Thursday, July 15, 2010

Book Review: Shattered by Frank Pastore

Shattered. What would you do if all you ever had known was shattered and taken away from you? The book Shattered by Frank Pastore is about just that. Young Frank Pastore had a rough childhood in a pretty much loveless home and taught that God did not exist. He was an awkward youth who was overweight and picked on. But in high school, he became known and loved for being a great baseball pitcher. His life solely was about baseball from that point forward—till an injury changed all that. Along the way, he became a Christian and learned his life was so much more than he realized.

I need to start by saying that I absolutely loathe baseball and but the premise of this book, combined with the fact that Pastore once pitched for the Reds and I have family who loves the Reds, made this book appealing. This book grasped my attention from the start and I found myself immersed in Pastore’s childhood story, his romantic escapes with his wife and his baseball experiences. He wrote with humor and honesty. I was eager to keep reading. However, towards the end, I felt like he just got tired of writing and wanted to hurry and finish it.  The storyline at the end was fine, it was just more cut and dry and lacked emotion, in my opinion.  The story is really about his coming to know and grow with God, and he did discuss that, but not with the luster that I would have liked to have seen. He felt called to different ministries along the way and had disappointment after disappointment. The over all message is that there is something bigger and better for us than we know and when one door is closed, another is open.

Of note, Frank was exposed to Catholicism at one point and obviously didn't "get it" and in turn, did put down the religion.  Catholics may take offense to this.  Another thing I had a problem with is that Pastore really seems to take credit for what he does, without giving the credit to the one who really deserves it--God. 

Could it have been more powerful at the end? Yes. Is it still worth the read? Yes.

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from Tyndale House Publishers for review purposes. I was not compensated in any way. This review contains my own honest opinions.

1 comment:

Petula said...

That was a fabulous review. Honest and interesting.

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