HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW
Book: That’s Life!: The Book
Author: Dee Bowman
Publisher: Religious Supply Inc., n.d. (c. 1990)
Language level: 1
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing and/or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing and/or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Recommended reading level: Teens and adults
Rating: ***** 5 stars (EXCELLENT)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Bowman, Dee. That’s Life!: The Book (published c. 1990 by Religious Supply Inc., 4001 Preston Highway, Louisville, KY 40213). Christianity Magazine was a religious magazine produced by certain preachers within the “non-institutional” Churches of Christ. Its editors were Dee Bowman, Paul Earnhart, Ed Harrell, Sewell Hall, and Brent Lewis. It began in 1984 and ceased publication in December 1999. While co-editing Christianity Magazine, Dee Bowman regularly wrote a column called “That’s Life.” This book is a collection of many of those articles. It consists of easy-to-read, lighthearted stories that are uniquely told as only Dee Bowman can, with a way of writing that often tugs on the heart strings. The reader will become familiar with Bowman’s growing up years in the far west Texas town of Morton, and learn various lessons about life from Bowman’s dad and mom, local cowboys, a five-year-old girl named Marcie, the not very pretty Bonnie Louise Mills, a little kid named Vance Cash, Jackie who wasn’t a very good athlete but really wanted to play basketball, Dee’s friends, and their childhood game of “plike.” Teens and adults will be entertained and uplifted by these stories. This is a great book to give as a gift.