#Excerpt “Struggle Bus” by Josh Wood

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Parenting, Christian, Non-Fiction
Publisher: Lucid Books
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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 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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Have you ever searched for a used vehicle online? As you are aware, I have. It’s an exhausting process. After a couple hours of browsing, a number of common advertising phrases begin to annoy me—like irrationally annoy me, like beyond reason annoy me. On one level, I completely understand why car ad writers use certain catchphrases. On another level, though, I irrationally hate them. Here are the phrases along with my inner dialogue.

Ad Phrase: “The AC is cold as ice!”

Me: Have you ever touched ice?

Ad Phrase: “The transmission shifts like a dream!”

Me: Your dreams make me sad.

Ad phrase: “has potential”

Me: Great! That’s exactly what I’m looking for in a vehicle—something

that I can possibly, maybe, sorta, kinda, perhaps, someday drive—potentially.

Ad phrase: “mostly highway miles”

Me: Sure they are. Liar! I’m sure you use your car to drive exclusively

between cities whilst hopping onto your scooter every time you need to drive

within the city limits. You’re such a hipster.

When I decided to list our van for sale, I was determined to avoid all these phrases. Of course, avoiding half those phrases wasn’t going to be a problem, mainly because our transmission seemingly controlled our AC. And due to this issue, our AC—rather than being cold as ice—was cold enough to melt ice.


About the Author

Josh Wood is a native of Amarillo, Texas. He and his wife, Careese, are graduates of Texas A&M University (Gig ’em). Josh went on to obtain his MBA from Baylor University (Sic ’em). Newly wedded Josh and Careese made a number of definitive statements regarding their future, including the following classics: “We’ll never move back to Amarillo.” “We’ll have three or four kids. Those kids will never throw fits in Walmart.” “We’ll never home school our children.” “Home churches are weird.”

They live in Amarillo. They have nine kids. They home school. They are part of a home church. They’ve wiped numerous tears off the Walmart floor. Their hobbies include raising children and trying to avoid definitive statements about their future.
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