Home Run

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The Story of a Man Who Runs Away . . . All the Way Home

 

Major League baseball player Cory Brand excels at hitting home runs—but he’s striking out in his personal life. After years of hard partying and reckless living, a DUI and team suspension land him back in the Oklahoma town where he started.

 

Forced to coach the local Little League team and spend eight weeks in Celebrate Recovery©, the only twelve-step program in town, Cory ...

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Overview

The Story of a Man Who Runs Away . . . All the Way Home

 

Major League baseball player Cory Brand excels at hitting home runs—but he’s striking out in his personal life. After years of hard partying and reckless living, a DUI and team suspension land him back in the Oklahoma town where he started.

 

Forced to coach the local Little League team and spend eight weeks in Celebrate Recovery©, the only twelve-step program in town, Cory must face the memories of an abusive father—and the love Cory left behind. What he doesn't realize is that the road to recovery will take him through the childhood pain he longs to forget and into a freedom he’s never known before.

 

Based on the major motion picture starring Vivica A. Fox and Scott Elrod, Home Run: The Novel reminds us that no one is beyond the healing power of God.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781410458551
  • Publisher: Gale Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 7/10/2013
  • Edition description: Large Print Edition
  • Pages: 574
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Travis Thrasher
Travis Thrasher

Born in Knoxville, TN, Travis Thrasher knew in third grade he wanted to be a writer and wrote his first novel in ninth grade. Tyndale House Publishers signed his first novel, The Promise Remains, which released in 2000. Today, Travis has nine books in print. He and his wife, Sharon, live with their daughter in Chicago, IL.

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  • Posted April 17, 2013

    I absolutely loved this book. It is an emotionally moving and p

    I absolutely loved this book. It is an emotionally moving and powerful journey of one man's struggle, baseball star Cory Brand, to overcome shattering obstacles in his life. This is a story of reviving a broken and shattered heart and spirit, restoring a soul, and renewing life with Christ grace, guidance and promise. Travis certainly hit this book right out of the ballpark!!! I loved it from start to finish. I highly recommend this book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 29, 2013

    Home Run is an emotional roller coaster, full of moving characte

    Home Run is an emotional roller coaster, full of moving characters and heartrending difficulties.  Some might see a book blatantly manipulating reader emotions but that’s ok, I enjoyed it. Full review at BookTrib or RomanticReadsandSuch on Wordpress. 

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 6, 2013

     When I first heard about the Home Run movie (and book!) I knew

     When I first heard about the Home Run movie (and book!) I knew right who I wanted to give it to. I have a sports fan in my family who is also a movie fan and has had trouble with all the issues dealt with in this book. A story might be the way to reach them. Film is a great blessing to Christians, to be able to use a powerful medium to give the Gospel message in a way that stays with viewers for a long time.

      Home Run is the story of an out of control alcoholic who vowed he would never be like his father- and is. 

      Cory's life was tormented by his father when he was young. He lived in fear and tried to protect his little brother Clay from their father's rage. 

      Cory met a sweet girl in high-school, and left her with a baby boy. He went to play baseball, and she married a soldier who adopted her son as his own. Cory went to the big leagues and Emma's soldier went to Afghanistan and died. Emma's son Tyler mourned the loss of the good man who had taken care of them...and Tyler never knew he had a father who had left him ten years before. 
        
       Cory Brand is now famous... and drinking and medicating himself heavily. 
        When Cory attacks an umpire and hits an honorary batboy in the nose, he is suspended for eight weeks. For PR reasons he is told he is going to coach the boy's little league and attend a Celebrate Recovery Group. 

     The batboy turns out to be Carlos Brand, his nephew, newly adopted by Cory's brother and his wife Karen. They had brought Carlos to the field to meet his uncle. 
    Cory finds himself in the middle of the family he had left behind...his brother who continues to forgive him, Karen who "just doesn't understand what it is like to have a hard life", and Carlos who thinks Cory is a hero. 

      The other family he left is here in this town too. Emma and Tyler.  

    Home Run is an exploration of the healing process from alcoholism in a man and his family. 

        In every movie that is made into a book, each one will have its strengths. 
    I always wanted a book when I really enjoyed the movie, because the book can be re-read slowly, and usually has more depth. Ultimately, I think that a well written book can capture more emotion than a movie, although a movie's visuals can get right into the brain, so to speak. The movie often captures the emotion in a much shorter period of time, while books need to set the stage with words. I can see how both the film and the book Home Run will move people. This novelization is written with flash backs to show you Cory's youth, and has several story lines going at once:

      Emma, who knows that the things Cory did that were supposedly "fun" when he was young were setting the stage for what is just plain old sin now- drunkenness and sexual immorality. Emma wants nothing to do with the immature and shiftless man in front of her, who is trying to be charming. There was nothing innocent or admirable in him then, and I was glad to see restraint from Emma until he changed his behavior.  (The idea of someone less than Godly weaseling or worming their way back into your heart is thankfully unBiblical. As is the "Good Girl can't help but be attracted to the Bad Boy" myth.) 

