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Calling All Boomers: Reflect Now Before the Memory Goes!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Calling All Boomers: Reflect Now Before the Memory Goes! by Randall D. Howard is a delightful read. Being a baby boomer myself, it brought back so many events in history that I could remember and relate to, as well as now realize what an impact our generation has had on the world. Sometimes as we walk our journey through life we cannot realize the big picture of all that is going on around us.

Many times I caught myself saying, "Yes, yes, yes!" to the memories that Mr. Howard was sharing with his readers. He has a sense of humor that makes reading this book a real pleasure. However, he also shares from his heart about personal issues that he has had to deal with on his life's journey. I appreciate his testimony and events in his life that brought him to his personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

This quote from Mr. Howard puts Calling All Boomers into perspective: "We had the highest standard of living, saw the most advanced technological changes, lived through wars in foreign countries and in our cities' streets, and set musical genres and fashion trends that some of us would like to forget. We were invincible." I believe that boomers and their children would both appreciate reading this book. Maybe, just maybe, the next generations will have a better understanding of the baby boomer generation by taking a look at all of the changes and struggles that baby boomers faced. This definitely is a book for everyone to add to their personal library.
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on November 9, 2009
The explosion of births in the 40s and 50s lead to a generation like no other. "Calling All Boomers: Reflect Now Before the Memory Goes!" is a born again Christian looking back a t the history of the baby boomer era, filled with constant chaotic events, social revolutions, and other life changing events that radically changed how the world turned. "Calling All Boomers" is a strong pick for any baby boomer who wants a spiritual nostalgia trip.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 3, 2009
I purchased this book as a gift. I started leafing through it prior to wrapping. I ended up reading it from cover to cover without stopping....I couldn't. This is not a rehash of history, but rather a reflection on where the boomer years has left America. What held my attention was the wit and satire...it reminded me of the style of Erma Bombeck. The book will not disappoint, whether a boomer or not.
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In "Calling All Boomers" Randall D. Howard describes a generation which has indelibly impacted society through creating a counter culture, leading the way in the civil rights movements, calling for tolerance while protesting, challenging status quo while embracing secularism.

Howard details a generation influenced by the Viet Nam war, John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King, peace marches, "love ins", and a full menu of endless causes. Boomers added a fresh perspective on music, politics, theology, mass consumerism, as well as new concepts of economics and finance. The introduction of new technology led the way to the information age and world wide globalization.

In a conversational style which is highly entertaining, and candidly honest Howard tells of his own pursuit of finding satisfaction through intellectualism and individualism. He tells of a void in his life, a sense of need for something more. He relates how he unwittingly discovered that throughout his life a chain of events, orchestrated by God, brought him into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

"Calling All Boomers" is hilariously funny, deeply thought provoking, boldly articulated. Randall Howard writing makes it obvious he is proud to be a member of a generation which has so indelibly left their imprint on society, an entire nation, and the world at large.
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What a fun romp through the years. Howard brought to mind so many buried memories for me since he and I are contemporaries. His writing is clear, straight forward just as he himself comes across in this memoir. He brought to mind the extraordinary changes the Boomer generation has lived through and created. We Boomers have all grown a bit complacent as we rely unthinkingly on our numbers. Perhaps we have a bit of a sense of entitlement since marketers, government, workplaces have catered to our wants and needs since our voices and wallets are so large. Howard outlines how he slowly steps into his spiritual self with its sense of service. He points out how tragedies near and far play out on our TV's if not in our backyards and it's harder to ignore our sympathy and often our full grown empathy engendering our need to reach out and help in some way. The best part of the book was his description of how God's grace came into his life with a miracle. Thanks for sending me this book for review Randall!
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on January 9, 2010
Randall Howard has "reflected" for us those wonderful years of his youth straight through to adulthood. It is interesting that a lot of his memories are a lot like the rest of us had during those years. He does have a remarkable memory,even recalling the music groups that were around during his school years. His book is a Diary of all of the remarkable changes in this country's history.

He mentions that "we were invincible" and that is a very true statement. We looked at every advancement with pride and hope that we would always be a part of this continued movement in the USA.

There are many memories for the "Baby Boomers" here, but there is also some great information for the rest of the world who were not a part of that generation. It will give you some insite to what your previous generation went through to now.

This book would make a great gift for your Mom or Dad or even You!
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