“I’ll Push You” by Patrick Gray and Justin Skeesuck

Friends To The End!

We may have lots of “friends,” but most are little more than surface acquaintances.  But who can be called on in a time of need?  That person is a true friend.

Justin and Patrick have that kind of relationship, and they have been friends for decades.  They were both born in the same hospital within days of each other.  Growing up in the same little town, they lived near each other, and attended the same church. It was only natural they would play together, but as they did, they became fast friends.  As the years rolled by, they both experienced marriage, parenthood and living long distances apart.  Despite that, they maintained their friendship.  When their wives and children entered their lives, they, too, formed strong connections with each other.

While they were still young men, Justin began having physical problems that took years to diagnose.  As time went on, Justin slowly went from walking normally to needing braces, to a wheelchair, to needing help to eat, bathe, or use the restroom.  Finally diagnosed with MAMA, and told it would eventually kill him, Justin has continued living life to the fullest.

During one of their visits, Justin told Patrick about a TV program that documented the walk called Camino de Santiago in Spain.  People have continuously walked this strenuous path since the middle ages.  It goes up and over mountain tops, frequently the uneven ground is strewn with large rocks, and at times, it might be almost impassable due to mud. The journey has often been done for spiritual reasons, or deep reflecting. Justin wanted to go, but didn’t know how.  Patrick told him to go, and said, “I’ll push you!”

With those words, the two men’s lives were propelled into an experience they would never forget.  On the very first day of the Camino, they found all the months of hard training didn’t come close to the difficulties of the actual path.  People often told them someone in a wheelchair couldn’t attempt this journey, or they would quickly fail if they tried.  This book chronicles their experiences they as they attempted to conquer 500 miles of the Camino, along with the hardships they faced—and the ways this changed them.

I really enjoyed reading this true story about Justin and Patrick, as well as, the tales they included from their past.  Not to be missed is the bat story (page 202 in my edition).  It is one of the funniest stories I have ever read, and I dare you not to smile.  Other pilgrims were met along the way, who shared their amazing life stories with the two men.  European adventures ranged from the lack of handicap accessibility, to taking part in a Spanish bull-run, to generous acts of kindness by strangers.

Both authors shared life-changing, spiritual insights they gained from this trip.  More than anything else, this book is a tribute to friendship, and the incredible things good friends will do for each other. https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Proverbs+18%3A24&version=CJB  Proverbs 18:24 sums it up:

“Some ““friends”” pretend to be friends, but a true friend sticks closer than a brother.”

Having recently endured the death of just such a friend, I can testify to the depth of this kind of relationship.  Lots of filming was done during this trek, which was then made into a documentary.  I recommend this five-star book to everyone who likes true-life stories, or adventures from a Christian viewpoint.  

Tyndale House Publishing has provided bookreadingtic with a complimentary copy of I’ll Push You, for the purpose of review.   I have not been compensated in any other manner. All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required, or influenced, to give anything but an honest appraisal.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

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“Freedom’s Ring” by Heidi Chiavaroli

Forgive Me?

Annie was running in the Boston Marathon when a terrorist struck setting off a bomb.  Both she and her cheering niece, Grace, were seriously hurt.  Annie was consumed with guilt that Grace’s dreadful injury was her fault, and broke off contact with her niece and sister, Lydia.

Only one good thing came out of that day:  the mystery man who immediately stepped in to give Annie aid, and left his ring in her hand.  Before she blacked out, he told Annie he would see her again, but years passed, and he never re-appeared.  A quirky event brings them back together again.  The ring he–Brad–left with Annie propels the two of them together to search for his family history.  At the same time, Annie seeks forgiveness from Lydia and Grace.

Both Annie and Brad have ghosts haunting them from their past.  Annie has the guilt of deserting her family, compounded with the blame she feels for Grace’s injury.  Brad carries memories of the gruesome horrors he faced during war.  Ultimately, Brad has found a way to peace, but Annie isn’t sure she can do what he has done.

Liberty lives in 1770 Boston right before the American Revolution.  Of all times, Liberty finds herself falling in love with one of the hated British soldiers.  Liberty’s life changes when she is viciously attacked, and she relocates.  Hugh, a kind gentleman and a solid American patriot, begins to court her.  Just as Liberty’s life is about to change in a good way, Hugh is deeply hurt by Liberty.  While the chaos of war is going on, Liberty is consumed with the thought she is a bad person who has let a good man down.

