Some gifts come with a price.
Twenty years before, high school coach Gil Gilbert gave up his dream to play professional baseball so he could marry his pregnant girlfriend, Keri. When he miraculously discovers that he can pitch with deadly accuracy and speed, he must choose between his successful career and comfortable family life or his chance to play with the Colorado Rockies during a player’s strike. Gil stuns the pitching staff with 100 mph fastballs and is offered a contract.
After joining the Rockies, the world soon learns that Gil is a supernatural phenomenon and the Rockies keep winning. But Gil soon faces stiff opposition, including a frivolous lawsuit, a father who feels his son’s calling to pitch is to save souls, and threats from the striking players. As the season progresses, Gil discovers that his unexpected gift is the result of a rare disease, and continuing to pitch may hasten his own death. While Keri supports his decision to keep playing, she is fearful about her husband’s bizarre health condition.
Gil must decide what price he is willing to pay to live his dream.
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Gil is a high school baseball coach and teacher. He’s happily married to Keri and they have two wonderful children. Gil could have played professional baseball when he was younger, but chose a steady job and income to look after his family instead. Now that he’s in his forties he gets another chance to have the career of his dreams. Something is changing inside Gil and he’s getting more muscular every day. All of a sudden he can throw a fastball that goes over 100 mph. The regular players of the Colorado Rockies team are on strike and this is Gil’s chance to prove himself and make his dreams come true. Gil’s miraculous fastballs get a lot of media attention. Not everyone believes Gil has gained his strong muscles without the aid of drugs. He has a lot of explaining to do. Gil constantly has to deal with the press, with a father who uses his beliefs to make his son go in the direction he’s chosen for him, a lawsuit that has no merit but might cost him everything and plenty of medical tests. Gil is now part of the Rockies and his team keeps winning, mainly because of Gil’s fantastic achievements. However, when the test results come in it becomes clear that his success has a price. There’s something wrong with Gil’s body. It might make him superhumanly strong, but what will it cost him? Gil is a strong and striking story about family, talent, dreams and hope. I was impressed by Gil’s personality. He’s a kind man with a beautiful soul. He’s loving, caring and good. No matter how people treat him he always stays true to himself and remains polite. Gil needs to be stoic to make it in a baseball team with young guys who don’t understand how he can throw so fast. His character makes it difficult for people to dislike him though. They are trying and each time someone wants to wreck Gil’s reputation my heart was in my mouth. I was rooting for him, I wanted him to make all of his dreams come true and I wished him all the love and luck in the world, because of the kind of man he is. That made Gil really special for me. I cared a lot about this man's presence, his family life and his health. Darin Gibby has an engaging writing style that captivated me from beginning to end. I loved the way he writes about the baseball game, he’s clearly passionate about it and that shows throughout the entire story. Gil sparkles and shines, it dazzles and amazes, but it also moved me to tears. There’s so much emotion beneath the surface of the show Gil is putting on when he’s pitching and I loved the depth of every single layer Darin Gibby has put into his story. Gil is a magnificent compelling book, it’s a thought-provoking story with a gorgeous ending that greatly impressed me.