Wednesday, October 27, 2010

A Season of Miracles by Rusty Whitener

First off,  I thought that A Season of Miracles was a Christmas book.  No, it wasn't misrepresented by the publisher, Kregel, I just assumed...  So when I saw that it was about baseball I wasn't sure if I was up for it, especially after my beloved St. Louis Cardinals performed so poorly this year in spite  their amazing talent.  Ah, baseball...

I stepped out of my comfort zone, which is romance and thrillers, to check it out, feeling a bit proud of myself for doing so.  Well, Rusty had me at page one.  The book has a memoir feel, a middle aged man remembering one season of Little League baseball.  He captured the voice of preadolescent boys, in all of their goofiness and angst, perfectly.  The time when winning is everything, and somehow it's up to them to turn their rag tag gang of Robins into killer baseball players. The characters are unforgettable!

I loved this book and I want everyone I know to read it. I promise you, Moms, Dads, grandparents, friends, coaches. you will be so glad you did.
Soooo....Play ball!!

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
A Season of Miracles
Kregel Publications; Reprint edition (August 3, 2010)
Rusty Whitener


Rusty Whitener is a novelist, screenwriter, and actor. His first screenplay, Touched, won second place at the 2009 Kairos Prize at the Los Angeles Movieguide Awards and first place at the Gideon film festival. That screenplay soon became A Season of Miracles. The movie version of this book is now in production with Elevating Entertainment. Find out more at and Videos and book club discussion questions are also available at


“A Season of Miracles is a must read for anyone who has ever played youth baseball.  I read the book, and was reacquainted with my childhood. In the midst of an enjoyable read that took me down memory lane was a touching, challenging and beautiful story about how God can use the unlikeliest among us to draw us to Him.”—Matt Diaz, outfielder, Atlanta Braves
“Baseball, inspiration and childhood memories—a great combination. I couldn’t put it down!”—Richard Sterban, bass singer for The Oak Ridge Boys
“Rusty Whitener weaves a deft tale of young friendship and the curve balls of faith, the whole story seasoned with sunshine and the leathery scent of baseball gloves!”—Ray Blackston, author of Flabbergasted
A Season of Miracles is a heartwarming all American story of small town boys and Little League baseball. You’ll be cheering this captivating bunch of characters all the way home both in their game of baseball and the bigger game of life.”—Ann Gabhart, award-winning author of The Outsider


Looking back on the 1971 Little League season, Zack Ross relives the summer that changed his life…

Gunning for the championship is all that matters until twelve-year-old Zack meets Rafer, a boy whose differences make him an outcast but whose abilities on the baseball field make him the key to victory.

Admired for his contribution to the team, Rafer turns everyone’s expectations upside down, bestowing a gift to Zack and his teammates that forces them to think—is there more to life than winning or losing? And what is this thing called grace?  

If you would like to read the first chapter of A Season of Miracles, go HERE.


Patti Lacy said...

Cheryl, my boys might like this one!!!!


I've missed this place!!

Elsa said...

Such a good writer!!


Rusty said...

Cheryl- Thank you so much for posting my book and the trailer on your blog! So glad you stepped out of your comfort zone to read it! Your review spoke to the deep places of my heart. Thanks for the encouragement.
Your fellow bookworm,
Rusty Whitener

Cheryl Klarich said...

Rusty, thanks for dropping by!
My husband is reading A Season of Miracles and enjoying it.
Great book!