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The Struggle Bus: The Van. The Myth. The Legend. is designed to take you, dear reader, on a ride with the Wood family in the van that became an Internet sensation. This one-of-a-kind literary adventure you are about to embark on is about more than a viral van. It's about managing the wonderful chaos of a family of 11. It's about parenting. It's about marriage. It's about The Struggle Bus: The Van. The Myth. The Legend. is designed to take you, dear reader, on a ride with the Wood family in the van that became an Internet sensation. This one-of-a-kind literary adventure you are about to embark on is about more than a viral van. It's about managing the wonderful chaos of a family of 11. It's about parenting. It's about marriage. It's about success. It's about failure. It's about faith. It's about fun. It's about a van becoming a metaphor for life as it is given a fun-filled beatdown for the ages. As you roll along with the Wood family, you just might feel driven to: • connect a little more with the God who made you. • give yourself a little more grace when you fail. • smile and laugh a little more—both at the Wood family's expense and your own. Hop in, buckle up, hold your nose, laugh, and join the Wood family to explore one of life's fundamental truths: the struggle is real.


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The Struggle Bus: The Van. The Myth. The Legend. is designed to take you, dear reader, on a ride with the Wood family in the van that became an Internet sensation. This one-of-a-kind literary adventure you are about to embark on is about more than a viral van. It's about managing the wonderful chaos of a family of 11. It's about parenting. It's about marriage. It's about The Struggle Bus: The Van. The Myth. The Legend. is designed to take you, dear reader, on a ride with the Wood family in the van that became an Internet sensation. This one-of-a-kind literary adventure you are about to embark on is about more than a viral van. It's about managing the wonderful chaos of a family of 11. It's about parenting. It's about marriage. It's about success. It's about failure. It's about faith. It's about fun. It's about a van becoming a metaphor for life as it is given a fun-filled beatdown for the ages. As you roll along with the Wood family, you just might feel driven to: • connect a little more with the God who made you. • give yourself a little more grace when you fail. • smile and laugh a little more—both at the Wood family's expense and your own. Hop in, buckle up, hold your nose, laugh, and join the Wood family to explore one of life's fundamental truths: the struggle is real.

30 review for Struggle Bus: The Van. The Myth. The Legend.

  1. 4 out of 5

    Bonnie DeMoss

    Josh Wood wrote an ad to sell his 15 passenger van, and it was so hilarious and honest that it went viral. Wood has expanded on this in a fun and enjoyable book. Josh uses lines from the ad to describe the life and lessons learned by his Christian family of 11 while they owned this van. Recommend for anyone interested in humorous biographies and Christian nonfiction. I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Josh Wood

    I give this book 5 stars. Full disclosure: I wrote it. My mom would totally give it 5 stars. She said it was wonderful. Since shes not on Goodreads, I feel moderately justified. I give this book 5 stars. Full disclosure: I wrote it. My mom would totally give it 5 stars. She said it was wonderful. Since she’s not on Goodreads, I feel moderately justified.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Christopher Galvez

    Phenomenal Read! The authors prose is exquisite! It was so easy to read. I found myself laughing at every page. While I dont have as many children as the author, I found myself relating to every word written. If more books are written by Mr. Wood, Ill definitely be purchasing. Phenomenal Read! The author’s prose is exquisite! It was so easy to read. I found myself laughing at every page. While I don’t have as many children as the author, I found myself relating to every word written. If more books are written by Mr. Wood, I’ll definitely be purchasing.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Mekala McGaha

    Great read. I laughed. I cried. I could relate with most situations, except having so many kids. Enjoyed your talent of story telling.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kristine

