Book Review: When Life Throws You Curves, Keep Swinging by Coach David Vince with Jeremy M. Harper

When Life Throws You Curves, Keep Swinging, By David Vince with Jeremy M. Harper

Langmarc Publishing, P. O. Box 90488, Austin, Texas 78709-0488, 9781880292457, $ 19.95, 2012, 122 pages

Reviewed by: Richard R. Blake

A Triumph Over Adversity – A Double Amputee’s Journey to Become a Top Baseball Coach

Coach David Vince collaborates with Jeremy M. Harper to tell his story in “When Life Throws You Curves, Keep Swinging.”  His story is more than another sports memoir. It is a testimonial of the rewards of dreams fulfilled through commitment, perseverance, and determination in the face of the hardship of adversity.

A double above the knee amputee from birth David Vince lived vicariously through his younger brother’s athletic successes. During his early college years David was challenged by his youth pastor to change his major field of study from accounting to a degree in Heath and PE. He was given the opportunity to be the athletic team manager for the McNeese baseball team, gained important experience, and won two athletic awards.

David went on to complete his master’s degree and accepted the position of Head Coach of Campbellsville University in Kentucky. He goes on to tell of the ups and downs of his career. A true sports fan, David’s love for the sport comes to life through the pages of the book and the competent skill of his cowriter Jeremy Harper.

A devote Christian, David relates how he received spiritual strength through the promises of the scriptures; throughout his coaching career, and in the difficulties faced during unexpected times of crisis faced by his family.

“When Life Throws You Curves, Keep Swinging” brings a message of hope to victims of birth defects or amputations, as well as to veterans who have had limbs amputated as a result of a devastating war injury. An amazing inspiration of courage, faith, and fulfillment.

A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review purposes. The opinions expressed are my own.


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