Title: UFO of GOD: The Extraordinary True Story of Chris Bledsoe
Author: Chris Bledsoe
Release date: February 19th, 2023
This is 100% the first book I’ve purchased because of a Tik Tok video. And it was a random Tik Tok video at that. I know my algorithm will be such to push a video like the one I saw for this video to me, but it wasn’t from an account I follow or one I’d watched any content from.
From a very young age, the idea of UFO’s has fascinated me. I’m not smart enough to completely grasp or understand just how BIG the universe is, I do know it is huge. And I can’t fathom the idea that we’re alone. If we exist, so might others. Maybe not ‘humans’ as we are, or even as little grey figures, but I fully believe that there are other beings out there, some where. Saying that, I don’t believe in a God, as how the Bible portrays one or as Jesus Christ being what he was purported to be. I’m stumped that people believe in a Creationist viewpoint, that the Earth is only thousands of years old, versus what dating data shows us, but this review isn’t to get into any arguments or anything with anyone else about their beliefs, I simply wanted to go into this review sharing a bit of my viewpoint.
The Tik Tok video was from a guy – someone who I guess has a large following in the UFO community – who simply walks down a sidewalk and asks the viewer, if you’ve heard of Chris Bledsoe. This viewer had not. The guy goes on to say how Chris was a successful businessman, lost it all, had an experience, became a local pariah because of sharing his experience, but over the years he’s been repeatedly visited by intelligence members and invited to high level government events regarding his experience. That had me intrigued. For most people, they see videos like this and think that either UFO’s are crazy (even though the US government just released a bunch of interesting info about them) or the person is crazy. Most people can’t accept that something like this might ACTUALLY be real.
So, having watched the video, having went to Instagram and watched some of Chris’ orb videos, I bought it for Kindle and dove in.
What I liked: Opening with a foreword and introduction from two highly esteemed former US government officials kicks this one off with a bang. It lends an air of importance and professionalism that sets this book apart from a lot of the other true-story experience novels I’ve read that end up feeling more like someone trying to make a quick buck than someone who actually had an experience.
The book is exactly what the random guy from Tik Tok said it was. It follows Chris – who wrote it (believe he had a ghostwriter help) in first person POV – from childhood to present day. We see how he came from a poor family, worked his butt off to become a successful contractor, to lose it all to health issues and have to start over. I really liked this opening backstory stuff. It helped me, the reader who couldn’t pick Chris out in a photo, understand that this is a hardworking man, a man of faith and a man who no matter how down he was, would do what it took to provide for his family. That included growing their own food and harvesting their own manure (chicken manure, not their own manure, sheesh), so that he could overcome his health concerns and support them.
The big event, the ‘Fire in the Sky’ moment comes when Chris is at his lowest. Taking his son and some co-workers out fishing near their home, he goes for a walk, stressed about his health and what people say about him. It’s here that he has an experience with lights, figures and missing time. I won’t go too far into it, as I don’t want to be a total spoiler, but it is a gut wrenching, tension-filled section that had me captivated. It was also interesting to learn that not only did his son, Junior, experience ‘things,’ but so did the co-workers. I’ll come back to that in a minute.
From that point on, we get to share in the very low-lows that Chris and his family go through, up to the very highest of highs, with involvement in some phenomenal moments, meetings and events. It was staggering to read this and see who is interested in Chris’ story and what he ends up being involved with. Again, spoiler free, but it absolutely heightens that air of professionalism and believability.
I will say, throughout, the narrative voice doesn’t change or flicker. No disrespect meant to Chris, but it is told through a ‘good-ole-boy-awe-shucks’ writing voice that really works and helps humanize Chris time and time again. It never feels like he’s speaking down to the reader, never saying ‘hey, look what I got to do and you didn’t,’ which again, really works to make this book relatable.
As for the title of the book, this is in reference to not only Chris’ long time belief in God and having solid faith, but also about the vision he sees, the lady that visits him and his own interpretation of this. I think he does a remarkable job of walking the line between stating he believes it is God, but also that it is an unknown entity. I would argue that if this had happened to me – someone who doesn’t believe in God – I may very well interpret it as a space traveler, an inter-dimensional being etc. Chris really remains neutral and never once comes across preachy or holier than though, which works to not turn off any readers who don’t believe in Christianity or God.
Lastly – I thought it was wonderful to read lines that shared this sentiment – I waited until now to publish my story because I was able to gain approval/time clearance etc to share it. That was a stamp of approval for me for believability. That certain key moments in here were only able to be shared after a certain legal time period had past, really levels this up.
What I didn’t like: A few things stood out for me. The first was what I mentioned before. Chris states that Junior and the co-workers all also had experiences. While this profoundly devastates and crushes Junior, I would’ve liked to have heard a bit about what happened with the co-workers. Were they ridiculed? Did they ever speak out about it or in support of the Bledsoe’s?
Secondly, I have come to learn Junior has a podcast etc, but we don’t really hear much about Junior’s interpretation of the events. I know this was Chris’ story and in his POV, but I wanted to hear a bit about how Junior was handling things.
Lastly, the book kind of just ends. The ending works, but we go from a really amazing event Chris is at, to a few paragraphs about believing in that which we can’t see and then it just ends. Will we get a second novel? Is there more to come? What’s next? It wasn’t necessarily a cliff-hanger, more of just air being let out of the balloon.
Why you should buy this: If you’re like me and love reading about UFO stuff, cryptids, paranormal events etc etc, then this book will be right up your alley. The Bledsoe’s story is phenomenally engaging while also shows what can happen to the best of folk in the worst AND best of times. This was riveting and highly engaging and has some truly amazing UFO/unknown entity moments you’ll ever read. Even better – there are videos on his Instagram of some of these events which really ramp up the ultimately overwhelming sense of ‘you’re not alone’ that you’ll experience.
Really enjoyed this one.