Beyond Belief: Finding the Strength to Come Back

Beyond Belief: Finding the Strength to Come Back

by Josh Hamilton, Tim Keown (With)
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Beyond Belief: Finding the Strength to Come Back by Josh Hamilton

Josh Hamilton was the first player chosen in the first round of the 1999 baseball draft. He was destined to be one of those rare "high-character " superstars. But in 2001, working his way from the minors to the majors, all of the plans for Josh went off the rails in a moment of weakness. What followed was a 4-year nightmare of drugs and alcohol, estrangement from friends and family, and his eventual suspension from baseball.

BEYOND BELIEF details the events that led up to the derailment. Josh explains how a young man destined for fame and wealth could allow his life to be taken over by drugs and alcohol. But it is also the memoir of a spiritual journey that breaks through pain and heartbreak and leads to the spectacular rebirth of his major-league career.

Josh Hamilton makes no excuses and places no blame on anyone other than himself. He takes responsibility for his poor decisions and believes his story can help millions who battle the same demons. "I have been given a platform to tell my story" he says. "I pray every night I am a good messenger." Also, as part of the paperback edition of BEYOND BELIEF, Josh's journey has been updated to include developments in his recovery.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781599951607
Publisher: FaithWords
Publication date: 04/05/2010
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 149,016
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.75(d)

