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ABOUT BOOK: Bestselling author Jim Stovall’s latest offering and first title of his Homecoming Historical SeriesOne Season of Hope, is a rare combination of tear-jerking emotion, powerful wisdom, and inspiring hope. Written in Stovall’s signature easy and economical style, the story is told through the perspective of Glen Fullerton, “a man for the last forty-two years in the Truman High universe, simply known as Coach.”

Welcome to the Friday night lights of Harry S. Truman High School football stadium. Coach knows the roller-coaster ride of a high school football season better than anyone. But this season is different than any he has experienced in all his years of coaching. It is one of life-changing suspense and gripping lessons in the value of humanity.

Regular, reflective “conversations” with the late President Truman give guidance, mined from the coach’s love and study of history, to help him through the most challenging season of his long and storied career at Truman High—a season that he will forever remember as One Season of Hope.

ABOUT AUTHOR: Jim Stovall has enjoyed success as an author, athlete, investment broker, and entrepreneur while dealing with the challenge of blindness. During his remarkable life, Jim has been a national champion Olympic weightlifter, as well as the author of 26 books. In addition to his personal achievements, Jim was honored as the 2000 International Humanitarian of the Year, joining Jimmy Carter, Nancy Reagan, and Mother Teresa as a recipient of this prestigious award. As co-founder and president of the Emmy Award-winning Narrative Television Network (NTN), Jim has also helped make movies and television accessible for America’s 13 million blind and visually impaired people and their families.

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This was a very good and interesting book.  The story is told from the perspective of Glen Fullerton, a man known as "Coach".  He narrates his life as a coach and throughout the book, he quotes some things that President Harry S. Truman once said.  He also intersperses some events that happened in Truman's life.  There were some very touching and thought-provoking moments in the book.  Although I am not a true football fan, I enjoyed this book.  It was very easy to read and follow.  This was the first book I've ready by Jim Stovall, and I highly recommend his books.  He writes in a very interesting style.  I received this book from bookfun for my honest opinion.

I posted reviews on: Christianbook and Goodreads.

I wasn't able to post on: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Deeper Shopping.  I was told the book was too new to post there.

One Season of Hope by Jim Stovell
This book is one I wanted to read for the football experience. Miss Friday Night Lights on TV and this is a good substitute.
On many levels it not only has football but small town team work and making ti all happen.
Starts out with the Coach and he's on his way to his retirement party after serving years in the school as teacher and football coach. There are also chapters of when he was 15 and just starting out at the high school, on the football team and working his way up.
Loved the play by play action and also the beginning of each chapter has a quote from Harry S. Truman. The school is Truman Eagles and football brings the town together.
Follows one full season and the decisions that needed to be made and why and the turnouts. Handful of people that are easy to keep track of. Like how this book is about the present also with terrorist attacks on the school, etc.
Love how the book got it's name and what it symbolizes. Easy to follow as the coachs own life comes into play in the present day football season.
Love the pep talks and quotes and prayers throughout the book. So many new things to learn, not only about football but our history as well. GREAT read!
 I received this book from via Book Club Network in exchange for my honest review.

Also posted at Goodreads, library thing, shelfari, booklikes, my blog Deepter shopping and will post at Amazon, Barnes and noble when the book is published April 21, 2015

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Jim Stovall has a way with words. It doesn't matter if its a fiction
book or non fiction, he can make you see straight to the heart of the
characters he is writing about. Such is the case with Coach. One Season
of Hope invites us on a journey where Glen Fullerton also known as
Coach has come to the end of his career.

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I enjoyed One Season of Hope.  It was a book using History to tell a great fictional story.  Many people will enjoy this book as well since it appeals to both men and women.  The quotes from Harry S. Truman were very inspiring and I’m glad it’s part of a series.  Looking forward to the next one. 


I received this book for free in exchange for my honest review.  I have posted on Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Deeper Shopping.

I loved this book!!  I just finished reading this book and already I want my husband and sons to read it.  The book is very inspiring and uplifting and sad and a must read.  I liked that the story was told from the perspective of  Glen Fullerton or "Coach" looking back on his High School coaching career and focused on one unforgettable season.

I highly recommend this book and cannot wait to read other books by Jim Stovall.  So happy to hear this is part of a series.  I really enjoyed the conversation with the statue of President Truman and the quotes that were shared in the book.

Thank you to Bookfun and Mr. Stovall for my opportunity to review this book.

I posted reviews on: Goodreads and Christianbook.

One Season of Hope

Homecoming Historical Series #1

By Jim Stovall


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WOW! Jim Stovall delivers a winner!


I am not a football fan to speak of. I normally wouldn’t pick up a book about football. The name Jim Stovall is what caught my attention and caused me to pick this one up and give it a chance. I am so glad that I did!


This book is not so much a football story as it is a lesson in character building. By that I don’t mean the development of fictional characters. I mean the building up of individuals to be strong, mature people with incredible integrity who know how to treat others right. The main way that football plays a part in the story is that the book is written from the point-of-view of a high school football coach.


I absolutely love the fact that throughout the story there are great details presented about President Harry S. Truman. Coach Glen Fullerton is not only the football coach but he is also the history teacher. With that love of history the way is opened for these details to be presented without them being forced. They just naturally flow right along with the story.


