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Vendor: Tyndale House
Publication Date: 2015
What did it mean to be the Tank Mans son? To grow up overwhelmed by my fathers presence and personality? It was as if I didnt exist, as if I was just something else for my father to crush.
So begins the haunting memoir of Mark Bouman as he recounts the events of his childhood at the hands of his larger-than-life, Neo-Nazi father in brilliant, startling detail. From adventure-filled days complete with real-life war games, artillery fire, and tank races to terror-filled nights marked by vicious tirades, brutal beatings, and psychological torture, Mark paints a chilling portrait of family life that is at once whimsical and horrificall building to a shocking climax that challenges even the broadest boundaries of love and forgiveness.
An epic tale of redemption and reconciliation, The Tank Mans Son is a literary tour de force that is sure to become an instant classic.
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Rhonda Nash-hallMadison Heights VAAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Compelling and grippingJune 5, 2016Rhonda Nash-hallMadison Heights VAAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Gripping! Fascinating! Horrific! Frightening! Unbelievable! Heart-wrenching! This memoir by Mark Bouman is all of these adjectives and more. I know plenty about abuse....too much, in fact....but his father puts what I know in a new perspective. He was so cruel to Mark and his brother, Jerry, and their mother, and sister, Sheri. He did not beat Sheri as he did their mother and the boys, but he had far too many awful things he forced the three children to do in his wrath. I'm actually surprised that he did not drink alcohol or use drugs. I almost could have excused some of his rage if he had an addiction but he was just filled with rage, cruelty, and anger. I was also surprised that the government did not target him as a potential threat, due to his Neo-Nazi activity and interest, but oddly that never seemed to be a problem. Amazingly, Mark is able to forgive his father and make peace. This memoir will grab you and hold tight to your heartstrings as you ache with these precious young children.
I rated this book 5 stars and highly recommend it to readers of Christian non-fiction.
I received a copy of this book from netgalley in exchange for my honest review.
Amy CVAAge: 35-44Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5The Tank Man's SonSeptember 15, 2015Amy CVAAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The Tank Man's Son: A Memoir is one of the hardest books I have read. It tells about the author's abusive and violent father. Being abused by my own father growing up, it is hard to read. Getting over that part of the book, it is interesting at how it all ends and I would recommend it.
bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: Over 65Gender: Female4 Stars Out Of 5Living under an angry fatherJuly 1, 2015bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: Over 65Gender: FemaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4If you were raised in a family with an angry father, this book will be very difficult to read. If you and your siblings have shuddered in bed, wondering if tonight was the night he was going to kill your mother, this book may be unbearable.
Bouman shares the story of being the son of a violent father. He writes about the erratic behavior, the increasing violence, the obsession with things military, the gun range, the war games, the nazi salutes, getting the M19, the beatings, pitting the brothers against each other, the summer on a reclaimed boat, and much more. It was hard to absorb the father screaming about what an idiot his son was. It was almost impossible to read of the fear Bouman experienced when he accidentally fired his shotgun at a boat his dad was restoring. It was excruciating to read about the beatings his mother received. It was haunting to read about Bouman being terrified that he may become like his father. It was so hard to read about all the pain almost overwhelming.
There are some funny times, like Bouman's dad running the tank right up onto his friend's brand new car and blasting stumps with dynamite only to have a big piece of stump pierce the roof of their home just missing the sofa and the lady falling through the hole in their home's floor. But even those funny parts were sad in a very real way.
While it may be a hard book to read, as it was for me, it does have a rewarding aspect to it. There is an assurance that God can and will, in the end, take all those experiences and work them for good. There truly is God's grace to make one new.
I would encourage caution, however, in suggesting this book to others. It is well written and graphically illustrates the experience of a painful childhood. I would recommend this only to those who feel they could read it without revisiting the pain of their own childhood.
I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher for the purpose of an independent and honest review.
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