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Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2011
If youve ever started your day with Rick and Bubba, you know the unmistakable drawl of those two crazy Alabama boys. What you may not know is that they almost werent "Rick and Bubba."
From their glory days of homemade "radio stations," youthful athletic ambition, and redneck Shakespearean monologues, Rick and Bubba spent decades working out the personalities you hear today on their syndicated morning talk show. Born in a little studio behind a skating rink, The Rick and Bubba Show filled the airwaves with a voice never before heard on morning radio.
We Be Big follows the winding road that led Rick Burgess and Bill "Bubba" Bussey onto the right path after years of missing the off-ramp. Find out how what started as a comedy routine evolved into a genuine conversation that more than 3.5 million people listen in on each week; and learn all the stories behind Rick and Bubbas famous on-air hijinks, times of uncertainty, and unwavering faith in the face of tragedy.
Meet the two "sexiest fat men alive," and experience the hilarity and heartbreak of their unforgettable story.
So MommyHartselle, ALAge: 25-34Gender: female3 Stars Out Of 5It was good, but not enticingAugust 27, 2012So MommyHartselle, ALAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 3Value: 3Meets Expectations: 2Growing up in the south (North Alabama, actually), I know who Rick & Bubba are. They come up in many conversations, and everyone loves them. I requested this book from Booksneeze because I thought I would enjoy getting to "know" them a little better.
"We Be Big" definitely helps you see into Rick & Bubba's world of radio and faith. I enjoyed reading more about them and their "mostly" true story. I did find the book a bit hard to read, though I am used to reading fiction or self-help type books and this is neither. If you have no idea who Rick and Bubba are, then you most likely wouldn't really enjoy this book, but if you know who they are or have heard them on the radio, then you may enjoy reading a little more about their adventure. There is plenty of humor, some heartbreak and a lot of stories in the book to help keep you entertained.
*I received this book from Booksneeze.com in exchange for my honest review.*
SalinaSinton, TxAge: 25-34Gender: female3 Stars Out Of 5February 11, 2012SalinaSinton, TxAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 3Value: 3Meets Expectations: 3I requested this book from Booksneeze.com it's paper back with 219 pages. I had requested books for myself in the past and decided to request this book for my husband, he is still reading the book so I decided to take a look at it. This is not the type of books I read so it was hard for me to get into. I have never heard of Rick and Bubba till this book. This book starts off with Rick talking about his childhood how he knew he was meant for the entertainment business. My husband likes this book but like I said it's not my type. I would say this book is for men so yes I would recommend it a guy.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze.com <http://BookSneeze.com> 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 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising
Anna WoodMobile, ALAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5cut through platitudes and replace them with truthSeptember 15, 2011Anna WoodMobile, ALAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I love Rick and Bubba. From the first time I saw them on the now-defunct TurnerSouth television station (back when I still watched TV) I loved them. Their show was then, as it is now (on radio and streaming on the internet) an odd-mix of down-home humor, lots of stories, commentaries on society (and anything else that catches the boy's attention) and a look into their day-to-day lives that is all mixed with their strong faith in God. Strangely enough, the show works.
So does this book. Who they are and why they are is mixed up and tossed together with much self-depreciating humor and a BIG dose of faith.
Rick details his journey from cultural Christianity to true Christianity. Bubba details how faith has always been the bedrock of his life. They mix it all up with verbal snapshots: where they've been, what they've done, how it has all worked out.Together, these two nobodies pooled their faith and their talent and worked hard to become somebodies and they believe that it was all by God's grace and for His glory.
That was especially true when Cornbread died.
Cornbread, the affectionate nickname of Rick's youngest child, Bronner, devastated family and friends when he drowned in the family pool. What happened next amazed everybody: Rick, shook to his core, refused to accept that God had somehow wronged him; instead, he used the death of his beloved son to tell mourners at Cornbread's funeral about the death of God's only Son, of God's greatness and of His worthiness_even in the midst of an unthinkable trial.
Through their stories of this and other trials they've faced, Rick and Bubba cut through platitudes and replace them with truth: God is worthy_no matter what; God is good_no matter what.
This book is enjoyable and inspirational on many levels. Are you interested in seeing genuine faith function in the midst of devastating trials? Read this. Are you interested in reading about two men who put the old-fashioned work ethic into action? Read this book. Want an inspiring autobiography? You got it, read this book. Perhaps you would be more interested in hearing about the ins-and-outs of a career in radio? Ah, yes, read this book. Want a good dose of down-home humor? Read this book.
You won't regret it.
I was supplied with a free copy of this book from BookSneeze for purposes of review. I was not required to give a positive review, only an honest one.
BHedgepethMonticello, MSAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5An easy, enjoyable read!June 27, 2011BHedgepethMonticello, MSAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Our local radio station carried the Rick and Bubba show several years ago, so I was familiar with them and with the fact that they are Christians. I have previously reviewed another book they authored about marriage, which I had enjoyed reading, so I decided to request this one as well. I'm happy to say that it was just as humorous, poignant, and enjoyable.
In this book, Rick and Bubba share stories spanning from their childhood to the present which illustrate how God has orchestrated their lives and circumstances to bring about the popular morning radio show of which they are hosts. Despite the skepticism of many radio experts, their vision of a show about real people with more talk than music, and honesty concerning their Christian faith, the program has become one of the most successful syndicated radio programs of all time.
The book is an easy read. They not only share the humorous parts of their lives, but they allow us to have a view into the tragedies of their lives and how all of these things shaped them into who they are today. In addition to the written account, they also share some great photos that give you a window into their lives from childhood to the present. Even if you have never heard the Rick and Bubba show, you will still enjoy reading about how these two men have grown in their faith as Christians, and how their remaining true to what they believed would honor God in their lives and business has been a blessing not only for them but for their listeners.
I received this book free from Thomas Nelson book publisher as a part of their Book Sneeze book review program for bloggers. I was not required to write a favorable review. The opinions are my own.
JodiWisconsinAge: 25-34Gender: female3 Stars Out Of 5We Be BigJune 11, 2011JodiWisconsinAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 3Value: 3Meets Expectations: 3I received a complementary copy of "We Be Big The Mostly True Story of How Two Kids From Calhoun County, Alabama, Became Rick & Bubba" by Rick Burgess and Bill "Bubba" Bussey through the Booksneeze blogger program. Rick and Bubba are on air radio personalities that are big on redneck humor and faith in God and what He has in store for them. The book follows them from their childhoods all the way to the success they are currently enjoying. Their show is based in the South, so I have never listened to it, living in the Midwest. This made it a bit hard to get into the book and I think that if I was more familiar with the people in the book I would have been much more interested in finding out about their lives. All in all, it was a decent book, but I don't think I would recommend it to a friend.