Engaging story about the ups and downs of a determined ballplayer. Honest about his struggles, as well as the particular dangers and temptations of a big leaguer, Dickey’s story is one of determination, perseverance, and hope. All boilerplate stuff for a sports memoir, except that Dickey is describing God’s work in his life, instead of a tale of a ballplayer who believed in himself. His quest to make it in the majors, be a faithful husband and father, and become a man worthy of trust is a frustrating failure when pursued by works, but becomes a joy when received as a gift of grace. Part of the power of Dickey’s story comes in the fact that the book ends before his brilliant and unhittable 20 win 2012 season. His is not the easy faith of a champion, but the humble faith of a man content to follow the plan of God wherever it leads.
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