Item description for Hometown Legend by Jerry B. Jenkins...
Overview Now available in paperback. The No. 1 "New York Times" bestselling author of the "Left Behind" series delivers a small-town story of reconciliation and hope--a modern David and Goliath story with a surprise ending. (August)
Publishers Description Athens City, Alabama, is a town that lost its heart the day the high school football team lost the state championship and suffered a tragedy. Since that night, the town that once enjoyed superstar status has fallen on hard times. Now, years later, the former coach returns to head up one final season aided by a local who tells the story with a fresh voice. Together, they fight Goliath and learn that love and reconciliation are more important than winning ever could be.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9" Width: 5.9" Height: 0.9" Weight: 1 lbs.
Release Date Aug 1, 2002
ISBN 0446679267 ISBN13 9780446679268
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More About Jerry B. Jenkins
Jerry B. Jenkins, former vice president for publishing at Moody Bible Institute of Chicago and currently a member of the board of trustees, is the author of more than 175 books, including the best-selling Left Behind series.
Jerry B. Jenkins currently resides in Colorado Springs, in the state of Colorado.
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Reviews - What do customers think about Hometown Legend?
Hometown Legend Jul 31, 2008
ISBN 0446529028 - My review is based on my reading of an ARC I picked up at a thrift store, so if I comment on things that didn't show up in your book, don't worry about it. First, I'd like to point out something on my book that isn't on yours: the publication date on it is September 10, 2001. Jenkins is the sort of author whose books normally catch attention, even mine, upon release, and I have to think the timing - if it was published then - on this one buried it. It's time for you to go back and pick it up.
Athens City is a small town in Alabama, where football is more than a sport, it's the lifeblood of the town - and the town is dying. The high school football coach left town following a tragedy in 1988 and for the last 12 years things have gone from bad to worse. American Leather, the town's main employer, is failing; jobless people have to leave town to be able to survive; the high school is facing its last year and can't even find a coach to take them through it. Until, that is, circumstances bring Coach Schuler home. With little more than hope on their side, can the team, the school, the company or the town get through alive?
I'm not a fan of Christian writing, but found that religion in the first half of the book slipped naturally and easily into the story. Near the end it began to feel as if Jenkins thought you might not get the message he was sending and the religious references began to feel forced and a bit heavy-handed. The hillbilly-esque writing, including a million uses of "a course" instead of "of course" or even "o' course", didn't read as naturally as the author seems to think it does. Still, with or without a faith in god, Hometown Hero is an easy read with an inspirational storyline and a really touching secondary story in Athens City's star player. Go, read!
A bit predictible but overall engaging Aug 7, 2007
Jenkins keeps the story moving along quickly and, once he establishes the characters, keeps them true to their personalities. The most believeable (and engaging) parts revolved around the football episodes and the narrator's relationship with Rachel; however, for me, the narrator's interactions with Bev did not ring as true as the rest of the storyline. Also, though the Christianity was sincere, it sometimes intruded unnaturally into the narrative (mostly toward the end). One other issue that detracted from the novel was when the coach kicks kids off the team for NOT fighting. Is this the action of a Christian coach? Even so, the characters are fully developed with both strengths and weaknesses. As the story progresses, the reader will easily predict where the plot is going; however, Jenkins does present a few surprises along the way. Overall, I can see this novel appealing to a wide audience--it has football, family relationships, and romance.
Unbelievably awful May 23, 2006
This is one of the worst books I have ever read. The plot--town fallen on hard times, star coach comes out of retirement to save school and spirit--is the very definition of cliche, and the entire book is basically an excuse for Jenkins to proselytize about the saving powers of Christianity. I knew it was going to be bad when I saw the blurb (from the highly esteemed literary review Sports Illustrated!) on the back cover: "Reading this book is like listening to a good country song." Bleagh. The writing is so bad, the messages so offensive (you're a coward if you don't fight, the three important things in life are God, cattle, and football, etc) that I could barely force myself to keep reading.
Hometown Legend Apr 10, 2006
This book, Hometown Legend by Jerry Jenkins, takes place in the south in high school. It is pretty intresting because it switches points of view from a child who grows up to be a teacher and a assistant football coach. This person is name Sawyer and he lives in this town until the end and in this book its shows difficulties and happiness that can happen in one place. The title of the story is based on a football lengendary player who hurt his neck in a championship game and died. After the coach knew he was dead he quit only ot come back again later to coach a team of 15 players to the championships. My favorite part of this book was when the football gmaes were occuring becasue they were always full of so much adventure and intensity. I recommend you read thhis book because it will give you a blast and it is very exciting.
A Homespun Story Illustrating Redemption and Grace Mar 8, 2003
I thoroughly enjoy Jerry Jenkins work and have been a fan of his for a very long time. One would think that Hometown Legend, a book that slipped under the radar, would be a lesser product, but it is not.
Hometown Legend is a wonderful story, especially those who enjoy football and understand the impact of this sport on small-town America. Jerry's characters are wonderful and yet flawed like the readers. It is isn't pie-in-the-sky fiction and yet it leaves feeling good when you're done. It proves the depth of Jenkins' abilities. He can produce heart-pounding fiction (Left-Behind) and homespun yarns.
This is a book that your entire family will enjoy. It's plot is very simple and yet is story and message resonate with millions of Christians who struggle by God's grace to make it through life.
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