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.
“Because when he first walked in, I saw a sad, wounded kid, and I wanted to help him. Now I just see potential glory, title fights, and championship belts. I thought I was beyond that,” Jerry confesses in Luke Wordley’s novel, "The Fight." At three hundred and ninety-two pages, this paperback targets not only those who like stories about the sport of boxing; many will become engrossed in the multi-leveled relationships of pain, loss, and forgiveness. With no profanity but some slang, the topics of physical abuse, alcohol, and drug use would not be appropriate for immature readers. This reader wishes all pronouns of God were capitalized for reverence. In this tome set in current day London, fifteen year old Sam Pennington’s last three years have been rough. After his father died in an accident, his alcoholic mother and he are forced to move into low-income public housing. Problems escalate when he has to change schools three times due to his temper and attitude, leaving him angry and full of rage. Standing up to anyone who gets in his way, he becomes the victim in a gang beating but a kind-hearted teen rescues him, taking him to a nearby boxing club. There thirty-nine year old Jerry Ambrose, a washed out professional boxer turned trainer, notices his quickness, alertness, and determination. Not being able to control the burning desire to hurt and cause pain, both man and boy relate to each other yet cannot forget or forgive their pasts. As Jerry takes Sam under his wing to teach discipline and self-control both in and out of the ring, the two feel God’s presence meshed within their lives. When Sam rises in the ranks from British amateur middleweight champion to his first professional bout, Jerry must put his personal demons aside to help the young boy find his own way. Causing hurtful relationships and losing loved ones, both lead separate paths, hoping to find peace and happiness. A fast read, this first novel by the author is well-written with descriptive, believable characters who want to be free from the pain, anger, and hopelessness that surrounds them. While readers anticipate the outcome of the fight in the ring, the internal fight for redemption and salvation becomes the pivotal point of the story. Thanks to Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. for furnishing this complimentary book in exchange for a review based on the reader’s honest opinion.
The Fight by Luke Wordley is one of the most powerful, moving excellent books I have read in awhile. Sam is a boy that is full of hate and anger. His father is dead and his mother is an alcoholic. Sam is always getting in fights and his anger is out of control. Jerry is a boxing trainer and he has demons of his own to overcome. When Sam gets into a fight with some skinheads and Robbie rescues him he takes Sam to his gym where he is a boxer and Jerry his trainer. Jerry, is a believer but when he starts training Sam some of his old emotions, anger, and demons come out and his faith his shaken. Sam and Jerry both think they will find what they really wan t through boxing but the peace, contentment and happiness they seek is not in boxing but in God. Will they come to realize this before it is to late for either one of them? When I first started to read this book I didn't think I would like it because I know nothing whatsoever about boxing. I just knew it would be a book I would struggle to get through so I could review but boy was I wrong. This book is about so much more than boxing. It is about redemption, forgiveness, finding true peace and love. Sam struggles with his anger and hatred that is turning him into a mean, destructive killer if he doesn't get it under control. His hatred is what drives him and he is never happy. Even though you don't want to, you find your heart going out to him and hoping that he will find a way to control himself and to be happy. Whether you think you would or not you find yourself in Sam's corner willing him to win over his anger and hatred and to find the peace and love he needs and deserves. Jerry finds himself questioning his faith after he loses control of his temper like old times at one of the boxing matches. He questions whether God really changed him or not and struggles again with his anger and depression. He wants to be the top in the boxing world and wants to achieve this through Sam because he thinks he will be happy and his family will be happier and financially secure. He wants to achieve what he couldn't when he was boxing. He thinks fame and fortune will bring peace and happiness. He puts God on a a back burner. You find yourself, or at least I did, identifying with Jerry in letting his past come back to haunt him and slipping by putting other things before God. This book shows the downfall of doing this but also how God waits on us to find our way back to him and how the Holy Spirit speaks to us and helps guide Jerry, and us, back onto the right path. I was amazed at all the side stories that added depth to this book like Sam's mothers and her struggle. Her's is a story of desperation and then forgiveness. Also Gloria, Jerry's wife, and her past come into the story to help show God can forgive anything which is what Sam's mother needed to know. I will now admit that I am so glad I didn't pass this book up thinking it was a guy's book because of the boxing theme. Yes it is about boxing, yes it is a great book to give to the men in your life and yes every woman should not pass it up because it is a beautiful story of redemption, forgiveness, love and finding yourself, along with true peace, happiness and God's unconditional love. I loved the book and hope that you will give it a shot, you will be glad you did. Make sure you have time to read it because you might not want to put it down and also have Kleenex close by. Another plus to the book is the discussion questions at the end that would be great for book clubs, small groups or families. If you would like to learn more about the book and author check out http://www.lukewordley.com http://www.tyndale.com/The-Fight/9781414389493#.U5s_4PldV8E I was given this book for free from Tyndale Publishing for my true and honest review