Booze, Lies and Baseball—What’s Wrong With This Picture?

Corryton, TN, May 23, 2019 — Why do drug and alcohol abuse seem to follow success in sports? Is it the pressure, the big money, or loneliness at the top? Is it an attempt to fill a void in one’s life?

Some people are born with more talent and gifts than most—like Anthony Morgan, the main character in Van Brabson’s new book, Beyond the Lies. For them the future couldn’t look brighter. Others are born into this world struggling for breath—life for them continues to be a constant struggle and an uncertain future. The common denominator for both is the realization, at some point, that no matter how successful or unsuccessful he or she is, there is an inescapable void deep within each that begs to be filled, a soul that longs to be known—truly known.

Such was the case with baseball up-and-comer Anthony “Missile” Morgan. He had everything going for him until he lost his father—his hero and mentor. Then he slipped into a downward spiral of booze, lies and baseball. His career and life were in serious jeopardy. 

About the same time, Jesse Cartwright, Anthony’s best childhood friend, was struggling with her own demons. She wanted to make something of her life, but circumstances erected one barrier after another in her path to move forward. Soon their paths grew apart and the emptiness in each of their lives deepened. Could they ever rekindle the relationship they once had? Or would something or someone else fill the deepening void?

“Emptiness is to the soul what pain is to the body. It tells us something is wrong. Beyond the Lies is a story about finding true fulfillment in the God alone who can give it and two hearts becoming one as they realize that life will never reach its fullest potential without experiencing it with one’s true soul mate,” says the author.

Vanderbilt Brabson III was born in Knoxville, TN, and graduated from the University of Tennessee.  A conference speaker and writer, Vanderbilt is one of the featured writers in Ordinary People magazine. Beyond the Lies is the second of three books he is presently releasing for publication. The first is entitled, The Gatekeeper, and the third is schedule to be released this Spring. A widower, Vanderbilt resides in Tennessee near two of his four children.

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Beyond the Lies
Publisher: Doretha Publishing
ISBN-10: 0982842732
ISBN-13: 978-0982842737
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Excerpts from five-star Reviews:

“This was an awesome read! I love the attention to detail in this book. Like the characters, the story itself has so many wonderful layers. It deals with pain, loss, deep addiction, strength, courage and unconditional love. It reminds us that no matter how lost we may feel at times, we are never beyond hope. We are never beyond God’s abundant grace… This book was excellent in every way.”

“I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It took me back to childhood memories and friendships that you don’t quickly forget. It reminds us of when the unexpected happens and things in our lives don’t go exactly as we plan them, God is always there through every step of our lives. The underlying love story which presents itself from the beginning to the end is subtle and not too overwhelming, but it is powerful… an enjoyable easy read.”

“It’s a modern-day story of a prodigal son who had everything and lost it all when tragedy struck home. It’s a story based on second chance and how love overcomes all obstacles. This book sent me on an emotional roller coaster, from heartache to laughter to rooting for the girl to get the guy. I absolutely love this book! I can’t wait to read other works by this talented writer.”

“I really liked this book. It is a story of love and loss, captivity and redemption. From a childhood friendship that blossoms into love. This book allows you to follow the growth of its characters. It immerses you into their childhood with all the ups and downs and then makes the journey to adulthood. It was exciting, funny, and sad but it keeps you continuously rooting for the characters. I would recommend this book and can’t wait for the next one…”

“I love a really good read, and this book does not disappoint. It’s about a young boy–Anthony, who seemed to have it all–great parents, great friends, unusual talent and popularity, and a very promising future in professional baseball. It is also about his best friend–Jesse, a girl who up until the age of ten was forced to live in an extremely dysfunctional home… Angry and upset at God, while in college Anthony’s future in the majors becomes more and more threatened–that is– until he finally seeks help from the only one he trusts–his best friend Jesse …A wonderful story of love and faith, defeat and victory, and the salvaging of not only a young man’s career but his soul as well. A really excellent read.”