HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW
Book: Thoughts for Deep Thinkers and Curious Space Travelers: Living Lessons God Taught Me
Author: Tom Blubaugh
Publisher: Common Sense Market Strategies, 2019
Related website(s): https://tomblubaugh.net/ (author)
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
(5 stars=EXCELLENT; 4 stars=GOOD; 3 stars=FAIR; 2 stars=POOR; 1 star=VERY POOR; no stars=NOT RECOMMENDED)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Blubaugh, Tom. Thoughts for Deep Thinkers and Curious Space Travelers: Living Lessons God Taught Me (Published in 2019 by Common Sense Market Strategies). Tom Blubaugh was raised in a small town in southeast Kansas. He began writing poetry at age fourteen, but has written nonfiction most of his adult life. Tom has been a self-employed entrepreneur since 1973, self-published his first book, Behind the Scenes of the Bus Ministry, in 1974, and wrote articles for various magazines from 1975 through 1995. Bound by Faith Publishers published his first novel, Night of the Cossack, in April, 2011. Tom has been a public speaker for over forty years, and is currently a Literary Strategist working one-on-one with authors and writers in all aspects of the publishing arena, social media, brand building, and book marketing.
In Thoughts for Deep Thinkers and Curious Space Travelers: Living Lessons God Taught Me, Blubaugh draws from his experiences with an alcoholic parent, sexual abuse as a child, business failure, homelessness, depression, and counseling others, to offer advice and suggestions on how to have a blessed life and please God. He says that life’s lessons are hard to acquire because mostly we learn through the school of Hard Knocks, especially if we are a bit stubborn. Tom is no exception, but he did learn, and in this book he shares some of the most important living lessons that God ever taught him with his readers.
As with any work written by fallible human beings, some people from different religious backgrounds may not always necessarily agree with all the theological implications underlying what is written. However, putting such differences aside, there is a lot of practical information to be found within its pages. I find it difficult to categorize the book. It is biographical, in that it is based on Blumbaugh’s life, but it isn’t strictly a biography. I guess that I would call it a series of essays that cover a number of topics, from awe over God’s creation to living honestly with God to great ways to save money and other useful living wisdom. It certainly lives up to its title, “Thoughts for Deep Thinkers.”