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40,000 to One (Volume 1)
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In one word, I thought it was stunning.
I originally purchased Forty Thousand to One because I, too, have been diagnosed with early on-set Parkinson's disease. However, it immediately became evident that this book is so much more than just another Parkinson's story or another baseball story. As Ben says in his introduction, "I'm all of us. We all get thrown sooner or later. Maybe it's a death, a divorce or a job loss. We all break. You've been slammed with a cold fist. You're on your knees. Believe me, I get it."
Ben goes on to recount his journey with both honesty and vulnerability sharing stories about his highest of highs - Hitting a double on his first at bat with the Colorado Rockies, "Forty thousand fans stood and cheered. That wall of sound was so dense you could've hung a picture on it. But I didn't smile. I thought moments like these would stretch on until I told them to stop."
To his lowest of lows - In a tribute to his father Ben writes, "He gave me wings and now I was falling from a very, very high place."
Ben's fall would be halted by the lessons learned from the unconditional love of a little girl who wanted and needed exactly what her dad had to give.
After reading this book, you will find yourself rooting for Ben for reasons that have little to do with baseball and everything to do with the strength and wisdom with which he is facing the adversity in his life. For those with Parkinson's, Ben provides a powerful example of how to live our lives with courage and optimism. For those with other challenges, read the book and you will find an ally for your fight. "Believe me, I get it."
It will give everyone some amazing perspective on lifes struggles. Ben is an amazing example of perserverence. His changing perspective on life and the approach he now takes with Parkinsons will give you pause to conemplate and think. He does not take anything for granted. From being an All Star caliber Major league baseball player, to struggling to get dressed or being "normal" and being a father and husband. He puts himself out there and gives everyone a great apprciation for the little things we all take for granted. not to mention the dreams and goals that can quickly and unexpecedly change in our lives. and his stories are fun, heart breaking, and motivatng and inspiring all at the same time. it's a book about dreams, faith and family.
this is told by a very grounded and humble guy, who has done many great things and inspired countless people.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great perspective to slide outside of baseball and the challenges of this disease. Impressive relation to everyday needs and activitiesPublished 3 months ago by Jonathan D. Shoemaker
A great combination of baseball and life that "happens ". Ben Petrick put into words what was going on in his life that painted a very clear picture of the intricacies of... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Mr. Thomas M. Kendall
Ben Petrick (40,000 to One)is a must read for Parkinson's patients and their families. Very inspiring!Published 17 months ago by Ronald Moyer
Thanks to Ben Petrick for writing this book. We are a baseball family & my son is in college on a baseball scholarship - he takes nothing for granted after reading Ben's story. Read morePublished 20 months ago by TAM
Gripping! Hard to put down! Don't have to be a baseball fan to enjoy, although I am.Published 22 months ago by Presentation Partners (Consignment)
Wonderful book w an excellent message. I didn't want to put it down. Thanks for your insight, Mr. Petrick!!Published on July 9, 2014 by Erin E Hazel
Inspiring must-read. You cannot help but want to become a better parent, spouse, sibling and person after reading Ben's story about his life's challenge and his courageous and... Read morePublished on June 11, 2014 by alan takemura
I have not received this book as of yet, but after seeing a story about him last weekend I had to have this book. He is such an example and inspiration I can't wait to read it.Published on June 1, 2014 by Melinda Jaynes