I have been doing book reviews for Thomas Nelson Publishing through their Book Sneeze program for quite awhile now. I have liked most of the books I have received in the past (with a couple of exceptions) but this book, by far, has been my favorite yet.
I don't know if it was just the whole "radio" thing that grabbed my attention or what, but I dove in and found this book so easy to read, entertaining, thought provoking and overall just very enjoyable. It's definitely one I am keeping in my library and will probably read again in the future.
We Be Big: The Mostly True Story of How Two Kids From Calhoun County, Alabama became RICK & BUBBA, by Rick Burgess & Bill "Bubba" Bussey with Don Keith.
This book is a somewhat autobiographical approach at how 2 of America's most popular radio morning show Deejay's got to where they are today. It gives a great overview of their childhoods, what got them interested in being in radio and the obstacles they have faced since. Including divorce, remarriage, loss of jobs, controversy and tragically death of one of their children.
I will always have a soft spot in my heart for any radio personality, as I "back in the day" dabbled some in radio and really enjoyed the job and format myself (there is a bucket list item for me! be on air again!). But having heard these guys on the radio myself, and seen them on TV for various things through the years, I was excited about getting to know more about the "behind the scenes" of what created their unique show. It was great to read about 2 men who struggled with their faith at times but who have ultimately put Christ at the center of their worlds and relay on their faith in him to pull them through. And subsequently get them up and on air each morning before the crack of dawn.
Honestly, with all the "guy" humor in the book, it would make a great addition to an upcoming birthday, anniversary or even Father's Day gift for the guy in your life. It's humorous, talks a lot about deep fried and covered in gravy foods, hunting and sports. But it's also very touching, and has a spiritual side to it that leaves you soul searching and thankful for the blessings God has given you. Awesome book and definitely gets 5 stars in my opinion!
I was given this book to read and review by Thomas Nelson publishing Book Sneeze program. I was not financially reimbursed for my opinion. All opinions are solely mine.