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[Following is an official review of "Culture Jock" by Kenny Noble Cortes.]
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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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Post by Abu_Aisha1 »

"Just because one has a passion for any given career doesn't always mean they're called to it" is a great takeaway for me. Nice review!
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Post by sayoniwrites »

Nice review. I think these sorts of autobiographies where people are forthcoming about their positive side as well as the negative side are helpful. You wrote an interesting and balanced review.
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Post by Sharon Christanto »

Such an inspirational book! I want to know more about Noble and his life journey! Thanks for the detailed review, now I want to purchase a copy!
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Post by Christopherio »

this simply explains that one's love and passion can change over time and that's ok. thanks for the review, the book seems interesting.
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Post by Chinenye Achilike »

This is a reminder to parents and family in general not to dictate one's ambition to them.
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Post by kasedy Fairbairn »

I am finding more and more interest in books that are about the author. Growing up, these kind of books annoyed me. I also love reading books about people who served in the military, even if it was a short time. Looking forward to reading this.
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Post by Ferdinand_Otieno »

This is an inspirational non-fiction memoir highlighting details of the author's life, connections between professional and family life, and his faith in God. The book is temporarily discounted on Amazon Kindle and has an inciteful OnlineBookClub review. Congrats on the BOTD.
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Post by Aan Granados »

Any book with humour in it is always a plus for me. Thanks for your review!
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Post by Manang Muyang »

These included his wife, Kay; Jeff, the disc jockey; and Linda, a flirtatious listener.
-I can imagine a popular radio personality having flirtatious fans. I have reached my saturation point when it comes to memoirs, but I can hear this book calling to me. Well, anything about show business is hard to resist.
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Post by Sabahat Kamran »

I can relate to jumping into a career thinking you'll love it and then realising it's not for you. Thank you for the review!
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Sounds like Mr. Noble had an interesting life. Great review on his autobiography!
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This is a great review. It shows time where Mr Noble was disappointed in achieving his goal and took another decision to live. And interestingly, it continued to note how important is your social association. It very educational in terms of substance abuse and it provides remedies and measures to help us abstain from drug addictions.
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Post by Rosa Joy »

The ups and downs that Mr. Noble went through refined him to be better in the end. The review is informative.
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Post by AntonelaMaria »

I rather appreciate it when authors are honest especially with their flaws. So, I don't see it as a negative. I might check this book out.
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