       Tyler, the son who breaks his mother's heart because he looks like his father.
       Tyler, the boy who has always loved baseball, and who has a treasured box of baseball cards given to him by the old man who used to mow their lawn. Tyler who loves his Coach Cory. (My personal favorite scene when Cory was trying to come back into Tyler's life was when he brought him a puppy--and Emma sent it back home with him.) 

       And Cory himself. Spoiled by his money, thinking he can fix everything from DUI's to car accidents to suspensions by telling his agent to just pay it off. Of course, the things he can't pay off are the ones most broken: His son, His past, and Emma. 
        He undeniably carries a great deal of pain from his father, but needs to accept responsibility for his own choices. His incessant justification of his sinful actions is keeping him trapped, and his insistance that no one understands in patently false. (This is a lesson his sister in law Karen teaches him, in an unforgettable manner.) 
        He lives in the netherworld of knowing that the God his Mom talked to is there, and yet not wanting to acknowledge his guilt before Him and ask Him for help. It is a men's group that leads him to His Savior. The group is Celebrate Recovery, where men speak honestly of their sins and God's Grace that changed their lives and now sustains them. 

      When Cory has men who care, whom he can call in a struggle against temptation, the pieces are coming together for his life to heal. And when his life heals, several other lives will be knit together and a multitude of prayers will be answered. 

      I think this book and movie will do what stories have the power to do- show viewers that 
    there is hope for people with these temptations and addictions. The ministry of Celebrate Recovery is a very commendable ministry. 

    I received this book from Cook Publishing to review. 

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2014

    Good

    Good read

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2014

    Wolf pup and adia

    Wolf pup:pads in and lks round then goes out side and comes back in with a squireel <p> adia walks in and sits

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    Posted April 5, 2014

    Wendy

    She walks in casually,"where the heck is Claire?",she asks searching around.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2014

    Claire

    Sighs

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2014

    Hunter

    Sighed and heard her from upstairs, trying to ignore it

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    Posted April 3, 2014

    Prim

    Hey

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  • Posted October 21, 2013

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    This book is good from the first page and never stops. Ordinaril

    This book is good from the first page and never stops. Ordinarily, I do not like novelizations of movies but this one stands out as fine accomplishment. A must read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2013

    It's very good

    It's very good

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  • Posted April 24, 2013

    Home Run by Travis Thrasher ***** Home Run is a suburb book. I r

    Home Run by Travis Thrasher *****
    Home Run is a suburb book. I really enjoyed it. Cory Brand is a household name. As a baseball great, he has it all. When he left home to be a star baseball player, he left behind his pregnant girlfriend and the past. He has been running ever since. Ten years later his life is falling apart. Suspended from the major leagues, he is sent back home to Okmulgee to face an uncertain future. He is fighting alcoholism and anger problems telling himself he will never be like his father. Part of his suspension is to coach a little league team and take part of Celebrate Recovery, a 12 step program. He meets his son for the first time and has to face Emma his lost love. Will he throw it all away to alcohol or will he find a way to climb out the dark hole he finds himself in? He is in for a long bumpy ride. Can he find redemption, forgiveness and God? Are second chances in his future? I am grateful to have received this book from The Book Club Network. The author Travis Thrasher did a great job portraying the what an alcoholic and their families face daily. Great job.

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  • Posted April 20, 2013

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    Travis Thrasher has always been my favorite author.  When I foun

    Travis Thrasher has always been my favorite author.  When I found out that he was attached to
     writing the novelization of this upcoming movie, I was thrilled.  This book, as the other novels by
    Travis, will not disappoint.

    Cory Brand is &quot;The Brand&quot; when it comes to Major League Baseball.  He has been there, done that
    and made a lot of money because of it.  Unfortunately, there's a downside to all of his fame.  After a
     Father's Day promotion goes wrong, Cory is sent on a paid vacation to rehab to get his life back in
    order.  The only issue with the rehab, in Cory's mind, is that it's back in the hometown he swore never
     to go back to.  As part of his rehab, he is tasked with coaching the little league team that his nephew
     plays on, and his ex-girlfriend co-coaches.  It doesn't take long for the old demons of his father to
     haunt his every moment, which pushes him closer to the edge.  Can Cory make a comeback and
     put his demons behind him?  Does the little league team ever win a game?  Is there a rekindling
     of romance with his ex?  Stop reading my review and BUY THE BOOK!