This is the story of real-life difficulties loved ones face when they go through hard times with each other.  The bitter fact is, sometimes only one person wants to continue a relationship.  It is also the story of love lost, and found again, but not always as expected.  The author intertwined Annie and Liberty’s stories in a wonderful way.  Even though they faced completely different obstacles, both women were looking for the same thing.  It was eye-opening to see the Revolutionary War through Liberty’s experiences.

It was lots of fun exploring Boston’s famous places with Annie and Brad as they tried to hunt down his family connections.  In this day of people having their DNA analyzed, hoping to discover their ancestors, this story might actually add some research ideas.  This great book offers the hope that God will be there for you no matter what you have done, or not done.  He will stay beside you even if no one else will.  I strongly recommend this 5-star book to anyone who has ever wanted someone to forgive them, or who enjoys a well-written story.

Tyndale House Publishing has provided bookreadingtic with a complimentary copy of  Freedom’s Ring, for the purpose of review.  I have not been compensated in any other manner.  All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required, or influenced, to give anything but an honest appraisal. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

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“Holding the Fort” by Regina Jennings

The Performance of her Life!

“I am Lovely Lola Bell.  They will be enchanted by my performance and love my show.”  Each time Lola walks out to sing on the stage of the Cat-Eye Saloon, she says this under her breathe. Little does she know her career is about to end, and the biggest, along with the most dangerous role of her life is about to begin.

After being abruptly replaced at the Cat-Eye,  Lola is desperate to make money.  Unfortunately, 1885 Wichita offers no other place for a dance hall girl to work who refuses to do anything immoral.  With nowhere else to turn, and using what little money she has, she sets out for Fort Reno.  That is where her younger brother, Bradley is stationed with the U. S. Calvary.  He is her only relative, as well as, a life-long trouble maker.  Bradley has often written to complain about the unfair treatment he receives from Major Daniel Adams, the commander of the fort.  Perhaps she can convince the major to go easier on Bradley.

Through a comedy of errors, Lola finds herself mistaken for the governess to the daughters of Major Daniel Adams–the same man that has been giving her brother such a hard time.  With the hope that Lola with be able to help Bradley, she decides to pretend to be the governess.  Amazingly, Lola likes this new “character” she is playing, and really enjoys being treated as a proper lady instead of a dance hall girl.  However, she must stay up nights trying to study so she can stay ahead of her “students” education-wise.

This tale has lots of twists and turns, as Lola’s on-stage experience inspires her to try acting out a real-life role.  But lies can start unraveling, no matter how often she chants to herself, “I am the lovely Lola Bell….”  Now that Lola has begun a relationship with God, what will she do?  How can she go on pretending to be someone she isn’t?  Will everyone reject her when her true identity is discovered, especially the Major?  Since this job was her only source of money, and the fort is located in the middle of nowhere, what will she do to take care of herself?

This is a great tale, well-written with characters and a story-line that are easy to relate to—who hasn’t been mistaken for somebody else?  What would happen if you didn’t correct them?  Read this book and find out a possible answer, while enjoying the bits of humor and irony thrown in along the way.  I highly recommend this non-offensive, 5-star book.

The publisher has provided me with a complimentary copy of Holding the Fort through Bethany House Publishing for the purpose of review.   I have not been compensated in any other manner.  All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required, or influenced, to give anything but an honest appraisal.

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“Fatal Trust” by Todd M. Johnson

Too Good to be True?

About to lose the law office his father started, Ian Wells is desperate to find a way to hang on.  Additionally, he is the main caretaker, and financial provider for his Alzheimer’s stricken mom.  His “friend,” Brook, wants to know why he has never taken their relationship to the next level—actual dating, perhaps with marriage in the future.  Unknown to Brook, Ian has never had the courage to ask her.   Suddenly, work on an unusual trust case falls into his lap.  Even though this is outside the type of work he likes to do, he changes his mind when he is offered $250,000.00, more than ten times the normal fee.

