Texas Tales in Siberia


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Jeff Williams
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Author: Jeff Williams

Search "Crazy Russians" on YouTube and you will find videos with millions of hits. Imagine moving your whole family to Siberia. Texas Tales follows a sixth generation Texas boy who struggles to adjust to life in Siberia. Hilarious misadventures follow one after another as he learns to navigate the cultural divide between the Lone Star State and 1,000 years of Russian life. In time he discovers that the greatest challenges are not from his new environment, but from within. Had he been a salesman or worked in petroleum it would have made no difference. The fact that he is a preacher is beside the point. Adjusting to life in Russia will continue to be an interesting challenge for any westerner who ventures there. Texas Tales in Siberia is an inexpensive and painless way to visit Russia.

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The Williams family moved to Novosibirsk, Siberia, Russia on January 3rd, 1998. Russia was still operating on the Soviet Model in many ways. Between the strange way of doing things, and the colorful characters they met along the way, life was so absurd it became amusing.

This humorous autobiography covers a period of orientation into a Siberian lifestyle. If you need to escape to another time and place, if you want to laugh out loud, then this is your ticket. Run in's with Russian Rednecks, Babushkas, and the Police guarantee that Slavic life is never dull. Complete economic meltdowns, brutal winters, and stubborn bureaucracy were roadblocks to survival. Dealing with difficult taxi drivers, soviet shopping malls, and horrible roads were strange aspects of the daily routine. You will fall in love with the Russian people.


2 Reviews
  • J. Lord

    5 10/25/16

    A book worth reading

    I found this book to be very intriguing. It reveals what is so often not told…the stories regarding American missionaries and what they go through to bring the Gospel to the world. As American church members in this great country, we sit comfortably in our pews and take for granted the hardships that the missionaries we support must endure. In spite of the constant ordeals, the author conveys his story with a light-hearted attitude. The humor that he injects into his story, makes bearable his trails, for those of us who can immerse themselves enough in its pages to imagine being there and what these difficulties might be like. I found Mr. Williams “Texas Tale” to be honest and humble in his evaluation of himself, and his short-comings. I also found his attitude towards the Russian communities that he sought to serve to be very kind and complementary. Even when he struggled with culture shock, he openly admitted this factor, however as his story tells, he worked very hard to overcome these barriers, as well as those of language. This is a very good book, which is presented in a very inoffensive manner. In the end, he was successful in planting churches in areas where before there had been no witness. As he records his day to day struggles and thoughts, the narrative provides thoughtful hints that readers can contemplate and apply to their own lives. I recommend this book without reservation.

  • Russel B

    5 10/25/16

    Fantastic Missionary Book!

    This is a fantastic book filled with humorous and heart felt honesty about the difficulties that missionaries face as they move to a foreign field. I'm thankful for people like Jeff Williams who gave up comforts to share God's Word in Russia. Highly Recommend!

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