It’s November and I’ve yet to post a book review in my Journey of Hope series. I had a book in mind but decided to shift gears with a memoir that touched me.
You know I’m writing a book, right? What you might not know is that I’m writing it with David Jacobsen. David told me about his collaboration with Mark Bouman to write The Tank Man’s Son: A Memoir, so I picked up a copy.
Wow, what an amazing story. Mark’s childhood was unique. Really unique. His Dad was one of those unusual characters who would’ve been frequenting my Dad’s wrecking yard back in the day. He owned a tank, which is why Mark was known as the Tank Man’s Son. Unfortunately, Mark’s Dad had a mean streak. And it robbed Mark of his childhood.
It also, interestingly enough, gave Mark a unique set of bold skills and strengths. And God used those strengths to do something miraculous for an orphanage in war torn Cambodia.
This is a book of redemption. It’s a book about fathers and sons, but all parents and children will appreciate Mark’s candid and transparent story. You’ll laugh out loud at times, but also want to cry at points. And ultimately you’ll be amazed at how God can redeem even the most chaotic situation and use it for good.
This is also a book about hope. It’s not like the other books about hope I read, which tend to analyze hope and slice it into neat understandable parts. This is a story about hope we can all understand. And all need.
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