Of Moose and Men: Lost and Found in Alaska

Of Moose and Men: Lost and Found in Alaska

by Torry Martin, Doug Peterson

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Overview

Torry Martin—a comedian, actor, and hippie—fled from California to the wilderness of Alaska, searching for answers to life's big questions. He found what he was looking for...and a lot more!

A moose got its head stuck in Torry's window. A reindeer was trapped in his kitchen. A bear almost prevented him from reaching his airplane. He once woke up frozen to his cabin floor.

Like the Israelites of old, Torry experienced plenty of miracles and mishaps in the wilderness. And like them, he came face-to-face with God and was changed forever.

Each of these true stories of Torry's hilarious blunders and misfortunes contains a nugget of truth, but one theme prevails: If God can reclaim and repurpose Torry Martin's life, He can do the same for you and those you love.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780736965262
Publisher: Harvest House Publishers
Publication date: 04/01/2016
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 222,034
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.58(d)

About the Author

Torry Martin is an award-winning actor, screenwriter, and comedian. He has written for Focus on the Family’s Adventures in Odyssey and has cowritten screenplays for several films. As an actor, Torry has appeared in many movies, including Hallmark’s The Ultimate Legacy.

Doug Peterson is the Gold-Medallion winning author of over 60 books, including 42 for the popular VeggieTales series and 4 historical novels. He lives in Champaign, Illinois, where he also writes for the University of Illinois.

