Wish    -     By: Jake Smith
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Wish

Tyndale House / 2014 / Hardcover

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Format: Hardcover
Vendor: Tyndale House
Publication Date: 2014
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 1414391560
ISBN-13: 9781414391564
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Publisher's Description

James McConnell’s one wish is that his nine-year-old son will finally be healthy enough to play a game of catch. Then he and his wife, Emily, receive news they’ve dreaded: Aaron’s cancer has relapsed.

As the family steels themselves for a draining treatment regimen in yet another hospital, Aaron receives the gift of a lifetime—a personal visit from one of his favorite professional baseball players—and the chance to make a bold request, his wish: to see his dad play in one major league game.

A former college standout, James fears he doesn’t have the talent it takes, even for one game, and that he’ll miss what could be Aaron’s precious last weeks. Yet how can he refuse his dying son’s wish?

Poignant and triumphant, Wish is the story of a father’s love, a family’s perseverance, and the miracles that can happen when you believe in the impossible.

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Smith weaves emotional tension into this spiritual story of leukemia and baseball.
A nine-year-old boy suffering from leukemia makes a selfless wish that challenges his father, in Jake Smith’s moving Wish. Their shared love of baseball adds depth to the father-son relationship.

Smith introduces his first work of fiction with the dramatic moment when James McConnell learns that his son, Aaron, first diagnosed with cancer at age five, is again critically ill. James and his wife, Emily, had dared to believe that Aaron’s five months of complete remission would continue indefinitely. Instead, Aaron, his parents, and his six-year-old sister, Elizabeth, move into a family suite at a pediatric cancer research hospital in southern central Michigan, where he faces more aggressive treatment.

The family’s emotional tension about Aaron’s illness looms large in this story. When James and Emily meet with Aaron’s new oncologist, Dr. Barna, to discuss his chances for recovery, the doctor tells them that finding a bone marrow donor match for the boy’s rare tissue type is the best chance for his long-term survival. “Define long-term,” Emily responds, wanting the most definitive prognosis the doctor can’t give.

An effective use of analogy heightens the book’s poignant message. For example, when Aaron begins to improve, the family attends a Detroit Tigers home game. James, who abandoned his dream of playing professional baseball to marry Emily, shares with Aaron the thrill of walking onto an major-league field before the game starts. A religious man, James describes the space as a “cathedral” and compares the middle of the field to a “sanctuary.” Smith writes, “He felt so small, so insignificant, and everything around him seemed so … holy.”

Smith convincingly shows Emily and James’s devotion to each other and their children.

A revealing moment occurs just as the family prepares to leave the hospital after Aaron’s

treatment has ended. Concerned about Aaron’s lack of enthusiasm for feeling better and going home, James reminds his son that he is a cancer survivor. His son replies, “No, Dad, that’s just it. I’m not a survivor. I’m just … surviving.”

Smith’s competent prose style and flawless editing reflect his professional experience as a magazine editor and author of nonfiction articles and books. A well-researched story, Wish offers an insightful look into the perils of childhood leukemia. While the focus on baseball may not interest some readers, this story of a family struggling to overcome their son’s devastating illness holds universal appeal.

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  1. jojosutiscorner
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Get the Tissues!!
    September 4, 2014
    jojosutiscorner
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Wish.
    Get the tissues ready, yall. Wish is one of those books that will make you laugh, make you cry, make you feel good about life, and make you believe that anything is possible. i fell in love with this family and felt i was there with them every step of the heart-warming (and often heart-wrenching) journey. Simply put, Wish is spectacular! i dare you to read and not cry...seriously!!
  2. Ruth
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Wish - by Jake Smith
    August 21, 2014
    Ruth
    Quality: 4
    This review was written for Wish.
    Wish is very well-written, and a book I would recommend to anyone.
  3. rlighthouse
    PA
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great Book
    August 20, 2014
    rlighthouse
    PA
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Wish.
    Jake's worst nightmare came true-his son Aaron's Leukemia returned. While in the hospital for treatment Aaron had the chance to meet one of his hero's a major league baseball player. At the end of the visit Aaron whispered his wish to the man. Little did Jake know that the wish was for him. This was a powerful book about a family's love for each other going through a seemingly impossible journey.
  4. Virginia
    upstate NY
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Interesting
    August 17, 2014
    Virginia
    upstate NY
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Wish.
    Jake's young son has cancer, and the boy's wish is to see his father play one baseball game for a Major League team. Former college ballplayer Jake agrees, then has to work hard to fulfill his son's wish. I thought this book was interesting, and a good story about children with cancer and what families go through.
  5. loriweller
    Lancaster,Pa
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Wish
    August 16, 2014
    loriweller
    Lancaster,Pa
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Wish is a book to keep and re-read. It is a powerfully, emotional story of a nine year old diagnosed with a re-occurring leukemia. He makes a wish for his father that changes the whole family. It has a sports background but it does not distract from the heartaches of a family.The story will definitely show the need and effects of registering to be a donor. There is a need!

    This book has already been passed on several times and enjoyed tremendously.

    I recieved this book from the Book Club Network in exchange for my honest opinion
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