Tuesday 21 May 2013

Book Review - Wherever I Wind Up: My Quest for Truth, Authenticity and the Perfect Knuckleball

I have been a fan of R.A. Dickey for the past couple of years and in fact have had him on my fantasy baseball league team the Rumunners. Sadly, he is not on my team this year.

But he now pitches for my favorite team, the Toronto Blue Jays and although he currently has a losing record, has thrown well the past couple of games.

He has written a book on years of struggles in the minor leagues, Wherever I Wind Up: My Quest for Truth, Authenticity and the Perfect Knuckleball

Mets knuckleballer R.A. Dickey weaves searing honesty and baseball insight in this memoir about his unlikely journey to the big leagues. An English Lit major at the University of Tennessee, Dickey is as articulate and thoughtful as any professional athlete in any sport-and proves it page after page, as he provides fresh and honest insight into baseball and a career unlike any other.

Sustained by his profound Christian faith, the love of his wife and children, and a relentless quest for self-awareness and authenticity, the immensely likable Dickey details his transformation from a reckless, risk-taking loner to a grounded, life- affirming big leaguer. He emerged as one of the premier pitchers in the National League in 2010-and the knuckleballing embodiment of the wonders that perseverance and human wisdom can produce. Dickey views his story as one of redemption. Readers will come to see it as something more-a uniquely American story of beating back demons, listening to your heart, and overcoming extraordinary odds.

I really enjoyed this book. It was well written and he is quite open about his life, personal and professional, good and bad and how his faith helped to sustain him. I knew going in that he has deep religious beliefs, and hoped that the book would not be preachy about it.

It wasn't. I just found this to be a very honest autobiography, one worth reading.

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