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This collection of stranger-than-fiction stories will have you rolling on the floor laughing at the adventures, antics, and aspirations of evangelist Bob Hartley as retold by his often-skeptical son, Jedidiah Hartley. You'll discover that there's never a dull moment in the life of Bulldog Bob--whether in the classroom, on the wrestling mat, or in the carpet-cleaning van.
But more than just streaming anecdotes, this book tackles an exploration of the father-son relationship as Jedidiah records his father's epic life lessons--and then applies them to himself. It's a journey he will never forget...and neither will you.
Number of Pages: 208
Vendor: Whitaker House
Publication Date: 2015
|Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 X 0.50 (inches)|
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ConnieKentuckyAge: Under 18Gender: Female4 Stars Out Of 5A Son's TributeApril 16, 2016ConnieKentuckyAge: Under 18Gender: FemaleQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0I think that most of us have grown up knowing someone like Bob Hartley. Someone who is always playing pranks and sometimes being a bully; that young man who is always searching for a way to get out of school and church. These youngsters are usually labeled mischievious until.....these urges develop into serious issues---stealing, drinking and even selling drugs. But no one is beyond redemption and one day Bob meets the Lord and all of his energy becomes directed to serving Him.
"I Hope It's Not Hereditary" is evangelist Bob Hartley's story as told by his son Jedidiah. It has some very humorous sections but it is also heartwarming and heart-wrenching. In reading it, we readers are shown the love between an earthly father and son and the love between our Heavenly Father and His children. We also realize that, despite the title, Jedidiah is very proud of his father!
I received a copy of this book for an honest review from The Book Club Network, Inc. and the opinions are my own.
Mrs ARS4 Stars Out Of 5You'll laugh, You'll cryMarch 19, 2016Mrs ARSQuality: 5Value: 0Meets Expectations: 5I am not a nonfiction person. Im not. I try to avoid nonfiction books at all costs, but when I saw I Hope Its Not Hereditarys cover and read the back of the book I decided to give it a shot. I am not a person who can easily turn down a good funny book whether it be fiction or nonfiction. Thats what I thought this book was: a hilariously funny story. The first chapter seemed to fall easily into the mold of a hilariously funny story, but as I progressed further and further into the book I realized that this was not that kind of book. I had thought the book would be a collection of stories that have nothing really in common except for the main character: Bob Hartley; instead this book takes you through Bobs journey through the years from when he was a small child earning the nickname Bulldog Bob to his finally accepting Jesus as his savior and God as the ruler of his life. This was not an easy story for me to read. I found it extremely heart wrenching at some parts and even found myself crying at one point in the story. I was extremely shocked that this book was not the light happy read I had expected. Now with that out of the way I did still enjoy this book and recommend it to others even if it was not as humor filled as I would have liked. I simply warn you, while there are a few chapters that are simply hilarious; the majority of the book is a young mans spiritual struggle to come to terms with what he has done in the past and to find God. It was a deeply moving story and I found the last chapter to be very poignant. I loved the metaphors that were used, and I hope that someday the author will write another book only this time focusing on Jed Hartleys story and what it was like growing up with Bob Hartley as a father (the first and twenty-fifth chapters were my favorites in case you didnt notice).
I received a copy for an honest review from The Book Club Network, Inc. and the opinions are my own.
MaryAnnORAge: 55-65Gender: Female3 Stars Out Of 5From Wildly Wicked to Wildly on Fire for GodNovember 7, 2015MaryAnnORAge: 55-65Gender: FemaleQuality: 3Value: 3Meets Expectations: 3This account of Bob Hartleys life offers more details of his youthful debauchery than the average reader probably cares to know. The book is filled with his craziness, which does bring some chuckles in addition to shock. It also contains some touching scenes, which just might evoke a tear or more. The heartfelt narrative penned by Bobs son offers life lessons you hope you dont have to learn the hard way, as Bob did. I didn't think it had enough Christian emphasis. I received this book through the BookClub Network (bookfun.org) in exchange for my honest review.
bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: 55-65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5The impact of a father's life on his sonNovember 4, 2015bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4There are some funny stories in this book but, on the whole, it is pretty serious look at the youth of a troubled boy who finally found salvation and direction in life.
Bob Hartley grew up with a combination of wit, outspoken demeanor, ambitious attitude, and complete lack of concern for other people's perception of him. He frequently got in trouble.
There are some funny stories in this book but tragic ones too. One was a drowning while Bob was a life guard at the town pool. He had never been trained in life saving or CPR and, though he did all he could, the child ultimately died. He got hooked up with drug dealers for a time and saw too much violence.
A change came in Bob's life when he was driving a delivery truck. He heard a voice after an accident and that changed his life. He later got talked into going to a Campus Crusade leadership conference. He had plenty of questions but finally found salvation.
Bob's father, John Hartley, was a principal. We're told the story of John coming across a student who was wearing no shoes. The student and his sister shared a pair and today was her turn to wear them. John gave the boy two dollars (this was years ago) and told him to go to the thrift store and buy himself a pair. He called the shop and asked them give him a good deal. The boy didn't come back for a long time and John feared he had just skipped school. He called the thrift shop and was informed, yes, the boy had spent a long time looking for just the right shoes. John saw the youth coming, shoes on his feet and a pink pair tied around his neck. He'd managed to get a pair for his sister too. As the boy left the principal, he turned back and handed John his change. That story really gave me an appreciation of how little it takes sometimes to make a difference in another life.
Bob Hartley is a crazy guy. He'd as soon pull a prank on you when you walked in the door as give you a warm welcome. But underneath is a man dedicated to God, his family, his business and his ministry. He is a now successful businessman and influential voice in Christianity.
This is a good book about fathers and sons. Young men will see in it that, even though their youth might have been crazy, God is always there waiting for them to turn to him. There are some pretty strange stories in the collection and Jedidiah does a good job of showing how his father's life impacted himself and others.
I received a complimentary copy of this book through The Book Club Network for the purpose of an independent and honest review.
DeannaNEAge: 55-65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5He did have some epic life lessons!October 30, 2015DeannaNEAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5What a collection of stranger-than-fiction stories! Jedidiah tell us mostly true stories of his father, Bob Hartley and a few other family members tossed in. Some are funny and some are very hard lessons from living out life. Bob Hartley had a very full range of experiences! A kid skipping church to a bully in school to a drug dealer and then to total turn around and a father and evangelist! I enjoyed how Jedidiah told his dad's story and yes! Bob Hartley's life was certainly full of stranger-than-fiction adventures. I was gifted a copy to review from The Book Club Network.