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"The author, a former professional athlete and one-time atheist, now has the most listened to Christian radio show in the nation. In this compelling memoir, Pastore recounts how his passion for the game of baseball set him on a spiritual roller coaster ride that resulted in the discovery of his true calling. His conversational narration tells of his childhood, especially his odd and dysfunctional parents who launched him on the path to his pitching career, and then moves to the cataclysmic end of that career when his elbow was shattered. As narrator, he uses a controlled tone when revealing painful moments, yet his humanity comes through loud and clear. SHATTERED will minister to all and sundry—those who are spiritually sound and those who are struggling." 
E.O. -  2011 Audies Finalist - © AudioFile Portland, Maine
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About the Author

Ellen Vaughn is a bestselling author who has written or cowritten more than twenty books. She collaborated on the #1 New York Times bestseller It s All About Him with Denise Jackson, the New York Times bestseller Choosing to SEE with Mary Beth Chapman, and eight books with Chuck Colson. She speaks frequently at retreats and conferences in the U.S. and abroad, and lives in the Washington, DC area with her husband, Lee.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Focus on the Family (May 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1589976118
  • ISBN-13: 978-1589976115
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #376,570 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I was excited about this one since it's written by a former MLB player and I'm a huge baseball fan. I wasn't familiar with Frank Pastore's story since I was too young to remember his "shattered" experience. Pastore has an interesting story and he is brutally honest in his retelling. He didn't try and sugar-coat his experiences, he was honest about mistakes he made and struggles he'd endured. His stories were poignant and entertaining.

He starts with his childhood and details the difficult relationship he had with both his parents. Baseball became his escape and the way he dealt with his mixed up childhood. Pastore mentions the meeting of his future wife and the tales of how they finally married made me laugh out loud. While they married young, it is obvious Pastore loves his wife and she has been supportive through all the changes in his life.

What impressed me the most about his book was the open, honest communication about his salvation experience and the trials and tribulations that often accompany Christianity. Pastore lays bare his thoughts about how even Christian leaders can fail us at times. I appreciated that he didn't deny the ups and downs of his life. Many Christian books make everything sound wonderful. Pastore didn't do that and I appreciate that.

I do have one quibble about this book. There were many times where stories in the chapters didn't seem to "fit." All of a sudden, there was a random story dropped in. It made me wonder what the editor was thinking. All in all, it isn't the best book I've ever read or even the best book I've read this year but it was better than I expected.

Tyndale House provided a free copy of this book in return for my honest, open review of this book.
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I'm not really sure what I was expecting. I've been a guest on Frank's radio show and am so impressed (maybe even a little intimidated) by his intellect. I used to be a huge baseball fan and even though it may sound trite 9/11 changed me. I don't recall watching an entire sporting event since that day. Today my heroes wear Kevlar. So with Frank's new book I wasn't looking for another locker room jock snapping memoir or a Biblical exegesis. I was flying cross country and wanted an airplane read. I started reading and couldn't put it down. He not only entertained but he challenged me. This isn't a cookie-cutter come to Jesus book but the story of a man who struggled and questioned and persevered. Thanks, Frank. As soon as I got home I bought a copy for my dad for Father's Day.
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i read this book in one sitting. english is my second language so i don't like to read books written in english but, i couldn't put this book down till i finished it. very encouraging and inspiring. great read!
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I purchased this book because of my having seen Frank Pastore on the Hour of Power broadcast. I was surprised to see this former Cincinnati Red's pitcher sharing his faith experience on TV. I found this difficult to put down... always wanting to find out what happened next in his life. I finished the book in just a few days time. This well worth the time and money.
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This book got me laughing out loud while completely identifying with the author's childhood and traumatically embarrassing moments. How he described those and his thoughts at the time the events happened took me right to those times in my own life and reminded me of exactly how I was thinking then. No WONDER those things happened, much less felt so bad at the time. But I have to say- his were worse.
The authors story of discovering REAL Christianity through the love and patience of his fellow players, C.S. Lewis, Josh McDowell, and of course, the REAL Jesus, as opposed to the characature of him presented by his mother and others, was excellent.
This is one book I may actually read again.
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MAN OR WOMAN, OLDER OR YOUNGER, CHRISTIAN OR NOT, DOESN'T MATTER! YOU"RE GOING TO ENJOY THE RARE OPENNESS AND HONESTY FOUND IN THIS BOOK! (I KNOW I SURE DID!) I loved the format >> 38 easy-to-read, but hard-to-put-down chapters, covering 220 pages. Unless you've lived a "fairytale life," and I don't know many who have, you will likely be able to identify with several of Frank's experiences in growing up with a dysfunctional home life, tough teenage years, relationship ups and downs, struggles and triumphs, victories and defeats, good and bad "life choices," etc., etc. It's an on-going story! {Hope there's a sequel some day!} DON'T MISS THIS ONE! Dan Brodek
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I listened to Frank Pastore's autobiography on CD and enjoyed it thoroughly! As a baseball fan and a Christian, I loved hearing about Frank's time in the major leagues and how he became a follower of Jesus Christ. I also enjoyed hearing about his tough childhood and his adult life with his wife Gina and their children. It was inspiring to hear how he faced adversity and finally found his niche as a radio broadcaster where he would have an opportunity to preach and teach and make a difference in people's lives (including mine!) My only quibble with the book is that occasionally the narrative seemed to bounce around a bit, but overall it was a straightforward chronological story of the life of a man who wore many hats and accomplished a great deal in spite of some pretty challenging obstacles!
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