One genre I didn’t like as a kid, but grew to enjoy, was a country…especially traditional country. If there is anyone the last few decades who is the epitome of traditional country, it’s Randy Travis. When he announced on Twitter he had an autobiography coming out, I immediately pre-ordered it on Amazon. Boy, I am glad I did.
I give Forever and Ever, Amen 5 stars based on:
5 – Pay for both the electronic and paper versions
4 – Pay for the electronic or paper version (whichever is your preference)
3 – Pay for it if it is heavily discounted
2 – Read it if it is free
1 – Unless you need a cure for insomnia, skip it
I’m more of a non-fiction technology or leadership book reader, but Forever and Ever, Amen, was a tremendous, inspiring break. Within its pages you learn how one of the greatest country voices ever grew up, how his career took off, and how he battled back from a debilitating stroke (a battle he is still fighting). It is an honest work, admitting his humanity while still “telling it as it is” when he was wronged (in a diplomatic way).
L.D. and I were talking one night after a show about another artist we had recently seen. The artist seemed almost rude and uncaring about the fans and so arrogant. I was certain I must have gotten the wrong impression, so I asked L.D., “Did that artist seem cocky to you?”
L.D. nodded and said, “Yeah, Hoss, an ego is a heavy thing to carry.”
I thought that was a simple yet profound statement. After that, any time I felt tempted to get cocky, I recalled, “An ego is a heavy thing to carry.”
Randy, based on your book…you have lived the wisdom in J.D.’s statement all your professional career, and you’ve been forgiven when you came up short.
Which leads me to the final thing I’d like to note. Considering what he’s gone though (and it’s far more than just his stroke), Randy could curse God…but, he and his wife Mary have done the opposite. He wraps up “Acknowledgements” with:
Most of all, I am grateful to the Lord Jesus, who never gave up on me, and who continues to bless my life. He is the final “Amen!”
Amen Randy! Thanks for the music. Thanks for the book. If I don’t get to see you on this side of eternity, I look forward to doing so on the other side. Soli Deo Gloria brother!