As Ian starts this work, he becomes suspicious about the source of the money.  At first, he doesn’t want to dig too deep because the extra money could do his law practice, and his mom, a lot of good.  But as time goes on, he discovers many skeletons in his client’s closets, and shockingly, in his own.  Then he realizes he is being framed as the fall guy for a big crime.  He doesn’t know who to trust, or how to get out of the horrible mess he finds himself in.I love mysteries and thrillers, especially legal ones.  The author did a great job not giving the ending away, so the “one who did it” was unexpected, and he crafted a good story line. Despite this book being published by a Christian publisher, there wasn’t a faith message, or a Christian character in the story.  Wonderfully, this is a clean tale, with no sex or profanity, along with lots of interesting characters. You will experience lots of twists and turns in this four-star book, and most likely, you will get a surprise ending.

The publisher has provided me with a complimentary copy of Fatal Trust through Bethany House Publishing for the purpose of review.   I have not been compensated in any other manner.  All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required, or influenced, to give anything but an honest appraisal.

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“Heart on the Line” by Karen Witemeyer







Can She Stay Alive?

Grace Mallory is on the run for her life after she witnesses the killing of her father, and knows she will be next.  Grace takes refuge in Harper’s Station, Texas, an all-woman run town, although some men seem to be creeping in.  One woman has even married!  Nevertheless, Grace thinks this is the last place those pursuing her will look.  She proceeds to continue her career as a telegraph operator, a very unusual job for a woman.  That is because it is 1894, and the rare woman that works, is usually a school teacher.
Careful not to reveal her true identity, Grace has developed an on-line “friendship” with a fellow operator.  He seems to be perfect, but can that be too good to be true?  Just as things seem to be getting interesting between them, Grace’s life is turned upside down.  Her location has been discovered, and she must decide if her friends can protect her, or if staying, Grace will bring harm to the good people of Harper’s Station.
To complicate things, a mysterious man has shown up in town looking for her.  Is this the one who has been hunting her down, or is someone else the culprit?

As this story goes on, Grace tries to discover who was really behind her father’s murder, learn to ride a new-fangled bicycle, and try to avoid being kidnapped by the killer.  She might fall in love, but she has many man hating friends who try to convince her to steer clear of romance.  She also tries to uncover the true owner of a fortune.
This tale will keep you on your toes wanting to know what happens on page after page.  It has romance, mystery, suspense and a bit of humor.  The characters are endearing, with some a bit quirky but very enjoyable.  It is fun to imagine an all-woman run town—and wonder if it can stay that way.  Even though this is an installment in the series, The Ladies of Harper Station, this story stands alone, and is a breath of well-written feelings and emotions that are experienced through the characters.  I really liked this 5+ star book, especially since there is nothing offensive in it, and is told from a Christian point-of-view.  Heart on the Line is highly recommended to those who like tales of the Old West, Romance, or well told yarns.
The publisher has provided me with a complimentary copy of Heart on the Line through Bethany House Publishing for the purpose of review.   I have not been compensated in any other manner.  All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required, or influenced, to give anything but an honest appraisal.
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“Death at Thorburn Hall” by Julianna Deering

Who Dun it?

Return to the golden days of English mysteries.  Accompany Lord and Lady, Drew and Madeline Farthering, who find themselves in the middle of questionable circumstances in early 1930’s Scotland.  What started out as a pleasure trip turns deadly when the body of their host’s husband, Lord Rainsby, is found.  Is it an accident, or was he murdered?  If so, could his death be the result of a plot reaching all the way to Hitler’s Germany, or is his wife to blame, perhaps someone else?

Good friends, Nick and Carrie, accompany the Farthering’s on their trip, and Nick readily dives in to help solve the caper.  But his much-loved girlfriend hates anything to do with solving murders, and threatens to return to her American home.  Carrie and Nick have been living on two different continents for the past two years, and Nick doesn’t want anything to break them up now.  In fact, he would like to ask Carrie to marry him, if he can get past the inadequacy he feels because of his circumstances.  Will Nick finally ask her, or will Carrie return to America leaving him heartbroken?

There are lots of twists and turns in this story, and the answer to the death of Lord Rainsby is a surprise.  Ms. Deering does such a great job writing in this style that it is hard to remember it wasn’t written by one of Agatha Christie’s contemporaries.  You will care about what happens to the characters, and find them interesting.  In fact, one of them, a man who claims to be Russian, provides humor and a surprise identity.  Drew and Madeline are a murder-solving, fun couple who really care about each other.  There is also some heart rendering information about Drew’s missing mother.  Despite this being part of a series, this tale will stand alone, reading the other books will only need to be done for the fun of it.

