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Beyond Belief: Finding the Strength to Come Back

4.27  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,278 Ratings  ·  340 Reviews
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 a ...more
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published October 13th 2008 by FaithWords (first published 2008)
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Dustin
Nov 20, 2008 Dustin rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everybody, especially baseball fans!
I love baseball…baseball, baseball, baseball…….. I grew up watching and playing the game. I’ve been a fan for years, and so biographies of the players always interest me. Enter one Josh Hamilton.
I wasn’t really all that familiar with Josh’s story until I watched the Home Run Derby at the All Star game this summer. WOW, this guy was jacking them over the fence (and a few nearly out of Yankee Stadium) one by one. But that wasn’t what made this night so special, what made this night so special is w
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Eric Conner
Jul 15, 2009 Eric Conner rated it really liked it
Recommended to Eric by: econner322@yahoo.com
This book is AWESOME. I guess because it mirrors my life in every aspect EXCEPT baseball, I never played past litttle league. But the drugs and the pain this guy went through I can TOTALLY relate to. And at the end when he is forced to go back home b/c his wife wont let him in and he has no where else to turn, and there he finds God again, thats some REAL stuff right there.
I had a little opiate addiction for a while after spinal injury and surgeries, I decided I liked the pain meds a little too
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Kelly
Oct 29, 2011 Kelly rated it it was amazing
I absolutely ADORE the Texas Rangers and Josh Hamilton has been my favorite player now for two years. Up until 6 months or so ago, I had no idea Josh Hamilton was a recovering addict/alcoholic I only knew he was an openly Christian man who gave God all the glory. I remember being at my very first Rangers game. I was wearing a Texas Rangers shirt with HAMILTON across the back...I didn't even know who the guy was really, just that he was a Texas Rangers ballplayer. During that game with each 'at b ...more
Jacob Sours
Mar 06, 2013 Jacob Sours rated it it was amazing
Beyond Belief is an autobiography about Josh Hamilton’s life and career as a baseball player. The book begins by describing his talents as a baseball player at a young age. His purpose is letting readers know that they can still achieve their dreams and goals even after they have struggled with problems like drug addictions. In the book, Hamilton talks about his talents, his pain, his struggle to get back in peak shape, and how he has finally turned his life around.

The book’s theme is that a pe
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Alex Moore
I really enjoyed the book “Beyond Belief: Finding the Strength to Come Back” by Josh Hamilton and Tim Keown. I am a huge baseball fan and a huge fan of Josh Hamilton. I loved getting to know more about one of my favorite players to ever play the game.
In this book I enjoyed reading Josh’s little league stories. It made me laugh at how talented he was even as a young child and still dominating in competition. Josh Hamilton was a natural at the game and surprised everyone who laid eyes on him play
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Cal Jarrett
Mar 16, 2014 Cal Jarrett rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book, Josh Hamilton, and everything he believes in. I received this book as a gift from a family member because they knew that I had liked other Christian based, autobiographies by athletes. When I began reading this book, I had heard before that Josh Hamilton had previously been a drug addict and had left baseball for quite some time, however, I did not know that he descended into becoming a cocaine addict and that it got to the point where his wife would not let him int ...more
Sam
Dec 06, 2012 Sam rated it it was amazing
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.
Rich Tiemann
Jan 08, 2009 Rich Tiemann rated it it was amazing
Fantastic book! Inspiring story. As a Christian myself, I am inspired by Josh's unashamed stand for Jesus and his willingness to use the platform he's been given to spread the gospel. I am a huge baseball fan, but this is a good read for anyone!
Rebekah
Hamilton wrote Beyond Belief with a cowriter, so it's hard to know what, if anything, he actually wrote of his story. Either way, Hamilton comes across as a bit pompous and strangely defensive of his parents. The early portions of the book, while engaging, were hard for me to read. All I could see in Hamilton was a jock who was still attached to his mother and father ("momma" and "daddy," to hear him tell it). Time and time again he defended his parents in places that I didn't think they needed ...more
Michael
Feb 18, 2009 Michael rated it it was amazing
When reading this book, the emotions I felt were disappointing, when he let down his parent by making wrong decisions. I was encouraged when Josh Hamilton finely chose to come clean from drugs. I kept reading this book to find out how and when Josh would get well enough to be able to play baseball again. The part of the book that got my attention the most is when he started to get tattoos to fill his loneliness. Another part of the book that got my attention was when Josh tried many times to get ...more
Adam
Jul 24, 2012 Adam rated it it was amazing
Wow. Josh Hamilton's life was ROUGH! It was a hardship that he created, he blames no one else and instead of pointing fingers, he takes responsibility for his OWN actions. In a society where we pass blame like it is a potato with the surface temperature of the sun with a tiny eyeball eating alien larva inside it is nice to see someone own up to his mistakes.

