May 2, 2011
Intro from: “.We Be Big: The Mostly True Story of How We Became Rick & Bubba (with the assistance of best-selling and award-winning author Don Keith).
Rick and Bubba are two HIGHLY unlikely radio broadcasters telling everyone about their lives, families, and friends and not cutting anyone any slack. One of their overriding themes is “if it happened, we tell,” both the good and the bad and giving everyone a glimpse of life at its most real, even when the telling is painful.
I have been somewhat aware of Rick and Bubba since moving to Alabama so I knew a small part of their history but since I only listen to the radio when driving and I don’t have television the book We Be Big fills in some of the blanks.
We Be Big, taken from their 800 number, is written with alternating chapters from first Rick and then Bubba’s perspective.
The story starts with their younger days and their fascination with walkie-talkies and radios.
Rick discovered at a young age that he loved being in the limelight in any way that was available to him. He states it wasn’t from lack of love however, just his own insatiable desire to be “on stage” and number one in all his endeavors.
Bill “Bubba” was more fascinated with the makings and mechanical aspect of things and continued in this field until he became co-DJ with Rick.
Throughout the book they both tell of how they were led through every experience of their lives to become who they are now.
Rick and Bubba don’t cut any slack when telling how their faith in God and God’s divine guidance brought them to where they are, many times in unknown and mysterious ways until they looked back at all that happened and could see His hand leading them.
They both have a deep and abiding faith in God and even after having experienced unbelievable loss, their faith carries them through each day.
They both unabashedly give God the thanks for bringing them to where they are.
The book isn’t a religious book however. It’s a fun, though realistic and sometimes gritty look at their lives from childhood to now.
Be prepared to take the time to read We Be Big at one sitting because once you start, the frequent laughter and occasional tears will keep you reading to the end.
I really enjoyed this book on many levels and would recommend it for anyone wanting to read a refreshingly honest and open book, especially if you are familiar with Rick and Bubba.
I was given this book by Blogging for Books from Thomas Nelson Publishers in exchange for a review.