About the book:
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?
I do not like boxing. I honestly have no interest in it. When I read the description of The Fight, I thought it sounded interesting despite the backdrop of boxing. When I began the book, it seemed so realistic, I almost thought it might be a non-fiction book. Wordley does such a great job describing his characters that they seem like they are real people.
Although boxing is a big part of this book and readers learn about training and other things related to the sport, it is used a tool to convey the author’s message of forgiveness, dreams, and relationships. Anyone reading this book can see a piece of themselves in at least one of the characters. They are flawed, make mistakes, become prideful and self-reliant instead of God-reliant, and have terrible pasts. However, in spite of all that, they are able to look at others with love and also to serve them.
Readers also see the power of prayer in action. Gloria loves her husband and prays for him, even when she doesn’t particularly like him or the choices he is making. We see the effect of people doing the right thing in the character of Earl, even if they are ridiculed for it. We see the power of loving others and the difference it can make in their lives.
There is so much packed in the pages of this book. The last hundred pages flew by in about 20 minutes, it was that engrossing and consuming. It wasn’t until I read the information about Wordley at the end of the book that I found out it was his first novel. He found himself a new fan today. Wordley’s writing is some of the best I have ever read. The rising action to the climax was perfectly paced and spot on!
This is a really great book! Even if you are not a fan of boxing, give it a try. You will not be disappointed!
I received a copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.