The Tank Man’s Son

The Tank Man’s Son : A Memoir
By Mark Bouman with D.R. Jacobsen / Tyndale House51j2Hum+GQL

From real-life war games and tank races to brutal beatings and psychological torture, Bouman recounts the events of his childhood at the hands of his neo-Nazi father. While painting a chilling portrait of a family life that is both whimsical and horrific, this unforgettable memoir offers an epic tale of redemption and reconciliation. 350 pages, softcover from Tyndale.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through Tyndale House book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

The Tank Man’s Son gives a recount of the author’s (Mark Bouman) life, beginning from his days of childhood. It goes on to show the details of his struggles, joys, and the abuse he received as a child. These details of his youth are used to explain the experiences then that would later be needed in his adult years. All of Mark’s experiences growing up were preparing him for what he would later face as an adult. Our lives may not always be filled with pleasant moments, but God can use our experiences to enable us to persevere in our future moments.

The Tank Man’s Son was a very interesting read, a definite page-turner. However, even though it states in the beginning pages of how the cursing needed to stay within the content in order to produce authentic effect, I believe there could have been another way around producing the effect while not including the cursing. There were not always whole curse words displayed, but it was very easy for the eyes to transfer the image and for the mind to fill in the blanks. Throughout the pages I was wondering when Biblical references would be mentioned or at least the experiences of knowing God. I was beginning to question where the Christian was in this category of a Christian book. The mention of God and Biblical reference does not show up until the ending chapters. It does provide a strong message to the reader, but at what cost.

I cannot recommend The Tank Man’s Son, mostly due to the fact of the cursing language presented within it.


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