Torry Martin is one crazy guy. This book is filled with his crazy adventures, mostly in Alaska and finally in his move to Tennessee.
Many of the Alaska adventures deal with wildlife. For example, there was a moose outside of his cabin. Martin decided to feed it carrots through the kitchen window. While he went back to the fridge to get more carrots, the moose stuck its head through the window and its antlers got stuck. In a panic, the moose ultimately pulled out the window, frame and all. The moose was seen running off with the window frame hung around its neck.
Martin became a Christian while in Alaska. He finds a spiritual lesson in every event and adds it to the end of each of his tales. He writes, “...I can even find a parable in bear guts.” (128)
Martin and his co-author have written stories for children. Martin for Focus on the Family and Peterson for Veggie Tales. It shows in this book in that the writing style is suitable for young people. While the events that happen are of interest to adults, sophisticated readers may find the prose a bit elemental.
This would be a good book for readers who like slap stick style humor. There are good spiritual lessons drawn from Martin's crazy experiences so this might be a book that could be given to a nonbeliever interested in the wilds of Alaska.
He is quite a comedian and you can find some of his routines online.
My rating: 4.5 stars.
Torry Martin is an award-winning actor, screenwriter, and comedian. He has written for Focus on the Family's Adventures in Odyssey and has cowritten screenplays for several films.
Doug Peterson is the Gold Medallion-winning author of over 60 books, including 42 for the popular Veggie Tales series and 4 historical novels. He lives in Champaign, Illinois, where he also writes for the University of Illinois.
Harvest House Publishers, 224 pages.
I received a complimentary copy of this book through The Book Club Network. My comments are an independent and honest review.