Wednesday, April 29, 2015

One Season of Hope (Homecoming Historical Series #1) by Jim Stovall

Title: One Season of Hope (Homecoming Historical Series #1)
Author: Jim Stovall
Pages: 170
Year: 2015
Publisher: Sound Wisdom
Note: I received a free copy of this book through The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest opinion.

About the book:

     Bestselling author Jim Stovall's latest offering and first title of his Homecoming Historical Series, One Season of Hope, is a rare combination of tear-jerking emotion, powerful wisdom, and inspiring hope. Written in Stovall’s signature easy and economical style, the story is told through the perspective of Glen Fullerton, “a man for the last forty-two years in the Truman High universe, simply known as Coach.”

     Welcome to the Friday night lights of Harry S. Truman High School football stadium. Coach knows the roller-coaster ride of a high school football season better than anyone. But this season is different than any he has experienced in all his years of coaching. It is one of life and death suspense and gripping lessons in the value of humanity.

     Regular, reflective “conversations” with the late President Truman give guidance, mined from the coach’s love and study of history, to help him through the most challenging season of his long and storied career at Truman High – a season that he will forever remember as “One Season of Hope.”

My review:

     WOW! Jim Stovall delivers a winner!

     I am not a football fan to speak of. I normally wouldn't pick up a book about football. The name Jim Stovall is what caught my attention and caused me to pick this one up and give it a chance. I am so glad that I did!

     This book is not so much a football story as it is a lesson in character building. By that I don't mean the development of fictional characters. I mean the building up of individuals to be strong, mature people with incredible integrity who know how to treat others right. The main way that football plays a part in the story is that the book is written from the point-of-view of a high school football coach.

     I absolutely love the fact that throughout the story there are great details presented about President Harry S. Truman. Coach Glen Fullerton is not only the football coach but he is also the history teacher. With that love of history the way is opened for these details to be presented without them being forced. They just naturally flow right along with the story.

     The other main character in this book is Bradley Hope, one of the students that Coach Fullerton is both encouraged and challenged by throughout the story. As I read this book I found myself also being both encouraged and challenged to be that type of an influence on others myself.

     When I finished this book and sat down to write my review I started with “WOW!” Then I just sat and stared at the page for about 5 minutes with no idea where to go from there. This book was so well written and so simply presented that I was completely overwhelmed by it. I am certain that this is one book I WILL be re-reading, maybe even multiple times.

     I cannot recommend it highly enough. Even if you don't do much reading, you need to take the time to read this incredible masterpiece. Here on my blog, where I can throw conventional rating systems out, I'm giving it 10 stars!

1 comment:

  1. I figure if my wife is shoving this book at me with a note on it saying "READ THIS SOON" - then it has to be a wonderful book. I'll get started as soon as I get off work.