    Is this a man's book?  This books is not a typical male macho kill a hundred people, swim across the
     ocean and backpack across the Sahara, but this book is a must read for men struggling with their
     past and where their future fits into it.  Redemption is the main theme throughout, but not only for Cory
     and his family, but always just the way that Cory sees himself.

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  • Posted April 15, 2013

    As a rule, I don¿t read Christian fiction for various reasons. O

    As a rule, I don’t read Christian fiction for various reasons. One of them being my fear of such books turning into a preaching fest. Luckily this is not the case with Home Run. I haven’t yet seen the movie, so this story was one hundred percent fresh and new for me.

    At first it took me some time to get used to Cory’s character and see things the way he did. I couldn’t understand why he wouldn’t let go of his anger. He was stubborn, he was miserable and he kept making the same mistakes over and over again, and he continued to push away the people who cared about him the most. Cory’s self-loathing started to get on my nerves after awhile. But once I got to the last thirty percent of the book, I could see where the author was heading with Cory’s story and why he behaved the way he did. I’m not saying the story started getting predictable, because that’s one thing it is not. I’m saying that in order for Cory to come to the realization that he had to take control of his life and that only he could make the changes necessary to let go of his abusive past, he had to work through all his anger first before he could step onto the road to recovery.

    Like I said before, the story wasn’t preachy at all. It focused on the theme of forgiveness and coming to terms with the things we cannot change, but also the things we have the power to change. This message was neatly packaged in a story about a man who fought every attempt made by himself and others in helping him overcome his demons. The characters are endearing and makes you feel part of their lives. Two things that stood out for me were that Cory wasn’t the only one who had to deal with events from his past and who had to make changes in his life; and the other is that – and this is what really surprised me – Cory and Emma didn’t fall into each other’s arms or followed the clichéd, predictable pattern of many love stories where the long-lost lovers have this happy reunion and make a brand new start. Instead, Emma and Cory have to deal with a lot of resentments and face up to their past actions before they can attempt being a couple again and taking responsibility for their son.

    The only drawbacks for me where the flashbacks Cory had. I realize the point of these was to give the reader more insight into Cory’s past as a child and as a young adult, and for the reader to better understand where all Cory’s resentment stems from. However, it was sometimes confusing as to exactly which part of his life the flashbacks were taking me to as a few of the flashbacks were of his present day life. Also, I was sometimes confused with the dialogue and not sure which character was doing the talking. This didn’t dampen my enjoyment of the story, but it did take me some time to orientate myself again during a flashback.

    And then, the ending. The beautiful, unpredictable, ending which made me cry. For that alone I highly recommend this book, but overall Home Run is a touching story which left me feeling inspired and thinking how easy it is to stay angry at someone, and how much work it is to forgive that person who did you wrong. It also showed me that forgiving someone is life changing and the burden of anger and hate, worth letting go. The author did a fantastic job with the writing and I’m happy to recommend this story to fans of the book/movie Fireproof and those who enjoy baseball.

    I received a copy of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Posted April 14, 2013

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    Travis Thrasher in his new book, "Home Run" published

    Travis Thrasher in his new book, &quot;Home Run&quot; published by David C Cook brings us into the life of Cory Brand.

    From the back cover: It's Never Too Late...

    Baseball star Cory Brand knows how to win. But off the field, he's spiraling out of control. Haunted by old wounds and regrets, his future seems as hopeless as his past.

    Until one moment--one mistake--changes everything. To save his career, Cory must go back to the town where it all began. His plan is simple: coach the local baseball team, complete a recovery program, and get out as fast as possible. Instead, he runs headfirst into memories he can't escape ... and the love he left behind.

    Faced with a second chance he never expected, Cory embarks on a journey of faith, transformation and redemption. And along the way, he discovers a powerful truth: no one is beyond the healing of God.

    A novel based on the major motion picture starring Vivica A. Fox and Scott Elrod, Home Run is an inspirational story of the hope and freedom God offers each of us.

    ...Freedom Is Possible.