About the Author

Josh Hamilton is an outfielder with the Los Angeles Angels and perennial Major League Baseball All-Star. Drafted by the Tampa Bay Rays in 1999, he made his Major League debut with the Cincinnati Reds who then traded him to the Texas Rangers where he played for 5 seasons including trips to the World Series in 2010 and 2011. He is a five-time MLB All-Star and won the AL Most Valuable Player Award (MVP) in 2010. In the offseason he lives in Texas with his wife Katie and their four daughters.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've read upwards of thirty to forty Baseball books, this one is the best. I could not put it down, i finished it in a little over a day. Very gripping, inspirational, powerful, and emotional. I wish more big leaugers were like Josh! A huge breath of fresh air in a sport searching desperately for some!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was great and truely one of the best books I have ever read. The top prodegy in the game of baseball gets selected number one overall and is on the shortpath to the major leagues. God has a different plan for Josh though and a few years into the minor leagues, Josh is introduced to drugs and alcohol and they take over his life. Josh is in a spiritual warfare between God and the devil before he realizes the light and turns to God for help. Josh is now one of the best players in the game and is completely sober. Everything about this was great. I could not put the book down once I started reading it. Josh's story is one of the saddest and most joyful things to hear about. At times I felt so bad for his struggling addiction and problems that it made me very sad. The overall story from begining to end, was the most inspirational thing I have ever read. I would suggest this book to just about everyone, from people struggeling with drug addiction to athletes around the world. People need to hear Josh's story and how the power of God can overcome anything!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Josh Hamilton is a great baseball player from North Carolina. He was the first round draft pick in 1999. He blew his million-dollar bonus on drugs and alcohol addictions. Josh played baseball for two teams before he went to the Texas Rangers, where he is now playing great. He got in to a car accident when he first got there and screwed up his back. He would hang out with his friends at a tattoo shop, there is where he had his first drink, and as they say, only one drink can get you hooked. He also got tattoos to get his mind off the pain in his back. He would have dreams about baseball. He had one that he was in homerun derby and the only thing he did not know in the dream was how many homeruns he hit. That night he woke in the middle of the dream, went to his grandmother's house, and asked her to help him. In the year of 2009, he hit in the State Farm Homerun Derby and hit 28 homeruns in the first round a new record. He did not win the derby but he gave it a heck of a run. In my honest opinion, I love this book because it will help me down the road in life and may help you. I consider everybody that has had a problem with drugs or an alcohol addiction to read this book because it might tell you something and you could turn your life around for good. In conclusion, Beyond Belief is a great story and a great story to read. If you like baseball and heard of Josh Hamilton but not his story I suggest you read this book. It is GREAT! The book Beyond Belief is a great book and I love it. If I were you I would read it you will love it. One the best baseball players in the game right now has an incredible story to tell you so stop watching television and read a book for once. I prefer you read Beyond Belief by Josh Hamilton.
PDN2N More than 1 year ago
I totally enjoyed this book. I live in Texas where Josh plays for the Rangers; maybe that made it a little more interesting for me. However, his story has a very powerful message for everyone to hear. I highly recommend this book.
Grago More than 1 year ago
The story of Josh Hamilton takes two parts: You need to talk about the amazing athletic talen he posesses, and how that translated into him becoming the hottest prospect in baseball, eventually becoming an American League All-Star outfielder for the Texas Rangers. Then you need the other half of Josh Hamilton: The drug addict, tattoo-wearing, dark side that he confronts for much of the content of this book. It's well written, with Hamilton and co-author Tim Kweon masterfully capturing the frightening and secret life of a man who gives over fully to his darkest urges, then pulls his life together thanks to family and faith to achieve his greatest dreams. It's a scary book. There are parts definitely not for the faint of heart. But that's the adventure Josh takes us on, and it's not your daddy's baseball book. If you know someone who likes baseball and James Frey books, this is for them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My husband bought this book for himself and I was thumbing through it one night. Ended up staying up until 2 AM reading it. The thing I enjoyed the most about this book was the complete honesty that Josh lays on the table for everyone to read. There is NO sugar coating the events of this part of his life. A must read...Truly memorable
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book josh is my favirot player i learned so much about him. GO RANGERS
QMS More than 1 year ago
The Book "Beyond Belief: Finding the Strength to Come Back" by Josh Hamilton and Tim Keown is an amazing book about the success and comeback of Josh Hamilton. Josh Hamilton went from being the number one draft pick to being hooked on illegal drugs. This book tells the whole story from Josh's point of view and how hard it was to see his parents suffer knowing that he was on drugs and struggling to get clean. This book is one of the greatest success stories of our time and should be read by all.
mtnbiker More than 1 year ago
I could not put this book down. It is a very entertaining story of an incredible baseball talent and I enjoyed the stories of Josh's baseball successes as a boy growing up in N.C. Very few players have possessed this type of God-given talent. But then, the book so vividly displays how Satan seeks to use temptations and our weaknesses to destroy us, but more importantly how Christ helped Josh overcome and find victory. What a roller coaster - from an incredible talent, to the depths of despair, to a man that is now using his skills and story to glorify God and give people hope. I bought five more books and gave them to the seniors on my son's high school baseball team. They all read the book in less than a week and loved it.
Boogie10 More than 1 year ago
This is one of the very few books i've read. i'm 16 years old and hate reading but love sports books. this book is very, very inspiring, and touching. Great book for encouragement and people who love sports books. I recommened this book for all ages and anybody else who likes inspiring books. All i can say is this book is INCREDIBLY FANTASTIC!!
Ellison More than 1 year ago
In his search for friends he finds some folks that are not very friendly. So goes the tale of physically gifted Josh Hamilton who loses about four years of his life to drugs. His dad says the saddest thing is so many people missed out on what he could have accomplished. He did go out and do some amazing things. Could have done a lot more. Could possibly have been the best.
zmeeds More than 1 year ago
This amazing book has showed me the deepest depths of extreme drug addictions and how Josh Hamilton dealt with his life threatening flaw. It is hard to believe that anybody associated with drugs could have ever been drafted straight out of high school as the first overall pick for the MLB. Josh Hamilton grew up in North Carolina, and began playing baseball at a young age. By age 13, Josh was already being peered by scouts from the MLB and colleges all around the country. The day after graduation, Josh was on his way to Florida to sign with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, but this vast change in his life triggered an unborn side of his personality. Josh Hamilton found him self tangled up with drugs and alcoholism that took him out of the sport of baseball for four long years, until he found the strength to come back with the love and support of his family. The variety of messages in the book were very influential, and that is big reason why I enjoyed this biography, it opened my eyes to more ways I can believe in myself to accomplish anything. Unlike the last book I have read "Room Full of Mirrors" by Charles R. Cross, the biography of Jimi Hendrix taking a stupid and immoral approach to living life; But don't get me wrong, Jimi was a great musician and it was an interesting book (highly recommended), but his life was cut short because his addiction to drugs and alcohol. He didn't find the strength like Josh Hamilton did, to perform at what he was good at, with out poisoning himself. I would highly recommend "Beyond Belief" to any body that's ready to enlighten their lives and their way of thinking. If its finding the hope to become sober from alcohol or drug abuse, or believing in yourself to accomplish bigger, better things, or even a motivation to keep your head on straight, to avoid the dangers that can completely destroy your life in a heartbeat. This writing could never be the same with out having Josh Hamilton and Tim Keown writing it together. Josh's amazing story was put into such specific detail, that the imagery made it feel like you were in his shoes, feeling his pain, his disappointment, and most of all, the embarrassment of being addicted to drugs.
Madstick More than 1 year ago
This book is a must read for anyone that considers themself a baseball fan, and anyone who knows or loves someone that is addicted to drugs. Josh Hamilton is a walking miracle, and it would be a shame for anyone to not hear his story. It will inspire anyone. Also it is an easy read - very relaxing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely LOVE this book! Greatly written and a great help when your struggling with life!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent book even if you don't follow baseball. My husband doesn't usually read books, but wanted something for a long car ride. It was so good, he couldn't put it down. I decided to read it myself and loved it also.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Once again Josh is at a crossroad. Pray he listens to what is in HIS best interest.
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djurn More than 1 year ago
INSPIRING  This book is about the struggles of being a number one overall pick and the choices that need to made daily to stay ahead of the game.  The greatest message received from Hamilton's story is to never give up. He went from being the best player in the draft, to addicted to drugs, then to an MLB super star because he never gave up. What I enjoyed about this book is that the toughest times were not left out. It felt like you were in the car with him on the way to the crack house. The one thing I disliked was that it consumed my time too much, I was not able to put it down!! I highly recommend this book to baseball players to show them real life struggles of pursuing a dream that is common among many of us. 
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I asked the queston should i get the book?i just red the frew answer is yes
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