About the Book:
Sam Pennington’s life has fallen apart. His father is dead. His mum’s started drinking. And now they’ve been dumped in a dismal public-housing complex in East London. Sam’s anger at his circumstances puts him on the brink of expulsion from school and into dangerous conflict with those around him.
Professional boxing trainer Jerry Ambrose has finally gotten everything together. After a turbulent early life, his newfound faith has helped him reconcile with his past and dedicate his life to helping others.
But when a brutal street fight leads Sam to Jerry’s boxing club, both their futures are thrown into question. As Jerry reaches out to Sam, an extraordinary fighting talent emerges—a talent that reopens the wounds of Jerry’s own life. Both find themselves battling what can happen to a man’s soul when his anger is channeled through his fists.
Despite wowing ringside crowds, Sam’s boxing success fails to bring him peace or happiness, while Jerry’s inner struggles threaten the very core of his beliefs. Can Sam be saved from his rage? Or will Jerry’s reawakened ambition tear them both apart?
Do you have a favorite man in your life who loves to read but has a hard time finding quality books? This one reminded me of the movie "Warrior". I'm not a fan of the movie or the book, but my men rave about the movie and have watched it several times.
Sam is hard to feel sympathy for. From the moment we meet him he's picking fights and setting up the pecking order in his new neighborhood. In a scene reminiscient of "The Blind Side", someone comes to Sam's defense to keep him from getting kicked out of his most recent school.
To be honest, all of the fighting and anger was a turn off for me, but when I described the story to my husband his words were, "That sounds like a book I might like to read!" So I gave him my copy.
I'm just not the target audience for this novel. But I know a well crafted book when I see one and my aversion to the scenes was due to the power of the writing. So, while I can't give it MY endorsement, I can recommend it to fans of "Warrior".
My thanks to my friends at Tyndale Publishing House for my advance copy in exchange for my honest review.
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