G.I. Joe and Lillie: Remembering a Life of Love and Loyalty

G.I. Joe and Lillie: Remembering a Life of Love and Loyalty

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by Joseph S. Bonsall
     
 

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Author Joe Bonsall is well known for holding up his one-fourth of the Oak Ridge Boys quartet. As an author, Joe can also hit some high notes as he tells this beautiful and moving account of his parents, Joe and Lillie Bonsall. A young man from Philadelphia volunteers for service to escape a harsh home life and winds up charging Utah Beach on D-Day, while a girl from

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Author Joe Bonsall is well known for holding up his one-fourth of the Oak Ridge Boys quartet. As an author, Joe can also hit some high notes as he tells this beautiful and moving account of his parents, Joe and Lillie Bonsall. A young man from Philadelphia volunteers for service to escape a harsh home life and winds up charging Utah Beach on D-Day, while a girl from North Carolina runs away from home to join the WAC's. How they meet, fall in love, and make it through life's triumphs and tragedies are told in detail in this moving story, complete with photo section. "If you like war stories, you will love this book. If you like romance, you will love this book, if you love God and enjoy reading about faith, dedication, and real love through times of trial you also will love this book," shares Bonsall.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780892215379
Publisher:
New Leaf Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/28/2003
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
422,979
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.80(d)

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G. I. Joe and Lillie: Remembering a Life of Love and Loyalty 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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. And in today's times, when it is dark and stormy, and we need to feel protected, or even just encouraged, we need only wrap ourselves tightly in the legacy they helped create. Their ¿quilt¿ will warms the heart, and yes, soothes the spirit, for it is rich in tradition and assembled with love. You will laugh and you will cry, but mostly you will be inspired and grateful for this story.
booksaregood More than 1 year ago
Very touching, thought-provoking. A real story about the trials of how veterans handled their life after coming back from WWII. Their hard work & determination is an inspiration to all. Very well-written by a son who respected and loved his parents.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of my favorites books
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. Only took me a day and a half to read it. It was full of history and love of family. I know Joe's parents would be proud of the way he honored them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Touching and romantic love story in difficult times. The WW2 era is the setting and how lives were affected by the war. Joseph Bonsall, of the Oak Ridge Boys Country singing group, tells this true story of the love between his mother and father.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Joseph Bonsall writes lovingly of a country and family values that America used to have and have let slip away with time. I read this in one sitting, & have read it to others. Each time, I've never been ceased to be moved not only by his wonderful writing style, but of the simple love story of two individuals whose love never ceased, only grew stronger. I've purchased at least a dozen copies to give to others, and I don't see that ceasing anytime soon. Do yourself a favor, and read this book. Do others a favor, and buy them a copy. Don't loan yours out. In case you don't get it back, you'll be wanting to read it again.
JerseyGirlBookReviews 5 months ago
There is no greater love than when a child honors his parents, and in G.I. Joe & Lillie, Oak Ridge Boys tenor Joseph S. Bonsall pays a beautiful tribute to his parents Joe and Lillie Bonsall with a beautifully written memoir as a testament of their true love for each other. G.I. Joe and Lillie's love story begins when they are called to duty in World War II. Joe was a street kid from Philly and Lillie was a farmer's daughter from Roanoke Rapids, NC. Both had a difficult childhood and left high school in the 9th grade, and both had a desire to help the war effort in the best way that they could. Joe & Lillie's journey began in May 1943, when at the age of eighteen, Joe enlisted in the Army, while Lillie left home in 1943 at the age of sixteen and worked in a defense plant in Michigan before joining the Women's Army Corps. (WAC) at the age of seventeen in August 1944. These two young people met, fell in love, married, and served their nation in the armed forces. They had a special marriage that spanned fifty-five years, one that was based on love, faith, loyalty, commitment, and dedication to each other, no matter what trials and tribulations that they faced through the years. Since his childhood, Author Joe Bonsall has been fascinated with the idiosyncrasies of war, so in addition to sharing G.I. Joe and Lillie's story with the reader, he interweaves a richly descriptive and historical account of World War II, with photos interspersed throughout the book. G.I. Joe & Lillie is an inspirational and compelling memoir that documents the lives of two American heroes, their love, and the memories that will remain forever in the author and his family's heart. You can't help but feel the patriotism and pride that runs throughout the story, and feel the enduring love and deep family values that kept G.I Joe & Lillie's marriage going throughout the years. This lovely memoir will make the reader pause and consider what our military personnel go through as they serve overseas, and the serious trauma and other effects (PTSD) that they face when they come home, and how their families provide the love, support, and perseverance to help them get through it with dignity, honor, and grace. G.I. Joe & Lillie is an emotional memoir that will tug at the heartstrings and stir the soul.
SunshineFS More than 1 year ago
It was a wonderful love story of his parents. I enjoyed every chapter.
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