Tuesday, March 1, 2011
Book Review: We Be Big
We Be Big: The Mostly True Story of How Two Kids from Calhoun County, Alabama Became Rick & Bubba
By Rick Burgess & Bill "Bubba" Bussey
Thomas Nelson, 2011
English, 240 pgs
The story of two unlikely radio hosts and what happened when they followed their faith and instincts.
They are the most unlikely broadcast stars imaginable, yet hundreds of thousands of loyal listeners start their day with them every morning. They don't have "radio voices," don't spin the latest hit songs, don't do "shock jock" humor, horoscopes, or celebrity birthdays. Instead, Rick Burgess and Bill "Bubba" Bussey-collectively known as "The Rick and Bubba Show" on scores of radio stations coast to coast-share real stories about real people, inviting their vast audience into their families and circle of friends to experience with them uproarious happenings and moving events with which they can all identify. Beyond that, these two non-radio radio personalities break the biggest no-no for secular radio as they openly share in a forceful but non-threatening way their faith in Christ and their common-sense way of looking at the world.
Now, in We Be Big: The Mostly True Story of How We Became Rick & Bubba, they (with the assistance of best-selling and award-winning author Don Keith) share how this unlikely pairing came about and how the show found even higher levels of popularity, even as the two of them deliberately steered away from every accepted rule for radio success. Alternately hilarious and heartbreaking, this is also the highly personal story of two men who-like most of us-resisted stepping through the doors God opened for them, opting for the easier path when tested. In this compelling story, "the two sexiest fat men alive" share their experiences and demonstrate how, with the help of faith and family, they have become a true blessing for so many.
I have never heard the Rick and Bubba Show. I want to though. I requested this book since I absolutely loved the Rick & Bubba's Big Honkin' Book of Grub which I reviewed last year. These guys have a sense of humor so like mine and my friends I'm sure they'd fit right in out here!
They say several times that they keep their radio show "real" and that is what this book is. I laughed out loud reading stories from their childhood about how the "seed" for radio broadcast was planted and I really enjoyed "getting to know" them. (I really don't know them, but the book is so honest and so open that I feel like I do.)
I love that they don't shy away from their faith and that they are open about their reliance on God and His plans. They are honest about trials they've faced and about triumphs they've enjoyed.
It's a really great read and I would recommend it to anyone.
I received a copy of this book for review purposes from Book Sneeze. No additional compensation has been received and I was not required to write a positive review.