Wednesday, April 1, 2015

The Fight by Luke Wordley

This is one of those fictional books that reads like a true story. For a while there... I honestly had to keep checking just to see if the book was fiction or non-fiction. It is so realistic!


 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?

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ABOUT AUTHOR: 

Luke Wordley lives with his wife and three children in the South of England. A passionate Christian, he has worked mainly in International Development, where he has developed a love for Africa and a passion for social action and justice. The Fight is his first novel.


I was blessed with this book by The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest opinion. I was not required to review it positively. 

My Thoughts:
This is one of those fictional books that reads like a true story. For a while there... I honestly had to keep checking just to see if the book was fiction or non-fiction. It is so realistic!

I was immediately caught up in the story. A kid who was given a tough hand in life. After some major life crisis', he is changes - going from "good boy" to a fighter, one who is not doing well in school, and often bringing shame to his mother. To cope - she turns to alcohol, which of course only makes matters worse. 

Sam's life continues to spiral until as a teenager he meets Jerry - boxing trainer. Providence lands him at the boxing club - which becomes not only an outlet, but a tool God uses to minister to him as well as draw Him to the Lord. Jerry has problems of his own - a troubled past and some deeply buried anger. As the two begin to work together, God also is doing a work of His own in both of their lives. 

This is a powerfully moving story - that will not only open your eyes, but will open your tear ducts at times. You will cry, get angry, and even laugh. And you might even find yourself praying for the characters in the book - of course until you remind yourself this book is just fictional!

There are many other people in this story worth mentioning - Sam's mother, Jerry's wife, and several guys from the boxing gym. Each plays a very special role in making the story turn out just right!

So what are you waiting for? Grab your copy today!! You won't regret it and you will be sharing this book with others so it can impact their lives as well!

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