Death at Thorburn Hall doesn’t contain anything objectionable, and is refreshing since it is told from a Christian point of view.  I really enjoyed this 5-star book and highly recommend it.

The publisher has provided me with a complimentary copy of Death at Thorburn Hall through Bethany House Publishing for the purpose of review.   I have not been compensated in any other manner.  All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required, or influenced, to give anything but an honest appraisal.

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Thanks for the Memories, or Lack Thereof!

During my long absence, I appreciate every one of you staying with my blog.  In July, I was shocked when my dear friend of 40 plus years passed away unexpectedly.  She was 57.  That is my last clear memory, other than slightly recalling my daughter’s return a few days later from a mission trip.  The next memory I have is of finding myself in the ICU unit of the hospital, and it was September.  I was also unable to talk.

As I gradually became aware of my surroundings, different hospital staff would stop by.  This happened over the course of weeks, always one-at-a-time.  They each asked me if I remembered them.  I never did.  Then they would say, “I was there THAT NIGHT.  I helped work on you.  I am SO glad to see you.”

One doctor in particular would pause and look very shocked every time he came in. Then he would say, “you look great, even better than the last time!”  Which was a surprise to me since I didn’t feel great.  At the time, I couldn’t use most of my body.  I wasn’t able to stand, or even move in the bed.  I was so weak I couldn’t press the call button, let alone pick it up.   The ICU nurses spent weeks trying to read my lips.

Much latter, when I could talk, I asked my husband, “WHAT happened to me?!”

My last night at home, I appeared to have lost consciousness.  My family called the EMTs who found my oxygen was 30 (very bad), one lung had collapsed, the other was filling up.  My heart was also having a hard time beating.  Once I was in the hospital, lots of people worked on me for many hours.  My family was told I probably wasn’t going to live.  When I did survive, they told my family I might be a vegetable.  It took them weeks to know if I still had my mind.  A tracheotomy was done to my throat, which was why I couldn’t talk.  A food tube was inserted in my stomach, and then I was put into a comma for a few weeks.

Over one and half gallons of fluid was drained daily from my body for many weeks.  My family came and sat with me during the weeks when I was in the comma.  They also did that later when I was awake.  But I was so delirious from all the medication given me, I am unable to remember the first couple of weeks when I was “awake”.  In fact, my husband says it is a blessing I don’t remember, because it was all bad.  From the firemen hurriedly yanking the banister and other objects off the wall and stairs in order to get my stretcher from the second floor, to all the difficult things I went through in the hospital, it is much better to have amnesia.

I was told they don’t see miracles very often in ICU, maybe two, and I was one of them.

When I could finally comprehend things that were told to me, I was stunned by all the out pouring of love for me.  My daughter had covered the walls of my hospital room with painted Bible verses, and notes of encouragement.  When I awoke, their cheeriness and hope got me through many nights and days.  I have been thrilled to receive visits, gifts, cards, and prayers.  Most of all the prayers.  I am humbled by number of people who have prayed for me.  Please keep it up.  Those prayers saved me.  Some of you knew what was happening to me, and were part of those who prayed….thank you.  Thank you for asking God to have mercy on me.

I spent five weeks in ICU and three more in the regular part of the hospital.  I was then sent to a care place for three weeks that helped me a lot with physical therapy.  Despite not able to stand yet, and needing more therapy to do that, insurance sent me home.  My working husband now has to help and care for me.

So what happened?

Since September of 2016, my health slowly declined.  It was so gradual, it didn’t raise any red flags.  I have other health issues that wax and wane, so I put it down to that.  After a while, I thought I would snap back to health.  This time, though, there was more too it.

The hospital found there are issues with my heart.  I am on medication for it now.  But I have been unable to discover if the heart issue caused the fluid buildup, or visa-versa.  As one doctor put it, “this is a case of which came first, the chicken or the egg.”

In the midst of this time period, many things happened that distracted me from my own health.  My husband was hospitalized for a couple of days, and my son had constant struggles with chronic health problems.

