When Life Throws You Curves, Keep Swinging Reviewed By Conny Crisalli of Bookpleasures.com
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Author: David Vince
Publisher: Langmarc Publishing
Christian baseball coach
David Vince knows about life’s ups and downs and writes about them
in his memoir When Life Throws You Curves, Keep Swinging.
This one hundred and twenty page book has a soft front cover jacket with a photo of a baseball team praying in the dugout in the background with a large baseball in the foreground. The back jacket has three reviews from famous baseball coaches or players along with a short biography of the author.
There were no grammatical
or typographical errors noticed. The writing style is in casual, not
professional format so easy to read with only a few dangling
The book starts with eight reviews, of which all three are also posted on the back jacket. There is a dedication, table of contents and introduction, with the actual book starting on page eleven. The book closes with contact information and an order form. There are several team and individual black and white photos (some grainy) along with a few family pictures throughout the book.
Vince’s main goal is to
let the reader know that despite being born with no lower legs or
feet, he over came a lot of the difficulties in life and acquired his
dream of being a baseball coach, both at high school and college
level. He takes the reader through each stage of his coaching career
from disappointing jobs to his favored college coaching and back to
high school teaching. He tells of his school year’s losses and
wins, championships and special players or events along with his
personal life of having three children, one of which has the same
There is some redundancy in writing. For example, he mentions Romans 8:28 both at the beginning of the book (page 22) and again at the end (page 108). Chapter 6 on international baseball travel seems out of chronological order and the countries are again mentioned (page 115).
Vince gives God the glory
for allowing him such a wonderful career in coaching baseball and
living life at the fullest. He does not wallow in self-pity and
doesn’t mention his handicap often. The reader will glean the most
information on how to have a positive outlook despite set-backs in
the last two chapters. Sport coaches will learn his four valuable
teaching steps and slogans that include “be the hammer, not the
nail,” “do what’s right,” and “hold the rope” along with
his mantras of determination, dedication and desire.
This book would be well received by new coaches starting their career and wondering what to do next to challenge their team or those unsure of their own capabilities to look to God for direction.
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