4 out of 4 stars
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Noble always loved flying, and with a bit of persuasion from his family, he signed up for the Air Force at a young age. His military adventure was short-lived, though, and he soon left because he couldn't handle the academy.
Years later, he started a career as a deejay in radio broadcasting and enjoyed an exciting and eventful 43-year career. But his life wasn't without its problems, and they were numerous. Culture Jock gives the details of Noble's life and shows the connections between his professional and family life, his decisions, the challenges he encountered, and his faith in God.
This book is an all-access pass into the life and times of the author, Kenny Noble Cortes. By the time I was done reading, I could see how this autobiography was both a celebration and an indictment of his life choices. Mr. Noble, as he was referred to, certainly had many reasons to celebrate. One such reason was his long and fulfilling career in radio broadcasting, especially after his stint in the Air Force that thankfully didn't take. His time in the United States Air Force Academy (USAFA) reminded me that just because one has a passion for any given career doesn't always mean they're called to it.
As for the negatives in his life, there were a lot to pick from as well. There was a time in his life when he was self-centered and ungrateful. He certainly wasn't a good example of any Christian I know; his life was hypocritical, and his faith was weak. I wasn't surprised to see how who he was at the time affected his marriage and pushed him to alcohol addiction, amongst other things. To be fair, these circumstances weren't all his fault; some were brought on by people he associated with—people who were in his faith circle and supposed to know better. This showed how people could indeed be shaped by their physical and social environments and not just by their intrinsic values and experiences.
I appreciated that while this was the author's story, he didn't make the book all about himself. He found space to talk about other people. These included his wife, Kay; Jeff, the disc jockey; and Linda, a flirtatious listener. It was evident in this book that the author didn't just want to tell his story; he wanted to inspire, encourage, and educate. He shared his experiences on issues like unemployment and addiction and highlighted how not to get trapped in them. I admired Noble's decision to be vulnerable in this book; it's not easy to criticize oneself, let alone put it in print. Plus, he also used humor to make it fun to read.
Reading this story was an entirely positive experience; I didn't find anything to dislike. The book's editing was also exceptional. I rate it 4 out of 4 stars and recommend it to individuals dealing with any form of addiction.
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