My 20-year-old daughter was hit by a drunk driver.  It was a horrific accident that pushed her across many lanes of heavy traffic, ultimately stopping her car when it rammed into a concrete utility pole.   The air bag activated.  Between that and her safety harness, she didn’t go through the windshield.  My daughter’s right leg was broken and she had to have a rod surgically put in her leg that stretches from her ankle to her knee.  Cuts and bruises covered her body, including an outline of bruises across her waist and chest where the seat belt held her.  She has suffered many things including lots of pain.  Physical therapy has gone on for months.  She had to give up many things she had been anticipating and working months toward.  But we are so very grateful to have her.  As can be seen from the picture, only God could have preserved her life.

The person who caused the accident walked away without a scratch, and had blood alcohol levels as high as could be measured.

Then I lost my friend.   She was with her husband coming home from a trip. On the last morning, my friend said she wanted to sleep a little longer.  A few minutes later, her husband returned and found his wife was gone. When my mom, passed away suddenly in April of 2016, my friend tried to comfort me.  Over the past year, my friend frequently told me that mom would not want me to continuously mourn her passing, she would want me to enjoy life.  Now, with my friend gone, I try hard to remember those words. The one thing I can recommend after this is:  Make sure you tell those you love how special they are.   I am so glad I told my friend I loved her in what became our last text.  A handful of hours later, she was gone.

I have spent the time since I came to myself, fighting my way back.  Many barriers facing me have been overcome.  I can talk now but must take frequent breaths to finish some sentences, I am sure with use that will get better.  The upper part of my body is working almost normally, although I have pain moving things—fingers, arms, elbows, etc.—and lots of stiffness.  It even hurt to chew when I could have food again.  It was a big day when I could pick up a tooth brush—but then I had to get the strength to brush with it!  My handwriting is coming along, but must write slowly for it to be legible.  With effort, I am using the computer again.  I spent Thanksgiving in a hospital bed in our family room.  But we were all very thankful I could be there to celebrate.

Much hard work is spent doing therapeutic exercises to strengthen my body—especially my legs, so I can use them again.  I work the rest of my body hard so I don’t lose the progress I have made.  Many hours are devoted to it.  My husband has stayed by my side, and all of my family has blessed me through this.  God has had his hand on me.  Christ’s help is getting me through many difficulties.  Despite everything, I am blessed.

I thank God for my life, my family, and you.  Thank you in the sea of choices, you read my writings.  As we approach Christmas, may blessings overflow in your life, as well as, in the New Year.

Please pray for us.

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“A Note Yet Unsung” by Tamera Alexander

Finding Your Song

After Rebekah Carrington’s step-father’s failed attack, her grandmother whisked her away to Vienna for the past ten years.  She thrived under the intense musical training there, but with the recent passing of her grandmother, Rebekah has been summoned back home to Nashville. Determined not to find herself in another dangerous situation with her step-father, Rebekah has been desperately searching for a job that includes food and board.  Her heart’s desire would be to do something that includes music.

Unfortunately, in 1871, women are considered too fragile and frail to be part of the Nashville Philharmonic, and that thinking is held by the new Maestro, Nathaniel Whitcomb.  Rebekah does find work with one of the richest women in the city, but ironically, part of her job is working with Maestro Whitcomb.

Unexpectedly, Rebekah discovers Whitcomb is living a secret life.  Additionally, she becomes privy to even more information about him which causes Rebekah to view the Maestro in a different light.  Completely against her will, she actually starts liking him—sometimes.  She also does something at one of Mrs. Cheatham’s parties that Rebekah thinks will please her, but almost causes her to lose her job.

This is the third installment in the Belmont Mansion Novel Series, but this story stands alone without the need to read any other books.  I enjoyed this five-star book, and the strong musical element in the tale.  Bringing Whitcomb’s secret life into the story really made the tale interesting.  There are other surprises for the reader as this narrative goes on which makes it a fun read.  Fans of music, historical novels or romances will enjoy this tale, but it will appeal to anyone who likes well-written and clean, Christian fiction.

The publisher has provided me with a complimentary copy of A Note Yet Unsung through Bethany House Publishing for the purpose of review.   I have not been compensated in any other manner.  All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required, or influenced, to give anything but an honest appraisal.

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“True to You” by Becky Wade

Ugly Duckling?

Nora Bradford appears to be a plain girl who hides herself away in her over-sized, frumpy clothes and her work.  But all is not as it seems.  Nora once thought her other two sisters were the pretty ones, and that Nora was destined to be the unattractive one.  Then she met former Navy SEAL John Lawson and everything changed.

