Tuesday, August 8, 2017

We Stood Upon Stars by Roger W. Thompson

We Stood Upon Stars: Finding God In Lost Places by Roger W. Thompson is a series of 31 short stories of various travels Roger has been on throughout his life. Most of these recollected journeys focus on the detours, wrong turns, and other mishaps that happen when things don't go quite as you anticipate. But, as Roger demonstrates, those wrong turns often lead us on the greatest adventures and hold the secrets to life's biggest mysteries.

Most of the stories tend to wander and get off topic themselves, which lends to the overall flow that life doesn't follow a set map or order when it comes to how we learn the lessons it has to teach us. And for those of you who want a definitive purpose or moral behind each of these mini road trips, Roger has made a point to show us what he's come to learn from the experience.

While I found some of the stories to be things I could relate to, I had a hard time getting on the same page as the author for most of this book. I think it would be a great gift for the outdoorsy man who enjoys mini road trips and summer camping ventures and fishing with his family. Or, the guy that remembers having done all of those things in his childhood and would be able to reminisce about those days of seemingly carefree wonder while reading the ventures enclosed. 3/5 stars.

*Disclaimer: I received a complimentary print copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of this honest review. All opinions are my own.*

About The Author (copied from back cover):
Roger W. Thompson is a successful entrepreneur, collaborator, adventurer, and writer. He's spent his career building innovative businesses and nonprofit organizations. In addition to creating the first mission tourism resort in Haiti with the Hand and Feet Project, he's produced surf films, built skate parks, and outfitted adventure trips. Alongside his wife, he travels, surfs, snowboards, and fly-fishes - and is teaching his two young sons to do the same.
Purchase Links:


  1. Superb blog! Do you have any hints for aspiring writers?
    I'm planning to start my own website soon but I'm a little lost on everything.
    Would you suggest starting with a free platform like Wordpress or go
    for a paid option? There are so many choices out there that I'm completely confused
    .. Any suggestions? Cheers!

    1. I appreciate your interest in contacting me, but I don't really have any advice. I have no experience with Wordpress, as all of my blogs (including this one) are through Blogger. Blogger is also a free platform, and is ran through Google accounts. As far as which platform is better, I think that's mostly up to the individual and their specific interests and what they're comfortable with.

      I personally have chosen not to go with a paid option for a couple of reasons. First, I'm not selling anything. No advertisements and no affiliated links. Nothing that I could possible make a dime off of.

      Second, I'm not writing for a publication. Nor do I anticipate anything I write to ever become more than a simple blog entry or a review posted on a website. I write because I enjoy it and I feel compelled to do so. I don't intend to ever write a book or be a role model for anyone. I simply use this as a platform for my voice to have the opportunity to reach whoever decides to listen.

      In the end, I don't think there is a right or wrong way to go about it. So long as you start somewhere. Paid sites have their advantages, especially if you intend to sell or promote things or advertise your site elsewhere. If you're writing in order to reach a specific audience, I'd probably look into paid options. However, if you're writing just for the sake of writing, then free is a good place to start.

      Sorry I can't be more helpful.

      -Deuce Skunks-