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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Focus on the Family (April 26, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1589976118
  • ISBN-13: 978-1589976115
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #562,802 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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
--This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

About the Author

For the past six years, Frank Pastore has been the host of the most-listened to live Christian talk show in the country, heard weekday afternoons in Los Angeles from 4-7pm on 99.5 KKLA. For the past 31 years, he's been happily married to his bride Gina, and they've got two adult children, a boy and a girl, and one grandson, Michael. For seven years, he pitched in the big leagues with the Cincinnati Reds, before going to seminary at Talbot, and then later on, he did another master's degree in political philosophy at Claremont Graduate University. He's logged over 150,000 miles on his motorcycle (he gets to ride to work every day)... And maybe you've seen him on the food and travel cable channels for his exploits at the Big Texan Steak Ranch in Amarillo? For the past 21 years, until just recently, he's held the world-record for eating their steak faster than anyone else, in just 9 and a half minutes - a 72-ounce steak!

--This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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Customer Reviews

Good job, Frank!
Janna C. Saavedra
The book was a great look at this mans life and how things can work better after you surrender to a higher power.
david hitchcock
Frank has a great story to tell from his childhood, to major league baseball, to radio career.
Mark E. Johnson

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Angie B. on May 20, 2010
Format: Paperback
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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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Bob Hamer on May 27, 2010
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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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By kimberly shryer on May 21, 2010
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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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Daniel G. Brodek on September 17, 2010
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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By G. Toft on August 5, 2011
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By jape55 on August 29, 2011
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Vicki on July 2, 2010
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This isn't just a book about Frank Pastore's baseball career or the shattered elbow that ended that career. It's about a boy from a troubled and abusive home, an athiest, who puts his life back together with the help of God, who he finally accepted into his life. The author holds nothing back in this very emotional story of how he grew up, the trials that he faced, and how he became the man he is today. The most powerful message is that God is with you always, even when you don't want Him there, or even believe in Him.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Clifton L. Ditmore on June 15, 2010
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OVERVIEW: The memoir of former MLB pitcher Frank Pastore is about overcoming dysfunction and broken dreams. His Major League Baseball career was shattered in a split second. A line drive off the bat of Los Angeles Dodgers infielder Steve Sax struck the Cincinnati Reds pitcher on his right elbow, and the hurler was never the same. A promising MLB career was all but ended one pitch and one swing. A number of men would have let this misfortune destroy their lives. At one point in his life it would have destroyed Frank Pastore's too. Shattered is part sports book, taking you on road trips to clubhouses and professional baseball fields. And it's part romantic novel, detailing the journey of two young kids who fall in love and eventually elope, evading not only Frank's wife's family but the law as well, for she was only 16 years old. Pastore's memoir is also a story of brokenness, betrayal, and burnout. But most of all, this is an uplifting story of how an unpredictable God can surprise any of us with his goodness and love.

MY REVIEW: Shattered is a sports book but it is more than that. For me, it is about how God can make something beautiful of the shattered fragments of our lives if we will allow him to. I was encouraged to read about how even though he was shattered he was not destroyed. His life was shattered but his soul was saved. Pastore found himself asking that question so many have asked in the time of trouble, "Why is this happening to me?" He was asking this of a God he didn't even believe in. It was this injury that sent Frank, a lifelong atheist, on a journey that would change not only his mind but also his whole life. I agree with Chuck Colson who said, "Frank Pastore is not just a big-league player; he's a big-league thinker...Shattered is a great read--fun, fast, and a real page-turner...We can all relate to his story. It's hilarious, poignant, insi
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