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From My Perspective Hardcover – September 1, 2010

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Joe Bonsall s From My Perspective is a baby boomer s delight, but hardly limited to us old-timers. There s something for everyone here: nostalgia, patriotism, humor, faith, and a whole lot of music and fun. I ve been an Oak Ridge Boys fan for decades, but who knew until G.I. Joe and Lillie and now From My Perspective that their award-winning tenor was also a riveting author? --Jerry B. Jenkins, author of the Left Behind Series

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“Joe Bonsall is a noticer. He sees music, America, life, and faith through eyes guided by
wisdom, humor, and honesty. In his new book, From My Perspective, Joe writes with an
energy driven by experience. Joe Bonsall reveals not only his heart, but the heart he sees
in the eyes of countless others he's met across America. From My Perspective proves
people matter to Joe as he opens up his life to them one gut level commentary at a time.” ―Andy Andrews, author of NY Times Bestsellers The Noticer and The Traveler’s Gift

“Joe Bonsall’s From My Perspective is a baby boomer’s delight, but hardly limited to us old-timers. There’s something for everyone here: nostalgia, patriotism, humor, faith, and a whole lot of music and fun. I’ve been an Oak Ridge Boys fan for decades, but who knew―until G.I. Joe and Lillie and now From My Perspective―that their award-winning tenor was also a riveting author?” ―Jerry B. Jenkins, author and owner of Christian Writers Guild

“Joe Bonsall is a study in contrasts. I understand contrasts because I received a degree in Classical Music, Metropolitan Opera Style, but most people who know my music think it’s more in sync with the Grand Old Opry. So I can understand the contrasts of a young boy who was raised in the concrete jungles of Philly, hearing the sounds of those Philly groups and then migrating to Tennessee. That same man found a new depth within himself, his family, his music and his God on a farm in Tennessee, all the while learning to play a banjo. What a contrast. What a trip! This reflection reveals a man who is not satisfied with staying in one place without making that place more productive. These reflections are a study of more things to come. I can hardly wait!” ―Duane Allen, Lead Singer, The Oak Ridge Boys

“Joe’s faith, patriotism and family values are evident, and his personality jumps out of every page in this book. I found myself laughing out loud at some parts, and tearing up while reading others. Joe shared so many experiences that I felt I knew him when I finished the book, and that’s what his fans will enjoy.” ―Jamie Dailey, Dailey & Vincent

“Joe paints a picture with words. He made me stop for a moment and think how blessed I am ... to have God in my life and to know it in my heart.” ―Dana Williams, Diamond Rio

“Joe Bonsall's musings on life, America, music, and faith confirm my instinct from meeting him for the first time. This is a genuine "good guy" and a talented musician with a knack for writing about his interesting life and strong faith in God and man.”
―Vicki Myron, author of the #1 New York Times Best Seller, Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World

“Joe has always been a gifted singer and communicator. How great to see him using these gifts on a project with such a positive message.” ―Michael W. Smith
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Sheaf House (September 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0982483228
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982483220
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 6.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,294,539 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

I am Joseph S Bonsall 42 year member of The American Music Group The Oak Ridge Boys and author of 10 published books my most popular being GI Joe and Lillie My Latest On The Road With The Oak Ridge Boys drops on May 1, 2015 THANK YOU for READING!!

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I want to thank amazon.com for carrying all of my works over all these years... I hope my new book entertains and inspires YOU the reader...... God Bless, Joseph S Bonsall
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This is the first of Joseph's books I have read but I always loved his music with "The Oak Ridge Boys" I find that he is a fine writer as he is a singer and musician. This book is so fun to read, he tells about different things that has happened in his life, as the groups he was in before he joined the "Oaks". He tells somethings about his family, his farm, the travel on the road and what he enjoyed doing besides singing and music. He seems to be so humble and that he really loves God with all his heart. He alone with me really liked Elvis, and Joe thought he was going to be another Elvis so much he even dyes his hair jet black and while he was on the stage in the heat it all started to run down his face, it was so funny in the way he told it.

