Truthfully, when I had the opportunity to read Jimmy Wayne’s Walk to Beautiful, I had no idea who Jimmy Wayne was. It wasn’t until I read the praise printed in the front of the book that I realized Jimmy Wayne was a country music singer-songwriter, and the co-writer and singer of one of my favorite contemporary country Christmas songs, Paper Angels.
Wayne’s Walk to Beautiful is an easy read, despite being nearly 400 pages, yet the subject matter it addresses is far from easy or light.
Born into a home where his father was absentee and his mother was mentally unstable, Jimmy Wayne and his sister were repeatedly exposed to abuse, pornography, prostitution, violence, and other depraved behavior. Growing up in and out of foster care and group homes, Wayne suffered the consequences of his mother’s continual string of boyfriends and husbands.
But everything changed when sixteen year old Wayne met Russell and Bea Costner. Welcomed into their home, Wayne became a part of their family, genuinely loved and cared for.
Walk to Beautiful chronicles the life of one man who, by the grace of God, overcame incredible odds, and became a country music star, with chart-topping songs like Stay Gone, an advocate for foster children, and spokesperson of CASA.
Inspirational and insightful, Walk to Beautiful will break your heart for the thousands of children around the world who are victims of abuse, who are unwanted, who are forgotten (James 1:27). When you read Walk to Beautiful, expect to be shaken– it will leave you changed. Reader discretion recommended: Walk to Beautiful is for mature audiences, due to the discussion of abuse and violence.
A poignant reminder that all things work together for good, for His purpose (Romans 8:28), I would give Walk to Beautiful an “A”.
You can find out more about Jimmy Wayne and his charity, Project Meet Me Halfway, here.
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