Life changes overnight for coach John Harrison when his high school basketball team’s state championship dreams are crushed under the weight of unexpected news. When the largest manufacturing plant shuts down and hundreds of families leave their town, John questions how he and his family will face an uncertain future. After reluctantly agreeing to coach cross-country, John and his wife, Amy, meet an aspiring athlete who’s pushing her limits on a journey toward discovery. Inspired by the words and prayers of a newfound friend, John becomes the least likely coach helping the least likely runner attempt the impossible in the biggest race of the year.
Based on the motion picture screenplay by Alex and Stephen Kendrick, Overcomer is one of 2019’s best inspirational books. In this sports novel, award-winning author Chris Fabry pens an inspiring family drama that dares to leave you filled with hope, inspired to dream, and asks the question: What do you allow to define you?
Author: Chris Fabry
Rating: ★★★★ (Four stars)
Bible Translation Used: ESV with NIV
Controversial: The words “stupid”, “hate”, “teenagers”, and “whatever” were used. Ladies wear pants. Son call his father “old guy”. Youth group is mentioned. People do lie, but in the end, they ask for forgiveness.
Read the book, then watch the movie. It’ll make SO much more sense.
Having watched the movie twice, I thought I knew how the book would be. I was wrong. While much of the book is like the movie, there are extra details which help you understand the movie better. If you have watched the movie, you can easily visualize the scenes. I really liked how the book was super close to the movie.
Even if you haven’t watched the movie or have no desire to watch the movie, you can still read the book. It’s a super-good stand-alone and is a fun read.
Note: There are pictures in the middle of the book that have name brand products pictured in them.