This would be a great book for a gift for anyone on your list that loves music. Joe has sung different types of music and he seems to like most of them, except like all of us that are getting up in years, the "Rap" or what ever the young people call that loud noise of today.

This book was graciously sent to me by Sheaf House Publication for review.
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"From My Perspective" is an unusual, but incredibly important publication.

This is the kind of book that doesn't often exist in our world today. At first glance, one might be tempted to think it is just another celebrity recalling memories of the good old days. Not so. While HE never says so, Bonsall's best days are clearly ahead of him. This is an important read for the entire family--full of warmth, questions, and lessons learned. "Barney The Barn Swallow" was a particularly intimate portrait of a creature reminiscent of many of our fellow man...hugely important in the scheme of life, but often overlooked.

Did you love "The Andy Griffith Show"? "Wonder Years"? You will find the same laughter and love in "From My Perspective". Buy at least two. You'll want to keep yours and give one as a gift to someone you care about!
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This book is a 223-page collection of writings by a member of the country/gospel singing group, The Oak Ridge Boys. It includes short memoirs, lyrical poetry, opinionated essays and a fictional short story.

I was attracted to the book when a friend e-mailed me a copy of one of the memoirs, "A Trip Back Home," which describes an impromptu drive through Philadelphia to the author's old Harrowgate Park neighborhood. About three weeks earlier, I had taken that same drive while writing my own memoir about the game in which Babe Ruth played first base for a local church team in the shadow of the Tioga Street El station, one block from Harrowgate Park. It was the heart of Philadelphia's textile manufacturing industry. When Bonsall lived there, the textile industry was dying; and the Pennsylvania Railroad was not far behind. Old-timers were moving north and east to the more comfortable suburbs and financially stressed immigrants were moving in to replace them, albeit without the jobs that the textile mills once provided.

The memoirs give the reader a glimpse of the young man growing up in a densely populated rowhouse neighborhood. His father, a decorated combat veteran of the Normandy invasion in World War II, was incapacitated by a stroke at age thirty-nine. His mother was also a veteran of World War II. Young Joey gives up his job in a nearby sugar refinery, and elects to follow a dream singing with a quartet in the gospel circuit. As his singing career progresses, he joins an established singing group, The Oak Ridge Boys. Thirty-seven years later, Joey has been enjoying the benefits of big-time country music for quite a while. He no longer lives in a crowded inner city neighborhood; he lives on his 400-acre farm in Tennessee.
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My perspective on the book My Perspective is that this book is meant to be fun. It is simply Joe's stories from growing up and also from experiences he has had on tour. Entertaining read.
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What a wonderful book! And what a blessing! In most of the stories I am right there beside "little Joey" seeing his old Philly neighborhood through the the eyes of a young boy who wanted to go places, but had no idea the wondrous places he would go. Bonsall paints such a wonderful picture with his words that I feel as if his experiences are my own. I ride with him on the tractor clearing the fields that have flooded yet again. I pet the tiny frightened barn swallow named Barney (yes Joe, I get it) and worry about the poor thing, hoping it will be ok. Bonsall is an amazing storyteller. It isn't often I can read a book and drift away so that is seems I am no longer reading but that I have actually experienced what has been written. In the story about the fellow author at the Washington Press Club who asked Joe the subject matter of his latest book.....Joe said "I have talking cats..." I started out smiling but it soon erupted into a loud guffaw, getting me some strange looks from everyone else in my workplace break room. As a long time Oak Ridge Boys fan, I could picture Joe saying those words with a straight face and a twinkle in his eyes. "A Lazy Moon" brought tears to my eyes and made me miss my mom even more. And now I can picture mom standing with Lillie and watching over their children; such different lives but the same empty spot in their hearts since their mothers have left their lives. When I finally put the book down, it took a moment to realize where I was and that I was experiencing this through someone else's eyes, not my own. This is a book that I will save and read again and again. This is certainly a 5 star book!
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