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Top Customer Reviews
Though the book started slowly and I thought the legal deposition within the first few chapters was a little long and began to lose me, but the author was a lawyer before he decided to become an author. Because of this and one of the main characters being a lawyer, I learned a lot about the legal field because obviously, the author knows what he is talking about. Sometimes there were stretches within the book where the author focused on one storyline for too long, especially when I was wanting the baseball part instead of the legal part of the storyline. (I'm sure those interested in the legal stuff would feel the same with the long stretches of the baseball part.)
But, anyway, as I continued reading, the book got better and I just could not put his book down. It has the kind of story that just draws or sucks you in and does not let you go. I loved the way everything connected and how all the storylines were masterfully woven together with a few surprising little twists along the way. Great book!!!
I love reading fiction books that I can relate to and have at least some background knowledge in the subjects discussed. I didn't know many details about the book before I started reading, but I appreciated the knowledge and detail that went into the couple of areas of the book that I do happen to know a little about. My father is an attorney and I grew up hearing the lingo and seeing how things really work behind the scenes. It's obvious that the author knows what he is talking about when it comes to the law and lawyer-related portions of this book. He provides so much detail as to actually be educational and it makes the story all that much more believable. I also appreciated the portrayal of the Christians in the book. Having grown up in an Independent Baptist church, I related in almost every way to the churches, pastors, and church members described throughout this book. The Christians aren't portrayed as know-it-all, gung-ho crusaders, but rather men and women attempting to live by faith in a manner that would please the Lord and learning day by day that it isn't always easy, but it is always worthwhile. Besides, what other fiction book manages to work in soulwinning, the importance of the local church, Biblical standards, and more?
I'm not the biggest baseball fan in the world, but I have spent many hours following the games and players and all the details in the book line up. The author does a fantastic job describing the few sports action scenes throughout and even got my heart rate up imagining the action as if I were listening to a play-by-play radio announcer. This book is listed as sports fiction, but I would have to say that the sport or game of baseball itself doesn't actually play a huge role in the story. This book could just as easily be classified as legal fiction or religious fiction.
Finally, all the elements of this book combine to make it one of my top 5 favorite fiction books ever. I can't wait to read more work from Jason in the future!
This is one of the only fiction books that I feel comfortable recommending unequivocably! Read this one, you won't regret it!
*I read this book on a Gen4 kindle reader and it displayed well with all the navigation controls working properly.*
In today's world, fame and fortune are sought out by the vast majority as the end all/be all of life. In Never on Sundays, Roy Adams takes a different path and follows his convictions even at the risk of giving up his lucrative career as a professional baseball player. I found it incredibly refreshing to read about a man who concludes that his faith in God and his convictions are more important than anything else. Few of us would be willing to take the stand that Roy does, and reading Roy's story challenged me to consider whether I would be willing to do the same.
I also found Roy's attorney, Will Jacobson, to be a really interesting character. Mr. Steffens' description of Will's guilt and disappointment about his career - for example, Will's feeling that he isn't making a difference and is failing as a husband and father due to the obligations of his job - is common within the legal profession. Will's struggles are so well written - with such authenticity - that I found myself thinking over and over throughout the book that Will's character could have been based on my own life at certain points in my career. For me, it is rare that a character in a book hits home as much as Will Jacobson did.
The following excerpt is one of my favorite portions of the book and I think it is a really poignant expression of Will's disappointment in his situation:
"He wondered again why he was sitting where he was, though he had long resigned himself to his circumstances. This was and would remain his career and this was and would remain the system in which that career existed. The middle man taking a cut of the shuffling of money. It was hard to beat back the cynicism. Will had some partners who were good at it. Actually, they did not appear cynical at all. Rather, they appeared to--and probably did--believe the law and their role in it was noble. Sometimes, when he was around them, their positive attitudes infected Will. Mostly he just wondered how in the world anyone could match up the picture of Atticus Finch with what he did. Of course, no one ever saw the day-to-day business of Atticus Finch. Maybe he was a money shuffler as well. Harper Lee didn't tell us about that. A money shuffler given one chance to make a lasting difference."
Excerpt From: Jason M. Steffens. "Never on Sundays: A Novel."
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