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Home Run: A Novel [Kindle Edition]

Travis Thrasher
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Book Description

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.

Editorial Reviews


"Home Run reminds us of the power of forgiveness, the richness of redemption, and the wisdom of trusting God to revive us."
— Max Lucado

About the Author

Travis Thrasher is the author of more than twenty works of fiction, including the Solitary Tales series, Broken, and Sky Blue. His writing is known for its honesty, depth, and surprising twists. Thrasher lives with his wife and daughters in Chicago.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1378 KB
  • Print Length: 418 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0781408385
  • Publisher: David C. Cook; Mti edition (March 1, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A71Y7HE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #422,149 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic March 7, 2013
Cory Brand is a baseball star. He's got it all. Fast cars. Money. Women. What he doesn't have is control of his life. When one mistake spirals into more, he finds himself back home in Oklahoma, forced to face his past and the love he left behind. Now coaching a Little League team and attending a recovery program, Cory must decide. Hold tightly to a past that haunts him or trust God with an uncertain future.

I love books that constantly draw me to them. When the characters stay in my mind after I've put the book down and cause me to get back to reading as fast as I can. Home Run is one of those books. I couldn't get Cory and his family off my mind. And part of Thrasher's brilliance is writing a character that is so flawed I should dislike him, but I don't. In fact, I found myself caring for Cory, wanting to see him get past his pain and find home.

I appreciated the lack of a Hollywood ending to Home Run. Instead, the reader is given a realistic depiction of what life is truly like for those who struggle with addictions or painful pasts. Cory's road is not easy and his salvation comes at a price. He doesn't walk off into the sunset with things perfect. Like anyone else, he courageously battles each day holding tightly to God's hand, grateful for a second chance.

This book is based upon a movie that releases April 19th.
I highly recommend reading the book and seeing the film.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hope. March 6, 2013
When I first heard about the Home Run movie (and book!) I knew right who I wanted to give it to. I have a sports fan in my family who is also a movie fan and has had trouble with all the issues dealt with in this book. A story might be the way to reach them. Film is a great blessing to Christians, to be able to use a powerful medium to give the Gospel message in a way that stays with viewers for a long time.

Home Run is the story of an out of control alcoholic who vowed he would never be like his father- and is.

Cory's life was tormented by his father when he was young. He lived in fear and tried to protect his little brother Clay from their father's rage.

Cory met a sweet girl in high-school, and left her with a baby boy. He went to play baseball, and she married a soldier who adopted her son as his own. Cory went to the big leagues and Emma's soldier went to Afghanistan and died. Emma's son Tyler mourned the loss of the good man who had taken care of them...and Tyler never knew he had a father who had left him ten years before.

Cory Brand is now famous... and drinking and medicating himself heavily.
When Cory attacks an umpire and hits an honorary batboy in the nose, he is suspended for eight weeks. For PR reasons he is told he is going to coach the boy's little league and attend a Celebrate Recovery Group.

The batboy turns out to be Carlos Brand, his nephew, newly adopted by Cory's brother and his wife Karen. They had brought Carlos to the field to meet his uncle.
Cory finds himself in the middle of the family he had left behind...his brother who continues to forgive him, Karen who "just doesn't understand what it is like to have a hard life", and Carlos who thinks Cory is a hero.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not All That I'd Hoped September 23, 2013
I had noticed this movie recently on CBD and was curious about it. The story follows Cory Brand as he crashes and burns while playing baseball as a pro. He is an alcoholic and is required by his team to go to a recovery group and try to "recover". The story interweaves the present and Cory's childhood in his abusive family. It is heartbreaking. 90% of the story is very sad. I did learn a lot about the program Celebrate Recovery, which I have heard of. The story describes Cory's meetings and the accountability in the group. This is a novel based on the movie and it reads like that. But, it jumps back and forth a lot! I became very bogged down in Cory's self-pity. It was hard to read. One hard part for me was that Cory's brother didn't understand the emotional burdens Cory had taken on when they were children and what he had done to protect him. That was very strange to me. As I've talked to people in my life and reflected on my own childhood, I've heard several times that they knew when someone was protecting them--whether it was a parent or sibling. They also knew when they were being left to fend for themselves. Additionally, I think it was particularly hard for me to read about Cory's unrelenting drinking through the majority of the book since one of my close family members is an alcoholic.

Is this a book I'd recommend? Probably not. It's very sad and left me feeling drained, though the ending is hopeful.

Please note that I received a complimentary copy of this ebook for review from the publisher.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A well-written tale July 8, 2013
BRILLIANTLY WRITTEN -- It's such a treat to read a well-crafted novel, and Travis Thrasher did a superb job on Home Run: A Novel. Until I finished it and read the notes at the end, I didnt' know that it was a faithful novelization of a movie. Along toward the end, I became a little disturbed that I could feel someone else's heavy hand in guiding the story to the conclusion. I was left wondering how, without the heavy editorial intervention, this very gifted writer would have ended it. Trasher is a wonderfully gifted writer and now sits at the top of my "TO READ" list. I'm glad to have found him - I can't wait to see what he writes on his own! I took away two stars for the sermonizing ending - five stars for Thrasher's writing, but minus two for the editors. I'm off to read his other books!
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I enjoyed the book. It delivers a powerful message about God's healing power. I have seen the movie so I understand the initial use of flashbacks in the book. Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good book!
This was a very good read and I would recommend it to anyone.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A man learns forgiveness and redemption
I usually resist reading novelizations of movies. Often hurriedly written, based completely on a movie script, novelizations are often marked by poor writing and a story less than... Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars Emotionally Charged
I read this book in advance of a showing of the movie at my church. I found it to be well-written, with an express ability to draw out the reader's emotions, and a good message... Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Story
What a beautiful story! I don't think I've ever read (er, listened to) a novelization before (movie turned into a book), but I really enjoyed Home Run and am going to have to track... Read more
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Critically acclaimed author Travis Thrasher has made a career out of defying expectations. He's written over twenty-five books that have crossed the spectrum between love stories and supernatural thrillers. His variety of inspirational stories have included collaborations with filmmakers, musicians, and pastors. He's also helped write memoirs and self-help books. He lives with his wife and three daughters in a suburb of Chicago.

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