Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace. Romans 8:5-6
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?
When I was recently contacted about reviewing this book, I surprised myself by agreeing. But Builder has a little more time available to him these days, and I figured that he might be interested in reading it during this slower season.
What I didn’t figure was that I would ENJOY this book. It has been hard to put down and I find myself cheering for the broken boy, weeping for the lost mother and hoping for truth to reign. Maybe it’s that we are now a martial arts family (for the last 3 years) and this momma has found a bit of a fighter, warrior in herself.
I love the way the inner struggle many of us experience is central to this story. There is a struggle in each one of us to know what is true, and to know whether that truth makes a difference in our own lives. This story has a wonderful relational aspect woven all through and I am hoping that I capture the time to finish the book before it is time to hand it to Builder! So if you are looking for a book for that wonderful man in your life, The Fight by Luke Wordly might be just the story! Just give yourself time to peruse the pages yourself!
This book was provided to me by Tyndale Blog Network in exchange for my opinion.