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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,615 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Josh Hamilton Narrator: Ethan Sawyer Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2012 ISBN: 9781619692831
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Josh Hamilton was the first player chosen in the first round of the 1999 baseball draft. He was destined to be one of those rare “high-character” superstars. But in 2001, working his way from the minors to the majors, all of the plans for Josh went off the rails in a moment of weakness. What followed was a four-year nightmare of drugs and alcohol, estrangement from friends and family, and his eventual suspension from baseball.

Beyond Belief details the events that led up to the derailment, explaining how a young man destined for fame and wealth could allow his life to be taken over by drugs and alcohol. But this is also the memoir of a spiritual journey that breaks through pain and heartbreak and leads to the spectacular rebirth of Josh’s major-league career.

Josh Hamilton makes no excuses and places no blame on anyone other than himself. He takes responsibility for his poor decisions and believes his story can help millions who battle the same demons. “I have been given a platform to tell my story,” he says. “I pray every night I am a good messenger.”

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Josh is one of the most talented baseball players I’ve ever seen, but his life experiences transcend baseball. His ability to be one of the best players in the game after all he’s been through is amazing—and inspiring for everyone who knows his story.”

    Nolan Ryan, president, Texas Rangers

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elizabeth | 2/20/2014

    " Very inspirational and moving. I laughed and I cried. Very great read even if you don't like baseball. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bob | 2/12/2014

    " God is a miracle worker! Great testimony of the power of Christ in helping overcome addiction "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Connie Beard | 2/11/2014

    " Love this book! Josh Hamilton is very open about his addiction. I'm sure I'll be reading this one again relatively soon. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 karen | 2/7/2014

    " A sad commentary on what sports and drugs can do to athletes. Thanks to Josh finding who he was and where he needed to go to survive. He at least survived and is doing great. Fortunately he survived like many have not. Thanks for telling yor story. It shows a how many evils and temptations fame can be faced with "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Benita Moffitt | 2/1/2014

    " Loved this book!!!! It was very raw with honesty and humility. Josh's testimony I'm sure was hard to write and to be totally honest throughout this book; to relive the hardships but thank you Josh for doing so. I was blessed by reading it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sam | 1/25/2014

    " This book was incredible, and set a record for longest book i read in shortest amount of time (there probably is a record for that). I could not put it down, even when I was at my cousin's house for a sleepover. If you like baseball, this is a must-read book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 melanie (lit*chick) | 1/19/2014

    " inspirational without being overly sappy or schmaltzy - a must read if you are a baseball fan! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Natalee | 1/19/2014

    " I loved this book. A great read and a very interesting story. It shows us that no one is immune to making wrong choices that can turn our lives upside down. His strength and willpower was inspiring. Read this book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Veronica Talbott | 1/19/2014

    " I'm not religious and I don't gravitate toward inspirational books but I love the sport of baseball and as a lover of the game I had to read this. His incredible journey from being one of the most promising signees the sport has ever seen to the depths of addiction and all the gritty details of his drug use, then back to excelling at the highest level of the most difficult professional sport there is is an amazing and inspirational story. A must read even if, like me, you're not Christian. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Josh Stephens | 1/2/2014

    " Story of Josh Hamilton and his battle with drugs and baseball. Easy read with lots of stories you would question why anyone would ever do. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vannetta Chapman | 12/30/2013

    " This book was amazing, and I can honestly say that it changed my life in several ways. I highly recommend it whether you're a sports fan or not. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cami | 12/9/2013

    " What an inspirational story.. very sad, but uplifting considering his comeback. Glad he is part of the Texas Rangers. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris | 12/8/2013

    " Favorite book of all time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris Obarski | 12/5/2013

    " Great comeback story for a guy who was really in deep. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tika | 11/7/2013

    " Loved this book and love this player. I like the way he was so honest in telling his story. Just about anyone can surely learn something for his story. I know I did. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patti | 10/26/2013

    " Incredible story. I give it 4 stars not for the writing but definitely for the story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jamie Croft | 6/27/2013

    " A wonderful book on overcoming drug addiction. You don't even have to be a baseball fan to enjoy it either. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paul Pisani | 6/22/2013

    " very easy read - story about the life and struggles of Josh Hamilton "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristyn | 5/11/2013

    " Perfect story of redemption. Loved it and love him. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tyler Kidd | 4/12/2013

    " This is a great book! it talks about the life of former number one overall draft pick Josh Hamilton. The book talks about his achievements as well as his struggles with drugs. I recommend this book to anyone even if you don't like sports it teaches you how to over come obstacles in your life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mike | 4/10/2013

    " Great book by the #1 draft pick of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. He tells his story about how he had everything and a great future in Baseball. Only to lose it to drugs. He overcame all the odds and got himself clean, and back into sports. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kate Humber | 1/20/2013

    " I loved this book. I've read it 10 times. If u likeHamilton, the Rangers, or baseball check this book out there will be no disappointment. I didn't know bout him till espn told his story when he was in the hr derby.it will give you hope and strength through tough times "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah Burke | 12/29/2012

    " inspirational to say the least. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carrie Hamstra | 10/15/2012

    " If you love baseball, inspiring stories, and Josh Hamilton you will love this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Austin Hansen | 7/13/2012

    " Josh had a terrible addiction to cocain. He over came that and turned to god for help. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Dan | 6/20/2012

    " Mike Sorrenti gave me this book. There is a lot of Jesus talk in it and not enough baseball talk. I think Mike wants me to come back into the "arms of the church." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melissa | 6/20/2012

    " Great story of how money and fame can really screw someone up. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tyler Deary | 6/11/2012

    " I love this book, highly recommend it. I love it because I really love baseball, so it connected with me reply good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dale Crawford | 5/24/2012

    " Very inspirational book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gary | 5/3/2012

    " I had trouble putting this down. A story of baseball, family, addiction, and the power of having Christ in your live. Recommend. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cory | 4/24/2012

    " This book proves that everybody has potential to do something great. "

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