Now, as far as the book goes, it is short and very easy to read. However there is no real sense of a time line, the book is mostly linear
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Tyler Barnes
Dec 07, 2011 Tyler Barnes rated it it was amazing
At age 6 he could throw 50 miles an hour. At age 7 he hit a 364 foot home run. At age 8 he was kicked off his baseball team for being TOO good. Age age 9 he joined his brothers baseball team. Once when he pitched, he threw, hit a kid, and the next time the kid came to the plate he called for an automatic out. At age 18 he became the first high school kid to be the #1 pick in an MLB draft since A-Rod.
All his life, Josh Hamilton was destined for baseball greatness. It got taken away from him wit
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Dylan Dreyfuss
Jan 10, 2013 Dylan Dreyfuss rated it it was amazing
Beyond Belief by Josh Hamilton is an inspiring story about a once drug addict, Josh Hamilton, overcoming addiction and becoming one of baseball’s elites. Josh was born and raised in Raleigh, North Carolina, and quickly became a baseball star. Growing up, Josh knew what he was going to be when he was older; a baseball player. Scouts were looking at Josh as early as the 7th grade, when he was throwing 80 mph, and hitting 300 foot homeruns. In 1999, the Tampa Bay Rays selected the teen sensation wi ...more
Ted Smith
Feb 03, 2009 Ted Smith rated it it was amazing
I love baseball, but I have to admit that baseball autobiographies are often not the greatest, most well-written books. This one is different. The first part of the book was not so good, as Josh talks a lot about how great a player he was as a kid. So much so that I'm thinking, "Oh, no, another boring 'I'm thankful that the Lord made me such a great player' story." But once he gets into the truly harrowing tale of his slide into drug addiction, this become a can't-put-it down story of tragedy an ...more
Stephen Grant
Dec 09, 2013 Stephen Grant rated it it was amazing
I really liked this book. This book was a very good read, because, it talks about his struggles with drugs and finds a way to end the addiction. This book is about Josh Hamilton's Drug Addiction that affected him from 2002 to 2005. He started his baseball career in 1999 when he was drafted to the Tampa Bay Devil Rays for 3.95 million dollars. He had the rookie season of his life by winning the minor league MVP. But in 2002 he started to pull away from his baseball career by getting addicted to c ...more
Jennelle
Mar 30, 2009 Jennelle rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book. There was so much about it that was inspiring. Anyone who loves baseball really should read this book. Anyone who is struggling with a major obstacle in their life could possibly benefit from reading the book as well. Josh Hamilton is a truly gifted baseball player and after reading all the things that he went through or put himself through, and ultimately overcame despite the long road it took to get there, he is a testament that anyone can rise above their circums ...more
Jasmin Bridges
Jul 06, 2011 Jasmin Bridges rated it it was amazing
What led me to read this book was that 1) Sports have always been and will always be a huge part of my life and 2) addiction fascinates me. I don't know what it is that makes me interested in addiction but I want to learn how the mind of an addict works. If I could go back to school I would want to be an addiction specialist/counselor. This was a great book. Josh grew up as a very sincere level headed young boy who just wanted to play ball. After making a few bad choices his life began spirallin ...more
Michael Clifton
Aug 11, 2011 Michael Clifton rated it it was amazing
Josh Hamilton chronicles how he went from a phenom first round draft pick (at the tender age of 18), to a tattooed, drug-addicted individual so hopelessly addicted, that he traded his wife's wedding ring for drugs. Hamilton's spiral into drug dependency in which he lost virtually everything dear to him, was especially hard for me to read. Yet, even when he reached rock bottom, the message that faith and God's redemptive power was able to overcome Hamilton's addiction, repair his marriage, and re ...more
Barry Davis
Feb 16, 2016 Barry Davis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Subtitled Finding the Strength to Come Back, this painfully honest and inspiring book tells how a high school phenom almost destroyed his body and his life through drugs and alcohol. Never once shifting the blame beyond himself and his actions, Hamilton details his descent into a hellish life that had him smoking crack in his grandmother’s house to the journey of faith that slowly drew him back to the sport where he was so gifted and blessed as a child. One of the most poignant events for me was ...more
Christian Mosley
Dec 09, 2015 Christian Mosley rated it it was amazing
Josh Hamilton’s “Finding The Strength To Come Back” is the story behind the life, pro-career, and drug addiction of superstar baseball Phenom Josh Hamilton. The book begins with his career as a little league baseball star leading all the way to his pro-career and downfall. As a kid growing up Josh always had a supportive fan base and it followed him all the way into his older life. Being the top pick in the 1999 MLB draft Josh had a lot of expectations and it all became over whelming. He is lock ...more
Adam
Nov 02, 2015 Adam added it
Beyond Belief
Beyond belief is a biography Josh Hamilton and Tim Keown wrote. Beyond Belief is the best book I have ever, if you love baseball and love to see players rise over adversity this is the book for you. It is about a boy who makes it into the MLB along with a bumpy road and wrong turns. Obsessive use of drugs and selling people said he would never make it anywhere. He makes a remarkable recovery and stops until he got married. With a divorce and playing in the pros he thinks he should
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Ben Sullivan
Mar 20, 2015 Ben Sullivan rated it it was amazing
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Beyond Belief
By Josh Hamilton

