G.I. Joe & Lillie


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Dive into this heartwarming, true story revealing the love, sacrifice, and devotion of one soldier and his wife who lived through World War 2. The patriotism, bravery, and faith-filled commitment of G.I. Joe and Lillie is an inspiration to every American. Oak Ridge Boys tenor, Joe Bonsall, poignantly shares his parents triumphs and tragedies in this unforgettable biography.

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SKU 537-2
Manufacturer New Leaf Press
Weight (in lbs) 0.80
Title GI Joe & Lillie
Subtitle Remembering a Life of Love and Loyalty
ISBN 13 9780892215379
Contributors Joseph Bonsall
Binding Hardback
Page Count 176
Publisher New Leaf Publishing Group, LLC
Dimensions (in inches) 5 1/4 x 7 3/4 x 1/2

“The story of G.I. Joe and Lillie is another poignant and inspiring reminder of the greatness of the World War II generation.” Tom Brokaw, NBC News Anchor

More than a biography that you can’t put down, G.I. Joe and Lillie recounts the inspiring story of sacrifice, love, and devotion during World War 2. Oak Ridge Boys tenor, Joseph Bonsall, shares his parent’s love story and the long-lasting effects the war had on them.

This heart-warming story reveals a five-day courtship and 55 years of marriage strengthened by faith. The war left Joe with nightmares, crippling injuries, and only one true friend, but she was all he would ever need. Lillie's steadfast faith and heartfelt devotion is a lesson for our time.

This story of patriotism, bravery abroad and at home, and deep commitment reveals the very essence of America. The story of G.I. Joe and Lillie helps us all remember that true love never, ever dies.


Loyalty to country, respect for honor and courage, and love for one another are at the core of America’s survival through pain and loss. G.I. Joe & Lillie brings that message up close and personal through a story about one American G.I. family. I loved it. It moved me to tears. It reminds us all that America’s core values of love, loyalty, and faith are built upon compassion and commitment within each family.

Dr. Laura Schlessinger, syndicated radio talk show host, best-selling author, and columnist

It is one of the best stories about hardship and pleasure that I have read!

Chuck Yeager, Brig. Gen. USAF, Ret

Joe Bonsall’s very touching tribute to his mom and dad reminds us of a generation of Americans who made it possible for all us to live freely. The sacrifices of the “G.I. Joes and Lillies” during WWII, and their subsequent adjustment to normal life is a story with which we can all identify. It’s honest and heartwarming, coupled with great humanity.

Dick Clark, dick clark productions and legendary television personality

This story exemplifies the integrity and character behind the American dream — even when the dream doesn’t come true in the way you hoped it would. A great story of enduring faith and true commitment.

Pat Robertson, The 700 Club, Christian Broadcasting Network, Inc.

Hidden Treasure
Review by Susan
I had never heard of this title before, but decided to include it as a read aloud in our patriotism study in July. Phenomenal story of sacrifice, love, and devotion.
Great read cover to cover
Review by Lauren
Starting right from the letter by Barbara Bush, to the preface, to the story, this is a page turner. This story encompasses brief historical information as well as a great point of view from soldiers in an engaging love story. I highly recommend it!
A surprising little gem
Review by Elisabeth
This lovely book was a true delight to read! I am Australian, so a lot of the American history went right over my head, but the story of this family was so enticing that I just couldn't put it down.
Great read
Review by Kelli
Excellent story of love and sacrifice!
Love, Love, love
Review by Jannell
I love this book so much. It really touched my heart. I have read it more than once.
So heart warming!!!
Review by Nichole
This book is one of those books I could not put down, my oldest is 4, so this is not exactly morning battery l basket material for him yet but I wanted to read it for the future. I love this book! I think it included such great detail of family life during war times and helped me to have a great appreciation for our soldiers.
I can’t wait!!!!
Review by Jessica
My girls and I are currently reading another book from MasterBooks but next up is this book! I’ve skimmed through this book and I’m so excited to read it to my girls. There are pictures inside of the book that my kids will be excited to see. I can’t wait for my kids to learn about WWII and for my kids to learn about the sacrifice that these amazing men and women made during that time! Thank you MasterBooks!!
Beautiful story!
Review by Libby
I absolutely loved this true story of love and sacrifice written by Joe Bonsall of Oak Ridge Boys fame. I read most of the book with tears in my eyes as I was taken back to World War II era America and then relived the long-lasting effects that the war had on this sweet couple. Their inspirational story isn't one I'll soon forget.
Review by Kara
I really enjoy reading about World War II and this story did not disappoint! It’s the love story of GI Joe, who bravely fought at D-Day, and his wife Lillie, who also served our country during the war. Their story was full of sacrifice and pain, but the overall themes of love, faith and faithfulness were inspiring.

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