Monday, March 1, 2010

Never Blame The Umpire

It is time for a FIRST Wild Card Tour book review! If you wish to join the FIRST blog alliance, just click the button. We are a group of reviewers who tour Christian books. A Wild Card post includes a brief bio of the author and a full chapter from each book toured. The reason it is called a FIRST Wild Card Tour is that you never know if the book will be fiction, non~fiction, for young, or for old...or for somewhere in between! Enjoy your free peek into the book!

You never know when I might play a wild card on you!

Today's Wild Card author is:

and the book:

Zonderkidz (March 1, 2010)
***Special thanks to Bridgette Brooks and Pam Mettler of Zondervan Publishing for sending me a review copy.***


Gene Fehler, an award-winning and widely published poet, is the author of ten published books and over eighteen hundred published poems, stories, and articles. He and his wife, Polly, live in Seneca, South Carolina, where he writes, teaches, and participates in sports.

Visit the author's website.

Product Details:

List Price: $12.99
Reading level: Ages 9-12
Hardcover: 192 pages
Publisher: Zonderkidz (March 1, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0310719410
ISBN-13: 978-0310719410
Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5

AND NOW...THE FIRST CHAPTER: Just Press the Button:

My Thoughts
Even though this book is for juvenile, I was touched by it. It brings the subject of death and sickness in simple terms for the young people who will read it. I will admit that I cried while reading the book. It was touching at times and made me wonder how my own kids would react if I would have a non-curable sickess.

From the beginning of the book you could sense that an important event is going to happen in the life of the main character, Kate. But you don’t know what it is until you get to know the characters of the story. I like the idea of intertwining baseball with a life lesson. It is always important to accept what happens in life and rely on God I find.

Last year, was a hard year for us I won’t hide it. But in the midst of all this, we learned that relying on God to provide and care for us was important. He knows better than us what we need to go through. This book is about death and how to deal with the fact that a love one is dying but it is also about life afterward and how God can be with us in tragedy as well if we let him.

The only typo I’ve found was for a scripture reference. In chapter twenty-six, Kate is talking about the favorite scriptures of her mom. The first one should be John 14:27 (not John 4:27). I corrected my book but I think that the readers should know about it. When I see scriptures in a novel, I always double check to make sure it is correct. And since this book is for juvenile, I really think it is important to give them the proper reference. Mind you, this is a typo problem so I won’t be too hard. *grin*

Never blame the umpire is a good read. I am thinking that my almost 9 year old son might enjoy it. I want him to be expose to the possibility of loved ones dying and know how to trust God in this circumstance.

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