*I received this book in exchange for a review and this giveaway. All opinions are authentic and my own.*
“His guns, his tank, his carplane: all Dad’s stuff, and us just along for the ride.”
The Tank Man’s Son is a gripping memoir that captured my interest from the first moment I heard the plot line. A neo-nazi father raising a family in a trailer so uninhabitable, that sand from the outside is impossible for even a vacuum salesman to remove? The perspective of small children growing up with no idea that a father who makes them wash and re-wash every dish in the house in the middle of the night until they’re perfect, wasn’t the way their classmates lived? It was fascinating. Fascinatingly heartbreaking.
Mark Bouman brings you into his every day life, and makes you feel like you’re there avoiding shots in his father’s manufactured gun range, and riding along on his latest creation. But he also brings you into the moment as the verbal and physical abuse worsens. This memoir reads more like a fictional story as Bouman takes you along the wild ride that was growing up without your own identity – but as The Tank Man’s Son.
I started reading this book on my girl’s only camping trip, and then snuck in pages here and there as frequently as I could. The book really captures your interest and makes you think about life. I enjoyed, for lack of a better word, “watching” as Mark realized the undesireable traits in his father, and how those traits impaced how he treated those around him. Rather than loving people and using things, his father used people and loved things. It’s an incredible feat that after being raised in that environment, Bouman ended up dedicating his life to missionary work and investing in his family in Cambodia.
The Tank Man’s Son would also be an awesome book for your monthly book club. I don’t want to say too much and give away the ending, but as someone who had a rough relationship with her father growing up (nothing on this scale, but rough nonetheless), and then was blessed enough to see God redeem that, any book that deals with the internal struggles in a family that can end in a life even a tiny bit restored and redeemed through God’s amazing grace holds a special place in my heart. I’d highly recommend this book for your next adventurous read.
I also want to point out that this book would be good for either gender. Most of the books I read are non-fiction focusing on women’s issues or fiction with strong female leads. It was a really nice change to read a memoir from a man’s point of view. I’ve already recommended it to several IRL people. The Tank Man’s Son would make a good Christmas present (too soon?) for the male reader in your life.
Luckily for one of you, Tyndale has provided a copy to give away to one lucky WMSB reader! WMSB is also throwing in a $10 gift card to a coffee shop to keep you cozy while you read. You must be in the USA to win this book. Using the Rafflecopter below, enter to win your own copy that you won’t be able to put down.
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