Josh Hamilton was a guy who never gave up his dream, to make it to the Major Leagues. I think kids should read this book because it tells the reader on how hard he worked when he was in middle school through high school to go to the Major Leagues. Josh got the number 1 pick in the draft and went to the Tampa Bay Rays. He was later released and picked up by the Texas Rangers. He stayed in Texas for 4 years, and then was released again and picked up by the
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Erik Key
Nov 05, 2014 Erik Key rated it it was amazing
In last couple of weeks I read Beyond belief by Josh Hamilton. Josh Hamilton is a famous baseball player and a former drug user. He has 2 daughters and is married to his wife Katie Hamilton. They have been married for a long time and have been through a lot together.
Josh Hamilton describes his life in this book. He describes how could of a player he was when he was young a drug free. Then he explains his addictions and how one thing lead to the other. He describes the painful process of hurting
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Alex Wright
Jun 01, 2014 Alex Wright rated it it was amazing
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Kyla Frey
Mar 26, 2014 Kyla Frey rated it it was amazing
This book about All Star player, record holder for the home-run derby, and number one pick in 1999 draft is a fantastic read. Josh Hamilton tells his story about making it big, falling off, and overcoming doubts to get back to doing what he loves.

Josh Hamilton was born to play ball, and that is exactly what he did at the age of three. Even when he was younger he played well above his level. In fact he was the first one in his league to be moved up out of the fear of other parents. Because he thr
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Walt
Mar 15, 2009 Walt rated it really liked it
Shelves: baseball
Inspirational story of a number 1 baseball draft pick who went off into the world of cocaine and crack, but made his way back into major league baseball. (In 2008, he set a record in the Home Run Derby at the All-Star Game in old Yankee Stadium.) Although it was really "written" by ESPN's Tim Keown, it reads very smoothly as if produced by one hand. An especially good read for anyone trying to break an addiction - of any kind.
Lee Ann
Apr 02, 2012 Lee Ann rated it it was amazing
What a wonderful feel-good book. To hear the honesty in the story by Josh and feel as if you were just sitting talking to him. The voice of this man comes out clearly and honestly. I love this book. Continue to stay strong and believe in yourself as you strive to be the best person you can be is a clear, strong message.
Chase Furtado
Sep 22, 2015 Chase Furtado rated it it was amazing
I loved this book, it talked about how his struggles with drugs and alcohol. Josh Hamilton is currently playing with the Texas Rangers as a right fielder. When he was going through his addiction he saw demons and he saw angels, but he could not control his drug addiction. He was addicted to crack, and it set him back tremendously as a baseball player. Not only did he dissapoint his family, he dissapointed the fans. He got his drugs from a tatto shop, that he got many of his tattos from. This was ...more
Matthew Hatley
Jun 02, 2014 Matthew Hatley rated it it was amazing
Another really good read, I enjoyed reading this book for man differents reasons. One, this book not only is inspirational but also very amazing to read how Josh is caught in the middle of a battle between good and evil, or as he says in the book and I quote "Spiritual Battle''. Really looked forward to reading each day. To discover more and more on this story of how when motivation and perseverence are present in a persons life people can really fly to their full potential, This also made me t ...more
Peter
Jul 23, 2012 Peter rated it it was amazing
If you like baseball or are in drug addiction/recovery, you will love this book.I loved this book and this is coming from someone who hates to read. And baseball is boring. real talk. 10/10
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Josh Hamilton is an All-Star outfielder for the Texas Rangers. A native of Raleigh, N.C., he lives in Apex, N.C., with his wife, Katie, and their three daughters. "
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