Sunday, February 7, 2016
Between Sundays by Karen Kingsbury
Super Bowl Sunday reminded me of this book.
Aaron Hill has it all---athletic good looks and the many privileges of a star quarterback. His Sundays are spent playing NFL football in front of a televised audience of millions. But Aaron's about to receive an unexpected hand off, one that will give him a whole new view of his self-centered life.Derrick Anderson is a family man who volunteers his time with foster kids while sustaining a long career as a pro football player. But now he's looking for a miracle. He must act as team mentor while still striving for the one thing that
matters most this season---keeping a promise he made years ago.Megan Gunn works two jobs and spends her spare time helping at the youth center. Much of what she does, she does for the one boy for whom she is everything---a foster child whose dying mother left him in Megan's care. Now she wants to adopt him, but one obstacle stands in the way. Her foster son, Cory, is convinced that 49ers quarterback Aaron Hill is his father.Two men and the game they love. A woman with a heart for the lonely and lost, and a boy who believes the impossible. Thrown together in a season of self-discovery, they're about to learn lessons in character and grace, love and sacrifice.Because in the end life isn't defined by what takes place on the first day of the week, but how we live it between Sundays.
What I thought:
Loved this story! A sweet little boy loses his mother, but in turn finds not only a father but a family. This is an amazing tale of what happens between Sundays and how we live our lives, our testimonies, and their effects on those around us.
Little Cory's mom passed away, and her friend Megan has taken Cory in. After several years she really would like to adopt him, so they can become a family. But Cory is convinced his father is out there and he is determined to find him. Because of that, the foster system won't let Megan adopt him. But is Cory right? Surely, Cory has just dreamed up that Aaron Hill, the famous 49er football player is his father. What lonely kid wouldn't want such a dream to come true.
Aaron Hill has lived his whole football career thinking of no one but himself. He loves the fast lane lifestyle and is always seeking pleasure and satisfaction. He knows he is good at what he does, and his agent has managed to take care of any snags as well as help him invest his money and improve his status in society. But lately, his agent is grinding on his nerves a bit. Is there something he doesn't know about? There is something nagging from his past, he just can't quite put a finger on. And... what about all this God stuff? His team-mate Derick is not just talkin' the talk, but he is walkin' the walk. Aaron just can't figure out what makes him tick, but whatever it is Aaron would like to have his inner strength. After spending some time at a center for foster kids, Aaron Hill's life begins to change, but will he surrender all or keep fighting God?
This is a story of hope, compassion, love, and so much more. It will capture you in so many ways. It will engage your emotions, as it did mine, and I was caught up immediately. It was hard to turn off the audio.