One Season of Hope, By: Jim Stovall – Best Selling Author
Sound Wisdom Publishers, 167 Walnut Rd, Shippensburg, PA 17257978-9780768407129, $ 19.99, 2014, 200 pages
Reviewed by Richard R. Blake
A Dramatic Story of Courage and Hope – Inspiring Teamwork and Sportsmanship
Bestselling author Jim Stovall’s “One Season of Hope” is the first in a series of books and movies featuring historical homecomings. In this inspiring novel Stovall combines human discernments, historical events and unforgettable characters.
Truman High School’s Glen Fullerton, coach of the Truman High Eagles, is being honored at his retirement dinner, after a 42 year career as coach and history teacher, at Truman High in Springfield, Missouri, the birthplace of President Harry S. Truman.
Throughout the evening, Coach Fullerton relives highlights from his career, championship games, trophies won, games lost, and the possibilities, potential achievements and disappointments of some of his key players.
Through imaginary conversations with President Harry S. Truman, at the foot of a life-sized statue of the President, (fondly referred to as Harry), Coach Fullerton gained insight into the process Truman used in the decisions he faced during the course of his career, and in the climatic days of of World War II. These dialogues with the president helped Fullerton face strategic decisions throughout his coaching and teaching career.
One particular season stands out in his reflections, fondly remembered as the season of hope, which centered on Bradley Hope; a victim of Ewing’s Sarcoma, Bradley’s story is a tribute to his spirit, of courage, purpose, and hope.
Riveting suspense builds to a climax that keeps the reader awestruck through play-by- play accounts of action “under the lights.” Stovall’s choice of strong positive words encourage sportsmanship, team building; leaving the reader with life changing inspiration which motivate character traits of teamwork, sportsmanship, self-discipline, resolve, and confidence.
Stovall’s remarkable word pictures and descriptions stimulate emotional involvement. His characters are genuine and believable creating empathy and a bonding with the reader.
This is a book for sports fans, coaches, and achievement motivated readers, and leaders in the community. This is a book that should be in public and private school libraries. “One Season of Hope” will also be enjoyed by fans of inspirational novels with a historical perspective
Stovall’s flair for using fiction to inspire readers to step up to the plate to unselfishly reach beyond themselves to impact and touch the lives of others within their community is again demonstrate in “One Season of Hope.” His remarkable word pictures, descriptions and identification grip the heartstrings and stimulate emotional involvement of the reader. “One Season of Hope” will be a story long remembered after closing the last page.