    Buckle up for a heart-warming, heart-felt, side-splittingly funny adventure in life and learning aboard the Struggle Bus! Authenticity surges through this book like an electrical current. No canned answers or pious platitudes here. This is Real Life 101. Or maybe, Real Life 11, because its told by a father of nine. Yep, nine. Thats why this upbeat, engaging narrative begins with the Craigslist sale ad for the familys geriatric 15 passenger Ford van. The full disclosure ad generates scores of Buckle up for a heart-warming, heart-felt, side-splittingly funny adventure in life and learning aboard the Struggle Bus! Authenticity surges through this book like an electrical current. No canned answers or pious platitudes here. This is Real Life 101. Or maybe, Real Life 11, because it’s told by a father of nine. Yep, nine. That’s why this upbeat, engaging narrative begins with the Craigslist sale ad for the family’s geriatric 15 passenger Ford van. The “full disclosure” ad generates scores of responses from families “sharing eerily similar stories.” Ditto messages urging the author to “write more.” So he does. Hence, this hilarious, cogent book about the struggles, successes, and adventures of a large family. Each chapter is based on sections from the Craigslist ad. Struggle Bus is a worthy read. It nimbly charts the nitty-gritty details of failure, exhaustion, disappointment, embarrassment, laughter, discovery, forgiveness, connectivity, exhilaration, love, hope, and faith encountered along the Woods’s parental highway (and maybe yours, too). Topics include making mistakes in marriage and child rearing. Teaching, training, nurturing and starting over. Also learning how, when, and where to find joy in the journey. Chapter standouts include chapter six, The Ghost of Vomit Past and chapter eleven, The Oil Change. Any parent who’s ever traveled with a sick kid or two or nine will relate to the former. Anyone who’s ever fogged a mirror will relate to the latter. I laughed out loud so many times it started to freak out the dog. Also: ‘Daddy, did Jesus make that lady fat?” Unsolicited advice about unsolicited advice. The “vomit comet.” Grocery store line evangelism on proper parenting. (Been there. Heard that.) Sometimes life is better when we quit things. “Embrace the crazy.” Quit counting to ten. It’s okay to not have all the answers. Preventative maintenance. The Wood family songbook. “Get up, dust yourselves off, learn, and try again.” A strong stream of truth swirls through every chapter. The style is nimble and quick. The voice is fresh and lithe. Both clever and lively, observations are keen, incisive, and peppered with a generous dose of self-deprecating humor. In light-hearted, lyrical prose, the author conveys some pretty weighty life lessons and observations while neatly side-stepping pedantic or preachy. Indeed, the gentle, homespun wisdom imparted isn’t the kind that’s shouted from a mountain top or thundered from a pulpit. It’s quiet. Mellow. It sneaks up on you and gently smacks you upside the head when you’re not looking. A delightful collection of stories and excruciatingly insightful prose, this light-hearted, free-wheeling romp through Real Life 101 is a gem. There’s an “every person” quality to this book that will appeal to anyone with at least half of a functional funny bone. Highly recommended for anyone who’s vertical and breathing or has ever had to say, over a driver’s seat, “We’ll get there when we get there!” I loved this book. It’s just… "fantastic."

