When an upstart coach takes over a high school girls basketball program in Lazarus, Texas, he learns quickly that neither wins nor respect will come easily in this West Texas town where football is king. The powers-that-be do not take kindly to the natural order of things being upset, particularly from a newcomer and his ragamuffin team. Halfway through the tumultuous basketball season, during which the team struggles against opponents both on and off the court, tragedy strikes and leaves the team and the community reeling and searching for a reason to go on. Unexpectedly, the girls find themselves fighting not only to salvage their season but also to bring life back to Lazarus.
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“A poignant and inspiring story laced with wit and grit. Barber deftly captures the paradoxical spirit of West Texas within these pages—the beauty and freedom of its open skies and expansive horizons standing in stark relief against the suffocating, sometimes barbarous prejudices that still linger in many of its small towns. At its core, Resurrecting Lazarus, Texas is a life-affirming story about the transformative power of hope, perseverance, and friendship. It reminds all of us to savor and celebrate the journey, no matter the destination.” P.S. Baber, author of Cassie Draws the Universe
“If you have a soft spot in your heart for the underdog, and if you love sports and the challenges that come with it, this story is for you. You will be drawn into Barber’s tale by the memorable characters. The Lady Longhorns will make you think, but best of all, they will make you care. In the end, you will have taken a soul-searching journey of your own.” Larry Dierker, Major League Baseball player and author of This Ain’t Brain Surgery and My Team (The first player to write his own book since Jim Bouton wrote Ball Four in 1970.)