    &quot;Home Run&quot; is a novelization of the original motion picture of the same name. Mr. Thrasher has taken the story and expanded the character's roles and back story. &quot;Home Run&quot; is a baseball story. It is also a story of one man's battle against alcohol addiction and the haunting memories of his childhood. Cory Brand is a talented player at the top of his game but he is suspended because of his self-absorption. So he goes home to coach Little League in Oklahoma because of an accident he caused to his brother, the real coach. Now he is given the opportunity to recover from his alcohol addiction and repair the broken relationships in his life but he cannot do any of it on his own. Not only does he need the power of God he needs to rely on others to help him. &quot;Home Run&quot; is a remarkable story of healing, recovery, restoration and love. It is a with real life situations that have faith-based answers. Mr. Thrasher brings incredible realism to Cory Brand and the rest of the characters that you will be sorry to see the book end. The good news is that there is a movie out there that you can go see and eventually own on DVD. I recommend it highly.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from David C Cook. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: &quot;Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.&quot;

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  • Posted April 13, 2013

    This is one of those books that grabs your heart and doesn't let

    This is one of those books that grabs your heart and doesn't let go, even when the last page is turned. Cory is a baseball star on the field but off the field, he's really a victim of child abuse and then he starts having a problem with substance abuse. Even though he's aggravating at times, your heart is rooting for him because of what he's been through.

    It was wonderful how they wove God through the book in a realistic way. How Cory was forced to face his past but he found out that God was there with him. Celebrate Recovery helped him to find his way from a difficult past to a hopeful future with God! There were so many ups and downs throughout the book - it will keep you reaching for a tissue to wipe your eyes here and there. It's an extremely emotional yet encouraging book and I highly recommend it.

    This book is based on the movie that will be coming out in theatres April 19th so you'll definitely want to see that, too!

    *This book was provided to me for my honest review by David C. Cook

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  • Posted April 11, 2013

    I can't but help think of how God has THE greatest sense of humo

    I can't but help think of how God has THE greatest sense of humor.... the lengths he goes to bring us back to Him are amazing. I read this book in 2 days because I couldn't put it down. Travis gives little snippets to the road Cory had to travel before reaching the dark valley that is his life. Cory is given the chance to face how his past has shaped the man he is and forgiveness from the choices that cripple him. Travis literally hit it out of the ball park for me with this book. I would absolutely recommend this to anyone. I received a copy of this book from TBCN for my honest opinion.

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  • Posted March 24, 2013

    Do you ever read a book so amazing that you almost don¿t want to

    Do you ever read a book so amazing that you almost don’t want to see the movie? That’s how I feel about Travis Trasher’s Home Run. The book is brilliant and completely consumed me the entire time I was reading it. The movie is coming out April 19th and I can’t even imagine how it will live up to the picture in my mind (even though the book is actually based on the movie).




    Initially I imagined this to be just another baseball story and in all honesty, it started out that way for me. Cory Brand is your typical baseball star who has everything money can buy. What I did not anticipate was the troubled past that caused and explains his wreckless behavior, drunken rants and total feeling of inadequacy and failure in spite of his worldly successes.




    Trasher took a character that could have been easily perceived as shallow and gave him a deep spirit haunted by his abusive father that he is still trying to please even after his death. It takes a rude awakening for him to realize that he is repeating the cycle with his own son. Will he break it or is he destined to repeat history?




    I fell in love with Trasher’s writing in Hurt which I read just a few months ago. I am even more impressed after reading this book in a totally different genre. He has the capability to get inside any character and make you know them, love them and hate them all at the same time.




    I loved the way this book was formatted. Between each chapter is a short flash back to Cory’s past, beginning with his early childhood memories of abuse and catching up to the present by the end. It’s very reflective and introspective and gives Cory a whole new layer as a character. Equally impressive were the chapter titles. Normally this isn’t something I would notice, let alone mention. However, all forty six chapters are baseball terms that also describe the chapter in a deeper abstract way. The chapter titles alone are their own work of art.




    God can heal the broken, change the unchangeable and love the unloveable. Can Cory accept that love with the help of his program and new friends, or will he let himself be dragged down by painful memories?




    Home Run by Travis Trasher is going to take you inside human despair and then hope, deeper then you thought a baseball story could go. I am still left thinking on it days after completing it. You can win your own copy below. It is an absolute must read!

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  • Posted March 10, 2013

    Could not put it down! Can¿t wait for the movie! This is the

    Could not put it down! Can’t wait for the movie!




    This is the story of addiction. The main character, a professional baseball player was an abused child of an alcoholic, and is still carrying around his pain and making choices that prevent his escape. When he accidently bloodies the nose of his nephew, whom he does not recognize, and pitches an angry fit on the ball field, he is suspended for eight weeks. Circumstances force him to return home and come face to face with his pain and his poor choices.




    Everyone should read this book. We all carry around remnants of childhood that affect current choices, not to mention dealing with addictions. The theme of this book is that everybody has to deal with bad things in their life, but with the forgiveness of the Lord, everyone is capable. Beautiful book. I would recommend it for everyone.




    Received from NetGalley.

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