For twelve-year-old Zack Ross, life revolves around Little League. The 1971 season is his last chance to win the championship and with the help of a new power hitter named Rafer, that just might happen. Though Rafer is a little different, he can hit a baseball farther than Joe DiMaggio, and Zack knows that's exactly what the Robins need to win it all.
As the season gets underway, it seems like nothing—not Rafer's differences, the war in Vietnam, or the attention of a girl named Rebecca—will deter Zack and his team from their goal. But little by little, Rafer begins to make an impression on them all, giving them small gifts that seem awkward at first but are soon overshadowed by a gift they never saw coming—a miracle in the making. When Rafer is suddenly hospitalized, the team bands together, determined to stand by their new friend, determined to win the trophy in his honor. Larger questions of faith and love trouble Zack's mind, but in the end, he will see there's more to life than winning or losing. And years later as he looks back, he will finally understand the real miracle of the season—the gift of God's grace.
A Season of Miracles is a compelling story of a friendship characterized by differences and of grace despite flaws. At times hilarious and at times tearful, it will bring southern fiction fans back to the simpler days they've long forgotten—and will never let them go.
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Rusty Whitener in his new book, "A Season of Miracles" Book One in the A Season Of series published by Kregel Publications brings us into the life of Zack Ross. From the back cover: Looking back on the 1971 Little League season, Zack Ross relives the summer that changed his life...Gunning for the championship is all that matters until twelve-year-old Zack meets Rafer, a boy whose differences make him an outcast but whose abilities on the baseball field make him the key to victory. Admired for his contribution to the team, Rafer turns everyone's expectations upside down, bestowing a gift on Zack and his teammates that forces them to think, is there more to life than winning or losing? And what is this thing called grace? Anyone remember the old television series, "The Wonder Years"? Zack Ross reminds me of the lead character from that show, maybe because Zack narrates the whole story of "A Season Of Miracles". Yes, this is a story about baseball, no denying it. However, you do not have to like baseball or know anything about it really to enjoy this book. It is a story about friendship. It is a story about understanding each other despite our differences. And it is a story about how we all have something unique to offer it is just a question of seeing it. Mr. Whitener has done an outstanding job with this book and I am so looking forward to the next one. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Kregel Publications. 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: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
Written in the first-person narrative from the perspective of Zack, a twelve-year-old baseball-loving boy, this Christian fiction is a pleasurable read. The characters are well written--even the character of Sawdust, Zack's dog, who hangs around the Little League ball field. The twist is Rafer, an autistic boy who doesn't interact socially, but he sure can hit a ball. Rafer blossoms under Zack's kind encouragement. Zack's best friend is Donnie, the son of the local pastor. At his invitation, Zack attends church service and comes away with many questions. Those questions sound a good deal like the ones most folks ask. The answers make sense. Set in 1971, in an Alabama small town, anyone who longs for the "good ol' days" will enjoy this read. Lovers of baseball will find it particularly enjoyable, but even those who don't much care for ball (like me) will appreciate the story line. I understand that a movie is being made. What an inspiring film that will be. Although this is written for adults, I'm giving my copy to my bright, twelve-year-old grandson. He loves reading and baseball; I'm sure that he'll be thrilled! Thank you to FirstWildCard and Cat Hoort at Kregel Publications for my copy.
A wonderful, heart warming story that will bring laughter and tears. Anyone, any age will enjoy watching Zach, Donnie and Rafer play ball and touch others lives.