John contacts Nora to help him find his birth mother, and while working together she becomes so smitten with him that she allows her sister to “redo” her image—clothes, hair, makeup—the works!  Nora is an ugly duckling no longer, and enjoys the confidence her new look brings to her.  However, she holds back emotionally with John because he has a girlfriend.  Nora doesn’t want to be someone who breaks up a relationship.  She also wonders why John wanted to find out about his biological parents because he remains so mysterious about the true reason for doing a search.

This story is told against the background of Nora being brought up in a family of unlimited privilege while John has made a huge amount of money himself.  Nora works in a historical village that she owns and created, since it was a gift from her parents.  I really enjoyed the characters in this story, especially the grandmother who finds so many things wrong that it is humorous.  British actor Duncan Bartholomew’s sudden appearance also adds some humor along with a little jealousy to this tale.  Nora’s story about what happened to her birth mother is shocking, and even more so, the unexpected connection with John that comes from that.  There are lots of twists and turns in this tale that keeps the book very interesting.

This story is told from a Christian viewpoint and it is clean and non-offensive.  The main character, Nora, has a strong moral viewpoint about not coming between a dating couple—despite how hard it is because she has developed such deep feelings for John.  I really appreciated that standing up for moral character is included in this story-line.

True to You is part of The Bradford Sisters Romance Series, but this tale stands on its own so no other books need to be read to understand this one.  This five-star book will appeal to a wide variety of interests from adoptive children looking for their birth parents, to those who enjoy romances, or anyone who has interest in doing a genealogical search, as well as, all those who enjoy well-written stories.

The publisher has provided me with a complimentary copy of True to You through Bethany House Publishing for the purpose of review.   I have not been compensated in any other manner.  All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required, or influenced, to give anything but an honest appraisal.

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“An Outlaw and a Lady” by Jessi Colter

The Amazing Life of Jessi Colter and Waylon Jennings!

Waylon Jennings. Even if you think you don’t know his music, if you ever watched the television show, The Dukes of Hazzard, you heard him sing the theme song, and play the part of the narrator.  In this book, his wife Jessi Colter (also known as Miriam Eddy) tells what life was like living with him.  She also shares her life story as well.

Waylon was a trial to live with, and he didn’t try to hide the one night stands he sometimes indulged in—especially when he was on the road.  He was a drug user, especially “pep” pills and cocaine.  Although Jessi loved him deeply, and he loved her, that wasn’t enough to give her the strength to be married to him.  In fact, she did separate from him once, and spent much time in prayer about whether or not to stay in the relationship.  Jessi knew that if she went back to him, she would be going back to stay with him for life.

Ultimately, she did make the decision to reunite with Waylon.  She returned to a life that had some amazing experiences but also some really rough times.   Jessi credits two things for getting through it.  Number one was having faith in God along with His help.  The other thing was expressing her feelings through music that she was creating.

Jessi is a singer and composer in her own right.  She might be best known for the song, “I’m Not Lisa,” which was a huge hit in the 1970’s.  But she is a prolific writer of many other songs, and has recorded a number of albums.  She was part of albums that included Waylon and many of their famous friends.  Many well-known people have also sang her songs.  Over the years, they often rubbed shoulders, along with calling them friends, with such people as Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson—just to name a few.

The journey Jessi was on after she made the decision to stay married to Waylon would include his attempts to give up using drugs, and his great desire to have a child with her.  Waylon had some very big musical successes during this time, and she often toured with him around the world.  However Jessi’s one desire was that Waylon would accept Jesus Christ as his savior, and become a born again Christian.  This book tells the story of whether or not Jessi got her heart’s desire, along with a whole lot more about their life together–because when she returned to Waylon, she stayed married to him.

I was intrigued by the story of Jessi and Waylon’s relationship, and believe anyone else would be as well.  I really appreciated the Christian aspect that Jessi included in this book, and the importance she placed on Waylon’s salvation.  Anyone who likes biographies, stories about popular entertainers, or literature written from a Christian viewpoint will enjoy this 5-star book.    

Thomas Nelson Publishers has provided bookreadingtic with a complimentary copy of An Outlaw and a Lady, for the purpose of review.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

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