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Posted May 10, 2005
About this author...
I met Michael Morris at a writers conference in 1999 way before he had any books out. He looked like a young John Grisham, working in a job where he interacted with Washington D.C officials. 'But, what I really want to do...' he said, with his head bowed, as if he were suddenly shy 'is write'. I looked at him and thought, 'Who doesn't, you're one of a million'. Two days later, after Michael and his wife returned to their home in the deep south, I picked up his new manuscript and began to read...and was stunned...this guy was gifted! I called my agent and said, 'You have got to sign this guy, this book is a winner.' She did. And that book, A PLACE CALLED WIREGRASS went on to win the Christy Award (like an Emmy ...for writing). Michel and his family remained friends with my family and while I was working on my forth book FLYING BY THE SEAT OF MY PANTS: Flight Attendant Adventures on a Wing and a Prayer, he was working on his next novel. Then he called one day and said 'There is this song on the radio you have to listen too...it's called LIVE LIKE YOU WERE DYING and it's my story.' I said, 'That's great Michael, maybe you should call Tim McGraw and tell him that. Ha Ha Ha.' (I was joking because no one we knew...knew how to contact Tim McGraw') A few days later, Michael called and sounded in shock, 'I didn't have to call Tim McGraw,' he said, 'his people contacted me. Marsha, It's like it was meant to be.' LIKE YOU WERE DYING is a true story, not just for the father of Tim McGraw..but for Michael Morris as well...maybe that's why it's ringing in the hearts of so many people. And now, as this his third book sells around the world - and he is writing his forth, I don't think Michael Morris is one OF a million, but, one IN a million.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 15, 2005
You've Heard The Song, Now Read The Story
This book impacted me like no other in quite a long time. Maybe it's because I'm getting older but this story about living life to the fullest left me thinking about dreams that I've put aside. Obviously it is based on the song by Tim but it goes so much deeper into explaining the story that is woven within the lyrics. Tim ever wrote the introduction for the book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 18, 2004
A Wonderful Life and Story
I bought this gift for my dad who never reads. He read it in one night. This little book packs a big punch on the heart-strings. It reminded me of the Christmas classic It's A Wonderful Life. It's the story of a man who finds his way to life after almost losing his own. The man reconnects with his father and together they take a road trip out west where they do all the things associated with the song: bull riding and sky diving to name a few. This book would make a great Christmas or Father's Day gift. I can't recommend it highly enough. A stirring read.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 14, 2004
Perfect Present for You and Others!
Michael Morris is an author to watch. I fell in love with his writing in 'A Place Called Wiregrass', chose him as a Pulpwood Queen Book Club Selection with 'Slow Way Home' and my book club sponsored his book launch party for 'Live Like You Were Dying' with CMA Award winning songwriters, Tim Nichols and Craig Wiseman. This book reminds me that what is important in life. Life is a gift and we need to remember that and get our priorties straight. In a world that is increasing becoming materialistic, we tend to forget our faith and religion first, family second, and that our job should never take precedent over those two. Kathy L. Patrick Founder of The Pulpwood Queens Book ClubsWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.