thoughts and insights on the world around him was inspirational. He loved baseball so much, that he did whatever it took to be the best. Dravecky was a man of great faith-he makes many references to thanking Jesus Christ for the opportunities and never blamed Him for the obstacles. His never say die attitude is one I wish more athletes and general public would adapt as their own.
This book follows a timeline from his childhood and minor league struggles (briefly) to his major league success and then his battle with cancer in his deltoid muscle, and finally, his return to baseball. It is a very quick read and one of the better athlete autobiographies I have read.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
While reading this inspiring tale of Dave Dravecky's courageous fight to get back out on the pitching mound after having half his deltoid muscle removed due to cancer, I was struck with the book's ability to combine two topics that are often unrelated: sports (in this case baseball) and religion.

Basically, the book is a chronicle of Dravecky's entire career, but with the primary focus being on how (with his great faith in God) he was able to beat cancer and defy all odds by not only returning to the mound, but pitching like he belonged there all along. It is filled with stories not only relating to Dravecky's baseball career (in fact, only about a third of the book deals with baseball-related stories), but also about his relationship with the Lord and with his family, and how both of those loves kept him going when he was at his worst.

Perhaps the single best part of the book, though, was Dravecky's ability to write in such a simple, uncomplicated style. While reading, it felt as if I was sitting right in the room with Dave listening to him talk about his life. It didn't feel like it was too heavily ghost-written (a problem with many other sports memoirs) or contrived...just a straight-forward read.

Thus, if you are a sports fan of any kind who enjoys reading inspiring literature, this effort will quickly shoot to the top of your list, especially due to its easiness to pick up and dive right in.
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Format: Paperback
While reading this inspiring tale of Dave Dravecky's courageous fight to get back out on the pitching mound after having half his deltoid muscle removed due to cancer, I was struck with the book's ability to combine two topics that are often unrelated: sports (in this case baseball) and religion.

Basically, the book is a chronicle of Dravecky's entire career, but with the primary focus being on how (with his great faith in God) he was able to beat cancer and defy all odds by not only returning to the mound, but pitching like he belonged there all along. It is filled with stories not only relating to Dravecky's baseball career (in fact, only about a third of the book deals with baseball-related stories), but also about his relationship with the Lord and with his family, and how both of those loves kept him going when he was at his worst.

Perhaps the single best part of the book, though, was Dravecky's ability to write in such a simple, uncomplicated style. While reading, it felt as if I was sitting right in the room with Dave listening to him talk about his life. It didn't feel like it was too heavily ghost-written (a problem with many other sports memoirs) or contrived...just a straight-forward read.

Thus, if you are a sports fan of any kind who enjoys reading inspiring literature, this effort will quickly shoot to the top of your list, especially due to its easiness to pick up and dive right in.
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