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 4-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. Josh explains how a young man destined for fame and wealth could allow his life to be taken over by drugs and alcohol. But it is also the memoir of a spiritual journey that breaks through pain and heartbreak and leads to the rebirth of his 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."
I understand Josh is human and has been battling addiction for many years. I hope someday he will find peace, and stay clean and sober. But, I think this book was written too soon in his recovery. The audiobook is very good, and the message is inspirational. But, it’s now only a good story. I wish him the best as he continues his journey in recovery.15
Awesome book so inspirational55
Couldn't stop reading. Great book of faith and baseball55
One night I sat in a small room at work when the 2008 home run derby came on. I had never watched and haven't watched one since. But that night I remember calling everyone I knew to watch Josh Hamilton crush ball after ball. Fast forward to July 2015. I was getting a hair cut and talking about baseball to my female barber. I began talking about watching that 2008 derby. She told me I have to read this book, beyond belief. Little did she know, I began my own road through addiction of prescription opioids around 2012 and finished a rehab in 2014. I have told people several times that I no longer believe in coincidences. I guess Josh and I have that in common. As well as our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.55
Great book. Very interesting, realistic, & inspirational.55
Thank you for sharing your life story! This was more than a read it is life changing and it speaks to your soul. You are an inspiration!55
I have read this book 3 time and every time it is a page turner for me55
Best book I have ever read... And as a 13 year old, that is hard to say! This book has such great detail to it and it helps you understand what was happening from Josh Hamilton's perspective. Great Read55
This was a great book I recommend reading it55
This is such a good book! Literally read it cover to cover.55