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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

More Than Rivals

Ken Abraham is the New York Times bestselling author of many books, including Against All Odds with Chuck Norris and Let's Roll with Lisa Beamer.  His work has been featured on 20/20, Dateline, Larry King Live, Good Morning America, The CBS Morning Show, The Today Show, and many more.  Learn more at

In 1970, one small southern town was a powder keg ready to erupt. But it was also on the verge of something incredible.

Eddie Sherlin and Bill Ligon grew up on opposite sides of the tracks in Gallatin, TN.  They knew the barriers that divided them - some physical landmarks and some hidden in the heart - but those barriers melted away when the boys were on the basketball court.  After years of playing wherever they could find a hoop, Eddie and Bill rose as leaders of their respective high school teams.  And at the end of the 1070 season, all-white Gallatin High and all-black Union High faced each other in a once-in-a-lifetime championship game.  Wat happened that night would challenge Eddie and Bill - and transform their town.

A fast-paced true story of courage, determination, and forgiveness, More Than Rivals offers hope and inspiration for our times.

My Thoughts:
My ten year old son absolutely loved this book.  I'm so very glad we were able to share it together.  I lost count the number of times he came to me while reading with "Mom, you won't believe..." or "Mom, I can't believe people actually treated each other this way...".  Ken Abraham tells the true story of Sherlin and Ligon during a time of racially charged conflict.  It is a timely and relevant read for today, but is one infused with encouragement and hope.  I was thankful that my son read the book.  He loved the sports aspect, but the greater life-lesson narrative within the pages was not lost on him.  Get this book!

*I received a complimentary copy of the book for the purpose of providing this honest review.

Happy Reading Ya'll,