HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW
Book: It’s All About the People
Author: Dee Bowman
Publisher: Harwell/Lewis Publishing Company, 2003
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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Bowman, Dee. It’s All About the People (Published in 2003 by Harwell/Lewis Publishing Company, P.O. Box 3385, Lakeland, FL 33802). This book consists of 21 biographical vignettes of people whom author Dee Bowman has met—first as a singer and entertainer with his brothers; then as a radio and TV personality; and finally, over the last quarter century, as a widely-used preacher of the gospel—which Dee uses to teach practical lessons about life. Some of the individuals are fairly well known—“Happy” Chandler, Don Gibson, Minnie Pearl, Johnny Mathis, President Ronald Reagan, Stan Kenton, and Muhammad Ali. Others are less famous but bear a special relationship to Dee—his father, two of his brothers, some of his teachers, and a couple of fellow students among them. A few even fall into my realm of acquaintances—i.e., “The Guys” (Brent Lewis, Ed Harrell, Sewell Hall, and Paul Earnhart).
Dee Bowman, who was co-editor of Christianity Magazine for fourteen years, has always maintained a remarkable rapport with people throughout his life. Brent Lewis wrote in his Foreword, “Dee Bowman likes people. They like him back….This book is about some of the people who have touched his life. As Dee recalls his life’s events, he shares with us certain lessons learned from these acquaintances and then makes a practical application from which every reader can benefit. Dee himself says in his Introduction, “This is a book about people….We are all, to some considerable extent, products of where we’ve been and what we’ve done, but especially are we the products of those whom we’ve known. Influence is such a part of our lives.” I’ve never read a book by Dee that I didn’t like. I think that you’ll like this one too.