Book Review: Head Ball Coach (Steve Spurrier, 2016)

"A winner always has time to do what's important." - Steve Spurrier This is a good book to read, especially if you think you know who Spurrier is and what he is all about. Seen by many as cocky and arrogant, he certainly doesn't come across that way in these pages. I found him to … Continue reading Book Review: Head Ball Coach (Steve Spurrier, 2016)

Book Review: Born to Fly (Sara Evans, 2020)

After reading, I would say that the music of Sara Evans (much of it written by her) is the best form of her biography. She is very talented as a singer and songwriter. I'm not sure if I would classify this book in the genre of autobiography or memoir, however. Although there are a few … Continue reading Book Review: Born to Fly (Sara Evans, 2020)

Book Review: I Can Only Imagine (Bart Millard, 2018)

"Isn't it interesting how some life-changing devastations are actually like the crossover switches on train tracks that take you in a totally new direction, often forcing you onto the path you were supposed to be on all along?" That one profound thought from author and musician Bart Millard is an accurate synopsis of the message … Continue reading Book Review: I Can Only Imagine (Bart Millard, 2018)

Book Review: Forever and Ever, Amen (Randy Travis, 2019)

I don't know that I've ever read an autobiography that was more transparent and as honest as this one, even to his own detriment. Randy Travis is very forthcoming about his history of mistakes and failures, and even though he has a lot of regrets, I don't detect any bitterness in these pages. Instead, he … Continue reading Book Review: Forever and Ever, Amen (Randy Travis, 2019)

Book Review: The Eighth Wonder of the World (Bertrand Hebert & Pat Laprade, 2020)

An exhaustive look at the life of Andre the Giant, with the focus on separating myth from reality. I believe this book will be most appealing to those who grew up in the 1980s and, like myself, became a casual wrestling fan at that time. And though my interest in the "sport" faded at about … Continue reading Book Review: The Eighth Wonder of the World (Bertrand Hebert & Pat Laprade, 2020)

Book Review: Joshua Chamberlain – A Hero’s Life & Legacy (John Pullen, 1999)

I first became interested in Joshua Chamberlain due to one of my favorite authors (Andy Andrews) promoting the leadership qualities of Chamberlain in some of his books and speeches and holding him up as having the primary responsibility for winning The Battle of Gettysburg and potentially saving our country in the process. My favorite part … Continue reading Book Review: Joshua Chamberlain – A Hero’s Life & Legacy (John Pullen, 1999)

Book Review: The Chris Farley Show (Tom Farley, Jr., 2007)

Incredibly funny and unbelievably sad. Early in the book, I laughed out loud several times at some of the things Chris Farley did and said, but by the end of the book, it wasn't funny anymore. Based on the experiences shared from Chris's family and friends, this seems typical and an accurate depiction of what … Continue reading Book Review: The Chris Farley Show (Tom Farley, Jr., 2007)

Book Review: Patsy: The Life and Times of Patsy Cline (Margaret Jones, 1994)

This read was just as insightful about the era as it was about the subject, Patsy Cline. I've always enjoyed the music of Patsy Cline, and with her early death at the age of 30 in 1963, I've often wondered how many wonderful songs we've missed that she never had the opportunity to write and … Continue reading Book Review: Patsy: The Life and Times of Patsy Cline (Margaret Jones, 1994)

Book Review: Out of the Depths (Edgar Harrell, 2011)

Inspirational first-person story of survival in World War II from a member of The Greatest Generation who was aboard the fateful USS Indianapolis when it was attacked in the Pacific Ocean and destroyed by the Japanese. Thus began 4+ days as a survivor on the open sea. This was a compelling and heroic read, especially … Continue reading Book Review: Out of the Depths (Edgar Harrell, 2011)

Book Review: Educated (Tara Westover, 2018)

Maybe the darkest book I have ever read, if for no other reason than the fact that these things actually happened; it would be easier to read this book knowing that it was fiction. It wasn't. The relentless physical abuse and psychological abuse that took place over the years of the author's childhood were astonishing, … Continue reading Book Review: Educated (Tara Westover, 2018)