- Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
- Format: Paperback | 382 pages
- Dimensions: 137mm x 208mm x 28mm | 272g
- Publication date: 1 May 2014
- Publication City/Country: Wheaton, IL
- ISBN 10: 1414389493
- ISBN 13: 9781414389493
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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By Brett Furniss 07 May 2014
You might be tempted to think "The Fight" is a book only males will get into - wrong! Boxing is not a world I am familiar with or one that I'm in the habit of looking for books about but it didn't take me long to be gripped by the story and the characters. It is a jolly good story that gets you very involved - but it's far more than that. So many dilemmas, worries, hopes and questions are common to us all and I found myself thinking further than the story and relating these to my own life. It was helpful, satisfying and challenging. These may be fictional characters but what they experience is not. What a great way to be prompted to examine some vital issues while thoroughly enjoying a good read. The bedlight was still burning too late at night!
By Sandra 01 May 2014
First of all, let me say that I don't like boxing whatsoever. You might thus be a little surprised that I picked up this book at all. Quite frankly so am I. I really don't know what made me want to read it in the first place but...am I glad I did!
"The Fight" is so much more than just a book about boxing. It's about life, loss, love, rage, regret, despair, second chances, friendships, broken dreams and ultimately about hope and redemption. The themes in this book are universal ones that anyone can and will relate to.
Sam, Jerry and the other characters are authentic and very well developed. A gifted storyteller, Luke Wordley portrays their struggles in such a real and honest way that it could just as well be a real-life story. He takes you on a rollercoaster of emotions in this fast-paced story that leads up to a breathtaking finale. "The Fight" is a riveting book that had me hooked from start to finish.
Although it is very much a guy's kind of book, don't let that deter you, ladies. Read it anyway - you'll be glad you did! ...and then pass it on to your husband, son, father. In fact, "The Fight" would make the perfect gift for Father's Day (29th May if you're in Germany or 15th June if you're in the UK or US).
I rate this book with five stars, only because that is the highest available rating. But for the record, five stars are not enough to do this book justice. It's definitely one my favourites of 2014, if not the favourite.