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A Cowboy’s Faith: New books bring reflections

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“Reading is the best way to be informed about the past, present and future while also having a fun time.”

Always enjoying reading since learning how more than 65 years ago; newspapers have generally been read the most. However, books have also been a prominent source of reading through the decades taking spurts of frequency.

That fact has come to mind in recent weeks when two unsolicited books arrived in the mailbox free of charge.

The first one had many pretty pictures, a children’s book of sort. Quick fun reading, it required only five minutes or so of time cover to cover.

The second book, also a paperback, had a price tag of $17.95 on the back cover. It was certainly more intimidating to start reading.

Opening the front page to the small type and long paragraphs made it look uninteresting. Then leafing to the end of 182 pages likelihood of reading the book seemed even more unlikely.

Yet, relaxing in the leather rocking chair recliner, instinct was to pick the book up from the nearby wooden chair. Then all of a sudden there came an urge to see how boring the book really had to be.

Interestingly, reading began and the book was so intriguing true-to-life, no cover-up or pulling punches, it was impossible to put down. Upon completion in maybe four hours more less, the book’s somewhat complex yet somehow quite appealing writing created serious ponder.

The author had faced so many different life situations not unlike many others and reacted to them head on. Desiring to know more about the writer, an email to the book publisher provided contact information.

There has now been limited computer follow-up with the author, creating anticipation of even more possibly becoming confidants. Not intending to give a school book review, the writing opened eyes about interaction of the natural with the supernatural. It is complicated but worthy of contemplation.

Teachers required reading books even in early grade school, which really was always met with eager joy. Of course, “Cowboy Sam” was the first favorite. Summer reading programs on Wednesday afternoons provided time away from carrying groceries.

Cowboy and horse books and magazines have continued to be reading favorites with biographies best of all.

Reminded of First Timothy 4:13: “Devote yourself to reading for knowledge and encouragement.”


030615-franksmug2Frank J. Buchman is a lifelong rancher from Alta Vista, a lifetime newspaper writer, syndicated national ag writer and a radio marketing consultant. He writes a weekly column to share A Cowboy’s Faith.


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