  6. 4 out of 5

    Lauren DuPrez

    Struggle Bus: The Van. The Myth. The Legend. is the debut title by author Josh Wood. Struggle Bus is based on the adventures that Joshs family experienced while owning a 15 passenger van. I became familiar with the Wood familys adventures after reading the vans brutally honest and hilarious Craiglist ad that went viral. In the post, Josh had included a link to his blog and when I learned that he and his family are also Christians living in Texas, I signed up for his blogs email updates. A while Struggle Bus: The Van. The Myth. The Legend. is the debut title by author Josh Wood. Struggle Bus is based on the adventures that Josh’s family experienced while owning a 15 passenger van. I became familiar with the Wood family’s adventures after reading the van’s brutally honest and hilarious Craiglist ad that went viral. In the post, Josh had included a link to his blog and when I learned that he and his family are also Christians living in Texas, I signed up for his blog’s email updates. A while after the post had gone viral, Josh announced that a book based on the ad was in the works and I’ve been looking forward to reading it ever since. Each chapter of the book begins with a section of the Craigslist ad. Within the chapters, Josh expounds on the details of that part of the ad and gives readers a front-row seat to the crazy antics that naturally accompany parenting. Reading about the Wood family was truly delightful. It is evident to me that they love God and each other which is why they are able to enjoy life even when it is crazy. Some parts of the book include Josh’s thoughts about how the Bible applies to various aspects of life. I really enjoyed reading these and found them to be greatly encouraging. At one point in the book, Josh gave a brief overview of what biblical marriages ought to look like. Although this book isn’t about marriage, it is clear that Josh and his wife Careese love each other and I found this to be such a sweet picture of how Christ loves His bride, the church. As a parent, I was able to relate to many of the things that Josh and Careese have experienced. I laughed out loud many times while reading the book but laughed the most while reading the chapter on vomit. I suppose this is probably because at the time our family had just endured a round of the stomach flu and I could relate to the horrors Josh described. Overall, Struggle Bus is pure fun and I highly recommend it. I look forward to reading more from Josh in the future.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Annointed Author

    If you enjoy laughing. If you enjoy originality. If you are looking for a good read, get a copy of this book. It shares the adventures of the Woods family and their family bus. It does have a few gross moments but it blends in well with the nature of the book and as Josh says: kids are gross. This was really an easy, fun book that I'm glad I had the opportunity to read it. It reminds the reader that we all have struggles, no one is perfect but we have to keep driving on in our struggle bus. If you enjoy laughing. If you enjoy originality. If you are looking for a good read, get a copy of this book. It shares the adventures of the Woods family and their family bus. It does have a few gross moments but it blends in well with the nature of the book and as Josh says: kids are gross. This was really an easy, fun book that I'm glad I had the opportunity to read it. It reminds the reader that we all have struggles, no one is perfect but we have to keep driving on in our struggle bus. Congrats Josh and family, great job!

  8. 5 out of 5

    C. Gonzales

    My favorite aspect of this book was the wit and humor Josh Wood used. He took a book about a serious subject and made it wholly relatable and fun to read about. Sometimes we need to take a step back laugh at our struggles, see the good in some of the bad, etc. It's great to understand that at times the majority of us are having our own problems and just trying to make it through. We need to rely on our faith to help us in those moments and understand we are not alone. I loved Wood's outlook and My favorite aspect of this book was the wit and humor Josh Wood used. He took a book about a serious subject and made it wholly relatable and fun to read about. Sometimes we need to take a step back laugh at our struggles, see the good in some of the bad, etc. It's great to understand that at times the majority of us are having our own problems and just trying to make it through. We need to rely on our faith to help us in those moments and understand we are not alone. I loved Wood's outlook and how he navigated this subject. I found it so very helpful and inspiring!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Samantha Turley

    What a perfect title for this book! I love how much Josh Wood makes us laugh along the way. This book does not feel preachy, its a great outlook on many issues that arise in our daily lives while trying to navigate parenting. I found this really helpful! What a perfect title for this book! I love how much Josh Wood makes us laugh along the way. This book does not feel preachy, it’s a great outlook on many issues that arise in our daily lives while trying to navigate parenting. I found this really helpful!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Gina Stamper

    The best thing about this book was the way Josh Wood approached the topics. I think it was done with knowledge and understanding while also being self-deprecating and relatable for the reader. The faith-based way this book is ultimately put together gives it even more value.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Ellen

    I really enjoyed your story. It could be in the comedy memoir genre! Thank you for the book, note, and gift card. I'm going to pass this on to my friend to read while she is recuperating from a serious auto accident. She is a Christian with a large family and a great sense of humor and I know she will love it. Keep writing! Happy Mother's Day!

