Wednesday, June 22, 2016

A Walk to Beautiful - Wayne

Title:  Walk to Beautiful: The Power of Love and a Homeless Kid Who Found the Way

Author: Jimmy Wayne
Genre: Memoir
Rating4/5- Great. Push it on your friends and family.

Book Source: Purchased - e-book

Recommended if you like: Memoirs, county music, children's success stories

What Its About:  
Country artist Jimmy Wayne was not born into the business, not by a long shot. Wayne grew up with an absent father, a mother who barely cared for his sister and him, and more often than not found himself with neither, sleeping on the streets or with friends or random family. At a key turning point in his life, the age of just thirteen, Wayne's mother left him at a bus station hundreds of miles from home to continue traveling with her boyfriend, who was in trouble with the law. Wayne found his way to the home of Russell and Bea Costner, an older, God-fearing couple, who took Wayne in and set him on the right path: school, work, a future.

Wayne found himself drawn to music to help himself deal with the chaos and sadness that is his childhood. He learned how to play guitar. He started writing songs.  Eventually, he found his way into the Nashville music scene, leading eventually to hits and success. This memoir chronicles these years of his life...and more.

At the height of his career and success, Wayne made a life-changing decision. During a slow summer, between gigs traveling with the likes of Brad Paisley, Wayne up and decided to walk 1,700 miles across America (from Nashville to Pheonix) to bring attention to the plight of homeless and foster children and how even one person could make a difference.

The Bottom Line: 
A really great read. Wayne is an amazing person and has experienced an amazing story.