Mar 1, 2010

Never Blame the Umpire by Gene Fehler

It is time for a FIRST Wild Card Tour book review! If you wish to join the FIRST blog alliance, just click the button. We are a group of reviewers who tour Christian books. A Wild Card post includes a brief bio of the author and a full chapter from each book toured. The reason it is called a FIRST Wild Card Tour is that you never know if the book will be fiction, non~fiction, for young, or for old...or for somewhere in between! Enjoy your free peek into the book!

You never know when I might play a wild card on you!

Today's Wild Card author is:

and the book:

Zonderkidz (March 1, 2010)
***Special thanks to Bridgette Brooks and Pam Mettler of Zondervan Publishing for sending me a review copy.***


Gene Fehler, an award-winning and widely published poet, is the author of ten published books and over eighteen hundred published poems, stories, and articles. He and his wife, Polly, live in Seneca, South Carolina, where he writes, teaches, and participates in sports.

Visit the author's website.

Product Details:

List Price: $12.99
Reading level: Ages 9-12
Hardcover: 192 pages
Publisher: Zonderkidz (March 1, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0310719410
ISBN-13: 978-0310719410
Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5

AND NOW...THE FIRST CHAPTER: Just Press the Button:


In some ways, Katie is a typical eleven year old. She loves sports - tennis with her family, and baseball with her friends. But strangely enough, she is also passionate about writing poetry. Her summer starts off as planned, and she is going to summer classes to learn more about writing poems. She makes her first big hit in a baseball game and becomes the hero of the game.

Her whole world comes crashing down around her with devastating news of a family member diagnosed with a terminal illness. Katie struggles with her faith, and she gets mad at God. She doesn't want to share her deepest thoughts and feelings with her friends, family or express herself in her poetry.

This is a well written story about life and how it can still be beautiful, even when everything hurts so bad. It also demonstrated how God is still good, no matter what happens.

My Rating - 4 out of 5

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