  12. 4 out of 5

    R.K. Emery

    I really loved the way Josh Wood put together this book. It is consice and clear while being full of so much great information. I loved the way that he made us laugh along the way. It's a spiritual and inspirational book that will give you a clear vision of parenting in a Christian manner.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Tricia Anson

    What a fun, encouraging, and helpful read! As a homeschooling mom of six kids it was relatable and a perfectly refreshing read in the midst of my own chaos.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Csimplot Simplot

    Excellent book!!!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Rachel Reneau

    Such a great read! If you like books that make you laugh out loud, encourage you as a parent, and motivate you to live a little bolder and adventurous this book is for you !

  16. 4 out of 5

    Brandy Richardson

    Won this through a Goodreads Kindle giveaway. Hilariously funny... lots of laugh out loud moments! And to think this all started with an online ad to sell their van. Loved following this family of 11 through the ups and downs of life. So many nuggets of wisdom within; for marriage, relationships, general circumstances and of course parenting. Great read for parents and singles alike.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Darla J

    Love this book! It's full of humor and one liners. The author pokes fun at himself while teaching valuable life lessons. "We like big bus and I cannot lie", priceless.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jeremiah Cunningham

    The Struggle Bus: The Van. The Myth. The Legend. is designed to take you, dear reader, on a ride with the Wood family in the van that became an Internet sensation. This one-of-a-kind literary adventure you are about to embark on is about more than a viral van. It's about managing the wonderful chaos of a family of 11. It's about parenting. It's about marriage. It's about success. It's about failure. It's about faith. It's about fun. It's about a van becoming a metaphor for life as it is given a The Struggle Bus: The Van. The Myth. The Legend. is designed to take you, dear reader, on a ride with the Wood family in the van that became an Internet sensation. This one-of-a-kind literary adventure you are about to embark on is about more than a viral van. It's about managing the wonderful chaos of a family of 11. It's about parenting. It's about marriage. It's about success. It's about failure. It's about faith. It's about fun. It's about a van becoming a metaphor for life as it is given a fun-filled beatdown for the ages. Full disclosure -- I did receive this book as a gift from the author, but my review is an honest one. I doubted that the book would make me laugh, but after many hysterical sessions here is my review. As a father of a large family, not as large as Josh Wood's family, but large enough I could relate to this book. As much as you try to stay on top of cleaning the house, cleaning out cars, doing laundry, etc. it is just impossible unless you refuse to allow your kids to be involved and make them do nothing but chores every night. It is not that we do not want to have the show house where everyone can come over or that we want trash to fall out of the car when we open the doors, it is just that there is not enough time in the day or energy in a parent to always manage those things. So yes, I relate to this book more so than maybe I wanted to admit. The chapter that spoke to me the most though is Chapter 11 -- Oil Changes. This chapter is about the importance of regular maintenance and while it is premised on the need to get oil changes for a car, it is applied to the need for maintenance for ourselves, both inside and out. One of my favorite quotes from this chapter is: "I think one of the most dangerous things Christians do to their kids is raise them in an isolated, socioeconomic, racial, and ideological bubble." There were several other quotes in this chapter that I underlined, but I also want to point this one out: Our advice to you is that regular maintenance is important. Without it, something is bound to catch on fire -- literally or figuratively." Both of these quotes speak to the importance of the perspective we must maintain in our lives. On one hand, we must keep the perspective of seeing outside of our world. Our problems seem so small in comparison to what is happening around us when we take the time to look and listen. On the flip side though, no matter how small our problems might seem, they are still our problems and without addressing them they will lead to bigger issues. This balance is so important as we move from day to day. Overall, the book is funny, insightful, and enlightening. It is a short read and a quick read, but one that will leave you thinking. I encourage you to pick up a copy.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Sharon

