5th Inning, The: By E. Ethelbert Miller, 163 pgs. By Steve Hart

In the game of baseball, once five innings are completed, the game is considered an official game. E. Ethelbert Miller uses this as a metaphor for his life, where he finds himself somewhere in the sixth inning, knowing that he has now completed an “official life.” I spent four mornings reading this book, watching the sun come up through the trees by my house, and while I don’t think that at forty-two years old that I have completed my five innings yet, I couldn’t help but take stock of my own life. I thought of my own relationships with my family. To be honest, this book just struck me to the bone. Beautifully written, every sentence is extremely well-crafted and labored over. Each sentence is another peek into the man’s heart. Although The 5th Inning can sometimes be overbearingly sad, it’s never depressing. There is a joy expressed and it is often uplifting. I wholeheartedly recommend this book to everyone. So far, this is the best book I’ve read this year -PM Press,

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