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Josh Hamilton’s book, “Beyond Belief” is criticized in order to gain an understanding of the techniques writers use in similar testimonies so that the reader will be able to have a greater understanding of the personal experience of the writer. Fantasy-theme criticism is used in order to recognize the themes and rhetorical vision Hamilton creates throughout his book. Not only are those who are already familiar with the competitiveness and pressures in sports able to relate to his story, but by using certain techniques within the book, his story is able to relate to an even broader audience. The focus of the book at first glance may be a baseball player and his story, but by picking out the themes and rhetorical vision, we are able to see that the focus is much more broad than that and can allow people to relate on different levels, such as having dealt with drugs themselves, knowing someone who has dealt with any type of addiction, or who has felt the pressures from other situations besides sports and felt they have not met their goals.