the fight {book review – Christian fiction}

there are days when i feel like i’m in tune with all i’m called to do and be, when things flow near-seamlessly from one moment to the next, and i’m ultra-aware of a sense of my “place” in this world.


realistically, though, there are many days when i feel lost-and-wandering, keenly sensitive to the brokenness in and around me.  i feel like i’m wading through too-deep waters, struggling to stay upright, nervous the water is rising.  or i feel like i’m battling some unseen force, fist-for-fist, just trying to survive the day, and wondering where in the world is the One who called me to live victoriously.  i wonder, in those moments, just what living victoriously even means.


recently, i was given a copy of The Fight by Luke Wordley, a boxing book, of all things, to review.  although i’m not thinking i would’ve picked out a boxing book if i saw it on a shelf, the description of the story line drew me in.  a mama of four boys, two of them teenaged, i watch firsthand the battle into manhood, and i know that fists merely play out what happens in the heart.


immediately, i was drawn into the story of sam, a teen near-broken by the circumstances of his seemingly helpless life, and jerry, a faith-filled husband, father, and boxing trainer, and how the lives of these men collide.  each walking through his own individual crises, their relationship through the sport of boxing is yet another tool used by God to shape them to see Him for all Glory, and to empower them to shine light into their individual, and joint, worlds.


will i ever step into an arena to watch a boxing match?  unlikely.  (though i do have four sons, and every mama learns, never say never.)  did i spend several days, cathartic, knowing just what it feels like to fight man, thinking that’s the true enemy, missing the point that our Creator battles silently for our souls (battled, perhaps more correctly – the war is won, current skirmishes are for more of our transformed hearts…)?  absolutely.  can i relate to pummeling my own fists against the proverbial punching bag, beating my head against the wall in frustration when it seems there are no answers to struggles in this life?  yep.  i couldn’t put this one down, and i’ve passed it to my boys.  i can’t wait to hear what they think.


spoiler alert: i didn’t particularly love every aspect of this book.  one character, to me, was left a little undeveloped, and the character’s ending actions left me hungry for more for him.  i think that’s true to life, though… we can’t control outcome, we can only pray for God to put to good use even our mistakes, and we have to realize those mistakes will, by the nature of His allowing us to live free, have repercussions.


are you interested in reading The Fight?  I’ve added it to my amazon store; i earn a small commission if you purchase it there.  it’s worth the time to read, and you’ll want to pass it on.  it’s a discussion starter, and i’d love to know your thoughts (share in the comments below)!


would you like to win your own copy?  Luke and his publishers at Tyndale have graciously agreed to give away a copy of this book to one of my readers!  sign up below for several chances to win.

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5 Comment

  1. Reply
    Luke Wordley
    June 17, 2014 at 1:37 pm

    Hi there,

    Thank you very much for your review and taking the time to read The Fight. I hope your sons enjoy it. Let me know what they think!

    Best wishes,


    PS I’d love to know which character you thought was under-developed. Am still learning as a writer!

    1. Reply
      July 3, 2014 at 9:29 pm

      Luke – oh my WORD thank you for taking time to reply! You are welcome – I’m recommending to friends, too. 🙂 I’ll send ya a message regarding character-thoughts. Be blessed, and KEEP WRITING!

  2. Reply
    Jessica Madera
    June 23, 2014 at 12:39 pm

    My Daddy used to coach boxing and though not a Christian, he had a profound impact on those boys’ lives. This sounds like a great read and something I may want to share with him.

  3. Reply
    Toni Hutchison
    June 23, 2014 at 2:03 pm

    Thank you for the chase to read this. I follow you on FB and love your insights into daily life. I think I would share this with my son. 19…and trying to figure out life. It would be nice to read together and talk about it (and hopefully his life).

    1. Reply
      July 3, 2014 at 9:27 pm

      Thank you so much for the comment, Toni! It is a great book, and I know it would be wonderful for sharing and creating discussion with your son. I’m doing that with mine!

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