Tuesday, October 12, 2010

A Season of Miracles

A Season of Miracles: A NovelRusty Whitener
Kregel Publications
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At some point in our life we all go through a period of time that changes us, molding us into who we are and who we will be. Throughout the rest of our life from that point on we are able to recall this time period and replay its significance. In the summer of 1971 Zack Ross had this remarkable life changing moment in time. A Season of Miracles is Zacks’ reflection of his 1971 little league season and the events of the summer that changed his life, challenging him to stand out from the crowd, decide for himself and learn from others. When Zack meets Rafer, a sweet boy whose differences are apparent to all, he takes the first step towards his summer of change and is ultimately given a gift of friendship in its rarest form.

This novel had a spark of enthusiasm mixed with great story, childhood memories, inspiration and of course, baseball, that caught my attention from the first page. Once I started reading this book I couldn’t stop. The author writes with such heartfelt zeal and enthusiasm, making the reader feel they are living through the story too. I was amazed at how quickly I became entranced with this novel. It was laugh out loud funny at one moment and sweet or tearful at others. I traveled through many emotions while reading A season of Miracles which made the novel even better, in my opinion. The author does an amazing job of writing with clarity. I was able to completely understand the thoughts and feelings of Zack and his teammates. Even though I have never been a 12 year old boy, I felt like I was able to identify with him through the authors writing.

This book was moving, entertaining and inspirational, I could not give a high enough recommendation for it. When I sat down to read this I did not expect what I was about to receive. I wasn’t reading just a novel, I was reading a story with wisdom, love and fondness. I was witnessing that moment in life when you realize life is bigger than your current situation. For Zack and his teammates the lesson was learned through baseball and their friend Rafer. A Season of Miracles is a must read. It is not just a story of baseball, it is so much more. This novel will be part of my permanent library and I will re-read it again. I am quite sure I will learn something different each time I re-read this novel. It was a wonderful, highly recommended read.
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  1. Tiffany...wow, this sounds like a wonderful read, I can't wait to read it.

    I'm from '4 the LUV of SaNiTy'...my post about "The Pledge" was all on my own. Not sponsored by anyone, no-one gave me the idea, and it isn't going around anywhere, I just happened to come across it and wrote a post about it.


  2. Tiffany, what a special review!
    I am a huge baseball fan, but it seems as though this would "score" with me apart from the baseball theme...how wonderful that the author was able to speak so authentically in the voice of a 12 year old boy...I had that experience when reading Joyce Maynard's Labor Day, where it amazed me that a woman author could so realistically voice both a young boy, and the man he grew into.
    This one is definitely going on my TBR pile :)


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