    Funny, sweet and inspiring. I had not read Josh Wood's Craiglist ad for his 15 passenger van previous to reading this book but it sure was funny. Struggle Bus is a book that came out of that ad and is loosely structured around it. It sounds like an odd thing to have a book based on a Craigslist ad, but it works here. The Woods are a large Christian family (nine kids!) who live in Amarillo, Texas. The aforementioned ad is for the sale of their used van. He wanted to be honest, so he told it like Funny, sweet and inspiring. I had not read Josh Wood's Craiglist ad for his 15 passenger van previous to reading this book but it sure was funny. Struggle Bus is a book that came out of that ad and is loosely structured around it. It sounds like an odd thing to have a book based on a Craigslist ad, but it works here. The Woods are a large Christian family (nine kids!) who live in Amarillo, Texas. The aforementioned ad is for the sale of their used van. He wanted to be honest, so he told it like it is: paint scrapes down the side, possible chicken nuggets hidden in the open speaker hole, a history of kids vomiting in the van, etc. Each chapter is titled based on a component of the ad/vehicle, and the story of the van is really the story of raising a big, chaotic family. For instance, the first chapter is "The Oil Change" and he talks about how you rush to get your car in when the service light comes on if you only have one kid, but as it progresses to more and more kids instead of rushing in to get it looked at you ask your spouse "but is there smoke?". There are some funny stories that any one who has a kid can relate to, even those of us with smaller families. A few gems: when Netflix bingeing at night and the browser asks if you are sure you want to watch another "2:00 am is no time for judgement, Netflix! Yes, I am still watching Friends. I changed 74 diapers today, cleaned spaghetti off the ceiling, and fished baby poop out of the bathtub. Let me be!" Also "One day, my wife walked into the bathroom to witness our four-year-old song standing on top of the tank of the toilet whilst attempting to pee into the bowl down below. It would have been more funny than awful if he hadn't had his hands on his hips whilst swiveling them in a circular motion...It was like a war zone in there. Fortunately, God made bleach". This is very much a Christian book and it is obvious that their faith is very important to the family. They seem to be truly working to use their faith in a positive, useful, loving way instead of just giving lip service to Jesus. He talks about how prayer is meant to be active. If you are praying for people who are starving to death, your kids should also see you doing something to try to help them. He also says that "one of the most dangerous things Christians do to their kids is to raise them in an isolated, socioeconomic, racial and idealogical bubble". I just love that sentiment and we would all be so much better off if everyone ascribed to that idea.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Diane Solomon

    I loved this book! On almost page I laughed out loud at something, and three times in the book I laughed until there were tears in my eyes. I have been reading it out loud to my husband. Its that good. I feel I know Mr. Wood and his family. I dont, but I would truly like to. The author seems to be (and I dont think he could fake it) a genuinely decent man, husband and father, who looks on his mad life (nine children and a hoard-worthy van) with tolerance and humor. He displays kindness toward I loved this book! On almost page I laughed out loud at something, and three times in the book I laughed until there were tears in my eyes. I have been reading it out loud to my husband. It’s that good. I feel I know Mr. Wood and his family. I don’t, but I would truly like to. The author seems to be (and I don’t think he could fake it) a genuinely decent man, husband and father, who looks on his mad life (nine children and a hoard-worthy van) with tolerance and humor. He displays kindness toward himself and all of his family for their mistakes and learnings, and patience during the trials and tribulations of trees falling on houses, parts breaking in the van, and Chicken nuggets in speaker holes. And it is always the humor that rises to the top. Laughing at life – at the things that go wrong, the things children say and do, and at himself. I love that – he laughs at himself. Struggle Bus is well-written and well-edited. Mr. Wood is a very good writer, showing a wonderful sense of comic timing. I am planning to buy a few copies of this book to give to friends for Christmas, and will love hearing how much they laughed as well. Thanks, Josh, for the great stories and a fun time! 6 stars if I could for the pleasure you gave me.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Michelle Arredondo