Table of Contents

Preface 7

1 The Prodigal Reindeer 11

2 Shake, Rattle, and Roar 21

3 Obedience School 31

4 The Devil Wears Denim 41

5 Ghost Fish 49

6 The Hypocrite in the Outhouse 57

7 My Fortress of Multitude 65

8 Christmas with Grandma 73

9 Cabin Vertigo 79

10 Too Odd Not to Be God 89

11 Driving Me Crazy 97

12 Driving Me Crazier 105

13 Of Moose and Men 115

14 The Bear Removal Team 123

15 The Hippie for the Holy One 131

16 The Flavor of Stupid 139

17 On Fire for God 145

18 Just Filling In 151

19 Yip-Yip, Blub-Blub 157

20 At the Crossroads 165

21 Safecrackers 173

22 A Hairy Situation 181

23 Black Santa 189

24 All You Need Is Lovejoy 195

25 Gum and Giddyup 203

26 Saying Goodbye 209

27 Of Moose and Me 215

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Of Moose and Men: Lost and Found in Alaska 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
2boyzmommy More than 1 year ago
Of Moose and Men - Lost and Found in Alaska is a laugh-out-loud book full of humorous stories with a spiritual application. In this book, author Torry Martin shares many of the stories of his life experiences in the Alaskan wilderness and how God used those experiences to form a deep and personal spiritual relationship with Him. I would recommend this book to anyone that enjoys a lighthearted adventure book. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Harvest House Publisher through The Book Club Network, Inc., in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own and I was not required to leave a positive review.
annelr More than 1 year ago
Of Moose and Men by Torry Martin is a humorous look at snippets of life in Alaska. He shares stories of being chased by goats, dive-bombed by goshawks, intimidated by a mama moose protecting her twin newborns and terrorized by a bear. Mishaps with vehicles in the snow and ice (he had to be towed three times in one day!) and silly antics on the electric horse in Walmart are stories that had me laughing out loud. Martin writes with honesty about his flaws and connects with his readers because we have all been in situations where we need God to intervene. And with each comedic tale, and with the accounts of answered prayers, the author has a practical, spiritual application for life. Reminders that God does care and is aware of our circumstances, and He will not give up on us. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Book Club network. A favorable review was not required and opinions are my own.
annelr More than 1 year ago
Of Moose and Men by Torry Martin is a humorous look at snippets of life in Alaska. He shares stories of being chased by goats, dive-bombed by goshawks, intimidated by a mama moose protecting her twin newborns and terrorized by a bear. Mishaps with vehicles in the snow and ice (he had to be towed three times in one day!) and silly antics on the electric horse in Walmart are stories that had me laughing out loud. Martin writes with honesty about his flaws and connects with his readers because we have all been in situations where we need God to intervene. And with each comedic tale, and with the accounts of answered prayers, the author has a practical, spiritual application for life. Reminders that God does care and is aware of our circumstances, and He will not give up on us. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Book Club network. A favorable review was not required and opinions are my own.
MAHake More than 1 year ago
This book is packed with humorous stories that evoke spiritual lessons. Its tales remind me a bit of Pat McManus, with life lessons added. Torry Martin draws from his personal experiences in Alaska and beyond to entertain readers and make them think too. Its 27 chapters are quick to read as you feel for the men in their dire straits. I recommend it for a fun escape from your own trials. I like the way he draws applicable teaching from everyday, and not-so-ordinary, events. I received this book through Book Fun Club. All opinions are my own.
Calliegh0 More than 1 year ago
I usually do not read most non fiction book, however, I thought that I would try Of Moose and Men by Torry Martin and Doug Peterson. I wasn't disappointed. The way in which he writes his stories are well thought out and hilarious. While one would think that these stories could be a point of fiction, they are not. Each story happened to Torry or his friends in Alaska. From the Moose stealing his window to the life lesson that Torry is able to find in each, the reader is brought along on his remarkable journey. Alaska has long been a state that I would love to visit. Maybe one day! However, it is books such as this that bring me to the "wild" frontier. On the other side, I love how Torry is able to find a "lesson" in each adventure. It gives the reader a stronger reason to look for God moments in all that they encounter. Many times God is trying to teach us and wants us to learn. I very much enjoyed my copy of Of Moose and Men. I look forward to finding more books by this author. I received a copy through bookfun.org. The review and my enjoyment of the story are strictly my own.
NKBookReviewer More than 1 year ago
"Of Moose and Men: Lost and Found in Alaska" by authors Torry Martin and Doug Peterson is like no other book I have heard. It is humorous, lighthearted and yet pulls in life lessons and Biblical stories. It tells reads that God loves us all. This 224 page paperback book is published by Harvest House and is a fun, inspiring read. It takes place in Alaska. If you have never been to Alaska, after reading this book you will feel like you have been. The author's use vivid descriptions, emotions and the wild animals of the region to paint a masterpiece of words. Not only did I smile and chuckle, I laughed at parts that I read. Other stories were more somber. Some of the chapters are titled: The Prodigal Reindeer; Shake, Rattle and Roar; The Hypocrite in the Outhouse; and Driving Me Crazy. You will hear stories with reindeer (one of my favorites), moose, and bear. The book is divided into small chapters that focus on a particular issue. After a very engaging story the author concludes with applying the story to a particular Bible passage and its message to us. This funny book has inspirational lessons to learn in an entertaining way. Each message gives readers something to reflect in their own life. Do I judge others? Have I strayed? The messages stuck with me long after the book was finished. This us a cute but powerful book. Any book that causes readers to evaluate their Walk is definitely worth reading. I think it is geared more toward men but it was enjoyable for me. I would recommend it to anyone wanting a humorous Christian book to encourage them or to a seeker. It could be read by someone wanting to learn about Alaska, too. This would make a fun book for a church small group. I rated it 5 out of 5 stars. I was given the book by Book Fun (The Book Club Network) and this is my honest review.
