Never Blame the Umpire by Gene FehlerNever Blame the Umpire by Gene Fehler

Never Blame the Umpire

byGene Fehler

Paperback | April 24, 2011

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Kate is having the best summer a sports-loving eleven-year-old could possibly have. Baseball. Tennis. And to top it off, Kate has just started a three-week class where she’s discovering a new love: poetry. Then comes the news that tears Kate’s world apart. In her close-knit family, Kate has always felt God’s love and protection. But how can she trust God now? Do sports or poetry matter when tragedy strikes? In Kate’s darkest hour, her mother’s faith shines its brightest, helping Kate to see that life is still beautiful and God is still good. Always, no matter what.

Gene Fehler, an award-winning and widely published poet, is the author of 13 published books and over eighteen hundred published poems, stories, and articles. His teaching career included having taught English and creative writing in colleges in Illinois, Texas, and Alabama; and in high schools in Illinois, Texas, and Georgia.
Title:Never Blame the UmpireFormat:PaperbackDimensions:192 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.38 inPublished:April 24, 2011Publisher:ZonderkidzLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0310721954

ISBN - 13:9780310721956


Rated 5 out of 5 by from A moving story that needs to be read! Even though this book is for juvenile, I was touched by it. It brings the subject of death and sickness in simple terms for the young people who will read it. I will admit that I cried while reading the book. It was touching at times and made me wonder how my own kids would react if I would have a non-curable sickess. From the beginning of the book you could sense that an important event is going to happen in the life of the main character, Kate. But you don’t know what it is until you get to know the characters of the story. I like the idea of intertwining baseball with a life lesson. It is always important to accept what happens in life and rely on God I find. Last year, was a hard year for us I won’t hide it. But in the midst of all this, we learned that relying on God to provide and care for us was important. He knows better than us what we need to go through. This book is about death and how to deal with the fact that a love one is dying but it is also about life afterward and how God can be with us in tragedy as well if we let him. The only typo I’ve found was for a scripture reference. In chapter twenty-six, Kate is talking about the favorite scriptures of her mom. The first one should be John 14:27 (not John 4:27). I corrected my book but I think that the readers should know about it. When I see scriptures in a novel, I always double check to make sure it is correct. And since this book is for juvenile, I really think it is important to give them the proper reference. Mind you, this is a typo problem so I won’t be too hard. *grin* Never blame the umpire is a good read. I am thinking that my almost 9 year old son might enjoy it. I want him to be expose to the possibility of loved ones dying and know how to trust God in this circumstance.
Date published: 2010-02-28