[CFBA Tour&Review] A Season of Miracles by Rusty Whitener

Posted 28 October, 2010 by Molly(Cover To Cover Cafe) in Book Reviews / 1 Comment

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 www.rustywhitener.com and www.aseasonofmiraclesmovie.com. Videos and book club discussion questions are also available at www.aseasonofmiraclesbook.com.


“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.

My Review:
Okay, so let me just say this. I am NOT a big baseball fan. But, that being said, I just HAD to give this book a try? Why? Because Rusty Whitener is a debut author and I LOVE reading debut novels just to see what they are like and,if they are good enough, sing their praises and recommend the books to everyone. So, what did I think of A Season of Miracles? Just one word. INCREDIBLE. Yep, that’s right. INCREDIBLE. I overlooked the fact that I don’t like baseball, opened up this novel, and read it one night. I was THAT hooked on this absolutely amazing novel.

Rusty Whitener tells the story of a Little League baseball play who thinks the world revolves around baseball and nothing else. Until he meets one incredible kid who helps him realize that there is more to this world and life than hitting and throwing a little white ball around. Through Zack and Rafer comes the story of an amazing bond of friendship and a love from God like no other love around. WOW!

This book is so worthy of more than 5 stars. I’m going to sing it’s praises for a long time to come and recommend this book to all my friends and family. I fell in love with this story instantly and can’t get over the feeling I have now. It really makes me realize that God’s love, family and friendship are the most important things in life….not some material thing or some athletic ability. It’s all about His Will. Thank you, Rusty Whitener for an INCREDIBLE story!

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