Forever and Ever, Amen: A Memoir of Music, Faith, and Braving the Storms of Life

Forever and Ever, Amen: A Memoir of Music, Faith, and Braving the Storms of Life


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Filled with never-before-told stories, Forever and Ever Amen tells Randy Travis's story as only he can.

From a working-class background in North Carolina to a job as a cook and club singer in Nashville to his "overnight success" with his smash 1986 album Storms of Life—which launched the neotraditional movement in country music—Randy’s first three decades are a true rags-to-riches story.

But in 2009, this seemingly charmed life began a downward spiral. His marriage dissolved, he discovered that his finances had unraveled, and his struggles with anger led to alcohol abuse, public embarrassment, and even police arrest in 2012.

Then, just as he was putting his life back together, Randy suffered a devastating viral cardiomyopathy that led to a massive stroke which he was not expected to survive. Yet he not only survived but also learned to walk again and in 2016 accepted his induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame by singing the hymn that explains his life today: "Amazing Grace."

Filled with never-before-told stories, Forever and Ever, Amen is a riveting tale of unfathomable success, great joy, deep pain, and redemption that can come only from above.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781400207985
Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
Publication date: 05/14/2019
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 26,181
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Randy Travis is a country music singer, songwriter, guitarist, and actor. Since 1985, he has recorded twenty studio albums and charted more than fifty singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts and had twenty-two #1 hits. His debut album, Storms of Life, sold more than 4 million copies and established him as a major force in the neotraditional country movement. Travis followed up his successful debut with a string of platinum and multi-platinum albums. A member of the Grand Ole Opry, he has sold more than 25 million records, and has earned six #1 albums, seven Grammy Awards, five CMA Awards, eleven ACM Awards, 10 AMA Awards, eight Dove Awards, and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 2016, Travis was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Ken Abraham is a New York Times best-selling author known around the world for his collaborations with high-profile public figures. A former professional musician and pastor, he is a popular guest with both secular and religious media. His books include One Soldier's Story with Bob Dole, Payne Stewart with Tracey Stewart, Falling in Love for All the Right Reasons with Dr. Neil Clark Warren, and Let's Roll! with Lisa Beamer.

Table of Contents

1 Pull the Plug 1

2 A Troubled Youth 3

3 An Unexpected Rescue 13

4 Too Country 19

5 From Catfish Cook to Recording Artist 25

6 On the Other Hand 33

7 Renewed Hope 45

8 Hitting the Road 51

9 Living the Dream 57

10 Always & Forever 65

11 The Show 83

12 Deeper than the Holler 91

13 Heroes and Friends 97

14 All-American Heroes 105

15 Consider the Source 113

16 Stirrings Within 119

17 Transition Time-This Is Me 125

18 Fans, Flowers, and Food 135

19 Closed Doors, Open Doors 141

20 Born-Again Music 149

21 I Told You So 163

22 The Irish Gig 167

23 Are We in Trouble Now? 173

24 Happy Anniversary 181

25 A Dark and Lonely Road 193

26 Ambushed 201

27 The Man I Am 205

28 Feelin' Mighty Fine 213

29 Flatline 225

30 The Tear That Changed Everything 239

31 Home at Last! 247

32 Bittersweet Reunions 263

33 Old Friends and New 271

34 Mutual Love and Gratitude 277

35 Free Indeed! 283

Acknowledgments 289

About the Author 293

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Forever and Ever, Amen: A Memoir of Music, Faith, and Braving the Storms of Life 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
ody More than 1 year ago
I’ve been a fan of Randy Travis from way back so I picked up this ARC without hesitation. The story itself was good, easy reading, almost like having Randy Travis sitting in your living room having a fine old talk. This book in its final form will be enjoyed by most any Randy Travis fan who is looking for a good read about him. Or a biography reader who likes country music. The main focus is on his career, but there is some about his growing up years too. It’s also an inspiring story of how he’s overcome such awful medical issues that he wasn’t expected to survive.
Debbie Braswell 3 months ago
Awesome story, so moving. I use to go see him at Country City USA in Charlotte when he was just Randy Traywick. I have always loved him and his music, even more so now.
Judith A. Bryant 4 months ago
Excellent book. I am so glad that Randy praises God and is proud of his relationship with Him. Loved his voice and talent since I saw him I concert in Houston years ago with Alan Jackson as his opening. I'm glad for his healing and pray it continues. But am grateful he is such a loud voice for God's love and grace. May you and Mary be blessed always!
Anonymous 10 months ago
Got someone to live though all the things this man has and still be so humble. So much insight into his life was amazing. I am amazed at his belief and faith in God. What an inspiration to us all. Thank you Randy for your songs that my girls say where a part of their childhood because I played them. all the time. Most of all thank you for being so honest in this book and sharing with your fans. I will pray for your continued healing.
Anonymous 11 months ago
Made me love him even more
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the best books I ever read God Bless You Randy and Mary
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Such a great book on the life of a country mega star should be read by anyone looking to have a life in the public arena. Written in such a personal style that you feel you've stumbled across his personal diary, Randy Travis lays his life's journey out for everyone to see and judge. His up front style leaves no questions on how he became one of the genre's best known and loved artists while still telling the story of his equally fast fall from the top and slide into the headlines with a mug shot and ultimately a hospital stay. I've always been a Randy Travis fan, now I can appreciate his music so much more. Definitely a must read.
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