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Join Greg Laurie, pastor and bestselling author of Steve McQueen: The Salvation of an American Icon, as he takes you on a personal journey into the life and legend of Johnny Cash. At the peak of his career, Cash had done it all—living the ultimate rags-to-riches story of growing up on a cotton farm in the Deep South to becoming a Nashville and Hollywood sensation, singing alongsideof Steve Join Greg Laurie, pastor and bestselling author of Steve McQueen: The Salvation of an American Icon, as he takes you on a personal journey into the life and legend of Johnny Cash. At the peak of his career, Cash had done it all—living the ultimate rags-to-riches story of growing up on a cotton farm in the Deep South to becoming a Nashville and Hollywood sensation, singing alongside heroes like Elvis Presley and performing for several American presidents. But through all of this, Cash was troubled. By the time he released the iconic Man in Black album in 1971, the middle-aged icon was broken down, hollow-eyed, and wrung out. In his search for peace, Cash became embroiled in controversy. He was arrested five times in seven years. His drug- and alcohol-induced escapades led to car accidents and a forest fire that devastated 508 acres. His time was divided between Jesus and jail, gospel tunes and the “Cocaine Blues.” But by the end of his life, Cash was speaking openly about his “unshakeable faith.” What caused the superstar to turn from his conflicting passions to embrace a life in Christ? Johnny Cash: The Redemption of an American Icon dives deep into the singer’s inner demons, triumphs, and gradual return to faith. Laurie interviews Cash’s family, friends, and business associates to reveal how the singer’s true success came through finding the only Person whose star was bigger than his own.


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Join Greg Laurie, pastor and bestselling author of Steve McQueen: The Salvation of an American Icon, as he takes you on a personal journey into the life and legend of Johnny Cash. At the peak of his career, Cash had done it all—living the ultimate rags-to-riches story of growing up on a cotton farm in the Deep South to becoming a Nashville and Hollywood sensation, singing alongsideof Steve Join Greg Laurie, pastor and bestselling author of Steve McQueen: The Salvation of an American Icon, as he takes you on a personal journey into the life and legend of Johnny Cash. At the peak of his career, Cash had done it all—living the ultimate rags-to-riches story of growing up on a cotton farm in the Deep South to becoming a Nashville and Hollywood sensation, singing alongside heroes like Elvis Presley and performing for several American presidents. But through all of this, Cash was troubled. By the time he released the iconic Man in Black album in 1971, the middle-aged icon was broken down, hollow-eyed, and wrung out. In his search for peace, Cash became embroiled in controversy. He was arrested five times in seven years. His drug- and alcohol-induced escapades led to car accidents and a forest fire that devastated 508 acres. His time was divided between Jesus and jail, gospel tunes and the “Cocaine Blues.” But by the end of his life, Cash was speaking openly about his “unshakeable faith.” What caused the superstar to turn from his conflicting passions to embrace a life in Christ? Johnny Cash: The Redemption of an American Icon dives deep into the singer’s inner demons, triumphs, and gradual return to faith. Laurie interviews Cash’s family, friends, and business associates to reveal how the singer’s true success came through finding the only Person whose star was bigger than his own.

30 review for Johnny Cash: The Redemption of an American Icon

  1. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    While most casual fans barely glimpse behind Johnny Cash’s rebel persona, the prison concerts, numerous run-ins with the law, marital infidelities, rampant drug indulgences and general brokenness that marred Cash’s early (and later) career, Laurie’s book peels back the more sordid details of Cash’s life to display the steady hand of God at work in a troubled servant’s life. This book is a haunting and fascinating portrait of Cash at the highest of highs and the lowest of lows, battling countless While most casual fans barely glimpse behind Johnny Cash’s rebel persona, the prison concerts, numerous run-ins with the law, marital infidelities, rampant drug indulgences and general brokenness that marred Cash’s early (and later) career, Laurie’s book peels back the more sordid details of Cash’s life to display the steady hand of God at work in a troubled servant’s life. This book is a haunting and fascinating portrait of Cash at the highest of highs and the lowest of lows, battling countless demons in glittering fame and abject poverty, yet faithfully clinging to and ultimately finding his ultimate redemption through his Savior Jesus Christ. Very highly recommended.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    4.5 stars After listening to Greg Laurie talk about his new book on the Eric Metaxis Podcast, I knew it was something I would be interested in. Johnny Cash was on TV when I was young, and I can remember my grandma sternly saying to me that he had been in jail before. Of course, at the time, I had no comprehension of grace, redemption, salvation, and the hope that Jesus Christ provides. But the man on the TV screen did. This book is a page turner. The most valuable attribute is the well-explained 4.5 stars After listening to Greg Laurie talk about his new book on the Eric Metaxis Podcast, I knew it was something I would be interested in. Johnny Cash was on TV when I was young, and I can remember my grandma sternly saying to me that he had been in jail before. Of course, at the time, I had no comprehension of grace, redemption, salvation, and the hope that Jesus Christ provides. But the man on the TV screen did. This book is a page turner. The most valuable attribute is the well-explained battle Johnny had between pursuing God and running his life into the ground with drug use. You could feel the torment and the battle he was under as you turn the pages. Jesus said, “In this life you will have trouble, but take hope, I have overcome the world.” We all experience hardship and trials of many kinds. With Christ, we know that this is not all their is for us. Johnny, undoubtedly understood this too. But he represents the real struggle we are all under- wanting to do the right thing, but having a natural bent to do just the opposite. Reading this book leaves you with encouragement and hope in your own struggles. Johnny was the real deal.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jenni_penni

    I never knew his backstory until now. I always seem to appreciate an artists work much more when I know their backstory because it makes me look at their work differently, like can I somehow see glimmers of the experiences they went through, coming out in their work. Whether that work is acting, music, writing, or art.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Steve

    Good book about a great man. Nice to read scripture quotes along with telling the life of Johnny Cash. Shows him for the struggling human he was and how much being a christian meant to him. An honest and sincere man to the end.

  5. 4 out of 5

    John Chipps

    Johnny Cash, the real story This was a hard book to read because of its total honesty. I had no idea what he went through in his life. I only hope that i can deal with difficulties as well as he did.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Marc Ryan

    Fantastic

  7. 4 out of 5

    Chockletter

    This is a great book! I learned so much about Johnny Cash, maybe even some things I wish I hadn't learned, but through it all God continued to use Him for His glory.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Elbrackeen Brackeen

    entered gr giveaway

  9. 4 out of 5

    Julie Rodriguez

    I truly loved the book and gave it to my mom to read. It was totally honest and I learned so much about him that I did not know. This is someone my mother loved and talked about and though it would be a good read and I was not disappointed.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Fred Klein

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Escalera

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jodi Smith

  13. 4 out of 5

    Shannon Farrington

  14. 5 out of 5

    Pam

  15. 5 out of 5

    Kacie Newkirk

  16. 4 out of 5

    Bethany Buchanan

  17. 5 out of 5

    CHERYL

  18. 4 out of 5

    Patricia Mirabella

  19. 4 out of 5

    Byron Morales JR

  20. 4 out of 5

    Ed

  21. 4 out of 5

    Patti

  22. 5 out of 5

    Ashley

  23. 5 out of 5

    Michael Ray

  24. 5 out of 5

    Barbara Clareen

  25. 5 out of 5

    Brian Warren

  26. 4 out of 5

    Mike Damon

  27. 5 out of 5

    Debbie

  28. 4 out of 5

    Chad

  29. 4 out of 5

    Roger Sigmon

  30. 5 out of 5

    Gwen

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