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ABOUT THE BOOK (224 pages):

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.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS:

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.

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Deana Dick

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Deanna Stevens

Vickie Jameson

Mary Hake

Barbara Gill

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Mary Arndt

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Kris Markovich

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Jackie McNutt

Carrie Gould

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I have not heard of either of the authors of this book before, but boy was I in for a treat. I have a great love of books and each one is a treasure to me. This book made me laugh so hard I was crying while trying to tell my hubby some of the things in the book. I will never forget the bear story. Can you imagine you and a bear in the wilderness with pots and pans to arm yourself with? There are great stories throughout the book that have insightful lessons for all of us.

The beautiful way Alaska was described made me think of the world that God created for us to enjoy and explore. The authors really had their hands full at times with mishaps and misunderstandings. Along their journey, they experienced surprises, answered prayers and a closer relationship with God. I loved the story about them praying for a table. God really answered their prayer that day with three tables. He knew what they needed and gave them exactly what they needed. The best part of the story is how they talked about God "uses broken , used up people to carry out His plans." The tables they were blessed with were not new, but to them it was perfect. Do we dismiss people because they look less than perfect to us? We need to learn to trust God and not discard what we think is unusable .

Each chapter is filled with adventure and a reference to a story from the Bible along with scriptures. There was one story that really made me think about myself. One of the author's was talking about being bullied as a child because of his weight. I was teased as a child because I was so thin kids called me toothpick. I was very shy and hated everything about myself. Through his story I truly understood what it meant to see others the way Jesus does. I loved when he said," But the great truth is that we no longer have to look at ourselves the way the world does. We only need look at ourselves the way God does. And He thinks we're super. " Thank you for writing a book that is funny and teaches us to rely on God.

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     "Of Moose and Men: Lost and Found in Alaska" by Torry Martin and Doug Peterson is a lighthearted little book that packs a big punch. It is easy to read, and easy to understand.


        This book contains a lot of comedy along with some very serious stories. Torry shares some of his experiences of the time he spent living in Alaska. He was learning many lessons about life and about God. Each chapter of his book deals with a different issue, a fun (and sometimes painful) story, and a life application. Torry has learned about the love God has for each of us, along with how to laugh and move on from the pain of the past.


       This is a great book about wildlife, God and life! I think men and teenage boys would especially find it fun and easy to read. You will find yourself laughing out loud while you read this.


      I received this book from The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest opinion. This review is posted at Amazon, Facebook, DeeperShopping, CBD and Goodreads.

If you've ever wondered what life would be like in Alaska, read this book. But take each story with a grain of salt. I really like the layout of this book. Each chapter is a story unto itself. So you can read as much as you have time for. It's a good book to read while waiting for the doctor. It will lower your blood pressure with the good humor and antics of Torry Martin. I would catch myself believing every word. Then I would wonder how one person could be such a dufus. Then I remember that Torry writes comedy for a living. The really neat thing is how he ends each story or adventure with relating it to scripture and life. The small lessons learned at his expense should be taken to heart.

I received this book from bookfun.org for an honest review.

I posted a review of this book on Amazon and Goodreads.

Thank you, Torry, for a good read and a good laugh.

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!

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Here is the text of my blogged review:

Torry Martin is one crazy guy. This book is filled with his crazy adventures, mostly in Alaska and finally in his move to Tennessee.

Many of the Alaska adventures deal with wildlife. For example, there was a moose outside of his cabin. Martin decided to feed it carrots through the kitchen window. While he went back to the fridge to get more carrots, the moose stuck its head through the window and its antlers got stuck. In a panic, the moose ultimately pulled out the window, frame and all. The moose was seen running off with the window frame hung around its neck.

Martin became a Christian while in Alaska. He finds a spiritual lesson in every event and adds it to the end of each of his tales. He writes, “...I can even find a parable in bear guts.” (128)

Martin and his co-author have written stories for children. Martin for Focus on the Family and Peterson for Veggie Tales. It shows in this book in that the writing style is suitable for young people. While the events that happen are of interest to adults, sophisticated readers may find the prose a bit elemental.

This would be a good book for readers who like slap stick style humor. There are good spiritual lessons drawn from Martin's crazy experiences so this might be a book that could be given to a nonbeliever interested in the wilds of Alaska.

He is quite a comedian and you can find some of his routines online.

My rating: 4.5 stars.

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.

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

Harvest House Publishers, 224 pages.

I received a complimentary copy of this book through The Book Club Network. My comments are an independent and honest review.

I posted my review on Amazon, DeeperShopping, CBD and Goodreads.  What a great book!

Wow!  What a fun book to read!  I just loved it!  I usually read just fiction books but decided to try Of Moose and Men – I’m so glad I did!  Torry Martin tells stories of his time and adventures in Alaska, then ends each chapter/story with how this applies to us Biblically.  The stories are just incredibly funny – definitely a case of the truth is stranger than fiction!  As I read this book I kept chuckling so much that my husband repeatedly interrupted my reading to find out what was so funny! 

I also was delighted to discover as I read that Torry Martin has written for Focus on the Family’s Adventures in Odyssey, which I have loved for years!  He tells a little about that too!  I loved this book and highly, highly recommend it!  I received it from the publisher and this is my honest review of it.

This was an entertaining book and I found myself sharing it with my husband because he wanted to know what I was smiling so much about.. There was a moose with it's head stuck through the window, a reindeer trapped in the kitchen and bears in the yard. This fellow made me smile, laugh out loud, think and yes, remember how much God loves me! He writes like a comedian but with a seriousness that had me finding the underlying message he so much was wanting to share with me. What God has done for him... He can do for me! I would definitely recommend this one.

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My review is already on Amazon, Goodreads, and Deeper Shopping, and will be on my blog tomorrow.

A couple years ago, I was able to hear Torry Martin speak at a conference and I remember his lesson being one of my favorites that year. He was funny and his advice was practical. So when I saw this book up for review, I knew instantly that I wanted to read it. And am I ever glad that I did.


Of Moose and Men is a hilarious read. Torry's sense of humor shines through in every story that he tells, and I flipped through the pages faster than I would have imagined. Yet each chapter ends with a serious moment, where Torry explains just why he told that story and the lesson that he learned from it. The scriptures and insights he gives are powerful, and the simplicity of the moments God used in his life truly spoke to me.


There is a lot to think about with this book: what things we deem important or else take for granted, and how we interact with God in our everyday lives. I appreciate Torry's honesty as well as his wit when telling of his past, even though there were some moments that made me cringe. I highly recommend this, even for those who don't normally read non-fiction, as Torry Martin's (and Doug Peterson's) way of writing is easy to follow and very relatable.


I have provided an honest review after having received a copy of this book through the Book Fun Network.

"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 is 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. Reviews were posted on Amazon, B&N, CBD, Deepershopping, Goodreads, and TBCN.

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.

This is my review for the novel. Thank you so much for allowing me to read this. I am sorry that it fell through my cracks in our move.  I really enjoyed this book.  I posted my review to Amazon, Deepershopping, Barnes and Noble, Books a Million, and Christian book.

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.

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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.
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