The Tank Man’s Son

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 “What did it mean to be the Tank Man’s son? To grow up overwhelmed by my father’s presence and personality? It was as if I didn’t exist, as if I was just something else for my father to crush.”

So begins the haunting memoir of Mark Bouman as he recounts the events of his childhood at the hands of his larger-than-life, Neo-Nazi father in brilliant, startling detail. From adventure-filled days complete with real-life war games, artillery fire, and tank races to terror-filled nights marked by vicious tirades, brutal beatings, and psychological torture, Mark paints a chilling portrait of family life that is at once whimsical and horrific—all building to a shocking climax that challenges even the broadest boundaries of love and forgiveness.

An epic tale of redemption and reconciliation, The Tank Man’s Son is a literary tour de force that is sure to become an instant classic.


Because sometimes you have no idea where to start because a book has just left you speechless. A Tank Man’s Son by Mark Bouman, just wow.

-Because sometimes no matter how hard you try, only God can truly heal you.

-Because sometimes you don’t know the Why’s for many, many years.

-Because sometimes you don’t realize your crying and completely engulfed in the story until your husband asks you what is wrong.

-Because sometimes you read a book you can relate to, and take comfort in the fact that other people have “testimonies” like your own.

But you KNOW that God is good ALL THE TIME. Even when you can’t see it, or your world is completely insane and you don’t understand. That God can and will use things that are viewed as “bad” and make them beautiful.

This book is not for the faint at heart. There is a warning right in the beginning about the language. Tyndale thought long and hard about it. This book is intense. It will grip you, and maybe even wreck you a bit. Oh but it is worth it.

I love hearing people’s stories. Even if they don’t see or won’t see God working I try and always look for it. I cannot wait to share this book. It is a story of redemption, forgiveness, and most importantly watching God take the bad and make it new again.

Number of Pages: 350


Vendor: Tyndale House

ISBN: 1414390270


ISBN-13: 9781414390277

I received this book from Tyndale Publishing in exchange for my honest review.

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2 Responses to The Tank Man’s Son

  1. Mark Bouman says:

    Thank you for reviewing my book. I love the way you write. I have learned that no matter how much we may have suffered if we give Him time He will take our pain, sorrow and shame and replace it with joy. I have also learned that intimacy with God is intentional. Blessings. Mark Bouman

    • Danni says:

      Mr. Bouman,

      Thank you so much for your transparency. Your book is such an amazing reminder of God seeing the bigger picture even when we can’t. May God continue to bless you and your family.


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