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From My Perspective is a collection of commentaries written by Joseph S. Bonsall, singer and songwriter for the legendary Oak Ridge Boys, on subjects ranging from banjos to barn swallows. Each is written in Joe’s energetic, straightforward, and engaging style. In From My Perspective, he shares moments with celebrity friends, such as the late Johnny Cash and Dottie Rambo, and relates stories from his thirty-five years on the road with the Boys. His moving short story, “Billy’s ...
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From My Perspective is a collection of commentaries written by Joseph S. Bonsall, singer and songwriter for the legendary Oak Ridge Boys, on subjects ranging from banjos to barn swallows. Each is written in Joe’s energetic, straightforward, and engaging style. In From My Perspective, he shares moments with celebrity friends, such as the late Johnny Cash and Dottie Rambo, and relates stories from his thirty-five years on the road with the Boys. His moving short story, “Billy’s Tornado,”is offered as a bonus to readers at the end of the book.

No matter what the subject, Joe’s entertaining reflections on life, music, patriotism, and God are often witty, sometimes sentimental, and always insightful.

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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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Meet the Author

Joseph S. Bonsall, singer, songwriter, and spokesman for The Oak Ridge Boys, lives in Hendersonville, Tennessee, with his wife, Mary, and their nine cats, Sunny, Molly, Sally Ann, Ted, Baybe’, Blackie, Callie, Crockett, and LT. They also enjoy spending time at their 400-acre farm on the Tennessee-Kentucky state line.
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“I shut my eyes and let my mind’s eye take a good, hard look back over many years. I saw a young Philly boy at his first gospel singing. A fifteen-year-old future thug who really needed a life change. . . . I could hear the power harmony and the message that eventually changed my life and led me to Christ.” —From “An Update and a Look Back”
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  • Posted January 23, 2014

    Author Joseph Bonsall (aka Little Joey), is a member of the ever

    Author Joseph Bonsall (aka Little Joey), is a member of the ever popular and successful Oak Ridge Boys. Through many short reflections and musings, Joseph shares special parts of his life. Who knew little Joey thought himself to be Elvis, or that he misses his Banjo, or that he is crazy about cats? Along with all the cute stories are recollections and thoughts on God, family, and living life.

    A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
    With so many reviews and recommendations from people (George H. W. Bush, Jerry B. Jenkins and Michael W. Smith), I was intrigued to learn more about Joseph Bonsall. Though having many reasons to not be humble, Joseph actually shares his faith, family and stories in a very down-to-earth manner, thanking God for what he has been blessed with (talent, family, humor). As I read this memoir on his life, I chuckled, nodded and even learned a bit about history including past presidents. Definitely a book for fans of The Oak Ridge Boys but an amusing, interesting read for others as well.

    RATING:
    4.5 (out of 5) pennies

    *I received a complimentary copy of From My Perspective from Journey Press for my honest review*

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 3, 2011

    I am the author

    I thank Barnes and Noble for their support over all of these years. From Molly The Cat to GI Joe and Lillie to From My Perspective they have ALWAYS been there for me..... I hope you enjoy this book... Joseph S Bonsall

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2014

    My actual rating of this book is 2.5, but since I have to either

    My actual rating of this book is 2.5, but since I have to either choose a 2 or 3 star category, I shall go with the 2 as I don't think the book is good - I think it is FAIR. To me, Mr. Bonsall seems like he likes to brag just a bit. And it's so annoying that he mentions his book, "G.I. Joe and Lillie," over - and over - and OVER, and ALL THE TIME! The book does not move me to tears, and it's just kind of bland. 

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  • Posted October 29, 2010

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    funny, inspiring, music, check it out you want be disappointed

    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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  • Posted September 7, 2010

    I am the author

    I am honored that Barnes and Noble carries my work...... I hope this book is entertaining and thought provoking as well as inspiring to YOU the reader....... God Bless.... Joseph S Bonsall

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