The Fight  -     By: Luke Wordley
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The Fight

Tyndale House / 2014 / Paperback

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Sam Pennington's life has fallen apart. His father is dead. His mum's started drinking. And now they've been dumped in a dismal public-housing complex in East London. Sam's anger at his circumstances puts him on the brink of expulsion from school and into dangerous conflict with those around him.

Professional boxing trainer Jerry Ambrose has finally gotten everything together. After a turbulent early life, his newfound faith has helped him reconcile with his past and dedicate his life to helping others.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 380
Vendor: Tyndale House
Publication Date: 2014
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 1414389493
ISBN-13: 9781414389493
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Sam Pennington's life has fallen apart. His father is dead. His mum's started drinking. And now they've been dumped in a dismal public-housing complex in East London. Sam's anger at his circumstances puts him on the brink of expulsion from school and into dangerous conflict with those around him.Professional boxing trainer Jerry Ambrose has finally gotten everything together. After a turbulent early life, his newfound faith has helped him reconcile with his past and dedicate his life to helping others.But when a brutal street fight leads Sam to Jerry's boxing club, both their futures are thrown into question. As Jerry reaches out to Sam, an extraordinary fighting talent emerges--a talent that reopens the wounds of Jerry's own life. Both find themselves battling what can happen to a man's soul when his anger is channeled through his fists.Despite wowing ringside crowds, Sam's boxing success fails to bring him peace or happiness, while Jerry's inner struggles threaten the very core of his beliefs. Can Sam be saved from his rage? Or will Jerry's reawakened ambition tear them both apart?

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  1. Amy C
    VA
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    The Fight
    July 17, 2014
    Amy C
    VA
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4

    I wasn't sure if I would like The Fight much. I do not care for novels that evolve around sports. Especially, boxing. But The Fight is pretty good. Such an inspiring story. I found myself constantly rooting Sam. I think this would make a good movie. I was slightly disappointed on how it ended. I guess that's my issue on always wanting closure.
    I recommend this book for all but mostly to young men.
    4 1/2 stars.

  2. Virginia
    upstate NY
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Interesting
    July 12, 2014
    Virginia
    upstate NY
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5

    Sam has had a rough life with his father dying and his mother drinking and being ill. When he gets a chance to join a boxing club, he takes it, and his trainer tells him about the Gospel.

    I thought the book was interesting. I felt for Sam, who hasn't had an easy life, and even boxing, which he loves to do, isn't satisfying him. I thought the ending was a little unresolved, but maybe the rest of the story is for another book.

  3. Tracey Concannon
    Sunny FL
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    A Young Man Fighting His Demons & Searching
    June 17, 2014
    Tracey Concannon
    Sunny FL
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4

    The Fight, by Luke Wordley, is a highly engaging novel about the emotional struggles of a young man who thinks he has lost everything. Sam Pennington is facing a hardened life after losing his father, his home and slowly his mother to her drinking. Sam fights his loss with anger, striking out at anyone who gets in his way. Facing trouble at school for his violent behavior, Sam is almost too lost to be saved....but God has other plans.
    Sam is taken in by a local boxing club when the club's trainer sees that Sam needs help, and that he wants to learn to box. Jerry, the trainer, is a Christian man who sees Sam is hurting and reaches out to him. In a series of struggles, God's timing and a whirlwind of life events, the two men race toward the book's climax with great intensity and passion. Each one must face their demons in order to escape potential loss and destruction.
    I was easily captivated by the story and found myself really engaged with the many characters and lives being entwined with one another. This story was such a great example of the inner struggle many of us have when faced with choices that may conflict with God's desires for our life. A great, action-packed story that centers on the gritty, hard truths that life can throw at us, and the amazing redemption that we are offered. 
    I recommend this book for both men and women, and think it is appropriate for most young adults as well. There is violence as well as some addictive and criminal mature subject matter, so adult discretion for younger readers is advised. However, I do think that this story can really give a great message and will have appeal to young men (and ladies as well!), especially those who are interested in sports and understand the raw, often violent feelings that can overwhelm. A strong message of inner peace, redemption and the absolute need for God is all here for the reader to receive. Jump into the ring with Sam and Jerry, you'll be glad you did!
    This book, The Fight, was provided to me by Tyndale Blog Network in exchange for my review.

  4. Victoria
    United States
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    More Than the Boxing Ring
    June 13, 2014
    Victoria
    United States
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5

    This book caught my eye because it was written by a man who lives in the south of England who was aiming to supply young men with quality fiction. That said, I didn't count on being able to really enjoy the book myself. As it turned out, I was HOOKED!

    Wordley follows Sam Pennington's struggle with life and faith in a way that is so real. He creates characters who seem like they could live next door. Sam may be the main character, but I found myself focused on Jerry Ambrose. Here is a man whose life is aimed at knowing God and making God known. His passion makes him the perfect hero, but Wordley made sure to make Jerry human by giving him his own sin to fight.

    The Fight is about more than boxing...The Fight is about life. The Fight is about what happens when boxing brings people together and they decide to really listen to one another. Faith in God takes center stage.

    In short, this is a book worth reading!

    The one caution I have is that I don't know that I would be able to recommend this book to very young men. Without offering a spoiler, I can say that there is one passing reference to marital relations and several threats regarding rape. I know that compared to most books, that's nothing, but I can't not mention it in my review.

  5. jeris real reviews
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    This is a story for the heart in all of us!
    June 12, 2014
    jeris real reviews
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5

    Sam Pennington’s dad has died and his world has been turned upside down. He and his mum have been forced to leave the farm where they lived with his father and are now settled in a public housing apartment in East London, hopes and dreams gone. Sam is angry and his anger finds its way out through his fists. He is on the brink of being kicked out of school when he meets Jerry, a trainer at a local boxing gym. It turns out Sam has talent in the ring and he begins training for competitive boxing. Sam trains well and advances in the field but Jerry holds back on sharing his faith with Sam. This proves to have disastrous consequences for both of them until Jerry finally confronts the demons of his past which he has pushed to the very back of his mind. The journey that Sam and Jerry take to their faith is filled with mishaps and complications until you are certain they are not going to get to God, after all. In Luke Wordley’s debut novel, you find the expertise of one who has written many novels even though this is his first, his obvious talent for writing making it a gripping read. The Fight is a compelling story of loss and victory, a first-rate story of fathers and children making their way to one another. It is written in an easy to read conversational way; no flowery descriptions of the characters or the setting. And yet, it has all you need to picture Sam’s circumstances and the despair he is feeling. It flows from one word to the next, one page to the next, until you have finished the story. In other words, hard to put down! This is a story for the heart in all of us, not just for men! I give it five stars! I received a copy of this book free of charge in exchange for my honest review. These words are my opinion.

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