    It began with a Craigslist ad. A funny one. A really funny one. Josh woods needed to sell the much loved family van and he needed to do it in the most creative way. Why? Because "much loved" is putting it lightly. This van...this bus....was loved to the core...and more. Funny, witty, absolutely creative way to gain notoriety over the selling of the family bus. Little did Josh Wood know that some whimsical little details would gain that notoriety but it did. In this day and age we call it "going It began with a Craigslist ad. A funny one. A really funny one. Josh woods needed to sell the much loved family van and he needed to do it in the most creative way. Why? Because "much loved" is putting it lightly. This van...this bus....was loved to the core...and more. Funny, witty, absolutely creative way to gain notoriety over the selling of the family bus. Little did Josh Wood know that some whimsical little details would gain that notoriety but it did. In this day and age we call it "going viral" and going viral it did. What I enjoyed so much of this book was the format in which it was done. Each chapter begins with a snippet of the ad. From there we can certainly see what made this ad so amusing to so many. Entertaining, enlightening, a dive into the lives of a very large family that do good for their community (and others), hold strong to their faith, and went through all the many complicated and wonderful growth experiences that a family goes through....and they did it all with this van. I don't come from a large immediate family. I don't have one of my own. I mean...compared to them a family of 6 is small beans. Still the book felt nostalgic to read. This family is lovely. They were entertaining to read about. Parents can certainly relate to all the funny and annoying little fiascos that happen in the family vehicle. I would buy the book if Author Josh Wood wrote about the selling of the family home because surely there are stories to tell about that place!! A great read. I highly recommend.... Thanks to the good people of goodreads and to Josh Wood for my copy of this book won via giveaway. I received. I read. I reviewed this book honestly and voluntarily. You can also find this review on Amazon...

  22. 4 out of 5

    Larry Tressler

    This is the funny story of Josh Wood and his family of 11, in their never ending adventures with their struggle bus. A humungous 15 passenger Ford van. It's also a collection of their hilarious situations that all us parents have found ourselves in, except multiplied by 10. It's a short book (135 pages) but will keep you laughing to yourself, and sometimes even out loud. It will cause your wife to say, "What the hell are you reading?" This book won't change your life, teach you how to flip This is the funny story of Josh Wood and his family of 11, in their never ending adventures with their struggle bus. A humungous 15 passenger Ford van. It's also a collection of their hilarious situations that all us parents have found ourselves in, except multiplied by 10. It's a short book (135 pages) but will keep you laughing to yourself, and sometimes even out loud. It will cause your wife to say, "What the hell are you reading?" This book won't change your life, teach you how to flip houses, or make you eat right and loose weight. But it will make you chuckle. And isn't that what we all need right now? Just a few more chuckles. Obviously I would recommend it. It would also make a great gift for someone who doesn't read. The thickness of the book won't scare them, and the writing will grab them right away.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Gloria J Sproles

    I absolutely loved this book I loved the honesty of this book. I met Careese, in a bible study, when h was first starting their family. What a sweet couple. We went to the same church for several years, as I watched their family grow. The last time I saw them was at a homeschool function, my gboys were home schooled too. By then the Woods family had really grown. I havent seen them in years but have enjoyed Joshs blogs from time to time. I laughed all the way through this book. To think of the I absolutely loved this book I loved the honesty of this book. I met Careese, in a bible study, when h was first starting their family. What a sweet couple. We went to the same church for several years, as I watched their family grow. The last time I saw them was at a homeschool function, my g’boys were home schooled too. By then the Woods family had really grown. I haven’t seen them in years but have enjoyed Josh’s blogs from time to time. I laughed all the way through this book. To think of the young man in his bio picture, white shirt, dressed to the tee, very business like..........Well now I know the rest of the story. I envy their chaos! I recommend this book to anyone that can find humor in the real struggles of real life.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Tracy Dishman

