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Beyond Belief: Finding the Strength to Come Back

4.26  ·  Rating Details ·  3,459 Ratings  ·  346 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
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Published October 13th 2008 by FaithWords (first published 2008)
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Nov 20, 2008 Dustin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Eric Conner
May 23, 2009 Eric Conner rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Jacob Sours
Mar 06, 2013 Jacob Sours rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 24, 2012 Sam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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!
Dylan Dreyfuss
Jan 10, 2013 Dylan Dreyfuss rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Tyler Barnes
Nov 20, 2011 Tyler Barnes rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Feb 18, 2009 Michael rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Jul 24, 2012 Adam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Cal Jarrett
Mar 16, 2014 Cal Jarrett rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Ted Smith
Jan 05, 2009 Ted Smith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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
Jasmin Bridges
Jul 06, 2011 Jasmin Bridges rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 30, 2009 Jennelle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Michael Clifton
Aug 07, 2011 Michael Clifton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 15, 2009 Walt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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.
Jul 23, 2012 Peter rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 14, 2012 Tika rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Vincent Bissoni
Feb 19, 2013 Vincent Bissoni rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is such an inspiration to anyone dealing with any problem in life. This book shows that devoting your life to Christ is life changing. I miss you in Texas josh!!
Hannah Webb
Jun 30, 2012 Hannah Webb rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this in 7 hours. Very well written. My favorite Ranger!
Lori Redden
Aug 04, 2011 Lori Redden rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
AWESOME. I loved reading Josh's story.
Michael Groves
Jan 15, 2017 Michael Groves rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Josh Hamilton Beyond Belief
By: Josh Hamilton and Tim Keown

From whose point of view is the novel written?
This book is written in First person. This point of view is effective to the novel because it helps explain the character (Josh Hamilton) and the whole book easier. It also helps you understand the hard falls and exciting moments that Josh had in his life.
List three characters and explain them.
Josh Hamilton- Josh is a gifted baseball player from birth who played baseball since he could walk
Aden Sachs
Dec 08, 2013 Aden Sachs rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Baseball fan or not, this biography from major leaguer, Josh Hamilton himself, is the book I recommend. This book was recommended to me, not being a Texas Rangers fan I was very hesitant in reading the book. I extremely regret that decision. This story is about a 4 million dollar man who got addicted to drugs and alcohol and found his way back on his feet through Jesus Christ.

Josh Hamilton wrote this biography to tell his story for the millions of addicts in the world, showing them that there is
Sep 06, 2012 Nick rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Finding Strength
There is no way to describe Beyond Belief in just a few words. This book not only is really informational on Josh Hamilton’s life, but it is also a really inspirational piece of work. I really enjoyed this book and I thought of reading it again immediately even though I clearly knew what happened. Josh Hamilton came out of high school and was the number one overall draft pick in the Major Leagues because of his unquestioned character, but his career was put on lay away due to c
Nov 06, 2013 Arlene rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Every once in a while it's good to re-live "The Dream." Every once while it's good to read a story that raises goosebumps. Every once in a while it's good to reflect on Josh Hamilton's life to learn something about how to live ours.

It's Beyond Belief that at the age of 6 Josh Hamilton already showed such outstanding baseball skills that he played with his eleven-year-old brother's Little League team. It's Beyond Belief that the first player chosen in the first round of the 1999 baseball draft wo
Matt Crossley
Apr 22, 2014 Matt Crossley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the book "Beyond Belief", Josh Hamilton shares his personal story and battle with drugs and alcohol to overcoming his demons in becoming one of the most successful Major League Baseball players.

Josh Hamilton was the typical hard working athletic. Since he was a little boy his dream was to become a Major League Baseball player. Josh always wanted to play baseball every chance he got. He wrote a note to his parents describing his dream. Back then people just said it was a dream, but he believed
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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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