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G.I. Joe & Lillie: Remembering a Life of Love and Loyalty Hardcover – March 1, 2003

ISBN-13: 978-0892215379 ISBN-10: 0892215372 Edition: Har/Com

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: New Leaf Press; Har/Com edition (March 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0892215372
  • ISBN-13: 978-0892215379
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (127 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #451,924 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Joseph S. Bonsall is a twenty-nine-year member of the American music group, The Oak Ridge Boys, and a six-time Grammy award winner as well as Gospel Hall of Fame member. He is also the author of the acclaimed Molly The Cat childrens book series as well as many published articles in major magazines and on the Internet.

He lives in Hendersonville, Tennessee with his lovely wife, Mary Ann, and their eight cats, Molly, Omaha, Gypsy, Sally Ann, Teddy, Callie, Bayb and Bud. Joe and Mary also have a 400-acre farm on the Kentucky/Tennessee state line.

The song G.I. Joe and Lillie, as recorded by the Oak Ridge Boys, appears on their album, Colors.


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A true love story.
Carol Clites
Fell in love with GI Joe and Lilly the first time I heard the Oak Ridge Boys sing it.
C. Resnick
I read in one day, I couldn't put it down.
BJK

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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By "3jpowell" on May 29, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I was simply blown away by this book. A street wise Kid from Philly making it on his own and then winds up in one of the nation's tragic wars only to meet up with a country girl from North Carolina and they both somehow seem to make it all work out and raise a family and grow old together and remained in love for many many years. This book truly runs the gammets of emotions from Pride to anger to sadness. You can really see what an American Love Story this is. Whether it be children's book or A simple love story if it has a story to be written Joesph S Bonsall can surely write about it.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By C Fox on March 12, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I have never been a reader of war stories, nor did I know a lot about WWII. However, this book manages to overview the Second Great War and its effect on the U.S., while weaving in a story of love and faith.
Bonsall knows his characters well, because it's his parents' story. His writing is simple yet passionate. A quick read - that you will never forget. The book offers inspiration for the times we live in today.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By M. Fisher on August 13, 2004
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Forget about this being a war book. It describes the war some, but this is a book dealing with relationships--& how it does! It's one of the best books I've read that does so, & I've given several copies away. This is a book that we all should read, as it's a terrific tale of The Greatest Generation, of whom we should all be proud.

It would make a terrific film, but only G.I. Joe & Lillie could play G.I. Joe & Lillie.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Joseph S. Bonsall on October 21, 2009
Format: Kindle Edition
I am honored that G I Joe and Lillie is now available for KINDLE> Of late the youtube phenom of well over one million views of the song by the same name has spurred new interest in my book. God Bless and thanks for reading!! Joseph S Bonsall
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on March 24, 2003
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When it is dark and stormy, nothing is more comforting than to be cocooned in a homemade quilt. A tapestry rich in tradition and assembled with love, a kaleidoscope of patterns and colors, it is an American art form. Wrapped in its warm embrace, its fabric surrounds us and soothes our spirits. By extension, the spirit of America is a tapestry woven by the stories of its people. Each person; each man, woman and child, has a chance to mold this nation. Some become distinguished men and women and make monumental contributions to government, the arts, and business. Others become scourges of society. Most will fall somewhere in between, neither famous nor infamous. But they build lives and legacies for themselves and for the generations that follow them. They are ordinary people who sometimes do extraordinary things. They face adversity and challenges and find a way to overcome them. Their faith in God is the cornerstone of their existence. They raise their children to be honest and to reach for the stars. They are far from perfect, but they do the best they can with what they have been given. And they love each other, no matter what. They are the threads that form the fabrics that produce the patterns of our national tapestry. GI Joe and Lillie are two of those threads. They represent, even in their imperfections, all that is good and right about our country; faith, honor, strength, values, and dreams. Their story, so eloquently chronicled, mirrors many of our own narratives. The details may be different, the patterns and colors may not be the same, but the fabric of their lives, the values that brought them through the rough times, are universal to most of us.Read more ›
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By jumpin' jack on March 21, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Wow... not only is Joe Bonsall a great songwriter, and one of the most legendary and talented voices in American music (along with the rest of his group, The Oak Ridge Boys), AND a Philly boy, he has now emerged as one hell of a storyteller!

"G.I. Joe & Lillie" is not some sappy, patriotic whitewash written by an adoring son (even though it's obvious while reading this book that Joe rightfully does adore his parents). This is a very honest and straightforward account of the trials and tribulations of one W.W.II couple in their struggle to raise a family more functional than the ones they had both left behind whilst trying to stay one step ahead of the haunting ghosts of the war. I will not ruin it for you by revealing whether or not they emerge victorious. Read this warm and inspiring book to find out. You will be very glad you did. This isn't just the story of one man's parents. It's a window into the monumental sacrifice of a whole generation. It isn't just a love story, either. It's a testament to what steadfast love and faith can achieve for anyone willing to work and scratch for it. I'm sure that many of those born to this amazing generation will feel that they are reading about their own parents, I know that I sure did. Well done, Joe... Lillie must be even more proud of you than she already was!

Jack McTamney

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. Bryan on November 6, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Oak Ridge Boy Joe Bonsall is from very good people...and his
heart-warming account of his beloved parents,G.I. Joe & Lillie,
is ample proof of this.
Joseph S Bonsall has written one of the most inspiring books
that I have ever had the pleasure of reading.He provides the
moving story of their struggles and triumphs throughout their
lives.Read of their home life growing up,how they met and reared
their own children,their service to their country,and their unwavering
devotion to each other...
Joe and Lillie are the greatest of examples of those who lived the
American dream...they are the Greatest Generation.
I am proud to learn of the story of G.i. Joe and Lillie.I am proud to
be living in this great country.I am also proud of Joe Bonsall.....
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