    I received this book in a Goodreads Giveaway and the author took time out of his very busy day to followup. I thought that was so cool. On to the review.... This was such a great book on the stories that wrap around the selling of a 15 passenger bus. 15 passenger bus??! The author has A LOT of kids. I had my husband (who is not a reader. He enjoys World of Warcraft and the Xbox too much) read the Craiglists ad of said bus. He laughed....quit a bit. So good job Josh Wood. You got some laughs out of I received this book in a Goodreads Giveaway and the author took time out of his very busy day to followup. I thought that was so cool. On to the review.... This was such a great book on the stories that wrap around the selling of a 15 passenger bus. 15 passenger bus??! The author has A LOT of kids. I had my husband (who is not a reader. He enjoys World of Warcraft and the Xbox too much) read the Craiglists ad of said bus. He laughed....quit a bit. So good job Josh Wood. You got some laughs out of my gamer husband. Major applause.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Donna Schoening

    Normally, I would only give this short novel 3 stars, but it brought me so many laughs and good advice that I had to give it a 4. It may not have been plot-based, but it was a fun read nonetheless. My only complaint was that I thought the book was going to be more about the crazy travels of a family of 11 in their van, but it was not that at all. The adventures told were great, though, and took me back to my motherhood days with 3 kids. Thanks for a fun read, Josh Wood! I won this kindle edition Normally, I would only give this short novel 3 stars, but it brought me so many laughs and good advice that I had to give it a 4. It may not have been plot-based, but it was a fun read nonetheless. My only complaint was that I thought the book was going to be more about the crazy travels of a family of 11 in their van, but it was not that at all. The adventures told were great, though, and took me back to my motherhood days with 3 kids. Thanks for a fun read, Josh Wood! I won this kindle edition on Goodreads so thank you to Goodreads, too!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Dena Dyer

    Humor is hard to write, but Josh Wood writes the kind of humor that sings. No wonder the Craigslist ad for his well-used van went viral! "Struggle Bus" is easy to read because of the tone, but Josh makes no bones about the difficulties life can bring. Chapter by chapter, he mines life lessons from unlikely places. As a reader, I was swept along by his tales of family adventures (and misadventures), while being thoroughly entertained. I really enjoyed this book, and I highly recommend Humor is hard to write, but Josh Wood writes the kind of humor that sings. No wonder the Craigslist ad for his well-used van went viral! "Struggle Bus" is easy to read because of the tone, but Josh makes no bones about the difficulties life can bring. Chapter by chapter, he mines life lessons from unlikely places. As a reader, I was swept along by his tales of family adventures (and misadventures), while being thoroughly entertained. I really enjoyed this book, and I highly recommend it--especially for parents.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Carol Pennington

    What a funny and delightful book! The Struggle Bus is in fact about an actual vehicle, but it is much more about life, parenting and marriage. Based on an actual Craigslist ad for a 2005 Ford E350, the story takes a hilarious look at the journey of the van and the memories made in it by a family of 11. I enjoyed it very much and highly recommend it. It is a clean book and has good Christian principles throughout.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Pamela Carroll

    I won this in the Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review. I read it during the quarantine so I wasn't sure how I was going to react. Being cooped up tends to skew one's perspective about things. However, this book did the trick for lifting my spirits! I actually laughed out loud reading about their life's journey during their time of ownership of a simple yet unique vehicle. If you need a break from all that's going on in our world, enter the world of the Struggle Bus.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Lesa Dierking

    Highly recommend this book if you are looking for an opportunity to laugh. Very seldom do I find books funny enough that I laugh out loud when I read it, but I did, several times, throughout this book. How the author describes his interactions with his children, the activities and speech of the children, is so relateable. I can't wait to share this book with my pastor's wife...they have 9 kids!!! :)

  30. 5 out of 5

    Windell Beaird

    I laughed so much my sides ached!!! What a heart-warming story, or stories about a beloved family vehicle. I can fully relate as our we had a vehicle that was like an extension of our family... Well-written and all around great read! I think the author missed his calling as a stand-up comedian..

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