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Luke Wordley lives with his wife and three children in the south of England. The Fight is his first novel. For more information, visit www.lukewordley.com.

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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (May 1, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1414389493
  • ISBN-13: 978-1414389493
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.2 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,234,065 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Luke Wordley lives with his wife and three children in the South of England. A passionate Christian, he has worked mainly in International Development, where he has developed a love for Africa and a passion for social action and justice. The Fight is his first novel.

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This is a fantastic thought provoking book that is easy to read and easy to get addicted to.
As the story unfolds it becomes clear that Boxing is merely the vehicle to convey a powerful story about human relationships and emotions.
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I'm not a boxing guy at all so was a little skeptical at first but "The Fight" is a great read. Great characters, and a story that gets you hooked early on. Fantastic underlying message that sings of hope. Get. This. Book!
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This is one of those fictional books that reads like a true story. For a while there... I honestly had to keep checking just to see if the book was fiction or non-fiction. It is so realistic!

I was immediately caught up in the story. A kid who was given a tough hand in life. After some major life crisis', he is changes - going from "good boy" to a fighter, one who is not doing well in school, and often bringing shame to his mother. To cope - she turns to alcohol, which of course only makes matters worse.

Sam's life continues to spiral until as a teenager he meets Jerry - boxing trainer. Providence lands him at the boxing club - which becomes not only an outlet, but a tool God uses to minister to him as well as draw Him to the Lord. Jerry has problems of his own - a troubled past and some deeply buried anger. As the two begin to work together, God also is doing a work of His own in both of their lives.

This is a powerfully moving story - that will not only open your eyes, but will open your tear ducts at times. You will cry, get angry, and even laugh. And you might even find yourself praying for the characters in the book - of course until you remind yourself this book is just fictional!

There are many other people in this story worth mentioning - Sam's mother, Jerry's wife, and several guys from the boxing gym. Each plays a very special role in making the story turn out just right!

So what are you waiting for? Grab your copy today!! You won't regret it and you will be sharing this book with others so it can impact their lives as well!

I was blessed with this book by The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest opinion. I was not required to review it positively.
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Definitely giving this debut novel by Luke Wordley five stars. From the very first sentence my attention was riveted to this story. Sam is a thirteen year old boy whose father died and he and his mom are forced to move into public housing. Sam sinks into bitterness and anger and his mom into alcoholism. Sam's one outlet is fighting. One day he runs into the wrong gang and is rescued by another young man who just happens to be a member of the local boxing club. Here Sam is introduced to the boxing coach, Jerry, who is a Christian. Jerry has been having his own struggles with his faith.

This author has successfully written a novel that will keep your attention. I found myself wrapped up in every one of the characters and their part in the story. I found myself identifying with each one in some way or another. I can only imagine how I would feel as a kid who lost my dad and the life I knew. And the mom who has no idea how to handle a son who went from the good kid to the bully while dealing with her own grief. And Coach Jerry, trying to come to grips with his own struggles from the past and overcome his doubts and anger toward God. There's also Gloria, Jerry's wife, who has to maintain grace while her husband struggles and is sometimes not so nice to her and their children.

This is a Christian novel, but doesn't come across "preachy " at all. I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good story and certainly to anyone interested in boxing. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it as an adult (and a woman, at that!), but feel that it would appeal to teenage boys.

I received a copy of this book from The Book Club Network and the publisher in exchange for my honest review which I have given.
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The Fight is a tremendous, powerful first novel of redemption, priorities, forgiveness…Luke Wordley has told a remarkable tale with vital spiritual lessons in terms that both men and women can understand and appreciate. This is not a genre I would typically pick up – when my husband watches the fights on TV, I read a good book. Never judge a book by its cover!
Tragedies can tear apart a family, Sam Pennington learned at a most impressionable age. Poverty and responsibility can grow a root of bitterness that may simmer into rage; Sam had a fury that could have cost him his freedom and his life. Instead, when he was noticed by Jerry Ambrose, a man who once had a similar fury and an opportunity to fight until injury brought his career to a halt. Now he trained young men to box. It didn’t satisfy his desire to fight and win, he could channel his passion for the fight.
Jerry Ambrose was a Christian, as was his wife, who was also a prayer warrior. He was stable, and desired to do God’s will. At least, until he met and began working with Sam, and came in touch with emotions and desires still deeply embedded. Jerry could be the greatest mentor Sam could have, or just another bad example, depending on how much he was willing to listen to the Holy Spirit.
Sam and Jerry are the primary characters, and each was very well defined over the course of the story. It was good to see both of their points of view so the reader could understand and have empathy for them, whether or not the reader agreed with their choices. Everybody was described sufficiently to see how they fit into the story and what influence they may have contributed to Sam or Jerry.
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