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Review: Of Moose and Men

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Review: Of Moose and Men

Of Moose and Men by Torry Martin and Doug Petersonofmooseandmen
Reviewed by: Pam Graber
Genre: Humor/Devotional
Publisher: Harvest House
Publication Date: April 1, 2016

Of Moose and Men: Lost and Found in Alaska is a gem of a surprise wrapped in a giggle. Torry Martin and his pal, Robert Browning, left California for the Alaskan wilderness hoping to find “the answers to life’s big questions.” What he found, and what found him, was a God who loved him and pursued him all the way to the wilderness to bring him into the fold.

With chapters like: The Prodigal Reindeer; Shake, Rattle and Roar; The Hypocrite in the Outhouse; Too Odd Not to Be God; Driving Me Crazy (followed by Driving Me Crazier) and the title chapter, Of Moose and Men, Martin tells story after story in hilarious style but brings each tale full circle back to his Savior’s feet. Each chapter is compact (most are under 10 pages each) but they pack a spiritual punch that doesn’t go away when you set the book down for a breather. I laughed until I cried when I read about the Prodigal Reindeer but when the story ended I found myself wondering how I might be like the prodigal son. The Devil Wears Denim had me examining the ways I judge people. Yip-Yip, Blub-Blub brought home the importance of meeting people where they are not expecting them to be perfect Christians the minute they convert. And on, and on.

I enjoyed the fact that Martin has written for Adventures in Odyssey and had to wonder which episodes he’d worked on. Growing up my son was a huge fan and we had a large selection of the cassette sets in our home. About the time they switched over to CDs, he outgrew them. I, however, still enjoy listening to the stories when I can find them on the radio.

Of Moose and Men isn’t super long so it can be read all in one sitting. I recommend reading it a few chapters at a time and giving yourself time to think about the stories you’ve just read and absorb them. The word pictures are vivid and take you on a travelogue to Alaska that most readers won’t physically undertake. The humor in almost every story shows Martin’s wacky side but there is always a take-away to point readers to the God Torry Martin obviously loves. I don’t usually do well with non-fiction but this one kept and held my attention. I definitely recommend!

Rated G: No worries with this one.

Reviewer’s copy was provided by the Publisher via Thank you!


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