The Fight

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

That was it. Sam stepped forward and raised his fists. Immediately Dwayne whipped his own fist from his pocket. He held a five-inch blade up before him. “You’re screwed now.”
Sam stopped and studied the knife as Dwayne swished it menacingly in front of him. But it changed nothing for Sam. He look up without fear. “You’re gonna die,” Sam said calmly and stepped forward again.

Book:The Fight by Luke Wordley, Tyndale House Publishers, 2014
389490: The FightGenre: Sports Fiction
Target Audience: Boys 16+
Subjects: Boxing, Suicide, Fighting, Terminal Illness, Family Relationships, God’s Will, Prayer, Salvation
Summary: Two boxers, one the trainer, the other the trainee. One has a relationship with God, one does not. One lost his dreams for the future, one is about to lose his dreams for the future. Sam is a fifteen year old on a course set for destruction. With a dead father and a mom who washes away her pain with alcohol Sam is alone. His fists keep him alive and on top but he’s on his way down and heading there fast. Jerry is living his faith and letting it sustain him. When Sam enters his boxing club full of rage and raw undeveloped skill Jerry sees himself and determines Sam will have the future that was denied to him. The question though, is how long Sam’s rage can sustain him before he finally breaks.
Notes: The first published novel of the author, The Fight explores the issue of what happens when someone determines to have their way no matter what. Jerry refuses to do what his faith dictates when it interferes with living his dream through Sam and Sam, not being a Christian yet, tries to let rage be what fills him, only feeling more empty with his success. The book goes back and forth between Sam and Jerry, showing each one’s perspective and thoughts, but it is primarily centered on Jerry, especially the spiritual elements part of the story. He knows what he needs to do but refuses to do it, fighting hard to hang on to his dream, even at the risk of hurting Sam and wanting to refuse to share the Gospel with him. It also shows the power of God at work in a soul to change a life.
Spiritual Content Recommendation Scale: 5/5
Reviewer: J:-)mi

1 Timothy 6:12 – Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses.
Ephesians 4:31 – Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.


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