First Line Friday — Of Moose And Men

17 May

I am going to Alaska in just 3 short weeks! I am so excited! As part of research for the trip, I have been reading books set in Alaska. I stumbled on a non-fiction account of one man’s encounters with God in the Alaskan wilderness — Of Moose And Men: Lost And Found in Alaska by Torry Martin and Doug Peterson. This book is hilarious and suitable for devotional reading at the same time. Torry recounts his adventures and misadventures while living in Alaska. I love his anecdotes and how he applies him with live with God. I am reading a chapter a day and will finish up a few days before I fly out to my own adventure.

Leave a comment with the first sentence(s) of the book nearest to hand, then head over to Hoarding Books for more fabulous first lines!

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.

17 Responses to “First Line Friday — Of Moose And Men”

  1. lelandandbecky May 17, 2019 at 6:15 am #

    Happy Friday! My first line is from “When He Returns” by author Kimberly Rae Jordan, which I haven’t started, but hope to start reading soon:

    “Dalton Callaghan stared at the gleaming wood casket at the front of the chapel, the profile of his friend just barely visible over the edge as he lay there.”

    • rbclibrary May 17, 2019 at 2:51 pm #

      Thanks for sharing.

  2. joyofreadingweb May 17, 2019 at 8:38 am #

    I’m so very glad today is Friday! It has been a long week! Over on my blog, I’m sharing the first line from Michelle Griep’s new book, The Noble Guardian. Here I’ll share the first line of a book that is on my #TBR mountain.

    “Tommy, wait!” Carly Blair screeched as she bounded off the depot platform after her brother.
    Mail Order Refuge by Cindy Regnier

    • rbclibrary May 17, 2019 at 2:51 pm #

      Hope your weekend is better!

  3. bellesmoma16 May 17, 2019 at 9:55 am #

    I love the title of this book. Great allusion!

    Happy Friday!

    Today on my blog I am sharing the first couple of lines from The Printed Letter Bookshop by Katherine Reay. It’s a fabulous story that I highly recommend. Currently, I am just starting Wooing Cadie McCaffrey by the fantastic Bethany Turner so I will share a line from that book.

    “What a difference four years can make.”

    I hope your weekend is a great one. Happy reading! 🤗💙📚

    • rbclibrary May 17, 2019 at 2:50 pm #

      Hope you have a great weekend too!

  4. thebeccafiles May 17, 2019 at 10:11 am #

    Oh boy, sounds like a funny read!
    On my blog today I shared the first line from Living Lies by Natalie Walters. Here I’ll hare the first line from The Heart of a King by Jill Eileen Smith which I just received in the mail yesterday 🙂 “The teacher looked at his scroll, light dancing in little ringlets over the words from the flickering candle at his side.” Hope you have a great weekend! Happy Reading!

    • rbclibrary May 17, 2019 at 2:50 pm #

      Enjoy your book!

  5. Paula Shreckhise May 17, 2019 at 12:49 pm #

    Happy reading Friday!
    My first line is from The King’s Mercy by Lori Benton:

    July 1747
    Cape Fear River, Colony of North Carolina

    Alex MacKinnon roused to the press of wood beneath his cheek and an ominous churning in his gut.

    • rbclibrary May 17, 2019 at 2:49 pm #

      Can’t wait to read Benton’s book!

  6. hjsnyder28 May 17, 2019 at 12:52 pm #

    Happy Friday Beckie!

  7. BeautyInTheBinding (@BeautyInTheBind) May 17, 2019 at 8:19 pm #

    Happy Friday! Today I’m sharing the first lines from The Crossing at Cypress Creek by Pam Hillman:

    “Caleb O’Shea jerked awake to utter stillness.”

    • rbclibrary May 18, 2019 at 8:32 am #

      I have a couple of the books in that series. Must read soon!

  8. Yvette - Bookworlder May 17, 2019 at 11:24 pm #

    The cover alone has me wanting to laugh!

    Happy Friday! I’m sharing from The Cowboy Meets His Match by Margaret Brownley on my blog today. Here is the first line from Chapter 12 of my current read, Becoming Mrs. Lewis by Patti Callahan:

    “The second day in Oxford arrived, luminescent, the honey-hues of sunlight falling from the leaves to settle on the grass like spilled paint.”

    • rbclibrary May 18, 2019 at 8:31 am #

      That’s a lovely line! Have a great day.

  9. carhicks May 18, 2019 at 8:20 am #

    I saw this book before and thought about adding it, it sounded hilarious. Glad you enjoyed it. Have a wonderful trip!

    • rbclibrary May 18, 2019 at 8:31 am #


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