James McConnell’s wish is to play a game of catch in the backyard with his nine-year-old son, Aaron. They only problem is that Aaron’s cancer has returned and now McConnell’s wish is even further out of reach. However, Aaron has a wish of his own – to see his dad play in a major league game. In college, James left baseball behind to start a family. Can he now leave his family behind for baseball? What if he misses out on Aaron’s final weeks by fulfilling his wish?
As a baseball mom, I identified with this book on many levels. It was hard to read about Aaron’s illness and the fear that his parents experienced in light of his cancer. Unfortunately, it is a reality for many parents all over the world who have children who have been diagnosed with cancer.
This is a great book because there are so many levels to it. It is not simply a book about parents with a sick child. It is the story of the struggle of parents choosing between chasing their dreams or sacrificing their dreams for their children. This is not to say that parents can’t chase their dreams and be parents at the same time. However, sometimes parents do sacrifice their dreams for their family. I loved reading about James and his second chance at his dream of professional baseball.
I was hooked from the very beginning of this book to the end and did not put it down! If you are a baseball fan, or especially from a baseball family, you will love this book. Even if you are not a huge baseball fan, you will probably enjoy this book. I highly recommend it!
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Tyndale Publishers in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.