On the surface, our book of the day is filled with fiery hope and optimism. It tells the powerful true story of Max Mangum and his lifelong dream of pitching in the big leagues. Max was born with a gift. His fastball sizzled at 100 miles per hour. He was deadly accurate, and paired his God-given talents with an unmatched passion and love for the game. But with his gift, he was born with a tragic curse.