The other main character in this book is Bradley Hope, one of the students that Coach Fullerton is both encouraged and challenged by throughout the story. As I read this book I found myself also being both encouraged and challenged to be that type of an influence on others myself.


When I finished this book and sat down to write my review I started with “WOW!” Then I just sat and stared at the page for about 5 minutes with no idea where to go from there. This book was so well written and so simply presented that I was completely overwhelmed by it. I am certain that this is one book I WILL be re-reading, maybe even multiple times.


I received a free copy of this book through The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest opinion.

I have posted this review at: Goodreads, Amazon, B&N, CBD, Deeper Shopping, and BAM! I have also posted a slightly longer version (giving it 10 stars) on my blog at: 

Thank you very much for the opportunity to read and review this incredible book.

One Season of Hope is about a retiring football coach reminiscing about his players and games.  I didn't think at first that I was going to get into it but I found it be a very heartwarming book.  I would highly recommend this to others to read.  Coach teaches at Harry S. Truman High School and is also the football coach.  There are a lot of bits of wisdom that he quotes from Harry S. Truman and uses those bits of wisdom in teaching his football players.  Coach follows a football player named Bradley who is dying of cancer.  Bradley has more enthusiasm than anyone else and is a great encouragement to the team.  the author, Jim Stovall, had a great way of drawing you right into the emotions in the book and you feel like you are cheering the team on yourself!  I got this book for free from and am giving an honest review of this book.  I am also posting the review on amazon, goodreads, CBD, and deepershopping.  Thanks for the book.  I loved it!

One Season of Hope by Jim Stovall is an interesting and inspiring story of a coach at the fictitious Harry S. Truman High School in Springfield, Missouri. You will see God's hand at work in Coach's decision on the last pick for the football team, Bradley Hope. Bradley Hope has cancer but he makes an impact on the team in unexpected ways.

Each chapter begins with a quote from Missouri's colorful president, Harry S. Truman! Coach recalls stories involving Truman.

The book was so well written that I found myself looking back to be sure this was fiction and not a true story. I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes football, history or an emotional and inspiring tale.

I received this Advance Release Copy from in exchange for my honest opinion.  I posted reviews on Goodreads, Amazon, B&N, Christian Book, and Deeper Shopping.

Review Title: Hope You’ll Read This Book! It’s a Winner (review of One Season of Hope by Jim Stovall)
Reviewer: Janice S. Garey
*****5 Stars posted at Amazon, Goodreads,, and Deepershopping

How do I count the ways that I loved this book? It contains a tremendous story; its length is manageable for those with little time; it flawlessly delivers wisdom from former President Truman; it covers disabilities in a manner to show excellent possibilities for those who make effort to overcome limits; and, it shows strength derived from hope and optimism in the face of odds stacked against an underdog individual or group.

The author, Jim Stovall, known for his excellence in storytelling, does not disappoint with his first book in this series. I don’t usually read sports books unless I receive them for review so I count myself blessed to have received this book through for an honest review. I see the potential for this book and the series to appeal particularly to young men who don’t have enough good role models in the current culture. I hope this book will be picked up for reading on school lists.

The story covers bad things that can happen to good people. But it shows how people can work to keep a good attitude and not fall into resentment. The outcome from rising above a situation has a tremendous affect upon all who witness the situation. This is a book to encourage all who read it to do their best and not fall into the bad habit of a negative attitude. This would be a great book for all coaches to share with their team members before the first practice each season.

I am not a football fan, however I ended up enjoying this book.  It has history about President Truman as well as being an inspirational story told by the view of a retiring coach.  The author starts each chapter with a quote from President Harry Truman.


I definitely recommend this book for all those who like football, history or those looking to be inspired to be greater . I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher through TBCN/BookFun in exchange for my honest review.


This review was posted to  Goodreads,  Amazon and Deeper Shopping.


I really liked this book.  Even though I am not a sports fan, and this is a whole lot about football, I enjoyed it very much.  It was very well written.  There were a few very touching scenes. It was to the point, with out a lot of "fluff" or filler to make the book longer.  If you enjoy more details, you may be disappointed, but I doubt it. The only problem I had at all was I was under the assumption this was a Christian book. Though there is nothing wrong with it, no bad language or anything like that, the closest it came to being Christian was the presence of a nun at the hospital and a couple of times the football team prayed.  Over all, I would recommend this book to anyone that likes to read, good clean stories. This book was given to me in exchange for my honest review. This is also posted on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads, Christianbook, Deepershopping, and Librarything.

What an inspiring book! I loved this look back at the life and career of Coach Glen Fullerton.. Coach Fullerton is being honored at a retirement banquet and he looks back and shares with us his most memorable moments in his teaching and coaching career at the Harry S. Truman High School. I really enjoyed the facts he shared with us from President Harry S. Truman and how it influenced so many areas of his life and what he tried to share with the children he taught. Bradley Hope has made a Friday Nights Under the Lights season a very special, inspiring and memorable story! Tying the title "One Season of Hope" to this young man's Senior season on the football team made for a truly heart touching story. It's not all football, it had some great quotes and very interesting facts about President Truman. There was certainly some thought-provoking and very touching moments in the book. I found I kept wanting to share some of those special moments in this book so, yes! I would highly recommend this book. It was a good, clean inspiring story. I couldn't put it down and I may have to read it again!
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