bsnksmom More than 1 year ago
Of Moose and Men: Lost and Found in Alaska is a gem of a surprise wrapped in a giggle. Torry Martin and his pal, Robert Browning, left California for the Alaskan wilderness hoping to find “the answers to life’s big questions.” What he found, and what found him, was a God who loved him and pursued him all the way to the wilderness to bring him into the fold. With chapters like: The Prodigal Reindeer; Shake, Rattle and Roar; The Hypocrite in the Outhouse; Too Odd Not to Be God; Driving Me Crazy (followed by Driving Me Crazier) and the title chapter, Of Moose and Men, Martin tells story after story in hilarious style but brings each tale full circle back to his Savior’s feet. Each chapter is compact (most are under 10 pages each) but they pack a spiritual punch that doesn’t go away when you set the book down for a breather. I laughed until I cried when I read about the Prodigal Reindeer but when the story ended I found myself wondering how I might be like the prodigal son. The Devil Wears Denim had me examining the ways I judge people. Yip-Yip, Blub-Blub brought home the importance of meeting people where they are not expecting them to be perfect Christians the minute they convert. And on, and on. I enjoyed the fact that Martin has written for Adventures in Odyssey and had to wonder which episodes he’d worked on. Growing up my son was a huge fan and we had a large selection of the cassette sets in our home. About the time they switched over to CDs, he outgrew them. I, however, still enjoy listening to the stories when I can find them on the radio. Of Moose and Men isn’t super long so it can be read all in one sitting. I recommend reading it a few chapters at a time and giving yourself time to think about the stories you’ve just read and absorb them. The word pictures are vivid and take you on a travelogue to Alaska that most readers won’t physically undertake. The humor in almost every story shows Martin’s wacky side but there is always a take-away to point readers to the God Torry Martin obviously loves. I don’t usually do well with non-fiction but this one kept and held my attention. I definitely recommend! I received this book through bookfun.org. The opinions expressed are my own.
4aussiegirl More than 1 year ago
http://www.booksamillion.com/p/Moose-Men/Torry-Martin/Q173904888?id=5826426027671 Of Moose And Men Lost and Found In Alaska By: Torry Martin & Doug Peterson I love the cover of a big man that looks small facing a big Alaska Moose. His look will put a smile on your face. I guess you just have to get out of the city and head for the wide open spaces of the wild of Alaska so let’s get our snow boots, and go with Torry and his friend that has his back on their adventure in Alaska with laughs and lessons. As the chapter on “The Prodigal Reindeer” Torry thinks Santa’s Reindeer escapes and came to his house. Rudy is the reindeer’s name-he even has his address on his collar how special is that?? Rudy us like this prodigal son in Luke 15. You’ll be surprise who the owner of this prodigal reindeer is. Torry has all kinds of jobs in the camp sites and all kind of stories of while he was there. He’s witty, funny and the stories are so humorus that you don’t even realize you are headed for a scripture lesson. Torry is not afraid to laugh at himself something a lot of us can’t do. If you think you went to a righteous Church and the treat you as an outcast read “The Devil In Denim” and see what you find in that chapter. I love the fact the he weaves the stories right into a scripture that goes along with his problems at the camp. I love this book. If you want to have some good laughs along with some scripture thrown in the mix then this book will have you laughing and thinking of how God can use anything including Torry’s run ins with a goat, deer and moose and an outhouse yep you heard me right outhouse to bring you closer to God. I recommend this book highly. HAPPY LAUGHING!!! I received this book free from Harvest House Plublishers for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review just an honest one. The opinions I have expressed was entirely my own and no one else’s. 5 Stars ISBN 978-0-73896526-2
jeanettewindle More than 1 year ago
Move over, Patrick McManus! Not since that survivalist humor writer (The Night the Bear Ate Goombaw, They Shoot Canoes, Don’t They?) have I had to explain to my husband why I’m laughing so hard as to fall out of bed. Author Torry Martin first became a household name in my family as my kids’ favorite Adventures in Odyssey character Wooten, a redheaded hippy from Alaska based on Torry’s own life. Of Moose and Men: Lost and Found in Alaska is a side-splitting odyssey of adventure for more grownup fans. But Torry’s adventures touch a deeper chord than a good belly laugh, pointing readers towards the heavenly Father towards which Torry’s wandering journey inexorably led—a Father whose loving arms are always open to embrace a returning prodigal child. Of Moose and Men will leave you wanting to laugh, cry, then pass the blessing on to family and friends.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Torry is more than willing to let us laugh at his misfortunes, with him, I mean, of course. He takes us into the wilds of Alaska and into the lessons he learned there. My favorite is when he is trapped in an outhouse, more than once by angry wildlife. How do you turn that into lessons on life and faith? That is his genius of course.
BuddyHollywood More than 1 year ago
“After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world,” the novelist Phillip Pullman once opined, and I believe he is not far wrong. At his core Torry Martin is a storyteller, and God knows the world needs more storytellers. Without stories, we forget who we are, and where we are going, and why we are making the journey in the first place. I happen to know Torry Martin and have been blessed with the opportunity to hear many of the stories recounted in “Of Moose and Men” first hand, so it is a rich pleasure to be able to revisit them as often as I wish; to grin, to chuckle or burst out laughing… or to wipe away a surreptitious tear. For in the midst of his often hilarious tales, there is a nugget of humanity that reaches down deep and nudges the soul, reminding us that we are all subject to the trials, tribulations, foibles and frustrations that are common to mankind. Not that everyone has had to share their kitchen with a reindeer, or got frozen on the floor of their cabin, or tried to fight off a bear with a can of pepper spray. But we’ve all had our share of adventures and misadventures, right? “Of Moose and Men” is a delightful collection of short, true-life tall tales that is guaranteed to give you the giggles, and as a bonus, Torry shares his faith in an unobtrusive, unashamed, childlike manner, giving each story an added dimension of encouragement and inspiration. Highly recommended.