Read this one in a matter of hours. Phil's new book is profound and candid, and reads like an evangelical love letter to his fellow man - most importa...moreRead this one in a matter of hours. Phil's new book is profound and candid, and reads like an evangelical love letter to his fellow man - most importantly the lost in this sick and dying world - those whom he (and his family) truly cares about. The book effectively exposes the media's completely unrealistic portrayal of Robertson as some sort of homophobic neanderthal, and finally gives voice to Phil's true passion besides duck hunting - spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ - in his own words. Believers and non-believers alike can glean much from Phil's homespun wisdom and solid theology in this book. An easy five star rating.(less)
Chung's story is heartbreaking, heartwarming and ultimately life-affirming. It is a uniquely American story, though told through the eyes of a refugee...moreChung's story is heartbreaking, heartwarming and ultimately life-affirming. It is a uniquely American story, though told through the eyes of a refugee and his family who faced daunting odds while fleeing their war-torn home in Vietnam, only to be set adrift in the merciless South China Sea with little food and nothing but each other to depend on. Chung and his family manage to survive against overwhelmingly bleak odds, and eventually wind up relocated in Arkansas. From here Chung's tale becomes a vivid reminder of the classic American dream, as Chung and his family (with the help of Christian sponsors and everyday citizens) manage to overcome poverty, cultural and language barriers, anti-Vietnamese sentiment in post-war America, and other hurdles to eventually carve out a niche and build a solid foundation that led to Chung's graduation from the prestigous Harvard Medical School. Along his journey Chung credits his faith, the lessons learned from his hard-working, beloved (yet fallible) father and extended family, and his wife for his success... all told with dashes of humor, humility and immense respect for the hard work it took for him to get there. Easily a five-star read.(less)
This book was just incredible. Harrell's story is equal parts terrifying and uplifting, as he shares how his love for Christ carried him through the w...moreThis book was just incredible. Harrell's story is equal parts terrifying and uplifting, as he shares how his love for Christ carried him through the worst sea disaster in US Naval history. One simply cannot fathom surviving the initial torpedo attack only to jump into an abyss filled with horrifically mangled bodies of sailors as well as survivors who had to witness or endure the cruel effects of dehydration, hallucinations and the constant menace of roving sharks who attacked and consumed the living and the dead day and night.
Sadly, after overcoming these odds, the survivors had to watch a pathetic and politically charged coverup unfold that demonized the ship's beloved Captain - a shameful coverup that took decades to rectify.
This is a story that not only haunts the survivors, but will certainly stay with me for a long, long time. Every patriot should read this book to understand the high cost of freedom, and to fully understand the ultimate price many pay to put themselves in harm's way to defend our country and our American way of life.(less)
Jase Robertson's book is not quite as comical as his Uncle Si's, and his dry, sarcastic sense of humor doesn't exactly translate as effectively to the...moreJase Robertson's book is not quite as comical as his Uncle Si's, and his dry, sarcastic sense of humor doesn't exactly translate as effectively to the written page as it does on the TV, but this doesn't stop this book and Jase's story from being fun to read. Jase is undoubtedly a man of great, abiding faith, and he writes with an almost evangelical fervor in this book. It is abundantly clear his love for hunting and family is only overshadowed by his deeply rooted faith in his Savior, Jesus Christ. After all the shenanigans and wild tales of his redneck lifestyle, I believe this is exactly the point Jase is trying to get across. I applaud him for remaining true to his beliefs and using his "fame" as a platform to share the gospel.(less)