What was it like to grow up in a
small town in Texas in the ‘30s
What was it like to find a satisfying
career before 20 and follow it for
more than 60 years?
Can the end of life be approached
ambitions die when one
Is long-term marriage still
One man’s answers to these and other practical
“life questions” are given by Joe Poe in Life at 80—
as I Have Lived It. Its pages offer a surprisingly
“good read”—entertaining, educational, inspirational.
Twenty chapters are organized into six topical sections,
and a 24-page photographic appendix offers images that
illustrate the text.
Jorge Díaz, present General Director of Editorial Mundo Hispano/Casa Bautista de
I have had the privilege of being personally acquainted with Dr. Joe T. Poe since 1979.
Some 29 of his 80 years! During these years I have observed him, worked with him, learned
from him and from his natural and spiritual abilities—as a man, a husband, a missionary, an
administrator, an editor, a historian, a preacher, a pastor, and a teacher. Nine tasks—sometimes
carried simultaneously! And all with dignity and dedication.
I have given a special reading to two of the chapters in this book: The
one on his preaching in Spanish (chapter 10) and the one on the churches
he has served (chapter 11)… Knowing Poe as I do, I can imagine how difficult
it must have been to write this autobiographical account. Just imagine!
He can’t really speak bad of himself—though at times he “confesses”
errors; neither can he lack a certain modesty even when “recounting” some
of his many triumphs. Such writing is not the task for just anybody!
I encourage you to read the story of one man who, when the Lord calls him to
His heavenly presence, will leave a legacy of permanent value in the lives
of hundreds of men and women around the world…